How to Win Over Executives and Influence the Board

Presented at Blue Team Con 2022, Aug. 27, 2022, 2:30 p.m. (50 minutes)

Stop me if you’ve heard these before (or maybe you’ve said them yourself), “Management just doesn’t listen”, “The executives don’t care”, “The board just doesn’t understand”. These exasperations can be very common for blue teamers. We know what needs to be done but we just can’t seem to get the support of our organizational leadership. Even when CISOs or high-level security leaders break through and get time with the board, it’s not uncommon to see them with their heads down looking at their phones. Well, this session is your master class in turning that around and making these conversations work for you.

Come learn from an experienced cyber security executive about what works and what doesn’t when you’re engaging with your leadership teams. Learn actual techniques you can employ tomorrow for effectively planning and delivering a presentation, recovering engagement from an audience that’s tuned out, and overcoming some the skepticism and animosity that can derail your efforts. You’ll see re-world examples from presentations that succeeded as well as from those that failed. Whether you’re in an individual technical role or in the executive suite, this is a chance to up your game and start gaining the support you need.


  • Alyssa Miller - CISO, Epiq Global
    Alyssa Miller is a hacker who, in her preteens, bought her first computer and hacked her way into a paid dialup community platform. She grew up in hacker culture, finding her hacker family in IRC channels during her adolescent years. While IT was not her original career plan, she ended up working as a developer and later a penetration tester in the financial services industry. As she moved into consulting, her focus on defending technology systems and personal privacy grew to the point where she was advising fortune 100 companies on how to build comprehensive security programs. Alyssa is now the CISO at New York based Epiq Global. Still very much a hacker to this day, she’s built on that identity to grow her career. She is an internationally recognized public speaker and author of “Cybersecurity Career Guide”. She’s an advocate for helping others make a career out of their passion for hacking and security in general. She’s also a proponent for the open sharing of ideas and perspectives on improving our technologically connected world.

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