2020 Los Angeles/Seattle Virtual
CISO Roundtable

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Thursday, October 15, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM PT
Web Conference, Los Angeles, CA, Seattle, WA

This roundtable at the Los Angeles/Seattle 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. 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

Ryan Leirvik

Ryan Leirvik

IANS Faculty

Ryan is a Principal at GRIMM, a boutique cybersecurity consultancy. He has spent the better part of two decades enhancing cyber programs at the world's largest institutions — from the Department of Defense to some of the most successful private and commercial organizations. He focuses largely on providing advanced capabilities for CISO's, as well as testing for best possible security practices at board of directors' requests.

Ryan’s C-level work experience also includes developing Board level metrics to measure and manage enterprise cyber risk, developing and instructing C-Suite cyber risk management courses, and establishing functional reporting metrics for assessing cyber readiness.

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM

Using Business Risk KPIs to Make a Budget Case to Management

with Ryan Leirvik

Competition for budget resources often leaves CISOs under-resourced. In this session, IANS Founder and CEO Phil Gardner and IANS Faculty member Ryan Leirvik will discuss how to present cyber risk as business risk when making a budget case for the board. Leirvik will cover:

  • Choosing a risk framework that aligns cyber and business risk.
  • Developing clear risk measures (KPIs and KRIs) that make sense to management.
  • Using those metrics to communicate and demonstrate tangible cost-avoidance opportunities.

The conversation will serve as a primer for measuring security risk in business terms so you can develop metrics that justify your budget needs.

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #1

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.

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Influence Like an Insurgent: Rethinking Communication for the New Normal

with Brendan Leary

The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting move to a digital workplace has pushed CISOs to rethink how they communicate with the rest of the business. In this session, the former Navy Seal and McChrystal Group Partner Brendan Leary will dive into how insurgents master messaging through precise, well-planned communications and apply those lessons to the CISO’s context. Leary will:

  • Cover tangible methods to adjust communication styles for digital platforms.
  • Show participants how to create communication plans to get business leaders on board with InfoSec strategies.
  • Run a simulation that allows attendees to create a hypothetical communication plan and get feedback from peers.

The challenges of digital communication mean CISOs can’t get by with improvisational messaging if they want to influence business executives and board members successfully. Expect to come away from this session with direct actions you can take to improve your communication planning and get the right messages to the right people.

10:40 AM - 10:50 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #2

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break


John Strand

IANS Faculty

John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) where he leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development. He is also a SANS Institute Senior Instructor. In these roles, John has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Utilizing Deception Strategies for a Layer of Effective, Efficient Protection

with John Strand

Deception strategies provide clear visibility into threat actors operating in your network without the overhead of typical monitoring services. In this session, IANS Faculty member John Strand will cover:

  • Three distinct, highly effective deception strategies you can employ in your network.
  • How to implement those easy-to-use methods.
  • How deception strategies provide a high payoff with minimal costs.

Participants will leave the session with three deception strategies that can apply directly to their settings.

11:30 AM - 11:40 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #3

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.

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.

Kris Rides

Kris Rides

Founder & CEO, TiroSecurity

Kris has been working in technical staffing for over 20 years and is Founder and CEO of TiroSecurity, a cyber security staffing and professional services firm. He is heavily involved in the cyber security community and has spoken at various conferences including DEFCON, RSA and ISC2 Security Congress.

Kris is the current President of the Los Angeles, Cloud Security Alliance Chapter and is a founding Board Member of the original SoCal Chapter.He also serves as an Advisory Board Member for the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCyTE).

As a Diversity in Security ally he is just launching Tiro Security’s NextCISO apprenticeship program which provides training, mentorship and commercial experience for individuals from underrepresented groups.


Brandon DeVoe

Area Vice President, IANS

Brandon leads the West Sales Division of IANS out of the Santa Monica, CA office where he is responsible for both new business and client growth. He came to IANS after 10 years as a Senior Account Executive and Sales Manager at ServiceCEO, a leading comprehensive field service management software company.

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM

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

with Michael Piacente, Kris Rides, and Brandon DeVoe

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.
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Closing Remarks / Wrap Up

2020 Los Angeles/Seattle Virtual Facilitators


Brandon DeVoe

Area Vice President, IANS

Brandon leads the West Sales Division of IANS out of the Santa Monica, CA office where he is responsible for both new business and client growth. He came to IANS after 10 years as a Senior Account Executive and Sales Manager at ServiceCEO, a leading comprehensive field service management software company.

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