Cybersecurity & The Board - Choosing success over the Sarlacc Pit

Abstract

I regularly have conversations with cybersecurity leaders and experts across a range of industries. Recently on my Cyber Security Effectiveness Podcast, I’ve spoken with board members from several market-leading companies, in the public and private sectors, to understand their perspectives on cybersecurity.

These conversations demonstrate that board members are paying close attention to their organizations' security programs — their approach and effectiveness and the impact on risk posture. Additionally, board members' influence on the direction of a company’s security program has grown. As a result, IT leaders must report regularly that security technology, people, and processes are optimized to protect and defend the organization so that when a breach or attack does take place, it will have minimal impact on the brand and bottom line.

Attendee takeaways:

  • Understanding what boards really care about
  • Measuring and trending security effectiveness
  • Rationalizing - exposing gaps, retiring ineffective solutions, and prioritizing investments
  • Interpreting risk predicated on an intelligence-led approach to security
  • Communicating effectively

Speakers Information


Brian Contos

Brian Contos, VP & CISO, Mandiant Advantage. Brian is a seasoned executive, board advisor, and serial entrepreneur with 25+ years in the cybersecurity industry. After getting his start in security with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and later Bell Labs, he began the process of building security startups and taking multiple companies through successful IPOs and acquisitions, including Riptech, ArcSight, Imperva, McAfee, Solera Networks, Cylance, JASK, and Verodin. Brian has worked in over 50 countries across six continents. He has authored several books, his latest with the former Deputy Director of the NSA and speaks at events globally such as Black Hat, RSA, & Interop. Brian writes for Forbes Magazine and is often interviewed by the media. He was recently featured in a cyberwar documentary alongside General Michael Hayden, the former Director of the NSA and CIA.





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