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IT and cybersecurity hit the Crescent City this October
Daniel Ballmer, Senior Transformation Analyst, Zscaler

If you have plans to be somewhere other than New Orleans this October, it is time to reconsider. Autumn breathes new vigor into the city as cool winds blow across the Louisiana Bayou. October is a celebratory month when the city hosts the NOLAxNOLA local music festival, the National Fried Chicken Fest, and Crescent City Blues & BBQ Fest in New Orleans. This year, while the rest of the city is awash with cultural celebrations, Zscaler is adding its cybersecurity-flavored spice to the mix.

Join our CTO and CISO Exchange events in New Orleans on October 17-18, and let us care for you during your stay. We will be gathering security leaders worldwide to discuss the latest developments in zero trust, AI, cyber risk management, and more. New Orleans has the best cuisine in the nation, but for two days, it will host some of your greatest friends and colleagues in cybersecurity. Meet Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry, get the latest threat intel from Global CISO Deepen Desai, and discover our latest innovations with CIO Patrick Foxhoven.

The concurrent Exchanges will also be joined by special guests from businesses you know and love. This October, why not spend some of your Cybersecurity Awareness Month with Zscaler in New Orleans?

See the complete agenda and register

For those outside the U.S., we have many opportunities to connect. Zscaler is bringing its flagship Zenith Live event – where progressive CXOs like Benjamin Vaughn speak – to select cities in Asia this month. We will also host an EMEA version of our CXO Exchange in Amsterdam in March 2024.

So, no matter where you reside, we hope you have the opportunity to catch us in person.

From the Office of the CISO:
Unnatural selection: Why cybercriminals are turning to encryption-less ransomware
Sam Curry, VP & CISO in Residence, Zscaler
There is a form of decidedly unnatural selection happening online, but it is nevertheless a selective process in an evolutionary sense. It is unnatural because it is online and driven by humans and our tools. It is selective because there is pressure to make choices and refinements towards a goal: to make more money for less investment.

This isn’t the blind pursuit of top-line at all costs, like an irresponsible startup in an economic bubble, but is rather focused on margin and efficient return on investment. This is the inexorable march of capital, and it’s happening in cybercrime today with the oxymoronic-sounding encryption-less ransomware (ELR) phenomenon.

Zscaler’s ThreatLabz team recently published first-hand data and insight into ELR, with 25 new ransomware families emerging in 2023 alone, typically around large volumes of data extraction from victims.

Find out what’s behind the rise in encryptionless ransomware.
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Read a Field CTO’s analysis on Zscaler’s VPN use findings
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The CISO’s Gambit | Ep. 28
Shannon Lietz is an award-winning security professional, patent-holder, visionary innovator, and industry leader. She joins host Sean Cordero for an in-depth discussion on lucky vs. good cybersecurity, passion-based hiring, DevSecOps, and our industry’s need for accountability and metrics.
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The CIO Evolution | Ep. 24
Leading authorities discuss critical infrastructure, exploring broad and pressing matters. Recorded live, this engaging panel moderated by Kavitha Mariappan, Zscaler EVP, Customer Experience & Transformation at Zscaler, includes Chris DeRusha, Federal CISO & Deputy National Cyber Director, and David Cagigal, former CIO of State of Wisconsin & CXO REvolutionary.
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