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Communicating with boards about cybersecurity

Panel Members

Andy Geisse
Operating Partner for Bessemer Venture Partners; former CEO of AT&T Business Solutions

Max Thompson
Associate, Murphy and McGonigle, PC

Ken Pfeil
Former CISO, Pioneer Investments; Chief Architect, TechDemocracy

Ed Amoroso (moderator)
Former CSO, AT&T; CEO, TAG Cyber

Date : December 11th, 2018. 3 P.M. EST

Corporate boards are taking cybersecurity more seriously, but are we communicating? What do boards and C-level executives want to know? How do we establish a mutually understood framework and language to measure and discuss cyber risk?

The topic is timely and the answers are not self-evident. Earlier this year, for example, the SEC issued guidance asking companies for more details about how boards oversee cyber risk, including how senior executives and directors communicate about cybersecurity.

In this webinar, Ed Amoroso, former CSO for AT&T and founder and CEO of TAG Cyber, is convening a panel that includes several board level executives and will moderate a discussion to explore these topics.

The discussion will draw from the perspectives of each of these stakeholders to better understand what the important questions to answer are, how to effectively and continuously measure risk, and what are the best approaches to dealing with this complex subject with non-technical executives and board members.

Confirmed Speaker Bios

Andy Geisse - Andy Geisse is a 35-year technology industry veteran who has served in a variety of key executive leadership positions for AT&T, both in the U.S. and abroad. Andy currently serves as an Operating Partner for Bessemer Venture Partners, an executive board member for otonomo, which is focused on the connected car ecosystem, on the boards of BroadSoft and Fixstream and as an advisor to various companies. Andy’s last position at AT&T was as Chief Executive Officer of AT&T Business Solutions, AT&T’s $71B business to business group. The global customer base included over 3.5 million business and government customers, wholesale customers and all of the Fortune 1000.

Prior to his role as CEO of AT&T Business Solutions, Andy served as Executive Vice President of AT&T's Global Customer Service, where he was responsible for customer service and operations for AT&T’s Business Solutions.

From 2004 to 2007, Geisse served as AT&T’s Chief Information Officer. Prior to that role, he was Senior Vice President of Enterprise Software Solutions responsible for AT&T’s software development. His experience also includes several leadership positions in the wireless industry, including serving as CEO of VTR Cellular from 1995-96 and Chairman and CEO of STARTEL from 1996-1998 – both Chilean wireless providers partially owned by AT&T at the time. During his career he also was the GM responsible for AT&T’s Oklahoma, West Texas and Upstate New York wireless properties and was responsible for wireless product development. Mr. Geisse earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Missouri and an MBA from Washington University.

Maxwell T.S. Thompson - Max is a member of the Firm’s FinTech & Blockchain Practice and the Cybersecurity, Cybercrime, & Incident Response Practice.. He joined Murphy & McGonigle from Bank Leumi USA, where he had served as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary. There, he advised on the impact of federal and state financial services laws and regulations, made recommendations for compliance, and helped guide the bank through regulatory exams. Mr. Thompson also handled several cybersecurity matters, engaging directly with the bank’s Information Security team to advise on regulatory requirements, revise policies and procedures, review vendor agreements, and advise on incident response requirements. Mr. Thompson also advised on corporate governance and was highly involved with the board of directors. He assisted with revisions of several bank policies and charters, reviewed and analyzed bylaws and operating guidelines, provided regulatory updates and training to the board, and assisted with corporate affairs. Previously, Mr. Thompson served for three years at the New York State Department of Financial Services in the Office of General Counsel. While at NYDFS he assisted with the enactment of the “Bitlicense” regulation and handled subsequent matters pertaining to the licensing and supervision of cryptocurrency entities. Mr. Thompson also served as a principal drafter for the Department’s cybersecurity regulation (Part 500), advised on subsequent data privacy and cybersecurity matters pertaining to data breaches and supervisory issues, and counseled examiners on cybersecurity. In addition, Mr. Thompson advised various divisions of the Department on the activities of banks, money transmitters, payment processors, and emerging financial technology products and services, and assisted with several of the Department’s foreign exchange and anti-money laundering investigations.

Ken Pfeil - Ken Pfeil is a former CSO at Pioneer Investments and is an IT veteran with experience spanning over two decades with companies such as Microsoft, Dell, Avaya, Identix and Merrill Lynch He’s now the Chief Architect for TechDemocracy. While at Microsoft, he coauthored Microsoft's "Best Practices for Enterprise Security"​ whitepaper series, was a technical contributor for the MCSE Exam "Designing Security for Windows 2000"​ and official course curriculum for the same. In 1998 he founded "The NT Toolbox", where he oversaw all operations until its acquisition by GFI Software in 2002.

Ed Amoroso - Dr. 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 27 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 the author of six books on cyber security and dozens of major research and technical papers and articles in peer-reviewed and major publications.

Ed holds the BS degree in physics from Dickinson College, the MS/PhD degrees in Computer Science from the Stevens Institute of Technology, and is a graduate of the Columbia Business School. He holds ten patents in the area of cyber security and media technology and he has served as a Member of the Board of Directors for M&T Bank, as well as on the NSA Advisory Board (NSAAB). Ed’s work has been highlighted on CNN, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He has worked directly with four Presidential administrations on issues related to national security, critical infrastructure protection, and cyber policy.

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