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August CISO Forum Boston 2012

Theme: Communication in the C-Suite
Date: August 2-3, 2012
Location: Boston, MA

Please see agenda (below) for presentation slide links.

As CISOs, we have spent our careers advocating for security within our organizations. We are challenged to cultivate impeccable technical expertise while managing teams to create a competitive advantage for our company. Many of us have garnered a refined technical skill set however, are we prepared as CISOs to effectively communicate our security needs to the executive suite? Infamous breaches, BYOD, and constant attacks have proven to the C-suite that security is a top business priority. Now that information security has come to the forefront the business agenda, and we have captivated the decision makers, what is that we have to say? How do we say it?

Register today to join us for this peer-only event. Click here for guest registration and criteria. First time qualified guests may attend at no charge.

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    Event Registration

    CISO Executive Members click here to register to attend this ISSA CISO Executive Forum. Rooming reservations can be made at the host hotel, as described below.

    CISO Guests must meet Membership Criteria to attend.



    Thursday – August, 2 2012
    Empress Ballroom, 14th Floor

    5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Opening Keynote Dinner:
    Dave Cullinane - Former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), eBay

    Drawing on more than 30 years of global experience, Dave Cullinane will explore challenges that CISOs face while in the C-Suite. This session will provide unique solutions and further your insight into the executive perspective.

    Friday - August 3, 2012
    Charles View Ballroom, 16th Floor
    8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

    Registration and Breakfast

    9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

    Opening Comments and Welcome Address
    Kim Jones - Information Risk Manager , General Dynamics C4 Systems

    9:30 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.

    Working With Your CEO/ VIP
    Kevin S. Hill - Chief Operating Officer, Long Term Care Partners, LLC

    Effectively presenting the security business case is critical to the CISO’s executive role, yet how many of us have an insight into our CEO’s perspective? This session will review what it is that your CEO wants to know when they effectively make business decisions that impact your organization’s security. Learn how to properly build your security case while engaging your CEO with optimal results.

    Click here for presentation slides.

    10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

    Networking Break-Sponsor Pavilion

    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Industry Expert Panel

    Moderated By:
    Kim Jones – Information Risk Manager, General Dynamics C4 Systems

    Gumbs – Director, Solutions Architecture, WhiteHat Security, Inc.

    Steve Higgins – VP, Global Professional Services, Sophos

    John Kirkwood – CISO, Security Innovation
    Kent Sinclair – Managing Director,
    Stroz Friedberg
    William Young – Principal Solutions Architect,

    12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

    Networking Lunch

    1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    Communicating With Your CIO
    Joe McGrath - SVP, IT, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.
    The relationship between CISO and CIO is a unique one that is often controversial. Learn how to better understand your CIO to create a common culture that will improve the overall business environment for your organization.

    Click here for presentation slides.

    2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

    Networking Break-Sponsor Pavilion

    2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Translating Geek Into Business
    Bob Bragdon - Publisher, CSO Magazine
    Bridging the gap between technical and non-technical individuals is a challenge that organizations constantly face. Those who find themselves in the CISO role have often gone through the successful ranks by utilizing a technical skill set. Finding themselves now in the executive suite, they have not cultivated the non-technical skill set required for business acumen. Learn how to build this skill set from one of the top communication professionals in our industry in this session.

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    3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Networking Break-Sponsor Pavilion

    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Open Discussion

    5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Closing Reception

    *Please note: all times and speakers are subject to change.


    Hyatt Regency Cambridge, Overlooking Boston
    575 Memorial Drive
    Cambridge, MA 02139

    Phone: 402-592-6464 / 888-421-1442

    Rooming Reservations

    Rooming reservations can be made at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge.

    Please make your reservations no later than 5:00 PM on July 9, 2012 to take advantage of the $149 (+ tax) discounted rate for the dates August 2-3. CISO Members: Please make your reservation at the at the Hyatt Regency Cambridge. ISSA will make arrangements with the facility to pay for one room night at the $149 (+ tax) rate for all confirmed members.

    Click here to make reservations for August 2-3.

    Transportation Options

    Transportation options can be found by clicking here.



    Please contact Kris Tanaka at ISSA International Headquarters
    1 866 349 5818 ext. 105
    Direct: 1 503 214 2294

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