Southern California CISO Executive Summit

December 14, 2021 | Omni Los Angeles

December 14, 2021
Omni Los Angeles


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Southern California's top CISOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Accelerating security to match the pace of digital business initiatives

Managing the risk created from a landscape of new core technologies

Achieving sustainability for the CISO role without compromising outcomes

Southern California CISO Governing Body

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


Matt Crouse

Taco Bell

Lara Divi

Dine Brands Global, Inc.

Gary Hayslip

SoftBank Corporation
VP, Director of Information Security (CISO)

Arthur Lessard

Universal Music Group

Dan Meacham

VP, Global Security and Corporate Operations, CISO

Billy Spears


David Tyburski

Wynn Resorts
Chief Information Security Officer

Terrence Weekes

Jack in the Box

Steven Young

Advantage Solutions
VP Information Security & Compliance, CISO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Southern California CISO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.


Keynote Sessions

The Evolving CISO Role

The professional journey of a CISO is a lot like the cyber threats they protect against – unique and often unpredictable. How can CISOs set themselves up for success as the role continues to change?

In this panel conversation CISOs will explore:

  • Lessons they’re learned that can guide security leaders 
  • Strategies to elevate yourself within the business
  • What is next after being a CISO

Keynote Session by SecurEnds

 Session details coming soon.

Actionable Strategies to Develop and Retain Talent

Building a strong talent pipeline is about more than attracting external candidates. CISOs need to provide continuous training, development, and career path guidance within their organization to maintain a competitive security team. Shoaib Qazi, CISO, XPO Logistics, shares how he was able to grow his security team from within.

In this session, discuss:

  • Strategies to grow your team from within
  • How to uncover hidden talent in your company
  • Different approaches to building a talent pipeline

Breakout Sessions

Taking a Risk Based Approach to Compliance

Data is the primary target in virtually every breach scenario – and protecting data gets harder every day. Mix overly provisioned access rights with a plethora or unknown risks, it is no wonder why data stores are so difficult to control and so susceptible to attack. How can CISOs approach a problem that is so big and complex?

Join this session and discuss:

  • Strategies to map and govern data
  • How to gain visibility into high risk areas
  • Ways to stay ahead of the compliance curve

Breakout Session By Fortinet

 Session details coming soon. 

Innovative Security Awareness — Engaging Your Employees

As a CISO, your security awareness program has a big impact on how your organization views the information security team, so it is important to ensure you’re putting the right foot forward. 

In this session you will explore:

  • How to lead with the carrot rather than the stick
  • Innovative communication methods to get the message across
  • Strategies to collaborate across the business

Bolster Your Incident Response Plan — An Interactive Workshop

Incidents happen. But that doesn’t have to mean the demise of an entire organization – or a CISO’s job. The strongest security programs include tactical response plans that keep damage at a minimum. In this interactive session a panel of experts run through an incident and share what they would do when faced with an attack, including:

  • How to ensure your IR playbook is up to date
  • The communication structure and plan during a breach
  • Challenges and best practices in managing major security events

Talk the Talk — Gaining Executive Support

As cybersecurity and business strategy become ever more intertwined, security leaders are now expected to focus far beyond the bits and bytes. Cybersecurity experts must also be business experts when presenting to their corporate boards — fluent in the languages of both firewalls and finance.

In this session, you’ll learn strategies to:

  • Communicate your message at different levels of leadership
  • Give senior leaders visibility into your security program
  • Present appropriate executive level staff and board metrics

Executive Boardroom Sessions

What Matters Most for Your Security Operations

Since cybercriminals never rest, a sound SOC - staffed by the right people using the right tools in the right way - should be a key part of your cyber defense strategy. Whether your security operations program is completely in-house, outsourced, or operating in a hybrid model you’ll want to measure its effectiveness. How do you think about measuring efficacy and how do these metrics feedback into your program to increase operational maturity over time?

In this session you will discuss:

  • Volume and trend metrics that speak to effectiveness; what does good look like?
  • How does automation come into play and how do you monitor what the robots are doing?
  • What impact does this have on hiring and ongoing job satisfaction?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.

Vulnerability Hype and Hyperinflation

2021 is on track to see a 40%+ increase in Common Vulnerabilities or Exposures (CVEs) over 2020. With 50 new CVEs published daily, the emergence of "over-the-top" media coverage of vulnerabilities is more prominent than evenr causing an increase in investigation, response, and action.

In this round table, discuss:

  • How can CISOs handle vulnerability hyperinflation?
  • How should CISOs respond to vulnerability hype?
  • Are these solvable problems and if so, how?

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines in addition to taking all practical steps on-site.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures will be subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please see below (under ‘more information’) for our current approach and planned onsite safety measures.


Venue & Accommodation

Omni Los Angeles

Your Community Partners

CISO Thought Leader
Key Partners
Program Partners

Southern California CISO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Zack Hellmann

Sr Program Manager