Professional Development


Education Level: Intermediate

5212 - If CISOs are from Mars, Is the Rest of the C-Suite from Venus? Talking Cybersecurity.

Tuesday, September 26
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM

This is a discussion that pits a CISO’s perspective against a CEO's. CISOs are charged with establishing and maintaining the strategy and programs required to ensure information and technologies are protected. In this increasingly complex world, CISOs are in a unique position to demonstrate their technical competence and security expertise, all the while doing so with business acumen and effectively communicating business impacts to and with their executive team and board. Hear the viewpoint from the CEO and the CISO to establish best practices in communication so that the entire C-Suite stays on the same page—and on this planet.

Learning Objectives:

Amjed Saffarini


Amjed Saffarini is founder and CEO of CyberVista, a Graham
Holdings company (formerly known as The Washington Post Co.). CyberVista uses learning and behavioral sciences
to transform how large company boards and executives govern
and manage cybersecurity in their organizations. In addition to
these literacy programs and tools, CyberVista’s training division
prepares cyber practitioners through security certification prep
and continuing education offerings.

Prior to CyberVista, Amjed was president at Kaplan, Graham
Holdings’ education and training unit, and in charge of the
University Innovations Group, which brings the best of cutting -edge student learning, retention, marketing and engagement
solutions to top traditional universities and enables their
academic programs online.

Amjed’s professional focus areas include learning interventions
systems and human computer interfaces. He has a B.S .in cell
biology and neuroscience from Rutgers University and lives in
the New York City area with his wife and three children.


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John Scimone

Sr. Vice President, Chief Security Officer

John Scimone serves as senior vice president and CSO for Dell, where he leads the company’s global corporate security program. John’s responsibilities span the full spectrum of strategy, planning and operations, aiding Dell’s businesses in the management of security risk across the physical and cyber domains. He is also charged with the advocacy of business resilience, including crisis management, business continuity and disaster recovery.

Before joining Dell, John served as Global Chief Information Security Officer for the Sony Group family of companies, where he was responsible for building Sony’s first global information security and privacy organization and leading strategy, policy and operations. Prior to joining Sony, he held a number of leadership positions at the U.S. Department of Defense.


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