SANS to Debut CISO Hot Topic Series at Scottsdale 2016 Cybersecurity Training Event

Will Share How to Effectively Communicate to and Influence CEOs and Boards of Directors.

December 9, 2015

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Bethesda, MD – December 9, 2015 – SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced the CISO Hot Topic Series which will debut at the SANS Scottsdale 2016 training event taking place February 8 -  13, 2016. To kick off this continuing series of CISO Hot Topic sessions, SANS will present a half-day session offering real world advice and What Works examples. The goal of this session is teach CISOs how to take advantage of opportunities to interact with top management in ways that lead to increases in the effectiveness of their organization’s security program.

“When a CISO gets the opportunity to brief the Board of Directors, it all too often turns into a 'What happens when the dog actually does catch the car' scenario," said John Pescatore, SANS Director of Emerging Security Trends. “CISOs need to understand what is important to Boards and how to get strategic points across to leverage time with the Board into meaningful increases in security. The CISO Hot Topic Series was developed to help answer these types of question.”

This debut session, How to Effectively Communicate to and Influence CEOs and Boards of Directors, will be presented by SANS’ Founder and Research Director, Alan Paller alongside SANS’ Director of Emerging Security Trends, John Pescatore. This CISO Hot Topic session will be held on February 9th in conjunction with SANS Scottsdale.

The SANS Scottsdale training event brings together world-class security experts who will share their knowledge and techniques for addressing today’s most complex cybersecurity issues. Included among the hands-on, immersion courses offered at SANS Scottsdale are SEC560: Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking, SEC501: Advanced Security Essentials - Enterprise Defender, and MGT514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership and more.

For a complete list of courses and instructors, or to register for SANS Scottsdale 2016, please visit:

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The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (

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