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2020 Washington, DC
CISO Roundtable

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC,

This one-day roundtable at the Washington, DC 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

Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Senior Advisor, Washington DC, Brunswick Group

Admiral Rogers joined Brunswick in July 2019 following a 37 yearcareer in the U.S. Navy and is a senior advisor to the firm in the areas of cyber security, privacy, geopolitics, technology and intelligence as well as crisis management and the challenges of leading large organizations in a democratic society in the digital age.

Mike retired from the Navy in 2018 after rising to the rank of four-staradmiral.He culminated his career with a four plus year stint serving simultaneously as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency –creating the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) then newest large war fighting organization and leading the U.S. government’s largest intelligence organization.In those roles he worked extensively with the leadership of the U.S. government, the DoD, and the U.S. Intelligence community as well as their international counterparts in the conduct of cyber and intelligence activity across the globe.He also assisted in the development of national and international policy with respect to cyber, intelligence and technology –including extensive work with corporate leadership in the finance, IT, telecommunications and technology sectors.

Mike is a graduate of Auburn University and also holds a Masters of Science in National Security.He is a distinguished graduate of the National war College and a graduate of highest distinction from the Naval War College.He is also an MIT Seminar XXI fellow and a Harvard Senior Executive in National Security alum.

Phil Gardner

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Having built IANS’ end-user research offering, Phil now oversees all strategic and operational decisions at IANS. Phil began his career in security with seven years with the U.S. Navy as a Strike Fighter Pilot & Ordnance Requirements Officer. After receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, he joined Goldman, Sachs & Co. in Mergers & Acquisitions and later became an associate with McKinsey & Company in Boston, MA. In 1996, Phil became one of the founders of Provant, Inc., a publicly traded training company serving the Fortune 1000 and Federal Government. He left Provant in 2000 to launch IANS. He graduated at the top of his class in US Navy Flight School.

10:20 AM - 11:10 AM

Cyberwar and its Impact on Business: A Discussion with Retired Admiral Mike Rogers

with Michael Rogers and Phil Gardner

Join IANS CEO Phil Gardner and Retired Admiral Mike Rogers, formerly Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and Director of the NSA, as they discuss the global cybersecurity issues impacting businesses. They’ll cover:

  • The widespread availability of NSA-level hacking tools: In light of the Bezos attack, can you even protect executives anymore?
  • The growing threat posed by nation states: Russia meddling in elections, China’s data lake of stolen information and the Iran situation.
  • The shift in Cyber Command: The impetus behind an aggressive approach to engaging the nation’s cyber adversaries and what businesses can learn from it.
  • The Huawei 5G situation: What’s real, what’s posturing and what should businesses do?

Businesses are often collateral damage in the global cyberwar. The conversation will help you develop a clearer sense of the risk climate and consider what you can do to protect your organization.

11:10 AM - 11:20 AM

Networking Break

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.

11:20 AM - 12:15 PM

Building Cross-Functional Enterprise Networks to Foster Organizational Influence

with Brendan Leary

Retired Navy SEAL Commanding Officer and current McChrystal Group Partner Brendan Leary will discuss why CISOs need to build cross-functional enterprise networks that create alliances in the workplace. From there, he’ll lead an exercise to help participants:

  • Identify leaders they need to target as allies
  • Determine the barriers and opportunities for connecting to those leaders
  • Partner with other CISOs to test your ideas and role-play interactions

Expect to come away from the session having mapped out connections you can make in your business to become an influencer within the executive team.

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Vendor Case Study Briefings

Executives from three vendors will walk you through 15-minute, real-world case studies on the value their products bring to Fortune 1000 clients. In a new format this year, they'll address:

  • The client’s challenge and vendor solution
  • How the vendor helped its client reach its outcome
  • The final results of the project

When they’re finished, we'll close the doors for a CISO-only conversation to share thoughts on what the vendors brought to the table.


Collin Snow

Area Vice President, IANS

Collin is an Area Vice President at IANS and currently responsible for overseeing, managing and growing IANS End User Business Practice in the Mid-west, Mid-Atlanta and Southern portions of the U.S. Collin obtained his Bachelor of Science from James Cook University in Australia and holds graduate certificates in Applied Project Management and Business Analysis from Boston University.

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

Leveraging MITRE ATT&CK for Coverage Mapping and Controls Effectiveness

with Collin Snow

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

IANS Area Vice President Collin Snow 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

Using a client example, we will also discuss leveraging ATT&CK to assess coverage mapping, controls effectiveness, and testing & validation. You will walk away from the session with detailed examples and practical applications.

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.

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Hit by Ransomware or Cyber Extortion – Now What?

with Andrew Gernt and Siobhan Gorman

The Brunswick Group will lead a crisis management workshop to show you how to protect your company’s reputation in the aftermath of ransomware and cyber extortion attacks. The session will include real-life case studies and a multifaceted negotiation scenario that will test your decision-making skills and ability to communicate with the C-suite during a crisis.

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Networking Break

William Houston

William Houston

Washington DC, Egon Zehnder

Will Houston, based in Washington, D.C., has more than 20 years of experience in the industrial and technology sectors, the military, and federal government. He is active in Egon Zehnder'sTechnology and Communications and Industrial practices.

Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Will was a Head of Strategic Partner Development in Google's Emerging Business Development group. Previously, Will served as the Director of Policy and Planning for Customs and Border Protection in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as a consultant with Diamond Technology Partners, where he advised Fortune 500 clients on digital strategy. Will began his career as an Army Intelligence Officer, serving four years on active duty. He continues to serve as a Reservist, recently with US Cyber Command.

Will earned an AB from Princeton University, an MBA from the Wharton School, and a master's in international relations and economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He was also a Fellow with the Robert Bosch Foundation in Berlin and serves on the advisory board of the Alumni & Friends of Princeton University ROTC. He is a passionate outdoorsman who loves duck hunting and fly fishing.

Steven Martano

Steven Martano

The Caldwell Partners, Consultant, Cyber Security Practice

Steven Martano is a consultant in Caldwell Partners’ Cyber Security Practice. He recruits across the information security function, including CISOs, CSOs, cyber advisory board members, and cyber leaders in professional services.

Steven spent seven years at Russell Reynolds Associates, where he helped build the Cyber Security and Supply Chain functional practices, serving as a member of the global Corporate Officers practice.

Earlier in his career, Steven worked at Sikorsky Aircraft (then part of United Technologies Corporation), where he led operations and financial planning for multi-billion contracts for the U.S military and key international customers in the Middle East, Asia and South America.

In addition to his professional career, Steven serves as an editor and featured writer at Beyond the Box Score, SB Nation’s baseball analytics platform, and is a contributing columnist to FanGraphs’ The Hardball Times. He holds a BA from The Catholic University of America and a master’s degree in economics & finance from Trinity College.

Michael Piacente

Michael Piacente

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Hitch Partners

Michael is the co-founder and Managing Partner for Hitch Partners. Michael brings over 23 years of combined Cloud and IT practitioner and executive search experience. Michael leads a focused portfolio of search projects focused in the CISO space with a particular emphasis on Engineering and Product oriented Security leaders (Security Engineering and DevSecOps). Prior to starting Hitch Partners, Michael was the Founder and Managing Technology Partner for CVPartners which focused on CIO and Head of IT search projects.. Prior to his executive search life, Michael was a leader in the managed cloud operations space; first as an early member of the SiteSmith (now AboveNet) and then as a co-founder of OpSource (now Dimension Data). Michael began his career with MTI, one of the pioneers in the managed storage space. He is a native of Maryland, he lives in San Francisco and holds a B.S. Degree from the University of Delaware.


Collin Snow

Area Vice President, IANS

Collin is an Area Vice President at IANS and currently responsible for overseeing, managing and growing IANS End User Business Practice in the Mid-west, Mid-Atlanta and Southern portions of the U.S. Collin obtained his Bachelor of Science from James Cook University in Australia and holds graduate certificates in Applied Project Management and Business Analysis from Boston University.

4:00 PM - 4:45 PM

CISO Executive Search Panel – Trends in Hiring and Compensation

with William Houston, Steven Martano, Michael Piacente, and Collin Snow

In our final session, IANS Area Vice President Collin Snow will moderate a discussion with William Houston, Steven Martano, and Michael Piacente, CISO executive recruiters. The session will focus first on career development and then move toward hiring, compensation trends, and negotiation best practices. 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?
4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Networking Reception

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

General Forum Opening

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Registration & Continental Breakfast

Come check in to receive your program and CPEs while enjoying a complimentary continental breakfast.
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

IANS Welcome & State of the Industry

Come join us as we welcome you to the Forum.
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Keynote Discussion

More information coming soon.
9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Networking Break

Join your peers and transition to the CISO Roundtable for a day of closed-door, high-level sessions.

2020 Washington, DC Facilitators


Collin Snow

Area Vice President, IANS

Collin is an Area Vice President at IANS and currently responsible for overseeing, managing and growing IANS End User Business Practice in the Mid-west, Mid-Atlanta and Southern portions of the U.S. Collin obtained his Bachelor of Science from James Cook University in Australia and holds graduate certificates in Applied Project Management and Business Analysis from Boston University.

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

801 Mount Vernon Place, Washington, DC

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