BitSight EXCHANGE Recap: Takeaways from the Inaugural Forum

Alex Campanelli | October 19, 2018

On October 10th, BitSight’s inaugural EXCHANGE forum, the premier event for security and risk professionals, took place at the Intercontinental New York Times Square. Over the course of this one-day event, distinguished business and technology leaders discussed the current and evolving state of cybersecurity, best practices for addressing cyber threats, and how to both prioritize and focus risk management efforts within an organization. 

The night before the event, EXCHANGE attendees and BitSight customers enjoyed an evening dinner cruise around the New York Harbor. 

new york city harbor dinner cruiseView of the New York Harbor from the BitSight dinner cruise.

EXCHANGE keynotes were delivered by Mike Rogers, Former Chairman, U.S. House Intelligence Committee, and Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 Tomcat Fighter Pilot in the U.S. Navy. Rogers discussed his political background and his leadership experience handling international cybersecurity threats, while Lohrenz detailed her exposure to threats and risk — and how she addressed them — in the United States Navy.

Mike RogersMike Rogers gives his keynote address at EXCHANGE 2018.

Carey Lohrenz

Carey Lohrenz gives her afternoon keynote address.

The sessions at EXCHANGE dove deep into the details around the state of cybersecurity, how best-in-class risk management strategies are being developed (and how they can be leveraged), and how companies have overcome challenges of reporting security progress to executives and the Board. Attendees were given insights from cyber risk leaders from around the globe who provided strategic, actionable advice for applying lessons learned.

The day’s sessions included speakers from Goldman Sachs, Verizon, Moody’s Corporation, Ernst & Young, and various Board members from such companies as E*TRADE and Alliance Bernstein. Speakers covered everything from an in-depth discussion on the evolution of cyber insurance to their experience handling cybersecurity and risk from the perspective of the Board.

financial services cyber risk panel Panelists discuss the evolution of risk in the financial services industry. Speakers included Mark Watson (Deputy Leader, Financial Services Center for Board Matters, Ernst & Young), Derek Vadala (Managing Director & CISO at Moody’s Corporation), Bob Lewis (Former Head of External Cyber Assurance & Monitoring, Barclays UK), James Lam (Chair, Risk Oversight Committee, E*TRADE), and moderator Peter Pernebo  (Executive Director of Third Party Risk Management, KY3P by IHS Markit).  

Niloofar Razi Howe and Venky Ganesan Niloofar Razi Howe (Former CSO of RSA) and Venky Ganesan (Managing Director of Menlo Ventures) discussed closing the cyber risk gap.

Alexander SchlagerAlexander Schlager (Global Product Lead Cyber Security, Verizon) discussed how Verizon's enterprise customers are taking a holistic approach to cybersecurity and risk management.

reporting cybersecurity to the BoardThe panel session on reporting cybersecurity to the Board was moderated by Suraj Srinivisan (Professor at Harvard Business School) and panelists included Ed Brandman (CIO, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co), Andy Brown (Board of Zscaler and Guidewire), Bijoy Sagar (Chief Digital & Technology Officer, Stryker) and Shelley Leibowitz (Board of Alliance Bernstein & E*TRADE).

jake-exchange-2Graeme Newman (Chief Innovation Officer at CFC Underwriting) and Jake Olcott (VP of Communications & Strategic Partnerships, BitSight) discuss how cyber insurance has developed and changed in the past few years and share thoughts on the future of the market.


Thank you to the 150+ attendees and incredible speakers. We’re already excited about next year’s EXCHANGE!

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