March 2021 Lunch & Learn


Thursday, March 18th, 12:00-1:15 PM

Where:  Virtual

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Cost: Free

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Chapter business (12:00 pm – 12:15 pm)
Presentation (12:15 pm – 1:15 pm)


The Future of Identity – Going Passwordless and Beyond

The onslaught of account takeover attacks that are due to compromised and insecure passwords is driving a strong need for passwordless solutions. However, eliminating passwords is only the first step on the path to a fundamentally strong authentication process. Equally important, particularly in the “new normal” era of work from anywhere and rapidly increasing cloud adoption, is the move to a risk-based authentication process without causing the end-user friction often seen with multi-factor authentication, VPNs, and intrusive device management. During this session, Kurt will discuss how cybersecurity and identity management are coming together where identity is truly the new perimeter, and the longer term future of identity management.

Topics will include:

  • Passwordless – the state of the art for strong authentication
  • Continuous risk-based authentication and the intersection of security and identity
  • Sovereign Identity


Kurt Johnson, VP Strategy & Business Development

As Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Kurt is responsible for Beyond Identity’s strategic growth initiatives, technology alliances, and channel relationships. Kurt comes to Beyond Identity from GreatHorn, a leader in cloud email security, where he was responsible for technology and channel relationships. Prior to GreatHorn Kurt was at FastPay, a leader in media finance solutions, where he managed FastPay’s strategic partners and served as GM of emerging products. Kurt came to FastPay via its acquisition of AnchorOps where he served as SVP Marketing & Corporate Development leading marketing, product management, and strategic alliances.

Prior to AnchorOps, Kurt was VP of Strategy & Corporate Development for Courion Corporation, a leader in identity and access management software, where he was responsible for corporate and product strategy, channels and alliances, and M&A activity. Kurt was instrumental in positioning Courion as an industry leader and served as its primary spokesperson and evangelist. Prior to Courion, Kurt was VP of the Service Management Strategies at META Group (acquired by Gartner) where he established himself as a leading authority in the areas of IT service management and security markets. Kurt has also held senior positions with The Bentley Company (acquired by eLoyalty), International Data Corporation (IDC), and Digital Equipment.

Kurt currently serves on the Board of Cambridge Savings Bank and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Marketing and Finance from Boston College.

Beyond Identity was founded by industry legends Jim Clark and Tom Jermoluk to eliminate passwords and radically change the way the world logs in. Beyond Identity’s mission is to empower the next generation of secure digital business. By replacing passwords with fundamentally secure X.509-based certificates and enabling continuous, risk-based authentication, the company’s patents-pending approach creates an extended Chain of Trust™ that dramatically improves security and provides a frictionless login experience. Beyond Identity’s cloud-native solution and advanced, standards-based architecture drastically reduces implementation time and costs – enabling customers to increase business velocity, implement new business models, and reduce operating costs. Visit for more information.

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ISSA Triad of NC

The Information Systems Security Association is a not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals and practitioners. It provides educational forums, publications, and peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill, and professional growth of its members.

The Triad of NC chapter provides a local resource for information security professionals to get together, learn new things, and develop relationships with others in the industry. If you are involved in information security, full or part time, or are simply interested in the subject, this organization is a great way to learn and grow.

The Triad of NC chapter meets the 4th Thursday of each month January – October and the 2nd Thursday in November and December.  Meeting venues are generally rotated monthly between ECPI in Greensboro and Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem.

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