CISO Track

The modern security executive needs to handle a complex world of technology, policy, politics, and business; all while supporting their organization in becoming more resilient, innovative and customer focused. This evolution from the “IT Security” person to a proper C-suite executive is not only challenging to the individual at the helm, but also the industry at large.

The BSidesLV CISO Track aims to provide our participants with a closed-door environment where sharing information and practices around a select number of topics is done properly. This isn’t about some vendor pitch, nor is it about sitting and having someone talk at you for 45 minutes. It is about a discussion between peers, curated by peers, around topics presented briefly (10-15 minutes) by a vetted industry vendor. What’s a vetted industry vendor? They’re speakers who have agreed not to pitch or sell products, and their presentation has been reviewed and pre-approved by the program committee.

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Our CISO Track runs Tuesday, August 6th from 9am to 7pm, and includes networking breaks, as well as a participant-led open session (un-conference style). Throughout the day, we will cover different topics, which include board communications, zero-trust, application security (SDLC), supply chain security, as well as crisis communications and brand monitoring.

Additionally, we will conduct a participant-led, open session where the content is defined and moderated by participants – this is the un-conference aspect of the program. Throughout the day, participants will suggest topics, and we’ll pick one or two of them to discuss in-depth. The person suggesting the topic will act as moderator.

This ensures that everyone has a chance to learn and lead discussions with their peers. Given the nature of our event, we hope that this hybrid approach will foster thoughtful, open discussion among participants on topics that have been identified as most relevant to them.

There are also opportunities to work with the community through mentoring (optional – on the 2nd day), and participating in a “Meet the CISO” panel at the end of the day in the BSides Common Ground track.

Participation in the BSidesLV CISO track is limited to vetted individuals who hold an active full-time CSO/CISO position. The event itself will run  under the Chatham House Rule.

Note: For those of you not familiar, Chatham House Rule is defined as follows: “When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.

Participants are expected to be highly engaged and contribute to the discussions held during the day in a meaningful way. As such, participants in the CISO Track are expected to provide a minimal donation of $250 to BSidesLV (which is a 501(c)(3) entity). In order to ensure the effectiveness of this track, participation will be restricted to 50 individuals.

Vendor participation is limited to presenting the session topic, and vendors will have no access to any participant list and are restricted from pitching or following-up with participants. The entire day will have a curator who will take notes to produce anonymized proceedings from the track which would focus on the content discussed, and publish the vetted proceedings after the conference.

After the event, participants are also eligible to opt-in to a post-conference discussion channel, offering further access to their peers on an ongoing basis. This private community will be restricted to participants only, as well as BSidesLV moderators.


  • Session 1: Board Communications
  • Session 2: ZeroTrust
  • Session 3: Supply Chain Security
  • Session 4: AppSec/SDLC/DevSecOps
  • Session 5: Crisis Communications & Brand Monitoring
  • Session 6: un-conference

The agenda is subject to timing changes, but will cover the topics detailed above.

This page last updated July 1, 2019