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Upcoming Seminar | Cybersecurity and Corporate Leadership: Connecting the Server Room and the Board Room

The RI Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative is ready to kick off this year’s cybersecurity event series with the seminar “Cybersecurity and Corporate Leadership: Connecting the Server Room and the Board Room.” Mr. Steve Katz, the world’s first Chief Information Office (CIO), will lead this seminar. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 14, from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. at the Pell Center. A networking breakfast will precede the seminar at 8:30 a.m. Participants are welcome to stay after the formal program ends for additional discussion and refreshments.

Event Details:

Tuesday, October 14
8:30-9 a.m. Networking Breakfast
9:00-10:30 a.m. Seminar

Pell Center, 516 Bellevue Avenue, Newport

Information Security is both a business risk management and governance issue that connects technology, business management, and the board room. There is an increasingly clear link between cyber attacks and their impact on customers, brand, revenue, and profits. The risk is so great that plausible deniability, lack of awareness about information risk, and treating information security as a mere technology problem are no longer acceptable options. CEOs and company boards are accountable for the health of their organizations and for setting levels of risk for their companies. They are also responsible for building a team of trusted information security professionals who will not only implement a program that meets risk and governance requirements but also routinely report on the company’s cybersecurity posture.  The speaker will discuss why corporate leaders must be fully informed about how cyber-risk issues are being addressed within the company and what the information security staff should be doing to communicate issues, solutions, and progress in addressing cyber-risk. The speaker will also discuss the skills and knowledge needed to be an effective Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and the type of information that business executives and the boards should expect from the CISO. He will also discuss the need for CISOs to understand the business they are in and how to integrate security into business, and business into security. Going forward, senior leaders need to understand their increasing role and visibility in their organization’s overall cybersecurity risk posture; while information security professionals will be required to provide meaningful and actionable information to leadership so that effective risk based actions can be taken.

Speaker: Steve Katz is the world’s first Chief Information Office (CIO) and was appointed to that position when he joined Citicorp. Prior to Citi, Mr. Katz was the senior information security executive at JP Morgan. After Citi, he was the Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Katz has testified before Congress on numerous information security issues and was appointed as the first Financial Services Sector Coordinator for Critical Infrastructure Protection by the Secretary of the Treasury.  He was also the first Chairman of the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS/ISAC).

Registration information:
This is an invitation-only event so participants must be confirmed in advance. Please RSVP by Friday, October 3, 2014 to [email protected] or [email protected].

This event is part of the RI Corporate Cybersecurity Initiative (RICCI). For more information, please visit

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