2019 Portland Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange

    Building Stronger Connections with your Cybersecurity Community


    The Leadership Board represents the region’s most prominent organizations and thought leadership. Board members recommend and vet topics, speakers and industry partners, ensuring each Exchange addresses the region’s most significant concerns.

    Leadership Board


    Hadas Cassorla, Head of IT Security, Act On
    Gary Johnson, CISO, State of Oregon
    Rich Mason, CSO, Critical Infrastructure
    Dwayne Melancon, CTO, ARI Network Services
    Joel Naumoff, Direcor Global CyberSecurity, Belden
    Jon Washburn, CISO, Stoel Rives LLP


    Jeff Bird, VP, Information Security, Peace Health
    Mike Bray, CISO, The Vancouver Clinic
    Keith Brown, Director, IBM Systems CISO, IBM
    David Buchanan, Partner & CISO, Delap
    Sol Cates, VP, Technical Strategy, Thales
    Greg Chupp, Information Security Director, Providence St. Joseph Health
    Mike Dooley, Information Security Officer, Viewpoint
    Jim Downing, VP & CIO, Northwest Natural Gas
    Steve Eaton, IT Security Manager, The Greenbriar Companies
    Bryan Emerson, CIO, Pacific Seafood Group
    Eric Etherington, CISO, Dolby Laboratories
    Kunal Grover, Director, Information Security, Smarsh
    Esteban Gutierrez, Sr. Director, Security, New Relic
    Leo Howell, CISO, University of Oregon
    Gary Johnson, CISO, State of Oregon
    Charlie Kawasawki, CTO, PacStar
    Steve Mancini, Deputy CISO, Cylance
    Sean McKay, CISO, Portland State University
    David McMorries, CISO, Oregon State University
    Brennan O'Brien, Director of Information Security, Columbia Sportswear
    Jessica Odom, Information Security Officer, Lewis and Clark College
    Tony Ogden, Chief Legal Officer, Bates Group
    Fred Pond, CIO, NORPAC Foods
    Stefan Richards, Chief Security Strategist, Micro Focus
    Sean Ventura, VP, CISO, Atmosera
    Caroline Wong, Chief Security Strategist, Cobalt.io

    Kicking off with tapas and signature cocktails, attendees can connect with peers across industries.
    Note: Please arrive on time for pre-event hors d’oeuvres.

    Teaching and Communicating Risk

    Brennan O’Brien

    Your cyber and information security team implements the technologies and strategies that keep your organization secure. Getting the organization on board with those changes, however, begins and ends with effective leadership. During this conversation, we will discuss techniques you can use to effectively teach your users about risk, ensuring everyone values your team’s security initiatives.

    Changing Culture Where it Counts

    Jim Downing

    Cybersecurity doesn’t only happen in our IT teams. It happens in every building, department, and office at our organizations. To reach every employee, the modern information and technology executive must leverage—and sometimes change—the organization’s cybersecurity culture. During this discussion, we will address best practices you can use to positively impact your organization’s culture, extending the reach and value of your security team.

    Ransomware: Developing a Business Strategy

    Leo Howell

    Our organizations rely on us, as cyber and information security leaders, to have a plan when things go wrong. During this collaborative discussion, we will discuss the most critical steps you can take to proactively prepare your organization for Ransomware attacks.

    Now comes your turn to share ideas. Each table is headed by a Discussion Leader, ready with questions based on the keynote panel topic. Tables will collectively brainstorm opportunities to address challenges addressed by the panel. Attendees will then switch tables twice to discuss a new set of challenges and questions with a different group of peers. This allows attendees to connect and have in-depth conversations with more peers bringing unique perspectives from across different disciplines and industries.

    Discussions will continue to percolate across the entire space as attendees have the opportunity to refresh drinks and tapas.

    The program closes by wrapping up the evening’s conversation into tangible takeaways to implement into your own organization.

    Director of Information Security, Columbia Sportswear
    VP & CIO, Northwest Natural Gas Company
    Chief Information Security Officer, University of Oregon

    Solutions providers are vetted to include only the organizations bringing the most successful and innovative solutions to market. Sponsors must be approved by the Leadership Board.

    Interested in supporting the cybersecurity leadership community? contact us


    To learn more about the Portland Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange or to answer any questions, please contact:

    Mike Magura, VP, Business Development
    Direct: 503.908.2428
    [email protected]

    Event Details
    • Start Date
      November 12, 2019 2:45 pm
    • End Date
      November 12, 2019 7:30 pm
    • Location
    • Category
    • Address
      935 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209