Global CISO Forum Announced in Wake of LinkedIn Breach

Global CISO Forum Announced in Wake of LinkedIn Breach
July 20, 2012 EC-Council

EC-Council is launching the Global CISO Forum to address the increasing demands faced by top-level information security executives. The IS landscape has never been so fraught with attacks as evidenced by the recent LinkedIn password fiasco or by Google sending warnings of state-sponsored attacks to gmail account holders. The Forum, which will take place in conjunction with EC-Council’s premier IS conference, Hacker Halted, will focus on bringing together CISOs from around the world to discuss how the constantly changing security challenges affect the day-to-day lives of CISOs from the largest and most prestigious organizations. A few of the topics to be discussed will include integrating wargames into security strategies, recruiting, training, and managing superior security teams; data loss prevention; as well as internally branding and integrating a security program while aligning it with business objectives.

The diversity of topics that will be covered hint at the breadth of issues with which an average CISO must contend in order to succeed at keeping their organizations’ data safe. “The cybersecurity war is becoming more complicated by the day.” says Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council. Mr. Bavisi went on to say, “EC-Council’s Global CISO Forum is an event that aims to bring together the world’s best and brightest CISOs to unite against the hackers and share information.”

One reason for continued breaches, according to the recent Wisegate report, could be the changing role CISOs are playing within their organizations. The report documents how CISOs are now more than ever being charged with an ever-expanding suite of responsibilities ranging from managing the conflicts that arise from the differing goals of IS and business development, to developing privacy policies and disaster recovery plans. The Global CISO Forum aims to address these challenges, partly through formal panel-based discussions, but also by bringing together the top minds in the CISO world and encouraging an atmosphere of best practice sharing.

One aspect of the fight for information security that’s long been observed in the industry is the tendency for “the bad guys” to do a better job of information sharing than the guardians of the world’s information. According to Dave Cullinane, CISO at eBay, “Continuous process improvement is happening on the dark side. Our adversary is sharing information quite effectively. We are not. We must begin immediately to do so – and do it far more effectively than ever before. We need to shift the balance of power back to the Good Guys.”

For more information and inclusion in the Forum, interested CISOs can apply to attend here: