Talk to the Board

6 November 2018
London Transport Museum – Covent Garden, London

Pulse would like to say a massive ‘thank you’ to all speakers, sponsors and delegates that participated in Talk to the Board, 6 November 2018!

A reciprocal discussion between Board Members, CISOs and C-Suite

• question a real Board |
• connect with CISO and C-Suite peers|
• benchmark cyber risk strategy |

Pulse Conferences is delighted to have presented our 2018 one-day conference, Talk to the Board, a discussion between CISOs and a non-security Board. Talk to the Board is the ultimate ‘sound-boarding’ platform for today’s cybersecurity and digital risk leaders to question a panel of actual Board directors on priority challenges around cyber risk management and business engagement.

Invited guests will be presented with a panel of real Board Directors from large enterprise corporate boards as well as Non-Executive Directors, covering various sectors.  These individuals are collectively responsible along with their fellow Board members for the cyber security stance of their organisations. They are only able to make decisions based on the quality and format of the information they receive from those responsible for cyber within their company from the CISO and CIO.

The event is held in a theatre seating style.  Guests are invited 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 with none of the 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.

Top of their game CISO/CSOs will also share the steps and approaches taken within their own companies, as well as tips on how to align culture and mindset across security-business technology and legal.  Additionally, an investor perspective will be presented, to reflect how investors are increasingly asking Boards about how they are managing and mitigating cybersecurity because of litigation and reputation risk, amidst a fast-moving threat landscape and off the back of digital innovation.

Chaired by

  • Marcus Alldrick, Former CISO, Lloyd’s of London. Digital Risk Management, Security and Compliance Advisor

Meet The Board Members

  • Mr. John Hutson, Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director, 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, Globel CEO and Board Level Chief Marketing Officer, & Non Executive Director

Meet the Speaker Panel

  • Professor Robert Coles, Visiting Professor, Royal Holloway, University of London and CISO, NHS/Director – Data Security Centre, NHS Digital
  • Charles Delingpole, CEO and Cofounder, ComplyAdvantage
  • Tim Sadler, CEO and Co-Founder, Tessian
  • Cath Goulding, Head of Cyber Security, Nominet
  • Matt Middleton-Leal, General Manager EMEA, Netwrix
  • Ben Bulpett, Security IQ Director, EMEA, SailPoint
  • Daniel M. Freeman, Managing Partner, C5 Capital Ltd
  • Mark Logsdon, Head of Cyber Assurance and Oversight, Prudential
  • Graham Ayre, Senior Auditor, ArgoGlobal – A Lloyd’s of London Syndicate
  • Chris Wallis, Founder, Intruder


Discussion points to cover

  • Business engagement, risk and governance
  • Digital innovation and M&A risks
  • Structures, roles and standards
  • Communications and reporting metrics
  • Risk management and resilience

Including questions around

  • How can CISOs engage in a longer-term security strategy against cyber-crime that the Board and other C-Suite will appreciate?
  • How can the CISO best understand information security in the big picture of Enterprise Risk Management frameworks?
  • Risk scenario modelling and risk reporting – Board top recommendations to CISOs
  • How can the CISO develop an action plan to gain traction with CIO, CTO, CFO, CEO, Audit Committee, Board? How can CISOs improve their leadership offering?
  • What’s the right level of communication to business stakeholders? What are the keys to winning budget?
  • What can boards do to improve business performance around cyber risk? What do Board members need to know about cyber?
  • How are companies managing cyber risk? Tone from the top – how do we build security and resilience into organisational culture?

As a CISO why attend

  • A rare chance to question a real Board – with no consequences! Attraction for CISOs and senior cybersecurity attendees is to get a chance to do something they rarely get to do if ever, talk to the board frankly and without real consequences. To share as an audience their joint or differing views on the subject as well as with the panel.
  • 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. To tell them what they would like boards to do better with respect to cyber.
  • Reciprocal exchange. A chance for the panel of Board Members to explain to CISOs what they would like to hear from them or how they would like CISOs to communicate better. The panel of directors would have a similar and reciprocal opportunity to learn about how CISOs as a group think and feel on the subject.
  • Immersive – all invited guests are expected to contribute to the discussions that will be held under the Chatham House Rule. The talks end with a networking reception.
  • Designed – to produce 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 Member why attend

As Board members well know, given the real threat to customer data, privacy and intellectual property, information security is a reputational risk that is becoming increasingly of interest to a wider, non-security audience.  Given that reputation, and ultimately company survival and shareholder investment, is at stake, we are aware for example that Audit and Risk Committees are asking for increased assurance about how cyber risk is managed.  This event is a rare opportunity to meet with CISOs from leading businesses and government departments. You will 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.

  • Gain insights about how CISOs 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.
  • 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. The Board will be held ultimately responsible, financially and reputation-wise.


Networking reception
Sarastro – 16:30- 19:00

126 Drury Lane, TheatreLand, London, WC2B 5SU

After Talk to the Board discussion all guests, speakers and sponsors are invited to walk across the road for a networking reception at Sarastro restaurant, only a few minutes walk from The London Transport Museum. This enchanted restaurant invites guests into a imaginative and remarkable atmosphere as it was a scene from The Arabian Nights, the interior of Sarastro is ablaze with swirling colour and visual excitement!

Thank you to all the Sponsors of Talk to the Board 2018!

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