February 2010 Meeting

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Overcoming the Limitations in Network Security Monitoring

Ron Gula, CEO of Tenable Network Security, will discuss the current state of the information security industry and focus on how we tend to take our security tools at face value. Mr. Gula will provide many examples on how firewalls, intrusion detection systems, vulnerability scanners, penetration tests and even SIM dashboards can be put to much better use for monitoring security events and demonstrating compliance.

Ron Gula – Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technical Officer – Tenable Network Security

Mr. Gula is known in the global security community as a visionary, innovator, and engineer of extraordinary talent. He traces his passion for his work in security to starting his career in information security at the National Security Agency conducting penetration tests of government networks and performing advanced vulnerability research.

Since co-founding Tenable in 2002, Mr. Gula has been CEO and CTO at Tenable, maker of the world renowned Nessus Vulnerability Scanner and Unified Security Monitoring enterprise solution. As CEO/CTO of Tenable, he is responsible for product strategy, research and development, and product design and development. Mr. Gula is also a leader in his community and a passionate advocate for education and scientific research.

Prior to Tenable, Mr. Gula was the original author of the Dragon IDS and CTO of Network Security Wizards which was acquired by Enterasys Networks. At Enterasys, Mr. Gula was Vice President of IDS Products and worked with many top financial, government, security service providers and commercial companies to help deploy and monitor large IDS installations. Mr. Gula was also the Director of Risk Mitigation for US Internetworking and was responsible for intrusion detection and vulnerability detection for one of the first application service providers. Mr. Gula worked for BBN and GTE Internetworking where he conducted security assessments as a consultant, helped to develop one of the first commercial network honeypots and helped develop security policies for large carrier-class networks. Mr. Gula began his career in information security while working at the National Security Agency.

Mr. Gula has a BS from Clarkson University and an MSEE from the University of Southern Illinois. Ron Gula was the recipient of the 2004 Techno Security Conference “Industry Professional of the Year” award. In SC Magazine’s 20th Anniversary Edition, he was named as one of the top market entrepreneurs for the past 20 years.