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THWACKcamp 2018 Preview - Six Ways to Improve Your Security Posture

Product Manager
Product Manager

   THWACKcamp 2018 Preview - Six Ways to Improve Your Security Posture

  In case you’ve somehow missed the news, registration for THWACKcamp 2018  is now open! In our annual free, virtual, multi-track IT learning event, you’ll have the chance to hear from industry experts as well as SolarWinds Head Geeks and technical staff. I’m particularly excited for my “Six Ways to Improve Your Security Posture Using Critical Security Controls” session, happening October 17 at 11 a.m. CT.

     Security policies within organizations are under a lot of scrutiny these days. Luckily, the Center for Internet Security (CIS) has published Critical Security Controls as guidelines to help you maintain good cyberhygiene. The CIS Controls are created and updated by security professionals working to assist individuals in securing and protecting against common vulnerabilities and threats.

     In this session, join me and my security co-host of awesome, Senior Product Manager Jamie Hynds, as we discuss the top six CIS Controls and how you can use SolarWinds security management tools  to help back up these controls. You may already have these tools, but are you using them to help promote a secure environment?

     THWACKcamp is a live virtual learning event on October 17 – 18, 2018, featuring 18 sessions split into two tracks. Best of all, it’s monetary- and travel-free! Session topics include new technology, optimizing virtualization, automation guides, and thought leadership admins care about, not just vendor hype. Be sure to register today and attend to take advantage of live Q&A during each session!

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Level 16

Looking forward to ThwackCamp this year!

Level 13

Really looking forward to this.  Thanks!

Level 14

Can't wait for ThwackCamp!

Always improve your security posture.  Always attend Thwack Camp!  Where else can you get answers and ideas from experienced professionals while not having to spend funds on travel and meals and hotel?

Level 20

I've recently installed LEM1000 and took a Corona 3 day LEM class last W-F.  LEM takes a little time to understand how it works and it's not super intuitive... but the good news is the UX team and the developers are working on updating LEM to more Orion like standards and user interface.  In addition they are switching from Flash to HTML5!  This is all good news.


I'll be in the front row waving my hand like Arnold Horshack... "Eww! Ewww! Pick me! Pick me!"

Yes... I just dated myself...

Level 14

This IS one I have picked.  Must remember to lock the door and sit up straight      

About the Author
I started in networking and security around 2002 by taking Cisco Certified Network Associate and Security+ courses from Central Vo-tech. This is where I fell in love with technology in general. From there I venture out to internships and started using the Engineers Toolset from SolarWinds which made me wonder about software. The company I was with purchased Cirrus which is now Network Configuration Manager (NCM) and I was officially hooked. I searched out for SolarWinds and well you guessed it I started working for them and believe it or not in sales. That was the only position open but I knew I wanted to be here. So I quickly worked my way in to the support side and became the first Sales Engineer and then the first Applications Engineer. Since I am a very curious person I have since in my 9 years of being at SolarWinds decided to pursue more education. Security is always a fascination to me so I started taking classes on INFOSEC Assessment Methodology (IAM) and INFOSEC Evaluation Methodology (IEM) of the NSA. Then I went and took the CIW Masters for web development and ventured to databases. MCITP SQL Server and Development certifications that led me to a database development degree in college. I’m pretty much a jack of all trades and LOVE IT! This all applied to my work with SolarWinds as I wanted to be able to help customers solve their issues or needs. So knowing more information allowed me to do this successfully. I also dabbled in Cisco UCS management and currently taking classes to venture toward a CCIE (crossing fingers). NCM is a product that I have worked with since its beginning. I even had the opportunity to fly to the NSA to create templates for some of their devices. I used to be the sole MIB database controller so I’m definitely your huckleberry on MIBs and OIDs. As an Applications Engineer I focused on Network Performance Monitor, Network Configuration Manager, Web Performance Monitor, Enterprise Operations Console, Patch Manager, User Device Tracker, and the Engineers Toolset. See why I like to constantly learn new things I had a lot to be on top of! SolarWinds is a passion of mine still to this very day. My new role as a Product Manager for NCM is home to me. Funny how I circled around back to my favorite product that got me here in the first place. :) My goal is to educate and work with customers to leverage our products to their fullest degree!