ISSA Middle Tennessee Chapter
InfoSec Nashville brings world-class content to tight-knit community
Nashville’s small, tight-knit community of information security professionals learn from each other all the time. At the upcoming InfoSec Nashville conference, they’ll get a chance to learn from some of the best in the business.
The InfoSec Nashville conference, to be held September 7, 2018, at the Music City Center, gives the local security community the ability to get the quality and content of larger mega conferences that typically happen in Las Vegas or Dallas. Nashville’s event is more accessible and intimate, which serves the local community just fine, said Justin Bumpus, IT solutions architect for Tractor Supply Company and communications director for the ISSA Middle Tennessee Chapter.
Justin Bumpus Interview
“It’s a very collaborative group of folks,” said Bumpus, who has served two years on the InfoSec planning committee. “We’re very open. We share with each other what’s going on at each of our companies, which is great because that’s what feeds so well into the planning.”
InfoSec saw a large number of sessions proposed, making it difficult for organizers to choose which to include. Bumpus, one of InfoSec’s organizers, said local information security professionals already often bounce ideas off each other at smaller events around town.
“We’re not putting together another information security conference,” Bumpus said. “We’re putting a conference together for Michael, for David, for Jacob, folks that we know, who are going to be there.”
This year, InfoSec will feature two keynote speakers, 16 breakout sessions and a dynamic exhibit floor. Conference attendees can follow one of four tracks, examining everything from the roles people play in security to a look at bleeding edge tools.
“We’re not thinking, ‘What does an information security professional want to hear?’ It’s, ‘What do the folks at HCA want to hear this year? What’s top of mind for retail folks like Tractor Supply this year going into security?’ All of that comes together to help us create this really focused event that we’ve come up with over the years,” Bumpus said.
A fast-changing IT security landscape presents another challenge for putting the program together. The stakes are high and the malicious hackers are smart.
“I want to see and hear about these things, because I want to make sure I’m the guy who knows how to stop that before it happens to me,” Bumpus said. “For me, I look at it more of, this is awesome this is what our field is about because it helps us differentiate ourselves as professionals from the rest of the IT professional pack out there, because it’s always changing, it’s always a challenge.”
But the event will also add a Music City touch: Local singer-songwriters will perform during lunch and during the reception at the end.
“These are folks who’ve written the songs you hear in country music top 50, and they’ll be there discussing the songs they’ve written, how the songs came to be, and then performing during lunch and afterwards,” Bumpus said. “So this is a nice little extra something to keep the flow, keep the energy up, make it be a conference that feels more accessible.”