San Francisco CISO Inner Circle

February 22, 2023 | China Live

February 22, 2023
China Live

Collaborate with your peers

Join San Francisco's top CISOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

Effective Communication and Balance of Risk, Value and Cost

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

San Francisco CISO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Yassir Abousselham


Selim Aissi

Blackhawk Network
Global CISO

Krishnan Chellakarai

Gilead Sciences
CISO, Head of Information Security & Data Privacy

Devin Ertel

Menlo Security
Chief Information Security Officer

Al Ghous


Jeff Trudeau



February 22, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

Executive Networking & Dumpling-Making Tutorial

Join the San Francisco CISO Governing Body and their invited guests for an evening of peer networking, food and drinks, and conversation. 

The resident dumpling makers at China Live will also be offering a step-by-step, hands-on tutorial where guests will learn how to expertly prepare and fold a variety of signature dim sum classics. At the end of the workshop, each participant will be able to take their dumplings with cooking instructions home.

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Roundtable Discussion – Enabling Digital Cyber-Risk Management

Greg Bown headshot

Greg Bown


Napa County, CA

Ashish Garg headshot

Ashish Garg

Head/ Director of InfoSec Engineering


Leda Muller headshot

Leda Muller

CISO/Assistant Director of Support Services

Stanford University

Dhawal Thakker headshot

Dhawal Thakker

Principal - Cyber Risk - National Leader - Governance Risk & Compliance


Andrew Schofield headshot

Andrew Schofield

Head of Information Security

Forge Global

Kannan Perumal headshot

Kannan Perumal

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Applied Materials

Devin Ertel headshot

Devin Ertel

Chief Information Security Officer

Menlo Security

A growing number of companies are willing to increase their risk appetites to get ahead in the wake of unpredictable environments and innovative technologies’ potential to provide competitive advantages. CISOs must evolve more thoughtful risk-based vendor relationships, add requests for evidence of security controls, shift to resilience-based thinking, and work to get ahead of coming regulations.

CISOs should identify and proactively manage future risks by notifying decision-makers about new security strategies, norms, and technologies. It is imperative that relationships continue to evolve with senior leadership outside IT and security to ensure effective communication of organizational risk. Lastly, tracking and addressing skills gaps with creative talent management practices will help cybersecurity leaders stay ahead of the curve.

Strategies for Establishing Cyber Judgment

  • How are you equipping decision-makers throughout the organization to independently make informed risk decisions rather than relying on automation?
  • Many CISOs have turned toward the organization of cyber fusion teams to operate in a more product-centric way. What strategies to embed security within the organization have you tried? How are you changing mindsets and workflows?
  • What methods have you found effective when communicating the balance of risk, value and cost?

Nurturing a Cyber Risk-Aware Culture

  • Have you built a formal security behavior and culture program that targets end-users, executive leadership, and the board? How have you done this? What benefits are you seeing?
  • What sort of roles are you hiring for in the coming year? Are they more business focused or technology/security focused?
  • How are you involving business leaders around cyber decision making to ensure joint responsibility?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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Complimentary Parking will be provided at the North Beach Parking lot, located across the street from China Live.

Address: 661 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Please retrieve voucher from our registration desk before departing. 

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