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Monthly Chapter Meeting – September 2023 IN PERSON ONLY

September 7, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


Monthly Chapter Meeting | THURSDAY September 7, 2023 | 5:30  – 8:00 pm




We have a location to meet in person!

NC Biotech Center RTP

15 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC 27709

NEW Location:
NC Biotech Center RTP
Durham, NC 27709


  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM – Networking / Food & Drinks
  • 5:45 – 6:45 PM – Career Services
    • 5:45-5:50 PM – Informal Discussion
    • 5:50-6:30 PM – Formal Presentation & Q&A
    • 6:30-6:45 PM – Recruiter Update & Job Opportunities
  • 6:00 – 6:50 PM –
    • Leveraging AI in Cloud Security Posture Assessment: A Practical, Hands-on Approach” | Manny Landron, Head of Cloud Security at Aligned Technology Group
  • 6:50 – 7:00  PM – Board Updates

7:00 PM – Keynote: Sean Deuby, Principal Technologist

Sean Deuby

Sean Deuby brings 30 years’ experience in Enterprise IT and Hybrid Identity to his role as Director of Services at Semperis. An original architect and technical leader of Intel’s Active Directory, Texas Instrument’s Windows NT network, and 15-time MVP alumnus, Sean has been involved with Microsoft identity technology since its inception. His experience as an identity strategy consultant for many Fortune 500 companies gives him a broad perspective on the challenges of today’s identity-centered security. Sean is also an industry journalism veteran; as former technical director for Windows IT Pro, he has over 400 published articles on Active Directory, Azure Active Directory and related security, and Windows Server. He has presented sessions at multiple CIS / Identiverse conferences.


Operational resilience today depends on your ability to prevent and quickly recover from the disruptions caused by cyberattacks. For most organizations, identity-first security is the key to such resilience. As Gartner notes, “misused credentials are now the top technique used in breaches…. attackers are targeting Active Directory and the identity infrastructure with phenomenal success.”

Active Directory (AD) has long been a prime attack vector because of security vulnerabilities and misconfigurations that cybercriminals love to exploit. But by deploying a strong Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR) strategy, you can identify and address AD and Azure AD vulnerabilities, hardening your defenses against identity-related attacks and improving operational resilience.

In this session, Sean Deuby, Principal Technologist at Semperis, walks you through the connection between ITDR and operational resilience, recent identity-related cyberattacks, how threat actors breach AD and Azure AD, and how you can close common attack entry points. You’ll learn:

  • Why ITDR is key to operational resilience
  • Common tactics that threat actors use to target AD/Azure AD as an entry point into your environment
  •  How to detect vulnerabilities in hybrid AD environments, including indicators of exposure (IOEs) and indicators of compromise (IOCs)
  •  How to guard against attacks that bypass traditional logging methods
  • How to ensure, a fast, clean AD forest recovery post-attack
B2B – Manny Landron, Head of Cloud Security at Aligned Technology Group
Back-to-Basics Subject: Leveraging AI in Cloud Security Posture Assessment: A Practical, Hands-on Approach”


In the dynamic world of cloud computing, assessing security posture has become more complex yet more essential than ever. In fact, you can argue that Cloud Security Posture Management is table stakes. However, with the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI), specifically generative AI, we can transform how we evaluate, interpret, and act upon these assessments.

Join us in this practical session titled, “Leveraging AI in Cloud Security Posture Assessment: A Practical, Hands-on Approach”. This session will guide attendees through the step-by-step process of conducting a comprehensive cloud security posture assessment, capturing the essential elements of an effective security review from identification of misconfigurations to detection of vulnerabilities in a cloud environment.

But we don’t stop there. Moving beyond the traditional assessment, we dive into how to employ cutting-edge generative AI to analyze the assessment results. We will demonstrate how this advanced technology can intelligently evaluate complex security data, predict potential security risks, and generate targeted, actionable risk mitigation guidance.

Attendees will leave this session equipped with practical knowledge and techniques that they can apply to enhance the security of their own cloud environments. With a mix of traditional assessment methods and innovative AI technologies, we can stay a step ahead in securing our cloud infrastructures. Regardless of your role in your organization, you’ll find valuable takeaways from this practical, hands-on workshop. Prepare to roll up your sleeves, learn, and participate in shaping the future of cloud security.



September 7, 2023
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT