A Strategic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk Management: Highlights from the Nasdaq & NCSA Cybersecurity Summit

Mar 16, 2017 6:55am


Increasingly, cybersecurity is being seen as an enterprise-wide issue, but despite cyber threats posing legal, reputational, operational and regulatory risks, senior executives are challenged to balance business decisions and cybersecurity. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Nasdaq recently partnered to host the Nasdaq & NCSA Cybersecurity Summit in an effort to educate businesses about strategically managing cybersecurity risks and building a company-wide culture of cybersecurity. The event – one of a three-part summit series – took place the morning of Monday, March 13, at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York’s Times Square. 

 Lou Modano, Nasdaq
Lou Modano, senior vice president and chief information security officer at Nasdaq, providing opening remarks

The event, which was attended by more than 130 industry, government and nonprofit executives, featured welcome remarks by NCSA Board of Directors member Chris Boyer, assistant vice president of public policy at AT&T Services, Inc., and Lou Modano, senior vice president and chief information security officer at Nasdaq. NCSA Executive Director Michael Kaiser then conducted a fireside chat with Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in which Ohlhausen discussed the FTC’s vision and approach to cybersecurity and what industry can expect under the Trump administration.  

Maureen Ohlhausen, FTC
Fireside chat between Michael Kaiser, NCSA's executive director, and Maureen Ohlhausen, acting chairman of the FTC

Following these remarks were two panel discussions – “Policy to Practice: Operationalizing a Strategic Approach to Cybersecurity Risk Management” and “Emerging Trends: Cybersecurity Threats in 2017.” NCSA and attendees chimed in during the event – and audiences members followed along – using the hashtag #CyberAware, which trended on Twitter throughout the morning. Several high-level executives joined the engaging speaker lineup: Scott Behm, vice president of cybersecurity engineering and operations at LifeLock (a Symantec company); Jason Crabtree, co-founder and CEO of Fractal Industries; Howard Edelstein, chairman of BioCatch; Virginia Gambale, managing partner at Azimuth Partners; Jonathan Goldberger, director of the Advanced Services Security Practice at Cisco; Alex Mosher, global vice president and senior advisor at CA Technologies; Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO of CompTIA; Colleen Valentine, senior manager of information security governance and compliance at Nasdaq; and Mike Viscuso, chief technology officer and co-founder of Carbon Black.

Nasdaq panel
Panel discussion moderated by Jason Crabtree, co-founder and CEO, Fractal Industries; and featuring Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA; Colleen Valentine, senior manager, security governance and compliance, Nasdaq; and Virginia Gambale, managing partner, Azimuth Partners

Nasdaq panel
 Panel discussion moderated by Howard Edelstein, chairman, Biocatch; featuring panelists Scott Behm, vice president of cybersecurity engineering and operations, LifeLock (a Symantec Company); Alex Mosher, global vice president and senior advisor at CA Technologies; Mike Viscuso, chief technology officer and co-founder, Carbon Black; and Jonathan Goldberger, director, Advanced Services Security Practice, Cisco

Missed the event? Check out the video of the day's discussions here. You can find additional risk management insights in this Q&A with Anthony Grieco, senior director and trust strategy officer of Cisco’s Security and Trust Organization and a member of NCSA’s Board of Directors, which Michael Kaiser recently published in his Huffington Post contributor column 

Ten reporters attended the event, conducting interviews with speakers and event partners. Here’s a sample of preliminary media coverage stemming from the summit:

The event was made possible by our sponsors: Cisco, CompTIA and LifeLock (a Symantec company) are Platinum sponsors, and Fasoo and Logical Operations are Silver sponsors for this inaugural 2017 summit series. The event was also supported by the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU), Business Executives for National Security (BENS) and the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Thank you to everyone who participated in this summit and helped make it a resounding success. Check out the #CyberAware hashtag for more social media highlights and privacy tips. And consider signing up for our mailing list to receive cybersecurity and privacy news, resources, upcoming event information and ways to get involved year-round.