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2212 - Lessons Learned by a Global Chief Information Security Officer

Wednesday, September 27
8:00 AM - 8:50 AM

The modern-age CISO is confronted with a dizzying array of complex forces, each challenging the viability and resiliency of his or her organization’s asset protection strategy. Attackers are increasingly sophisticated and resourced. Breach fatigue has eroded stakeholders’ confidence in corporations’ ability to shield their sensitive information from unauthorized access and use. Budgets are strained by globalization, regulation and competition. And, the talent pool of qualified information security professionals lags behind the growing demand.

For CISOs to be successful, they must earn and maintain the respect of the organization. Key attributes that a competent CISO must possess:

  • Alignment – business strategy, risk management, compliance, asset protection
  • Balance – business, technical and personal skills
  • Communication – education, negotiation, motivation, influence

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the concept of a business-aligned information security program and identify steps to improve the business alignment within an organization.
    • Develop a plan to strengthen leadership attributes required of today’s CISO in earning and maintaining credibility with business counterparts and executive leadership.
    • Learn techniques and methodologies for improving communication skills for educating, motivating, influencing and negotiating with business and executive stakeholders.
  • Michael Eisenberg

    Vice President, Executive Consulting
    Optiv Security

    Michael Eisenberg is a seasoned information security professional with more than 20 years of experience working across the public and private sectors, including two global Fortune 250 organizations, the government sector and the U.S. military. As vice president of executive solutions in the Office of the CISO at Optiv, Michael leverages his experience through a wide range of security consultative services that help CISOs build and improve security strategies and deliver programs.

    Prior to joining the firm, Michael served as vice president and global chief information security officer at Aon plc, where he was responsible for implementing a global information security program that delivered an information protection and governance framework in accordance with Aon’s business objectives while enabling global business growth.


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    Mark Adams

    Executive Director, Consulting Services
    Optiv Security

    Mark Adams is a veteran information assurance and security executive with more than 20 years of experience with two large progressive healthcare organizations. As executive director of executive solutions in the Office of the CISO at Optiv, Mark is recognized for contributing strategic leadership in constructing and implementing vibrant, comprehensive security governance, risk management and compliance (GRC)/information assurance programs that align effectively with operational and strategic business objectives. Mark established the role of chief security officer (CSO) for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska, where he served as the executive responsible for security, business continuity and information assurance.


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