A ground-breaking reciprocal discussion between Board Members, CISO/CSO and C-Suite

• question a real Board of Directors
• connect with peers to benchmark cyber risk strategy 

Welcome to Security 360 – Talk to the Board 2019. Pulse is planning to make 2019 the most exciting programme yet with this expanded second anniversary edition that will be hosted on Thursday 7 November at another iconic venue in central London, following last years’ successful inauguration, hosted at the London Transport Museum.

Developed and hosted by Pulse Conferences, this is the ultimate sound-boarding forum for today’s CISO/CSOs, governance c-suite with responsibility for managing or assuring cybersecurity risk to be able to directly interact with and question a panel of Board Directors from large enterprises. Pulse is delighted to bring together Board Members and Non-Executive Directors to form a panel – our Board.

Plan for the day

Morning – Security 360 – A morning of inspiring discussions led by experienced CISOs/CSOs as well as Executives from beyond the security ‘echo chamber’ on 5 areas:

  1. Geopolitical and Threat Horizon
  2. Security Leadership and Culture
  3. Innovation and Investment
  4. Financial Crime and Convergence
  5. Plan B and Lines of Defence

Afternoon – Talk to the Board – The afternoon open panel discussions will be held in amphitheatre style, where we have brought together Board Directors from large companies to be questioned by and to interact with the audience on the strategic, operational and tactical questions around security that are set to change the way we view cyber risk and expectations for doing business over the next ten years. Guests are invited to come along to ‘talk to the board’ and ask the questions they would like to ask their own Board of directors – if they had the chance and without any consequences. Board Executives spanning Chairman, CEO, CFO, CIO, CMO, HR roles from well-known organisations will share insights on how CISOs can improve the security leadership offering and vice-versa.

Progressing the discussion – Starting off where Talk to the Board ‘Round 1’ left off, we will recap where we are on this journey as a group, before the panels drill down into gaps and expectations, building relationships with the Board and how security c-suite can be better heard and get their projects adopted.

Expanding out the cyber risk discussion – Invited guests and speakers this year will include security c-suite as well as c-suite from other lines of defence, including but not limited to CRO, CAE, CCO, COO, CIO, GC.

Backdrop: It became clear from discussions at the inaugural Talk to the Board developed and hosted by Pulse Conferences last year that both cybersecurity leaders and board directors are on a journey toward appreciating the others’ point of view. Individual journeys vary and for many much remains to be understood. Strengthening resilience to cyber risk may begin by both Board directors and CISOs taking stock of where they are on this journey.

Now more than ever, it is critical for CISO/CSOs, and other risk, compliance and governance functions to think more collaboratively with a less siloed approach about the risks and the impacts of security. This think tank addresses both cybersecurity and technology risk challenges on the horizon as well as cross-company strategies for effectively communicating key risks. Hear how security is playing a more strategic role for organisations, and how the security c-suite is approaching resource and cross-functional alliances and progress.

Investors are increasingly asking questions of their Boards about cybersecurity given litigation and reputational risks and disclosures. A backdrop of emerging standards and a new regulatory environment for banks, insurers and investment firms will only increase regulators’ scrutiny of cyber risks associated with information technology systems, outsourcing, and data outages. This should all ensure that Boards are taking cyber resilience seriously as part of the overall Enterprise Risk Management framework.

Further information about this event will be provided soon. If you are interested in speaking at this event, attending or hearing about sponsorship opportunities please email:

Our 2018 panel of board directors included:

  • Mr. John Hutson, Chief Executive Officer, JD Wetherspoon PLC. 
  • Mr. Robin Dargue, Global CIO, WPP
  • Air Marshal Sir Christopher Coville, Senior Defence Advisor, EMC and BT. Former Chairman, Westland Helicopters Ltd.
  • Jane Wilkinson, Global CEO and Board Level Chief Marketing Officer, & Non Executive Director

As a CISO/CSO, why attend?

  • A rare chance to question a real Board – with no consequences!
  • Unique opportunity to find out what the perspective is of board members towards cybersecurity.
  • To appreciate the importance first hand of speaking to the board in a way that makes them understand and care.
  • Reciprocal exchange. A chance for the panel of Board Members to explain what they would like to hear from them or how they would like security leaders to communicate better.
  • Immersive – all invited guests are expected to contribute to the discussions that will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
  • Networking – the day ends with a networking reception!
  • Pulse Innovate Report – receive practical take-aways on cyber risk and security as part of the Enterprise Risk Management strategy at Board level, and as part of a robust business. 

 As a Board Director or Non-Executive Director, why attend?

  • Gain insights about how CISO/CSO as a group think and feel about current relations with the board, risk metrics, security investment and reporting structures, to better communicate with their own security teams.
  • Exchange views on emerging expectations and strategy and it is a unique chance to hear directly from cyber security experts on how to manage cyber threats in a consistent, practical and ethical way.
  • A rare opportunity for the Board (and CISOs) to hear directly from the investor community what new standards and expectations on managing and mitigating cyber risk will be – especially following recent PRI engagements on managing cyber risk in a responsible way.



Further relevant CISO 360 Series events:

CISO 360 Asia & Oceania
25-26 September 2019, Singapore 

29-30 January 2020, New York

CISO 360 Nordics – NEW!
13-14 February 2020, Helsinki

3rd CISO 360 Middle East
16-17 March 2020, Dubai

Governance 360
31 March – 2 April 2020, Mauritius;

CISO 360 LatAm
16-18 May 2020, Costa Rica

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