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How do you build a network of devices and log taps that monitor security at the world’s largest conservation non-profit? Can it be done at low budget scale across over 100 offices effectively? Can defending against attacks on a laptop in Pennsylvania help to influence river flow metric collection?

Nick and Daniel have begun a journey to answer these types of questions, and would like to share how they are leveraging the Elastic Stack and other open source tools to generate, pull, and aggregate data from remote offices and better manage their security risk. They’ll also look at how a small group of geeks are working to set an example for broader data collection at their organization.

Daniel Shirer

Dan has spent the last fifteen years at The Nature Conservancy, much of that time as a Security Analyst. He spends his time working to defend against threats to technology ecosystems so that the Conservancy can do the same in the natural world.

Nick Waringa

Nick is a guy who values living on a habitable planet. He spends his days and nights using his meager talent to support those that share this notion. His past gigs include CISO for the State of Vermont and roles in the insurance, finance, healthcare, and academic sectors. Despite his love of technology, Nick values relationships with people and absorbing vitamin D via regular exposure to nature.