2020 Charlotte/Nashville Virtual
CISO Roundtable

#IANSCharlotte #IANSNashville #IANSEvents

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM ET
Web Conference, Charlotte, NC, Nashville, TN

This roundtable at the Charlotte/Nashville 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


Peter Kuper

IANS Faculty

Peter is the Managing Director at ClearSky Security, an information security solutions firm that focuses on threat intelligence services. He also serves as the Managing Partner at HypAdvisor Consulting, LLC, an advisory firm for technology companies. He is also an Advisor to the Pacific Northwest National Lab. Formerly, as the Lead Software Analyst for Morgan Stanley, he published industry-leading investment reports and led over 18 public transactions. In total, Peter was a Wall Street analyst for 15 years, which offered him the opportunity to work top executives in both public and private companies. As a visible voice for the software industry, Kuper is an active speaker to many professional and government groups.

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

Pushing the Envelope: Establishing a Proactive Security Architecture

with Peter Kuper and Phil Gardner

When COVID hit, many InfoSec leaders were struck by the realization that their organizations weren’t agile or sophisticated enough to quickly adapt – many had critical VPN/remote access upgrades on the wish list, but languishing on the back burner. The problem: CISOs lacked the flexibility needed to take a more proactive approach to problem solving and got stuck buying more of the same less effective solutions. In this session, IANS CEO Phil Gardner and IANS Faculty member Peter Kuper will address three key tactics CISOs can use to build a more adaptable program:

  • Outsource: Failure to prioritize fuels the repeated failure to address systemic problems. Effective outsourcing of the “easy” reduces management overhead to free time for executing against strategic prioritization.
  • Gain telemetry: You can’t manage what you can’t measure, and Excel sheets aren’t getting the job done. Visualizations are improving – from CMDB to context-deep reporting – and you can use that data to eliminate blind spots and build a case for recommendations to management.
  • Innovate: The big vendors have always struggled to stay ahead of the hackers. Identifying effective emerging vendors who are off the attackers’ radar can give you an edge.

Kuper will provide practical guidance on how to employ these three strategies, leaving you with perspective on how build on the lessons emerging in COVID’s aftermath.

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #1

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.

10:00 AM - 10:40 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.
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.

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

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