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Scottsdale 2016

Scottsdale, AZ | Mon, Feb 8 - Sat, Feb 13, 2016
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CISO Hot Topic: Communicating to and Influencing CEOs and Boards of Directors: What Works and What to Avoid

  • John Pescatore, Alan Paller
  • Tuesday, February 9th, 4:00pm - 6:30pm

* This session will be held in Mountain Standard Time (MST)

Location: Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas

With security breaches regularly making headlines in mainstream media, CEOs, Boards of Directors and agency heads are focusing on cybersecurity and looking for answers from the CISO. As part of a continuing series of 'CISO Hot Topic' sessions, at SANS Scottsdale SANS will present sessions with real world lessons learned and 'What Works' examples for CISOs to learn how to take advantage of opportunities to interact with top management in ways that lead to increases in the effectiveness of the security program.


4:00pm - 4:30pm: Opening Talk: Kim Jones, Vantive CISO

4:30pm - 5:00pm: John Pescatore, SANS Director - "Creating and Monitoring Business Meaningful Security Metrics"

5:00pm - 5:45pm: Alan Paller, SANS Founder and Research Director - "The Most Important Errors CISOs Make in Briefing Top Executives and Boards, And Four Techniques That Have Worked Well"

5:45pm - 6:30pm: Discussion and Networking Reception

Highlight Points:

* Briefing the board of directors is an opportunity to proactively improve the visibility security receives - which can be a good thing or a bad thing. However, it is also an opportunity to make mistakes that hurt a career.

* In order to take advantage of the opportunity to brief the BoD, CISOs need to understand the expectations board members have when they hear from any C-level corporate executive. SANS discussions with board members shows that all too often there is a big disconnect.

* Effective communications to the board requires both meaningful data and a communications approach and style that work to actually influence BoD member's discussions and recommendations and to drive the change necessary to make advances in corporate cybersecurity.

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Bonus Sessions

The following bonus sessions are open to all paid attendees at no additional cost. There are many different types of events that fall into these categories:

  • SANS@Night: Evening presentations given after day courses have ended. This category includes Keynotes.
  • Special Events: SANS-hosted events and other non-technical recreational offerings. This category includes, but is not limited to, Receptions and Information Tables.
  • Vendor: Events hosted by external vendor exhibitors.
  • Master's Degree Presentation: Presentations given by SANS Technology Institute's Master's Degree candidates.
Monday, February 8
Session Speaker Time Type
General Session - Welcome to SANS Bryan Simon Monday, February 8th, 8:15am - 8:45am Special Events
Evolving Threats & Defences Paul A. Henry Monday, February 8th, 7:15pm - 9:15pm Keynote
Tuesday, February 9
Session Speaker Time Type
CISO Hot Topic: Communicating to and Influencing CEOs and Boards of Directors: What Works and What to Avoid John Pescatore, Alan Paller Tuesday, February 9th, 4:00pm - 6:30pm Vendor Event
Card Fraud 101 G. Mark Hardy Tuesday, February 9th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Offensive Countermeasures, Active Defenses, and Internet Tough Guys John Strand Tuesday, February 9th, 8:15pm - 9:15pm SANS@Night
Wednesday, February 10
Session Speaker Time Type
The NEW CISSP exam was implemented on April 15, 2015 David R. Miller Wednesday, February 10th, 7:15pm - 8:15pm SANS@Night
Shoestring Virtualization - Reducing the Risk to Small Business Data from Compromised Remote Networks Christopher Jarko - Master's Degree Candidate Wednesday, February 10th, 8:15pm - 8:55pm Master's Degree Presentation