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NTSC Announces Agenda for Central Region CISO Policy Roundtable

Thursday, September 27, 2018

ATLANTA, GA (September 27, 2018) – The National Technology Security Coalition will hold its NTSC Central Region CISO Policy Roundtable on October 24, 2018 in Chicago. Hosted by NTSC Board Member Emily Heath, VP & CISO of United Airlines, the event will feature Terry Hogan Morreale, President & CTO, National Center for Women & Information Technology, and Dr. Kamal Jabbour, Senior Scientist for Information Assurance, Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York.

An invitation-only event for CISOs and senior cybersecurity policy stakeholders, the NTSC Central Region CISO Policy Roundtable serves as part of our mission to provide a platform for CISOs to discuss and advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory cybersecurity policies. During the first discussion, “Building an Inclusive Culture Within a CISO's Organization,” we will look at why over 70 percent of American businesses have appointed CISOs but only 10 percent of these positions are filled by women. These numbers fall even more dramatically when considering minority women, and the number of women overall leaving the technology industry is staggering. Morreale and Heath will lead a candid conversation regarding the root causes of these appalling statistics and discuss opportunities to change the status quo.

Additionally, the disconnect between cyber policy and technology presents a clear and present danger to national security. The focus on malware detection neglects the fact that network defense is neither necessary nor sufficient for mission assurance. During his presentation, “Mission Assurance in an Untrusted Environment,” Dr. Jabbour will discuss policy failures, demonstrate the fallacy of pursuing cybersecurity, and present a way forward for building mission assurance out of untrusted entities.

“Our NTSC Central Region CISO Policy Roundtable is tackling some important issues for CISOs that need addressing at a national policy level,” said Patrick Gaul, Executive Director of the NTSC. “It’s time for organizations to stop talking about diversity in cybersecurity and start doing something about it. Terry and Emily have experience leading teams and creating programs that lead to more diversity in the cybersecurity industry, and they are perfect to kick this discussion off at our roundtable. I’m also excited to hear from Dr. Jabbour about mission assurance, as we need to constantly rethink traditional cybersecurity habits and continue to evolve our methods of fending off cyberattacks.”

In addition to these important discussions, CISOs will network with peers during the event and at a private dinner and reception after the event.

The NTSC provides a platform for CISOs to advocate for beneficial legislative and regulatory policies. We encourage dialogue about cybersecurity issues, laws, and regulations through advocacy engagement with congressional members, regional CISO policy roundtables, and an annual DC Fly-In as part of our National CISO Policy Conference.

Our prestigious board of CISOs represents leading companies including Aaron’s, Aflac, AIG, Archer Daniels, AutoNation, Citi, Cox Automotive, Discover Financial Services, Dollar Tree, Ellie Mae, Globe Life, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services, Huntington Bank, Johnson & Johnson, MassMutual, Mastercard, McKesson, Motorola Mobility, NCR, Ohio State University, Pulte Group, Synovus, TaxSlayer, Technology Association of Georgia, TransUnion, Turner, Unisys, United Airlines, US Bank, Voya Financial, Western Digital, and Zocdoc.

About the National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC)

The National Technology Security Coalition (NTSC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that serves as the preeminent advocacy voice for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) across the nation. Through dialogue, education, and government relations, we unite both public and private sector stakeholders around policies that improve national cybersecurity standards and awareness.

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For more details about the NTSC Midwest Regional CISO Policy Roundtable, contact Patrick Gaul at