2020 Boston Virtual
CISO Roundtable

#IANSBoston #IANSEvents

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM ET
Web Conference, Boston, MA

This roundtable at the Boston 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

Aaron Charfoos

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.

Behnam Dayanim

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.

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 Aaron Charfoos, Behnam Dayanim, 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

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

Aaron Turner

IANS Faculty

Aaron Turner is the President & Chief Security Officer of HighSide, a distributed identity and secure collaboration technology company. He is also President and CEO of Integricell, an information security consulting firm which focuses on helping customers better manage the risks associated with global-scale business. Aaron also serves on the RSA Program Committee, helping select the educational content presented at the yearly RSA Conference.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

How Microsoft Owned Your SaaS – The Pandemic and Office 365: A Case Study in Losing Control of Your Data

with Aaron Turner

Office 365 has become critical infrastructure as businesses adapt to the remote work reality. In this session, IANS Faculty member Aaron Turner will discuss the implications of the massive shift toward Office 365 dependency in 2020. He will cover:

  • First-hand accounts of what he and other IANS Faculty have learned while helping companies adapt to complete reliance on O365.
  • Security policies to employ when scaling O365.
  • The new O365 services Microsoft has delivered to users, typically without security team oversight.

You’ll leave with a clear sense of how O365 has evolved and steps you can take to improve security policies and practices surrounding your O365 deployment.

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.

Austin Krissoff

Austin Krissoff

True Search, Partner

Austin Krissoff leads True's cyber security practice and is based in the Boston office. He specializes in Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) placements and CxO searches for PE/VC-backed security companies.

Austin has led CISO searches for Addepar, GoJek, NS1, Spotify, Staples, Twilio and Vista Equity, among others. He has also led executive searches for security companies including BigID, Bitsight, Expel, Privitar, Rapid7, RiskRecon, Snyk and ThreatConnect.

Austin previously worked at a venture-backed cyber security startup (Endgame). He is a former U.S. Marine Captain and served as a human intelligence advisor and platoon commander. Austin holds a MA in National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from Middlebury College, where he was a varsity swimmer and water polo athlete.

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.

11:55 AM - 12:30 PM

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

with Austin Krissoff and Steven Martano

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 Boston Virtual Facilitators


Tim Bernard

Area Vice President, IANS
Tim Bernard is the Area VP for IANS. He’s responsible for new client acquisition as well as customer success and retention in the North. Since joining IANS in 2009, Tim has played a role in growing the business from 50 customers in 2009 to over 300 to start 2020. It’s a true up-and-comer story, starting with his boyhood adoration for the perpetually woeful NY Mets, his Business Economics degree from Providence College, his unrequited love for PC’s Friar Basketball, and decade+ helping CISOs to elevate their missions. There’s never a dull moment in this industry, and he loves the challenge because the mission matters. Tim is married and has 2 kids under 10 years old. Whatever he’s doing, he would probably rather be skiing.

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