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Avast Ciso Jaya Baloo to Speak at Nullcon

Jaya Baloo Will Address the Turbulent Challenges Cisos Face in Moving an Organization Ahead of the Threats Attacking It

Jaya Baloo, Chief Information Security Officer at Avast, a global leader in consumer cybersecurity products, will be speaking at Nullcon Goa 2020, in India, in a talk titled  “Become a CISO & live life in the fast lane.” Baloo will share her experience of Avast’s “Abiss” security incident, provide strategies to keep an organization secure, and present Avast’s bug bounty program. She will take the stage on March 6, 2020 at 12:00PM local time.

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Baloo’s first action as Avast’s CISO was to instigate an extensive investigation into suspicious behavior her team identified within the Avast network, later naming the case “Abiss.” First steps included collaborating with the Czech intelligence agency, Security Information Service (BIS), as well as with an external forensics team to provide additional tooling to assist the CISO team’s efforts to analyze the detected behavior. In her talk, Baloo will share her experience of her first days and months at global cybersecurity company Avast, which itself prevents attacks on hundreds of millions of users.

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Baloo will also address the creation of a sustainable, long-term strategy to secure an organization whose mission is to secure others. This includes the enhancement of the organization’s awareness of threats against it, counter measurements and responsibilities, identifying vulnerabilities, and increasing overall security capabilities.

Baloo supports collaboration with the security research community. This helps to detect vulnerabilities quickly in the software an organization provides, which in turns aids the creation and provision of more secure products. As part of this collaboration, Baloo will introduce Avast’s bug bounty program to the Nullcon audience.

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