2020 Atlanta Virtual
CISO Roundtable

#IANSAtlanta #IANSEvents

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM ET
Web Conference, Atlanta, GA

This roundtable at the Atlanta 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

Mike Sadeghpour

Mike Sadeghpour

edgeThink Founder | Speaker | Coach

Mike works directly with executives, team leaders and individuals through coaching sessions, training seminars and keynote presentations to turn focused action to gain a competitive edge.

edgeThink is training that bridges sports and positive psychology and applies those mental skills to the workplace. Designed to fill a void in the business world, Mike Sadeghpour’s unique combination of education and experience connects well with audiences and effectively addresses the common struggles that inhibit achievement: focus, energy, motivation, and confidence.

Mike has delivered keynotes and training to thousands of professionals in top companies worldwide. Among them: WeWork, Wolters Kluwer, Dassault Systèmes, Staples, Gillette, RSA Security (EMC), Silicon Valley Bank, M&T Bank, ADP, OneSource, Forrester Research, Yankee Group, Borland Software, Sun-guard Treasury Systems, Reuters, Salsify, Brainshark,Grand Circle Travel, Pega Systems, ProfitWell, Rapid7, Gerson Lehrman Group, Lee Kennedy Company, Definitive Healthcare, Recorded Future, Foundation Medicine and IBM.

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM

Is Your Mindset Working for You, or Against You?

with Mike Sadeghpour

We are operating in extraordinary times. For many of us, COVID-19 has changed where we work, how we work, and the manner in which we balance work and personal responsibilities. How we choose to view these challenges is paramount to how we work toward overcoming them.

Research has shown that the lens through which we choose to view situations shapes our mindset. We invite you to join us for a discussion with positive psychology specialist, Mike Sadeghpour. During this session attendees will learn:

  • How to use your inner dialogue to harness your emotions to avoid negative stacking.
  • Techniques on how to focus on what you can control to make progress towards your objectives.
  • Best practices to create and maintain a positive mindset.
9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #1


Les McCollum

Managing Vice President, CISO, ICMA-RC

Mr. McCollum serves in a Senior Executive Leadership capacity, in the role as a Managing Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining Enterprise Security, its vision, strategy, and risk, ensuring all information assets and technologies are adequately protected. He leads his teams in identifying, developing, implementing, and maintaining efficient processes across the organization to reduce security technology risk. In addition, he is responsible for the Security Innovation, Security Operations, Identity and Access Management, Disaster Recover, and Business Continuity functions.

Mr. McCollum joined ICMA-RC in October 2011 and has more than 25 years' experience providing strategic direction and operational leadership of enterprise IT infrastructure comprising information security operations, help desk support, server operations, datacenter operations, and network voice/data services.

Mr. McCollum served on the board of directors for the Information Technology Senior Management Forum (ITSMF) and actively participates on various industry advisory committees including the SPARK Data Security Oversight Board and IANS Security Client Advisory Committee. He is currently pursuing a MS in Cyber Risk Management at Georgetown University, to complement his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems, from North Carolina Central University and his certifications and license: C|CISO, SANS GIAC/GSLC, and FINRA Series 99.

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.

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM

Recruiting Minority Employees in Cybersecurity: It Starts with the Talent Pipeline

with Les McCollum and Phil Gardner

Diversity of backgrounds, skills and ideas can strengthen information security teams at a time when infosec responsibilities are escalating. In this session, IANS Founder and CEO Phil Gardner will interview Les McCollum II, Managing VP and CISO at ICMA-RC, about his experiences broadening his team’s talent pipeline to support the recruitment of minority employees. The conversation will cover:

  • Major pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • Nonprofits that can rapidly expand your talent pipeline.
  • Processes for managing these nonprofit relationships to get real results in recruitment.

McCollum will provide a hands-on look at how to build a diverse team, leaving you with clear takeaways you can bring back to your organization to strengthen your team.

10:40 AM - 10:50 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #2

10:50 AM - 11:00 AM

Networking Break


Rich Mogull

IANS Faculty

Rich is CEO and Analyst for Securosis, an information security research and advisory firm, in addition to Founder and Vice President of Product at DisruptOPS, a cloud environment monitoring platform. Prior to founding Securosis, he was Research Vice President for Gartner’s security team where he also served as Research Co-Chair for the Gartner Security Summit. Additionally,Rich has served as an independent consultant, web application developer, software development manager, and a systems and network administrator.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

The InfoSec Paramedic’s Guide to Surviving the Pandemic

with Rich Mogull

In this briefing, IANS Faculty member Rich Mogull will share his expectations for business changes from the pandemic and how they will affect security moving forward. Session takeaways include:

  • The three potential pandemic scenarios for disaster managers and how they impact IT security.
  • Adjusting security to pandemic realities over the next 18-24 months.
  • Strategies for prioritizing and addressing security issues due to rapid initial pandemic responses.
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.

Renee Baker Arrington

President & COO, Pearson Partners International

Renee Arrington offers clients over 20 years’ experience in retained executive search. She excels in recruiting senior executive talent for Fortune 500 companies, private-equity-backed businesses and not-for-profit organizations. She is a member of the Pearson Partners board of directors and leads the firm’s Fort Worth office and CIO and IT leadership practice with clients in technology, retail, financial services, business services, distribution and R&D. Renee conducts searches for board members, presidents and executive directors among other senior leadership positions.

Renee was named one of the top 40 Gatekeepers to the C-Suite by Hunt Scanlon Media, a search industry analyst. She is an active member of IIC Partners and the Association for Executive Search Consultants (AESC).

Renee approaches each search consultatively. She understands her clients’ cultures and the types of leaders best suited to their business life cycles and challenges. She is attentive to diversity and believes a well-run search can deliver market insight. Renee appreciates the value of using assessment instruments as part of the search.

Prior to joining Pearson Partners in 2006, Renee was a vice president in the technology practice of a global retained search firm, and was previously a shareholder and partner in the technology practice of another global firm.


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.


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 Renee Baker Arrington, Steven Martano, 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.
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM

Closing Remarks / Wrap Up

2020 Atlanta 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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