The Security Experts Next Door: Enterprise Defense on a Lean Budget

On-Demand Webcast|1 hour

Balancing tight security budgets with growing threats is challenging for resource-limited IT teams. Taking the right approach, even organizations with 50 - 2,000 employees can build resilient and effective cybersecurity.

Learn proven methods for strengthening security from industry experts.

Moderated by Bill Brenner of CyberRisk Alliance, our panel includes:

  • Amanda Berlin, Blumira’s Head of Detection Engineering, will share real-world tips from her Defensive Security Handbook on architecting foundational controls on a budget.
  • Tom Lawrence, 25+ year IT thought leader will offer candid, pragmatic security advice for small, mid-size, and growing companies.
  • Paul Asadoorian, founder of Paul’s Security Weekly, will discuss leveraging open source tools and community resources.

Discover low-cost techniques for implementing robust security architectures and how to leverage automated detections and human expertise to bolster understaffed teams. Amanda will walk through real customer incidents highlighting best practices for complex threats.

Plan to leave empowered to immediately strengthen cybersecurity readiness within existing budgets. With guidance from the panel, even lean IT teams can achieve industry-leading vigilance.

Reserve your spot for practical insights and advice for maximizing security.


Amanda Berlin
Lead Incident Detection Engineer

Amanda Berlin is Lead Incident Detection Engineer at Blumira, where she leads the development of new detections for the Blumira platform, based on threat intelligence and research. An accomplished author, speaker, and podcaster, Amanda is known for her ability to communicate complex technical concepts in a way that is accessible and engaging for audiences of all backgrounds. She co-authored an O’Reilly Media book Defensive Security Handbook: Best Practices for Securing Infrastructure, a comprehensive guide for starting an infosec program from the ground up. She is also co-host of Brakeing Down Security, a podcast about the world of cybersecurity, privacy, compliance, and regulatory issues that arise in today’s workplace. Amanda is the CEO and co-founder of Mental Health Hackers, a non-profit organization that aims to raise awareness about mental health issues in the cybersecurity community. Amanda is on Twitter as @InfoSystir, where she can be found cracking jokes, posting selfies, and expressing her love for hedgehogs.

Paul Asadoorian
Principal Security Evangelist

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more.

Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable.
In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. Paul grew Security Weekly into a network of security podcasts spanning multiple topics, such as application security and business. It has been estimated that Paul has conducted over 1,000 interviews with security professionals and hosted more than 1,000 podcast episodes in cybersecurity. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance.

Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python, telling everyone he uses Linux as his daily driver, poking at the supply chain, and reading about UEFI and other firmware-related technical topics.

Tom Lawrence
Tech Consultant & Content Creator

With over 311,000 YouTube subscribers, Tom Lawrence has established himself as the leading voice for IT professionals seeking candid insights on emerging technologies. As the founder of Lawrence Technology Services and host of his popular YouTube channel, Tom draws on over 25 years of hands-on experience to offer pragmatic advice on everything from security to infrastructure.On his YouTube channel, Tom takes a no-nonsense approach to discussing complex IT topics, breaking them down into actionable recommendations. His instructional videos are entertaining, delivering answers with patience and humor.Tom is versed in both cutting-edge technologies and the day-to-day realities of managing IT infrastructure and teams. From early days tinkering with his Tandy TRS-80 to founding a successful managed IT services provider in Detroit, relentless curiosity and experimentation have paved his path.While the channel focuses on empowering fellow IT professionals, it also provides an inside look at Tom’s career progression and lessons learned. For IT leaders navigating today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, Tom delivers thoughtful guidance grounded in decades of real-world experience.

Bill Brenner
VP, Content Strategy
CyberRisk Alliance

Bill Brenner is VP of Content Strategy at CyberRisk Alliance — an InfoSec content strategist, researcher, director, tech writer, blogger and community builder. He was formerly director of research at IANS, senior writer/content strategist at Sophos, senior tech writer for Akamai Technology’s Security Intelligence Research Team (Akamai SIRT), managing editor for and senior writer for