Executive Alliance Blog 2020

5 CISO takeaways from New York Spring

Aug 2, 2018 1:30:00 PM / by Carolyn Keith




The Security Leaders Summit New York Spring 2018 was held at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. From the electric and eye-opening Keynote to the Summit speakers and Executive Round Table sessions, attendees enjoyed a day of exclusive security insight and camaraderie.

The 2018 Summit Topics are developed with CIOs, CISOs and executives and provide a tremendous amount of value to those who are looking to understand best practices in IT.

The Executive Roundtables brought together a diverse group of executives including CISOs, CIOs, VPs and Directors from companies such as JetBlue, Pfizer, Citigroup, Tiffany, Columbia University and many others.

The peer-to-peer Executive Roundtable Sessions have proven to be an exceptional resource for executives- providing real answers to issues facing their organizations and the industry.

Here are 5 CISO takeaways from the executive roundtables:


Moderated by Joseph Dell, CTO & CISO, Third Avenue Management

  • Many companies are seeking outside counsel for assisting with the setup and implementation, as many companies do not have GDPR-trained staff.
  • DPIAs are still needed for many companies at this point!

Data Protection Strategies

Moderated by William Bailey, VP of Information Security, Police & Fire Federal Credit Union

  • Data has value and everyone collects it. From data aggregation to collation, it all needs to be protected with the right use of governance.
  • Governance can be tricky, as some people will find ways around the controls.
  • Brainstorming with industry leaders and even competitors to improve data protection and security should also be part of your strategy.

Measuring Security as a Business Value

Moderated by Todd Gordon, Director of Information Security, EisnerApmer, LLP

  • Importantly, you need to be able to justify the budget for cybersecurity initiatives. It can be quantified in terms of other breaches that occurred in your industry.
  • Decide whether or not to leverage outside sources as solutions or develop internally.
  • Cross-training talent to work across different areas within the organization.

Developing Top Talent

Moderated by Majgan Samimy, CISO, Watchell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz

  • Skillsets sought of candidates have changed from specific technical hard-skills to analytical thinkers who can connect the dots and see the big picture outside of the tool box, also people who can understand and identify risk then communicate that back to the business.
  • Proactively, what can be done: offer internships or scholarships at universities, have outreach for recruiting, promoting from within the organization, relocation packages and international sponsorship.

Biometric Technologies

Moderated by Jim Moran, CISO, Educational Testing Service

  • Can be a useful security solution when applied to the right functional area in the organization, such as fingerprint or iris scan in a datacenter. Conversely, MFA may still be a better solution for a less-secure site access such as a university library.
  • Additional biometrics being explored currently, are use of: ears, gait, typing cadence.

Over the past year, technology and the IoT has exploded - and security challenges are only becoming more fluid. For organizations to stay at the apex, collaboration with the best minds in the space and a future-forward mindset is more important than ever.

We are looking forward to more engrossing collaborative conversations in the Fall!

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Topics: Leadership, CISO