Security breaches continued to make big news last year, with a record 1.6 billion breaches in 2016 - an alarming 233% jump compared to 2015!

Countless headline stories about security breaches and repeated advisories from InfoSpec professionals advised individuals and businesses to drastically raise the bar in protecting personal and corporate data. Still, many remain unprepared against past, present, and future vulnerabilities!

So, what can businesses and IT security teams do in 2017 to buck this alarming trend and protect themselves and their customers from security threats?

Let's learn, share, and explore—together.

  • Who's on the #mespark panel?

  • David Clarke

    David has experience across the finance, telecom, and public sector industries. Some of his highlights include developing a CERT on a financial Intranet trading $3.5 trillion a day, managing security services with a $400 million global install base, and transforming cyber capability into cyber resilience. In these sectors, David has built secure operations' capabilities from scratch, developed full cyber incident response expertise, and improved regulatory and compliance commitments including PCI-DSS, ISO 27001, and GDPR.

  • Mohit Kumar

    Mohit is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Hacker News, an internationally recognized leading news source for hackers, researchers, and the technologists. His editorials always get people thinking and participating in the exciting world of cyber security. He is also the co-founder of India's first Black Hat Hackers conference, founded in July 2012 as The Hackers Conference.

  • Tripp Braden

    Tripp partners with clients, and transforms their organizations for the digital age. Tripp has written and presented extensively on advanced analytics, Internet of Things, big data, and data security. His weekly blogs are read by over 100,000 leaders. He's taught courses both at the graduate and undergraduate levels at Miami University of Ohio, Case Western Reserve University, Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy (formerly the Industrial College of the Armed Forces) in Washington DC, and the Keller Graduate School of Management.

  • Rajesh Ganesan

    Rajesh is the director of product management, enterprise security, and SaaS solutions at ManageEngine, a division of Zoho Corporation. Rajesh has been with Zoho for over 17 years, developing software products in various domains including telecommunications, network management, and IT security.

  • Derek Melber

    Derek is an Active Directory MVP and the technical evangelist for the ADSolutions team at ManageEngine. Derek speaks all over the world, helping administrators better understand and solve issues with Active Directory, security, compliance, and Group Policy. He provides in-depth solutions around administering and auditing Active Directory. He has written over 15 books.


What is the topic for the current #mespark chat?

Our discussion will be centered on the future of IT security — the current trends, best practices, and experiences shared by IT security experts and enthusiasts like you.

How can I participate in the chat?

Feel free to stop by on February 24, 2017, for an hour of #mespark. We recommend you register on this page in advance, so we can send you reminders as the day approaches.

Who will post the questions?

Questions will be posted from @manageengine.

Is there a format I should use when participating in #mespark?

Yes. Please identify which question you're answering by prefacing your tweet with "A" and the question number (e.g., A1 for Q1, A2 for Q2, etc.) and include #mespark in every answer.
To illustrate, our questions will look like this:
@manageengine: Q1: How can internal threats such as data theft be combated? #mespark please format your responses to look like this:
@chatparticipant: A1: One way to look at it is identity and access management, and behavioral monitoring #mespark

Are there any best practices you suggest I use for this chat?

From our experience, we have seen that the community always enjoys statistics and interesting reads surrounding the topic. Feel free to share interesting URLs if you'd like (but please do not blatantly promote products or brands).

Have specific questions that aren't covered here?

Feel free to ping us @manageengine with #mespark, and we'll be happy to help you.