2020 Dallas/Houston Virtual
CISO Roundtable

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Thursday, November 19, 2020 | 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM CT
Web Conference, Dallas/Houston, TX

This roundtable at the Dallas/Houston 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

Stephen Clark

Retired Major General Stephen Clark

Retired Major General, United States Air Force

Stephen recently retired from the Air Force after 32 years of dedicated service. He now serves on the Board of Directors of the Jack and Jill Late Stage Cancer Foundation (JAJF.org) treating the families not the cancer, as well as Education Services of America (ESA), dba EdSouth/Services, a non-profit financial holding company focused on expanding educational opportunities and financial literacy. Stephen also owns his own consulting company (Stephen Clark Consulting LLC) focused on corporate leadership, crisis leadership, strategic planning, national security and public speaking.

Prior to his retirement Stephen was the Director of Programs for the United States Air Force overseeing the development, justification, and consolidation of the Air Forces five year financial plan totaling over $750B in resources and manpower. Previously, he served as the Director of Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Manpower for the United States Special Operations Command where he oversaw the development and consolidation of the Special Operations five year plan integrating the plans of USSOCOM’s five component commands. Stephen also served as the Deputy Commanding General of the Joint Special Operations Command where he helped lead global operations in support of regional commanders. Stephen has commanded at the Squadron, Group and Wing level. During his command of the 27th Special Operations Wing he was responsible for over 4000 Airmen, Civilians and their families, $15B worth of infrastructure and aircraft, a multi year construction program worth $1.5B, the operations of a military base, airfield, training range, and the execution of over 5000 combat hours. He has accumulated years of deployments to combat operations in Bosnia, Somalia, Haiti, Afghanistan and Iraq and participating in some of the nations most time sensitive operations.

Clark earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee, Masters in Public Administration from Troy State, Masters in National Security from the Naval War College, and was a Defense Fellow at Harvards Weatherhead Center for International Relations. Stephen is a command pilot with over 3300 hours primarily in the AC-130H/U gunship. Stephen is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors and the Great Falls Rotary Club. He is an avid cyclist, skier, and enjoys fly fishing. Stephen and his wife Cynthia have two grown daughters Shelby and Sydney, and reside in Herndon, Virginia.

9:15 AM - 9:50 AM

Leading During Crisis: Adjusting Your Leadership to Build Team Resiliency in Uncertain Times

with Retired Major General Stephen Clark

Keeping teams productive and engaged changes during difficult times. Retired Major General Stephen Clark will pull from his 32 years of Air Force experience to discuss how leadership changes in a crisis and provide guidance on how CISOs can lead teams through challenges. Stephen will:

  • Present specific leadership actions to take during a crisis.
  • Highlight leadership skills to develop for building resilient teams.
  • Guide participants through a peer-to-peer exercise to extrapolate those leadership skills.

Stephen will provide an image of what crisis leadership looks like and a specific skill takeaway to help you manage your team through the COVID-19 crisis.

9:50 AM - 10:00 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #1


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.

10:00 AM - 10:40 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.

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.


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 Renee Baker Arrington, Steven Martano, 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

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