Meeting Risk Head-On: Former NSA Analyst Joins Forces with Cybersecurity Expert for Day One of CU Learning TRAXX


The wait is over — you’ve heard the buzz, and now the first day of CU Learning TRAXX is finally here! Tomorrow, CU Learning TRAXX will kick off with five information-packed, future-focused sessions, bringing the Northwest credit union family together to hear from engaging speakers and participate in just-in-time conversations critical to the industry.

In the wake of the pandemic, credit unions all over the country are grappling with new and emerging risks, but navigating those risks doesn’t have to be intimidating. Cybersecurity and risk management experts Tony Sager and Scott Alldridge will lead the first Risk Management session, Preparing for Pandemics, Cyberattacks, Black Swans – Business Continuity Planning.

“In our global, virtual economy, vulnerability is inevitable. But there are concrete ways to prepare. Alldridge and Sager built their careers on helping businesses prepare for what’s to come and how to be ready. Tomorrow, they will focus that expertise on the credit union industry. In times like these, it’s critical credit unions have an arsenal of tools and plans in place, ready to defend against strikes.”
— Will Hall, Director of Legal Advocacy, NWCUA

Sager and Alldridge will weigh in on the risk posed by remote workforces, potential cyber-attacks, and the power of best practices and cyber security frameworks. CEOs, risk and compliance officers, and other professionals will leave this session ready to build defenses and  to deliver maximum member value. In addition, those who attend will be eligible for CPE credits.

Tony Sager is a Senior Vice President and Chief Evangelist for the Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS). He leads development of CIS Controls, a worldwide consensus project to find and support technical best practices in cybersecurity. He also nurtures CIS’ independent worldwide community of volunteers, encouraging them to make their enterprise, and the connected world, a safer place.

Sager retired from the National Security Agency after 34 years as an Information Assurance professional. He started his NSA career in the Communications Security Intern Program, working as a mathematical cryptographer and a software vulnerability analyst. He holds numerous awards and commendations at the NSA, including two Presidential Rank Awards and the NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award. The groups Sager led at the NSA have also been widely recognized for technical and mission excellence with awards from numerous industry sources, including the SANS Institute, SC Magazine, and Government Executive Magazine. 

Scott Alldridge, CEO of IP Services, recruits and deploys a team of experts that delivers specialized cybersecurity and management. He has more than 30 years of experience in information technology and is a founding member and President of the IT Process Institute, an organization that provides IT standards research, prescriptive guidance, and benchmarking. IP Services is a long-time Strategic Link partner and has worked side-by-side with many Northwest credit unions.

Alldridge is also among a select group that is highly certified on the ITIL (IT Infrastructure Library) processes and standards. He’s been a featured speaker on cybersecurity and IT best practices for several national organizations, including SANS (System Admin Network Security), HIMSS (Health Information Management Systems Society), and more.

There’s still time to register for CU Learning TRAXX. All five of tomorrow’s sessions will feature expert speakers, including American Banker’s 2020 Digital Banker of the Year, Patrick Sells; CUNA Mutual Group’s Chief Economist, Steven Rick; Dutch Bros. Coffee franchise owner and leadership expert, Kevin Parker, and more.

More information on upcoming sessions and speakers are added daily, so check back often!

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