Washington, D.C. – February 6, 2020

February 6, 2020

The National Technology Security Coalition’s Mid-Atlantic CISO Policy Roundtable brings together senior technology security executives in an exclusive setting to talk about trends in national cybersecurity policy. Our host for this event is Ben Hendrick, Global Chief Architect of Microsoft Corporation.

Technical Diligence Approaches to Illuminating Acquisition Target Risks

Sean Weppner, Chief Strategy Officer, Nisos

Our opening session will focus on the various technical diligence approaches available to an organization as they consider a merger or acquisition. The pressure to grow sales and profits often translates into a need for speed. Companies like to make deals that provide strategic synergies, operating efficiencies, and a way forward for rapid growth. Yet, after analyzing 2,500 deals in 2018, L.E.K. Consulting found that more than 60% of them destroyed shareholder value, and insufficient due diligence played a significant role in the failure to realize the goals of those mergers and acquisitions.

Sean Weppner, the Chief Strategy Officer of Nisos, will be joined by his colleague Josh Picolet, EVP of Professional Services for Nisos, to discuss this important topic and cover the questions that forward-leaning CISOs in Fortune 1000 companies are asking to avoid becoming the next acquisition-related cautionary tale. Sean is a skilled technologist and strategic business leader with nearly 10 years of experience in building solutions and leading engineering teams across a variety of areas, and over five years of experience leading business capture across federal and commercial spaces for top-tier solutions providers. As Chief Strategy Officer at Nisos Group, Sean is the public face of the company and responsible for guiding R&D, marketing, and professional services in order to maximize value capture between each organization.

Digital Resilience: A New Security Strategy

Ray Rothrock, CEO, RedSeal

Our second session will address Digital Resilience, an emerging security strategy for the next decade. Ray Rothrock, CEO of RedSeal, veteran venture capitalist with an industry-leading investment track record, and author of “Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat?” joins us to lay out the tenets of a strong digital resilience strategy which will prepare an organization for a cyberattack so that it can survive. Resilience incorporates the fundamentals of good network management, cyber defense deployment, and an ability to respond should an attack or disruption occur.

Presently Chairman and CEO of RedSeal, an enterprise cybersecurity company based in San Jose, California, Ray transitioned in 2013 to Partner Emeritus of Venrock, an early-stage tech investment partnership originally formed by the Rockefeller family. During his 25-year career at Venrock, he invested in 53 early-stage technology companies. His market-leading cybersecurity investments included Check Point Software, Vontu, PGP, Imperva, CloudFlare, and Shape Security. He is an active angel investor and serves on the boards of Check Point Software Technology, Roku, and several private companies. Ray has testified several times to Congress and the President’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on America’s Nuclear Future, and he is an invited speaker on venture capital, startup companies, cybersecurity, nuclear energy, climate change, and energy policy.


1:30 p.m. - Opening Remarks: Roundtable Host Ben Hendrick, Global Chief Architect, Microsoft Corporation

1:45 p.m. - Technical Diligence Approaches to Illuminating Acquisition Target Risks: Sean Weppner, Chief Strategy Officer, Nisos

3:15 p.m. - Break

3:30 p.m. - Digital Resilience: A New Security Strategy: Ray Rothrock, CEO, RedSeal, Inc. & Partner Emeritus, Venrock

5:00 p.m. - Closing Remarks: Patrick Gaul, Executive Director, NTSC

6:00 p.m. - Reception and VIP Dinner

Interested in attending?

An invitation-only event for CISOs and senior cybersecurity policy stakeholders, the NTSC Mid-Atlantic 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.

If you are a CISO or senior technology security executive interested in attending, please do not hesitate to reach out to Patrick Gaul (patrick@ntsc.org) for more details.

There is no cost to attend.