Brian Contos

VP & CISO Mandiant Advantage

BIOGRAPHY

With two IPOs & seven acquisitions Brian has helped build some of the most successful security companies in the world for 25+ years. He is a seasoned executive, board advisor, security company entrepreneur, author, and award-winning podcaster. After getting his start in security with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and later Bell Labs, Brian began the process of building security startups and taking multiple companies through successful IPOs and acquisitions including: Riptech, ArcSight, Imperva, McAfee, Solera Networks, Cylance, JASK, and Verodin. Brian has worked in over 50 countries across six continents.

He authored the book Enemy at the Water Cooler and he co-authored Physical & Logical Security Convergence with former NSA Deputy Director William Crowell. He was featured in the cyberwar documentary 5 Eyes alongside General Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA Director.

Cybersecurity & The Board: Choosing success over the Sarlacc Pit

I regularly have conversations with cybersecurity leaders and experts across a range of industries. Recently on my Cyber Security Effectiveness Podcast, I’ve spoken with board members from several market-leading companies, in the public and private sectors, to understand their perspectives on cybersecurity.

These conversations demonstrate that board members are paying close attention to their organizations’ security programs — their approach and effectiveness and the impact on risk posture. Additionally, board members’ influence on the direction of a company’s security program has grown. As a result, IT leaders must report regularly that security technology, people, and processes are optimized to protect and defend the organization so that when a breach or attack does take place, it will have minimal impact on the brand and bottom line.

Attendee takeaways:

  • Understanding what boards really care about
  • Measuring and trending security effectiveness
  • Rationalizing – exposing gaps, retiring ineffective solutions, and prioritizing investments
  • Interpreting risk predicated on an intelligence-led approach to security
  • Communicating effectively

Are you the next cyber security superstar?

If you are passionate about an information security topic or you have strong technical skills developing researches on your own, you should definitely Apply at Call for Papers. By submitting you will have the chance to showcase your work to +2000 attendees.

Other speakers joining this year

Alex “Jay” Balan

Security Research Director Bitdefender

Gratiela Magdalinoiu

President ISACA Romania

Tudor Damian

Microsoft MVP, Certified Ethical Hacker

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Orange Romania is part of the Orange Group, one of the largest global telecommunications operators that connects hundreds of millions of customers worldwide. With over 11 million local customers and an annual turnover exceeding 1.5 billion euros, Orange Romania connects 1 in 2 Romanians and offers an extensive range of communication solutions for both individual and corporate customers, from basic connectivity services to complete mobile, fixed internet, TV packages, and complex IT&C solutions through Orange Business

Orange Romania is the number 1 operator in terms of network performance, and also holds nine consecutive Top Employer certifications, which confirm that Orange Romania, in addition to the remarkable products and services it offers, pays special attention to its employees and working environment. In the past 3 years Orange has launched two 5G Labs in Bucharest and Iasi, that aim to support researchers, startups and companies to test their 5G solutions in advance. 

In addition, Orange is a long-term supporter of the startup ecosystem through the Orange Fab accelerator program designed to support entrepreneurs in the development of innovative products and their distribution locally and internationally.

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