ISACA's North America CACS Conference Will Share Cybersecurity Strategies

Event Addresses IT Risk, Assurance, Governance and Compliance and Will Preview COBIT Online

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (18 March 2014)—Effective cybersecurity defense requires an overall enterprise strategy with consistent controls and checks and balances. The components of an effective cybersecurity program will be discussed at ISACA's North America Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 28-30 April 2014. More than 70 speakers will convene to examine advancements in information systems (IS) assurance, risk and security, and to address the latest in cybersecurity threats and strategy to defend the enterprise.

The 2014 North America CACS conference is hosted by ISACA—a nonprofit global association serving more than 110,000 IS governance, assurance, risk and security professionals. Industry leaders will share strategic approaches to IT and examine how legislation and industry mandates impact the future of IT security and cyberspace.

Attendees will get the first look at COBIT Online, scheduled for release later this year. Developers and beta testers will share their experiences and what users can expect from this revamped product, now aligned with COBIT 5. This web-based system will make it easier for users to understand, customize, socialize and deploy COBIT 5.

ISACA will also introduce the association's new cybersecurity initiative, which will include many knowledge and career resources for security professionals.

"ISACA is supporting cybersecurity professionals throughout their careers and helping them develop the skills that enterprises critically need by offering valuable research, education, training and certification programs," said Tony Hayes, CGEIT, AFCHSE, CHE, FACS, FCPA, FIIA, international president of ISACA and appointed Deputy Director-General of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services in the Queensland Government, Australia. "We are enhancing our offerings to be the go-to resource for cybersecurity professionals, as we've been (and will continue to be) for the audit profession for 45 years. We are excited to share details of our expanded offerings at our North America CACS Conference this April."

ISACA speakers will share guidance in the following tracks: Assurance; Risk; Security; Governance; Compliance; Audit Strategies, Tactics and Techniques; and Megatrends. Tools for effective cybersecurity strategy and review will be shared in sessions including:


  • Auditing Cyberpreparation, presented by Steven Ross, CISA, Executive Principal, Risk Masters, Inc., which will include a discussion on appropriate responses to cybertheft, vandalism, privacy violations and destructive or manipulative cyberattacks; and how to construct and audit a cyberattack audit program.
  • CyberAttacks: Prepared?, presented by Uday Pabrai, CEO, Ecfirst, which will include the the necessities to ensure continual compliance with information security regulations and standards (NIST, ISO 27000, HIPAA and others).
  • Cybersecurity Awareness, presented by Peter Lokhorst, General Manager, InfoSecure, which will address the threats and challenges of cybersecurity and how to implement a cybersecurity awareness strategy.
  • NIST Cybersecurity Framework, Victoria Yan Pillitteri, advisor for information systems security in the Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will discuss the new US cybersecurity framework and its impact on enterprises.


Opening Keynote Speaker Harry Markopolos, Bernie Madoff's whistleblower, will share his insights on the largest fraud case in US history. The closing keynote speaker is Colonel Mike Mullane, three-time Space Shuttle astronaut and inductee to the International Space Hall of Fame. Colonel Mullane will use NASA video and inside stories to discuss how teams can avoid the "normalization of deviance" to avoid disasters and achieve a pathway to team excellence

Pre- and post-conference workshops will offer in-depth education on critical issues such as Prevention, Detection and Recovery From Cyberattacks; Using Privacy Principles Within Business; and COBIT 5 for Assurance.

Attendees can earn up to 39 continuing professional education (CPE) hours for North America CACS. Additional details and registration information on North America CACS are at


With more than 110,000 constituents in 180 countries, ISACA ( helps business and IT leaders maximize value and manage risk related to information and technology. Founded in 1969, the nonprofit, independent ISACA is an advocate for professionals involved in information and cyber security, assurance, risk management and governance. These professionals rely on ISACA as the trusted source for information and technology knowledge, community, standards and certification. The association, which has 200 chapters worldwide, advances and validates business-critical skills and knowledge through the globally respected Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) credentials. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT, a business framework that helps enterprises in all industries and geographies govern and manage their information and technology.

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