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CISO Hot Topic: Communicating to and Influencing CEOs and Boards of Directors: What Works and What to Avoid

  • Tuesday, February 09, 2016 at 6:00 PM EST (2016-02-09 23:00:00 UTC)
  • John Pescatore, Alan Paller


  • Palo Alto Networks

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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 advice 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.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Time Event
4:00pm - 4:30pm Opening Talk: Kim Jones, Vantive CISO
4:30pm - 5:00pm Creating and Monitoring Business Meaningful Security Metrics

John Pescatore, SANS Director

5:00pm - 5:45pm The Most Important Errors CISOs Make in Briefing Top Executives and Boards, And Four Techniques That Have Worked Well

Alan Paller, SANS Founder and Research Director

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.

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

John Pescatore (moderator) is the director emerging security trends for the SANS Institute. A former vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner, Pescatore has over 30 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining Gartner, he was senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems and a security engineer for the U.S. Secret Service and the National Security Agency.

Alan Paller

Alan Paller is the director of research for the SANS Institute, responsible for projects ranging from the Internet Storm Center (the Internet's early warning system with 500,000 sensors around the world) to the Top Ten Security Menaces of the coming year. He also edits NewsBites, the twice-weekly summary of the most important news stories in security. But he says his most satisfying responsibility is finding people who have solved important security problems and helping SANS 85,000 alumni in 60 countries learn about those people and their discoveries.

Alan earned degrees in computer science and engineering from Cornell and MIT. He wrote hundreds of articles on computer graphics, EIS and computer security, and authored two books, The EIS Book: Information Systems for Top Managers and How to Give the Best Presentation of Your Life.

He has testified before the House and Senate, and in 2001 the President named Alan as one of the original members of the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. In 2005 the Federal CIO Council chose him as its annual Azimuth Award winner recognizing his singular vision and outstanding service to government information technology.

His degrees are from Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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