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SANS to Host CISO Hot Topic Series at the SANSFIRE Event in Washington, D.C.

Will Detail How to Communicate with and Influence CEOs and Boards of Directors

  • Bethesda, MD
  • April 19, 2016

SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced its next CISO Hot Topic series discussion which will take place at the SANSFIRE 2016 training event in Washington, D.C. June 11 - 18. The CISO Hot Topic sessions offer real world lessons learned and 'What Works' examples. These discussions were created to help CISOs take advantage of their interactions with top management in ways that lead to increases in the effectiveness of an organization's security program.

"Briefing the board of directors is an opportunity to drive changes that are needed to protect the business and its customers. Yet, board members often report CISOs are unprepared, wasting the opportunity to advance the security cause and often losing credibility," said John Pescatore, SANS' Director of Emerging Security Trends. "To be successful when communicating to the board, CISOs need to collect meaningful metrics, understand the expectations board members have and be able to relate critical security issues to business priorities. The CISO Hot Topic series was developed to help CISOs communicate more effectively and to drive changes that are necessary to make advances in corporate cybersecurity."

Steve Martino, VP Information Security, Cisco will kick off the SANSFIRE CISO Hot Topic session. Immediately following, Pescatore will speak about Creating and Monitoring Business Meaningful Security Metrics. Alan Paller, SANS Founder and Research Director, will close the session with a detailed talk on The Most Important Errors CISOs Make in Briefing Top Executives and Boards, and Four Techniques that have Worked Well. Immediately following the CISO Hot Topic session SANS' CISO and Instructor, Frank Kim, will lead a session on CISO Success Strategies.

About SANSFIRE 2016

SANSFIRE will feature more than 45 hands-on immersion style training courses and bonus evening sessions led by SANS' Internet Storm Center (ISC) handlers. Each evening, ISC handlers will share riveting talks on their most interesting experiences and newest cyber hazards.

SANSFIRE courses will cover a broad array of topics including IT security, digital forensics, ethical hacking, penetration testing, software security, developer, auditing, and industrial control systems. A number of security management courses will also be offered as well as special hosted courses including the popular Healthcare Security Essentials course.

For additional details on the CISO Hot Topic series, SANSFIRE 2016, or to register, please visit:

About SANS Institute

The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 60 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates a practitioner's qualifications via over 30 hands-on, technical certifications in cyber security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (