Southern California CISO Inner Circle

October 26, 2021 | Il Cielo

October 26, 2021
Il Cielo

Collaborate with your peers

Join Southern California'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 a risk-aligned, resilient organization

Developing and investing in the security workforce of tomorrow

Creating business value and supporting agile business operations

Southern California CISO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Matt Crouse

Taco Bell

Lara Divi

Dine Brands Global

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


October 26, 2021

4:00pm - 5:00pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:00pm - 6:30pm  Discussion Topics

Manage Risk — Build Resiliency

Awwab Arif headshot

Awwab Arif


East West Bank

Alex Bermudez headshot

Alex Bermudez

Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer


Brian Fricke headshot

Brian Fricke

Chief Information Security Officer

City National Bank

Dylan Hack headshot

Dylan Hack

Vice President, Security

Smile Brands Group

Eddie Galang headshot

Eddie Galang

Chief Information Security Officer

Port of Long Beach

Raj Gupta headshot

Raj Gupta


Pacific Life Insurance

Greg Nelson headshot

Greg Nelson

Director, Compliance and Cybersecurity

Smart & Final Stores

Marty Simmons headshot

Marty Simmons

Director, IT Security & Compliance

Iovance Biotherapeutics

Anand Raghavan headshot

Anand Raghavan

Co-Founder and CPO


In today's shifting and complex risk landscape, and the need for faster strategic decision making, CISOs are supporting evolving information risk decisions more than ever while facing increased visibility from regulators, executive teams, and boards of directors. To enable risk decisions and deliver value while protecting the business from security threats and data breaches, security leaders must develop processes, build relationships, and strengthen risk culture to continue to embed risk management into the organization.

In this interactive conversation among peers, CISOs will discuss their role in proactively balancing organizational risk.

Topic 1: Enabling risk decisions to prompt business agility

  • How are you setting the risk management strategy and enabling risk decisions in your organization?

  • What areas of risk do you own in your role, and what would you change or enhance in the future?

  • What metrics do you use that effectively quantify and describe risk within, and outside of, security?

Topic 2: Fostering a risk-ownership mindset

  • What communication strategies around risk have been most persuasive as you discuss information security with other business units?

  • How do you feel the conversation around information risk is evolving, and what does that mean for the sorts of skills you will need in your teams going forward?

  • How would you describe the perspective of your board of directors when it comes to risk appetite? Is this constructive for your goals?

6:30pm - 7:00pm  Networking Break

7:00pm - 8:00pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:00pm - 9:00pm  Social Hour

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

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 refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.



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Parking & Transportation

Hosted valet parking provided by Evanta, a Gartner Company.

Health & Safety Local Guidelines

At this time our host venue, Il Cielo, requires all guests to wear a mask in all public spaces. Masks will be provided for your convenience. 

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