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The Ostrich Effect: How proper communication with the C-Suite will lead to good decisions around technology and cybersecurity.

April 13 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am

There are three reasonable things to do with any risk a business faces: accept it as-is, mitigate down to an acceptable level, or insure against it. Unfortunately, many companies see risks as complex as cybersecurity to be so challenging that they choose a 4th option: sticking their head in the sand and hoping that nothing bad happens.

My presentation will teach business leaders:

  • How to assess the cyber risks in their industry relative to other business risks
  • How to make rational decisions on which risks to accept, which to mitigate, and which to insure against
  • How to make presentations to C-suite executives on technology topics

This presentation will focus on ideas to engage the hearts and minds of executives on topics that are too often overlooked in board room discussions.

Bryce Austin, Cybersecurity Expert, Keynote Speaker, CIO, CISO

Bryce Austin started his technology career on a Commodore 64 computer and a cassette tape drive. Today he is a leading voice on emerging technology and cybersecurity issues. Bryce holds a CISM certification and is known as a thought leader, cybersecurity expert, and internationally recognized professional speaker.

With over 10 years of experience as a Chief Information Officer and Chief Information Security Officer, Bryce actively advises the boards of companies in industries as diverse as financial services, retail, healthcare, technology and manufacturing industries. He was the CIO and CISO of Wells Fargo Business Payroll Services, and a Senior Group Manager at Target Corporation. He has first-hand experience of what happens to a business and its employees during a cybersecurity crisis, as it did to Target because of their 2013/2014 PCI data breach.

When Bryce isn’t spending quality time with his wife and two young sons, he spends his weekends as a high-speed track driver and coach at venues across the USA. He has over 15 years of experience, and has driven cars as diverse as an 85 horsepower Saturn to a 650 horsepower Porsche 911 Turbo. He has had well over 100 students none of whom have died while under his instruction.


April 13
9:30 am - 10:30 am
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Dallas D2
The Sheraton Dallas
Dallas, 75201 United States
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