2021 Boston Virtual
CISO Roundtable

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021 | 8:55 AM - 12:30 PM ET
Web Conference, Boston Metro Area

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 curriculum will incorporate a blend of strategic content, workbook exercises, and peer discussion to help with long-term success as a leader. Session themes for the day include:

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8:55 AM - 9:15 AM

IANS Opening Remarks and Introductions

Ed Amoroso

Ed Amoroso

Chief Executive Officer, TAG Cyber LLC

Chief Executive Officer of TAG Cyber LLCDr. Ed Amoroso is currently Chief Executive Officer of TAG Cyber LLC, a global cyber security advisory, training, consulting, and media services company supporting hundreds of companies across the world. Ed recently retired from AT&T after thirty-one years of service, beginning in Unix security R&D at Bell Labs and culminating as Senior Vice President and Chief Security Officer of AT&T from 2004 to 2016.

Ed has been Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the Stevens Institute of Technology for the past twenty-seven years, where he has introduced nearly two thousand graduate students to the topic of information security. He is also affiliated with the Tandon School of Engineering at NYU as a Research Professor, and the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University as a senior advisor. He is author of six books on cyber security and dozens of major research and technical papers and articles in peer-reviewed and major publications.

Shamla Naidoo

Shamla Naidoo

Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services

Shamla Naidoo is an accomplished executive with experience managing hundreds of millions of dollars in budgets for large, globally distributed teams who support operations in 170 countries. As Managing Partner of IBM Global Security Services, Shamla is one of the most influential security executives among Fortune 50 companies. Her advice and thought leadership in strategy and execution is sought by governments, public institutions, and private companies. Her ability to communicate complex technical process into simpler, more understandable terms is highly regarded. Shamla serves on advisory, not-for-profit and academic boards of various public and private institutions.

9:15 AM - 10:00 AM

An Insider’s View: What Board Members Need from CISOs

with Ed Amoroso and Shamla Naidoo

CISOs are getting more board exposure, but CISOs and board members alike are still figuring out precisely what is most valuable from these interactions. In this session, two former CISOs give you an insider’s look at what boards need from CISOs. Shamla Naidoo, Managing Partner of Global Security Services for IBM, and Ed Amoroso, Founder & CEO of Tag Cyber, will discuss:

  • How their perception of the CISO job has changed now that they’re looking at it from the board point of view.
  • Messaging tips to help you speak the board’s language.
  • Best practices and pitfalls for CISOs when reporting to the board.
10:00 AM - 10:10 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #1

Jonathan Scott Gration

Ambassador Jonathan Scott Gration

Major General, USAF (Ret)

Ambassador Scott Gration has had a unique career as a diplomat and military leader. His diplomatic assignments have included serving as the United States (US) Ambassador to Kenya, as US Special Envoy to Sudan, and as Special Assistant to the President in the White House. Scott Gration retired as a Major General from the US Air Force after serving for thirty-two years as a fighter pilot and senior military leader.

Having spent nearly half his life in Africa and the Middle East, he has a deep and profound understanding of Kenya and East Africa, including the language and culture of each region. Scott remained in Kenya following his diplomatic assignment and served as a businessman and humanitarian for another five years. He now serves as a business consultant and pubic speaker.

Ambassador Gration recently published his unique and interesting experiences in an inspirational memoir, “Flight Path: Son of Africa to Warrior-Diplomat.” He and his wife Judy have settled in Winter Garden, Florida. They have four children and eight grandchildren.

10:10 AM - 10:55 AM

Operating Under Scrutiny: Using Forgiveness & Servant Leadership to Handle the Pressure

with Ambassador Jonathan Scott Gration

While serving as U.S. Ambassador to Kenya during the Obama Administration, retired Air Force Major General Scott Gration was brought to trial, accused of shortcomings in his role. He was forced to resign his position. He was fully acquitted of all charges, but the damage was done. This kind of adversity is familiar to CISOs, who often work knowing that, regardless of the details, they’ll be the first to take blame for data breaches. In this session, Gration will discuss how to::

  • Use forgiveness as a tool to let go of bitterness from being scapegoated and continue to lead effectively.
  • Define and prioritize the most important tasks in high-tension environments that put leaders under a microscope.
  • Apply servant leadership principles to build trust with your team.

The pressure associated with the CISO role isn’t going anywhere. This session offers actionable guidance on leading through that pressure.

11:00 AM - 11:10 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #2

John Scott-Railton

Senior Researcher, Citizen Lab

John Scott-Railton is a Senior Researcher at Citizen Lab (at The University of Toronto). His work focuses on targeted malware operations and online disinformation. His greatest hits include a collaboration that uncovered the first iPhone zero-day in the wild, as well as the abuse of government-grade spyware like NSO's Pegasus, FinFisher and Hacking Team around the globe. Other investigations include exposing Dark Basin, an Indian mercenary hacking operation, the discovery ISIS-led malware operations, and China's "Great Cannon," the Government of China's nation-scale DDoS tool. John also tracks Russian and Iranian disinformation campaigns, and the manipulation of news aggregators. John has been a fellow at Google Ideas and Jigsaw at Alphabet, and he consults on cybersecurity and operations in high risk and denied environments.


Mark Clancy

IANS Faculty

Mark is the CISO and VP of Cybersecurity at Sprint and is Founder of Cyber Risk Research LLC, an independent information security R&D consultancy. He also serves as an Advisor and Advisory Board Member for Global Cyber Institute and The Florida Center for Cybersecurity respectively. Mark has testified before congress three times on cybersecurity policy and is a frequent speaker on cybersecurity and technology risk management forums globally.

11:10 AM - 11:40 AM

Blindspots! Identifying and Addressing Vulnerabilities Outside Your Monitoring Domain

with John Scott-Railton and Mark Clancy

There are vulnerabilities just outside your monitoring domain that mercenary hackers, commercial spyware developers and private spies use daily and hope you don't notice. This candid conversation between IANS Faculty member Mark Clancy and Citizen Labs’ John Scott-Railton will address the "other side" of familiar threats, focusing on:

  • High impact, difficult-to-detect threats like spearphishing and malware targeting personal devices and accounts.
  • The "off-center" targeting of spouses and associates.
  • Intelligence gathering with mobile location data.
  • Real-world attempts at elicitation by private spies.

Drawing on actual cases, the session will cover signs of each category of attack and steps that organizations have taken in the past to successfully get a handle on them.

11:40 AM - 11:50 AM

Solution Provider Case Study #3

11:50 AM - 12:00 PM

Vendor Feedback Session

Throughout the roundtable, two vendors will provide short case studies showcasing how they believe their solutions can deliver value. The feedback session is a discussion of those case studies and solutions without the vendor present. It’s an opportunity to get inside intelligence on vendors you may be considering for your environment.



Nick Mankovich

IANS Faculty

Nick is the CEO of CyberRisk Consulting, providing risk management advisory services for corporate boards and executive leadership. Trained in biological science, Nick worked extensively in R&D and has a long history of transformational leadership in R&D, product security, enterprise security and privacy, culminating in executive CISO roles in two Fortune 500 companies.

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.

12:00 PM - 12:35 PM

Career Development Panel Discussion – CISO Competencies

with Nick Mankovich and Steven Martano

IANS is developing a CISO Competency Framework tracking the skills and competencies CISOs need to succeed as they mature in the role, both today and over the next 36 months. During this session, IANS Faculty member Nick Mankovich and Caldwell Partners’ Steve Martano will discuss:

  • Highlights of the competency research.
  • Practical actions CISOs can take to develop new skills on the job and mature in the role.
  • How the marketplace values various competencies for different types of CISO roles.

The session will conclude with an open question and answer time with Mankovich and Martano.

2021 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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