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November 2 @ 5:00 pm EDT to November 3 @ 6:00 pm EDT

November Cyber Executive Forum 2023

ISSA's Cyber Executive Forum is a quarterly gathering of some of the brightest minds in the cyber security world. Join us and other cyber security leaders at the The Adolphus, Autograph Collection in Dallas, TX, on November 2 and November 3 for the latest Cyber Executive Forum.

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Learn. Engage. Socialize.

The cyber executive forum is a unique, intimate learning experience designed exclusively for C-level cyber professionals. Attendance is by invitation only.

  • Interactive expert-led talks and panels Listen to experts who provide knowledge and experience on topics in cybersecurity, leadership, and wellness.
  • Roundtable sessions Gather with peers from leading organizations and various industries to discuss relevant topics inspired by the latest topics and research in small-group sessions.
  • Peer conversations. Join peer-to-peer discussions organically throughout the forum. Discover how C-level security executives discover ways to tackle the challenges you face every day.
  • Social engagements Enjoy and build new business relationships with peers as they engage in welcome receptions and special evening events.

Each forum provides new concepts and actionable ideas to bring back to your organization to help you achieve critical business results.

CEUs / CPE Credits

By attending a full day at the Cyber Executive Forum, you will receive 8 Continuing Education Units or Continuing Professional Education Credits.


The Cyber Executive Forum is “By Invitation Only” and all attendees are pre-screened & approved in advance.

CEUs / CPE Credits

By attending a full day at the Cyber Executive Forum, you will receive 8 Continuing Education Units or Continuing Professional Education Credits.


The Cyber Executive Forum is “By Invitation Only” and all attendees are pre-screened & approved in advance.

November 2023 Cyber Executive Forum Speaker Lineup

Dr. Shawn P. Murray

Shawn Murray is a Principal Scientist with the United States Missile Defense Agency and is an officer in the US Civil Air Patrol.Previous assignments include…

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Betty Burke

Betty currently serves on the ISSA International Board of Directors and is a past President of the MN-ISSA chapter.  Betty has over twenty years’ experience…

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Marc Thompson

Marc Thompson became a managing partner of ITPG in December 2001. In this role, Marc managed multiple cyber security associations, including (ISC)2 which delivered the…

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Pam Fusco

Pam Fusco

Pamela Fusco has over 29 years of experience in the infosec industry. An active member of the ISSA since 1998, she was instrumental in orchestrating…

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Dr. Curtis Campbell

Dr. Curtis Campbell serves as Director on the International Board of Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). She holds Bachelor and Master of Science degrees from…

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Laura Harder

Laura Harder is an experienced cyber-security leader with over 22 years of military service and 19 years in the private sector. Currently a Cloud Solutions…

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George Finney

George Finney is a Chief Information Security Officer that believes that people are the key to solving our cybersecurity challenges. George is the bestselling author…

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Julian Edgar

As Head of Americas for CyberVadis, Julian is responsible for helping organizations assess and reduce their third party cybersecurity risks with both a screening solution…

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Lou Rabon

With over 26 years of experience, Lou Rabon is a seasoned technology professional. Lou has dedicated 22 years to Cybersecurity and 9 years to International…

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Allen Lieberman

Alan, Chief Product Officer at Tessian, boasts over 20 years of experience in the Software-as-a-Service sector. His visionary leadership and deep industry knowledge have been…

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Anita Karim

Anita Karim serves as the Vice President of Policy, Risk, and Control for CISO at Citi Bank. She has over 15 years of experience in…

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CISO Executive members attend at no charge (generous options are available for other members as well as guests).

Cyber Executive Forum November 2

Time Session Speaker
5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Securing the Future: Mastering Cybersecurity Budgets Amidst Trends, Challenges, and Strategic Approaches

Join us for this exciting and interactive session where audience participation is not just welcomed, it's encouraged! Are you struggling to justify your cybersecurity budget to peers and board members? Worried about breach fatigue from overwhelming bad news?
In today's ever-evolving threat landscape, experienced cybersecurity professionals face the critical task of strategically allocating resources to safeguard their organizations. Get ready for an insightful deep dive into the challenges and trends of cybersecurity budget planning.
Drawing inspiration from recent news and events, we'll explore how economic headwinds impact cybersecurity spending. Discover how businesses prioritize their budgets to align with regulations and compliance.
Get ready to learn key strategies for investing in critical areas like identity and access management, cloud security, and risk management. You won't just leave with theoretical knowledge, but actionable takeaways to create a comprehensive cybersecurity budget plan that effectively shields your organization's sensitive data from current and future threats.
What you'll gain from this session:
• Develop effective strategies to advocate for your budget and communicate its importance.
• Stay informed about the latest trends and challenges in cybersecurity budget planning.
• Understand how real-world news and events impact cybersecurity spending.
• Master strategies for prioritizing investments and allocating resources.
• Acquire actionable insights to create a comprehensive cybersecurity budget plan.
Don't miss out on this engaging session that will transform the way you approach cybersecurity budgeting!

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  • Lou Rabon – CEO, Cyber Defense Group


The Adolphus, Autograph Collection

1321 Commerce Street, Dallas, TX 75202

Cyber Executive Forum November 3

Time Session Speaker
9:00 AM to 9:15 AM


  • Dr. Shawn P. Murray – President, ISSA International
9:15 AM to 10:00 AM

Breakfast – The rise and fall of email security

Business email compromise (BEC) is the number one threat organisations face today – it’s a $2.4bn (£1.9bn) problem and is highly lucrative for attackers. The attacks themselves aren’t difficult to execute, but traditional email security controls still can’t detect them because of their targeted and novel nature.

As with most things in cybersecurity, the attackers are always working to be one step ahead. They’re constantly moving, adapting, and trying to evade the defences we put in place. One of the reasons it’s so critical for us to adopt new ways to manage email security in 2023 is that we are at a turning point for both the tooling and the techniques used by attackers.
Reducing risk is difficult enough, but we can stay ahead when it comes to BECs with an AI-based approach to threat detection that is also context-aware. And there has never been a more important time to take action.

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  • Allen Lieberman – Chief Product Officer, Tessian
10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

Hacking Your Brain for Better Cybersecurity

The first step in your journey towards becoming secure is believing that you can be successful. Many of us are conditioned to believe we need to be cynical in order to be secure. In George's award-winning book, Well Aware, he demonstrates that the opposite is true...we can hack our own brain's "habit loop" to make being more secure easy. George will provide a roadmap on how to use the science behind habits that can help make security possible for anyone.

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  • George Finney – CEO, Well Aware Security
10:45 AM to 11:00 AM


11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Panel: Launching an AI Governance Program

Despite its benefits, AI can present a number of legal and ethical risks, and companies that are providing AI services — or considering implementing AI in any capacity — should be mindful and intentional about AI governance. Join us as we discuss the what, the why and the how for launching an AI Governance program. We will discuss the benefits of generative AI and ways to enable the business while addressing AI challenges and potential risks. And yes, enabling the business means using it in Cybersecurity, too. Where to start? We will discuss steps and strategies you can implement.

This is not a one-size-fits-all effort. Similar to other governance programs, such as privacy and information security, it is critical to understand how your company intends to leverage AI throughout the organization. Attendees will learn best practices and steps to create or tailor your governance program to include AI and how to include AI due diligence and oversight for your vendors.

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  • Pam Fusco – Board CFO, ISSA International, and CEO, ZuluTails
  • Betty Burke – COO/Secretary, ISSA International
  • Dr. Curtis Campbell – Vice President and Manager of IT Governance,
  • Laura Harder – Cloud Solutions Architect Technical Strategist, VMware
12:00 PM to 1:15 PM

Lunch – TPRM Challenges in 2023 (& some Solutions!) by Cybervadis

  • Julian Edgar – Regional Director - Head of Americas, CyberVadis
1:15 PM to 2:15 PM

Executive Roundtable

Group Discussion – Participants will be asked to form two groups for the roundtable, one strategic and one tactical.

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2:15 PM to 2:30 PM


2:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Roundtable readouts

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Challenges of Implementing Quantitative Cyber Risk

  • Anita Karim – Vice President of Policy, Risk, and Control, Citi Bank
4:00 PM to 4:15 PM

Closing remarks/raffle

  • Marc Thompson – Executive Director, ISSA International
4:15 PM to 5:15 PM

Closing reception

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