2020 Chicago/Columbus Virtual
CISO Roundtable

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM CT
Web Conference, Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH

This roundtable at the Chicago/Columbus Virtual Forum is designed exclusively for CISOs and senior level information security executives to learn and share insights in a confidential setting.

The agenda is being developed and has the following confirmed tracks so far. Please see below for more information on the sessions and speakers.



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8:45 AM - 9:15 AM

IANS Opening Remarks and Introductions


Behnam Dayanim

Global Chair, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice

Behnam Dayanim is based in Paul Hastings’ Washington, DC, office where he serves as global chair of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity practice, chairs its Advertising & Gaming practice, and is a member of the firm’s Fintech & Payments and National Security practices. His work in cybersecurity and privacy includes regulatory counseling and compliance and breach and regulatory investigations. He regularly practices before the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general and financial services regulators on cybersecurity matters.


Aaron Charfoos

Partner, Litigation Department, Privacy and Cybersecurity Practice

Aaron Charfoos is an accomplished privacy and data protection trial lawyer. He regularly guides clients through high profile incident response, privacy litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, coordinates crisis communications and advises on Coordinated Vulnerability Disclosures. Aaron litigated his first privacy case in 2010, building on a decade of experience in patent and technology cases. Aaron also translates this experience into pre-breach preparation and consultation.

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.

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM

The Changing Landscape in Cybersecurity, Privacy, and Risk Management

with Behnam Dayanim, Aaron Charfoos, and Phil Gardner

Behnam Dayanim and Aaron Charfoos, Partners in the Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice for Paul Hastings in DC, will join IANS CEO Phil Gardner for a discussion on the business and privacy implications of today’s cyber headlines. Dayanim and Charfoos will speak from their work with dozens of Fortune 500 companies to cover:

  • COVID-19-related business changes & what forward-thinking CISOs are doing differently in response to emerging security and privacy challenges.
  • Why CISOs get fired - lessons learned from mistakes CISOs make post-breach around board interactions, working with auditors, attorneys, and more.
  • Where US federal & state privacy legislation is headed and what CISOs need to do prepare now.
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #1

with Axonius

Stephen Clark

Retired Major General, United States Air Force

Stephen is the COO of Summit Technology Laboratory (STL), a deep tech projection mapping start-up based out of Irvine CA. Stephen serves on the boards of Education Loan Finance (ELFi), a not-for-profit student loan financial holding company, Support Systems Associates INC (SSAI) a medium size defense contractor and the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF), a national charity. Stephen served 32 years in the United States Air Force Special Operations community retiring as a Major General. He is a combat pilot with multiple deployments in Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq with leadership tours at the squadron, group, wing and Task Force level.

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Leading During Crisis: Adjusting Your Leadership to Build Team Resiliency in Uncertain Times

with Stephen Clark

Keeping teams productive and engaged changes during difficult times. Retired Major General Stephen Clark will pull from his 32 years of Air Force experience to discuss how leadership changes in a crisis and provide guidance on how CISOs can lead teams through challenges. Stephen will:

  • Present specific leadership actions to take during a crisis.
  • Highlight leadership skills to develop for building resilient teams.
  • Guide participants through a peer-to-peer exercise to extrapolate those leadership skills.

Stephen will provide an image of what crisis leadership looks like and a specific skill takeaway to help you manage your team through the COVID-19 crisis.

10:40 AM - 10:50 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #2

with Contrast
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break


Dave Kennedy

IANS Faculty

Dave is the Founder and Owner of TrustedSec, an information security consulting firm, and Binary Defense, a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) that detects attackers early to prevent large-scale invasions. In addition to creating several widely popular open-source tools, including 'The Social-Engineer Toolkit' (SET), PenTesters Framework (PTF), and Artillery. David has also released security advisories, including zero-days, with a focus on security research.

Prior to his work in the private sector, Dave served in the United States Marine Corps (USMC), focusing on cyber warfare and forensics analysis activities, including two tours to Iraq. He also served on the board of directors for (ISC)2, which is one of the largest security collectives and offers certifications such as the CISSP.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

How Red Raises the Bar: Attacking Your Security Program to Inform Risk Conversations

with Dave Kennedy

Most organizations are still at basic or moderate levels of security. Organized criminals are more sophisticated than most businesses. To counter this, CISOs need to understand the weak points in their security programs, security products, and ability to identify attacks early on. This allows organizations to make stronger risk evaluations. In this session, IANS Faculty member Dave Kennedy will:

  • Demo weaknesses in next-gen security platforms.
  • Show the gaps with stock products versus investment in people and technology.
  • Cover how you can leverage validation testing (red teaming) and emulations vs. simulations to raise your bar.
  • Provide guidance on how to use this knowledge to raise the bar of entry to compromise and limit dwell time.

Kennedy will offer insights on how performing continual red teaming provides visibility the risk associated with emerging security tools, equipping you to assess vendors and bolster the defenses to your existing security program.

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #3

with ZeroFOX
11:40 AM - 11:55 AM

CISO Feedback Time on Solution Provider Case Studies

Spread throughout the day, vendor executives will walk you through 10-minute, real-world case studies on the value their products bring to Fortune 1000 clients. To include:

  • The problems they solve.
  • Ease of implementation.
  • Ongoing solution roadmap and support.

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

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.

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM

CISO Executive Search Panel – Propelling Your Career in a Post-Pandemic World

with Steven Martano, Michael Piacente, and Collin Snow

In our final session, IANS will moderate a discussion with CISO executive recruiters on how the market has changed in COVID-19’s wake and the pandemic’s big-picture impact on security careers. We'll Discuss:

  • The specific security job market changes that have occurred in response to COVID-19.
  • How the infosec world has shifted and the resulting skills needed to advance your career.
  • How demand for CISOs has changed, including updates on what’s happening in terms of hiring and compensation.

2020 Chicago/Columbus Virtual 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.

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