2020 Minneapolis
CISO Roundtable

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Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Hyatt Regency Minneapolis, 1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN

This one-day roundtable at the Minneapolis Information Security Forum is designed exclusively for CISOs and senior level information security executives to learn and share insights in a confidential setting.



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CISO Roundable Agenda

9:50 AM - 10:20 AM

IANS Overview & CISO Attendee Introductions

Brendan Leary

Brendan Leary

McChrystal Group, Senior Principal

Brendan Leary is a Senior Principal at McChrystal Group, where he works as part of our Advisory Services team. Brendan has supported companies in several industries and is currently advising an international wealth management company.

Brendan has deep experience in leadership, team building, planning, crisis and deliberate decision-making, and operational execution. He has driven organizational transformation and achieved results at the executive-level in every organization in which he has served. Recently transitioned from the Naval Special Warfare community, Brendan has 21 years of experience leading SEALs and other special operations units. His diverse military career has included counterterrorism, undersea operations, contingency operations in Liberia, combat operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, and counter-insurgency and stability operations in Africa.

Prior to joining McChrystal Group, Brendan was the Deputy Commander of an 1,800-member special operations organization with nine subsidiaries and regional responsibilities on three continents. He has led, mentored and improved high-performing teams to execute sensitive missions, build strategic relationships, and develop effective technical solutions in complex, dynamic, and high-risk environments.

Brendan earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Springfield College and a Master of Science degree in Military Strategic Studies from the Marine Corps University.

Better Decision Making through ‘Management’ Red Teaming

with Brendan Leary

Retired U.S. Navy Seal Officer Brendan Leary of the McChrystal Group will lead a leadership workshop designed to improve your executive decision-making skills. Through lecture and interactive exercises, ‘management’ red teaming will push you to think critically about systemic risks, your embedded biases, and how to identify your blind spots that hinder your leadership.

Andrew Gernt

Andrew Gernt

Associate, Brunswick Group

Andrew is an Associate in Brunswick’s Washington, D.C. office where he supports clients on crisis communications, stakeholder engagement, corporate reputation, and public affairs campaigns. He is the Chief of Staff to the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice. Prior to joining Brunswick Group, Andrew worked on several political campaigns providing strategic communications advice, preparing public remarks, and serving as a campaign spokesman. He began his career on Capitol Hill where he served as U.S. Congressman David Cicilline’s Communications Director and U.S. Senator Jack Reed’s Deputy Press Secretary.

Andrew received his master’s degree in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Colorado at Boulder.


Siobhan Gorman

Siobhan Gorman

Partner, Brunswick Group

Siobhan Gorman is a Partner in the Washington, D.C., office of the Brunswick Group, where she concentrates on crisis, cybersecurity, public affairs, and media relations. Siobhan has worked on corporate crisis across a range of industries, including financial services, healthcare, defense, entertainment, technology, and automotive. 

Siobhan has also led a range of cybersecurity, public affairs, litigation, and corporate reputation projects in the financial, retail, airline, and technology sectors. Tapping her longtime journalism experience, she regularly advises clients on media relations issues and conducts media training for executives. 

Siobhan is a member of the Senior Advisory Group for Harvard University’s Defending Digital Democracy Project, which is focused on preventing and mitigating cyberattacks on the election process. She is also member of the Advisory Committee for Brown University's Executive Master in Cybersecurity.

Prior to joining Brunswick, Siobhan had a successful 17-year career as a reporter, most recently at The Wall Street Journal. At The Journal, she covered a range of national security and law enforcement topics, including counterterrorism, intelligence, and cybersecurity. Prior to joining The Journal in 2007, Siobhan was a Washington correspondent for The Baltimore Sun covering intelligence and security. From 1998 to 2005, she was a staff correspondent for National Journal covering similar issues. She began her career as a researcher for a columnist at The Washington Post.

Siobhan won the 2006 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Washington Correspondence for her coverage of the National Security Agency and in 2000 received a special citation in national magazine writing from the Education Writers Association. She has been nominated three times for the Pulitzer Prize and is a graduate of Dartmouth College.

Hit by Ransomware – Now What?

with Andrew Gernt and Siobhan Gorman

Siobhan Gorman and Andrew Gernt of the Brunswick Group will lead a crisis management workshop that simulates a ransomware attack that delivers sequential, unpleasant surprises. This interactive workshop will force you to weigh decisions that deliver ‘bad’ or ‘worse’ outcomes, to communicate to the C-suite with limited information, and to learn how to manage the press in the midst of a crisis.

Rockie Brockway

Rockie Brockway

Practice Lead, Office of the CSO, TrustedSec

Rockie is an experienced 25-year veteran of IT/IS and highly technical Information Security Analyst, Design Architect/Assessor specializing in Business Systems/Impact Analysis. Through an understanding of business needs in relation to protecting business critical data (Brand Protection), he assists organizations in achieving their desired business outcomes. He has consulted in nearly every vertical and marries a strong technical background with outstanding creativity, communication skills, leadership, team building/teamwork skills and business acumen.


Tim Bernard

Area Vice President, IANS

Tim leads IANS’ end user business in the Northeastern US, Midwestern US, and Canada. Tim graduated from Providence College with a degree in Business Economics.

Leveraging MITRE ATT&CK for Coverage Mapping and Controls Effectiveness

with Rockie Brockway and Tim Bernard

MITRE’s ATT&CK™ is a framework that supports infosec teams as they seek to improve their defensive posture. However, many CISOs do not understand how to use the ATT&CK framework to its fullest.

IANS Area Vice President Tim Bernard and Rockie Brockway, Senior Security Consultant at TrustedSec, will co-lead a session to set a baseline understanding of ATT&CK, and provide insights for leveraging the framework to improve:
  • Threat Modeling
  • Threat Hunting
  • Purple Teaming
  • Product Evaluations

Tim Bernard

Area Vice President, IANS

Tim leads IANS’ end user business in the Northeastern US, Midwestern US, and Canada. Tim graduated from Providence College with a degree in Business Economics.

Managing Your Career & More: An Executive Recruiter Panel

with Tim Bernard

IANS Area Vice President Tim Bernard will moderate a panel with two of the industry's leading CISO executive recruiters. The session will focus on career development and then move toward trends in hiring, reporting and compensation. We'll discuss:

  • What traits do recruiters look for in high performing CISOs?
  • What does it take to advance to the Fortune 500 ranks?
  • Has my compensation kept up with the market?
  • What three negotiation tips should I use for my next position?
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Networking Reception

After spending a day learning and sharing ideas with your peers, join us for a networking reception to unwind and share insights from the day.

2020 Minneapolis Facilitators


Tim Bernard

Area Vice President, IANS
Tim leads IANS’ end user business in the Northeastern US, Midwestern US, and Canada. Tim graduated from Providence College with a degree in Business Economics.

Hyatt Regency Minneapolis

1300 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN 55403

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