2020 Toronto Virtual
CISO Roundtable

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Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM ET
Web Conference, Toronto, Canada

This roundtable at the Toronto 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 - 12:45 PM


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.

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.

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.

Jeff Freeborough

Jeff Freeborough

Managing Partner of Caldwell Toronto

Jeff Freeborough is the managing partner of Caldwell’s Toronto office and is a member of the firm’s leader team.He is a key member of the Financial Services and Professional Services practices, and is also an active member of the Data, Digital and Technologyand Private Equity and Venture Capital practice teams. Jeff advises clients on search strategy and leads executive level mandates to bring game-changing leaders to their organizations. He specializes in building management teams and boards of directors with an emphasis on transformation –specifically surrounding growth, scale-up, ownership transition, financing/capitalization, transaction, restructuring and culture shift.

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

with Steven Martano and Jeff Freeborough

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 Toronto 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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