Andrew Hay

Founder and CTO, LEO Cyber Security

“Why Your Company Needs an Independent Security Advisory Board”

How do you prove to your customers that you’re safeguarding their data in a secure manner without needlessly exposing the organization to potential attacks? Since security is often billed as a “people problem” it only makes sense to rely on actual people to solve the problem – and not yet another security appliance or piece of software with silver bullets for the latest and greatest threat.

One method to address this communication gap is to form a trusted cyber security advisory board to discuss the current security industry trends, the best practices across the industry, and provide a vehicle for customers to communicate their security concerns to the organization’s leadership. This session will draw on the speaker’s experience in forming, operating, and sourcing advisors for a security advisory board. Topics to be discussed include:

  • The benefits of forming a cyber security board, its makeup, and its chartered goals
  • The expectations of the advisors, the organization leadership, and its customers
  • Anticipated challenges (and opportunities)
  • How to incorporate board feedback into the overall cyber security strategy
  • Quantifying and communicating the successes of the advisory board
Andrew Hay, CTO at LEO Cyber Security

Andrew Hay is an information security industry veteran with close to 20 years of experience as a security practitioner, industry analyst, and executive. As the Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for LEO Cyber Security, he is a member of the senior executive leadership team responsible for the creation and driving of the strategic vision for the company. One of his primary responsibilities is the development and delivery of the company’s comprehensive cyber security, digital forensics, incident response, cloud architecture, and advanced research centers of excellence.

Andrew has served in various roles and responsibilities at several companies including DataGravity, OpenDNS (a Cisco company), CloudPassage, Inc., 451 Research, the University of Lethbridge, Capital G Bank Ltd. (now Clarien Bank Bermuda), Q1 Labs (now IBM), Nokia (now Check Point), Nortel Networks, Magma Communications (now Primus Canada), and Taima Corp (now Convergys).

Andrew is frequently approached to provide expert commentary on security-industry developments, and has been featured in such publications as Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, USA Today, International Business Times, Sacramento Bee, Delhi Daily News, Austin Business Journal, Ars Technica, RT, VentureBeat, LeMondeInformatique, eWeek, TechRepublic, Infosecurity Magazine, The Data Center Journal, TechTarget, Network World, Computerworld, PCWorld, and CSO Magazine.

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