CISO Roundtable



This live webinar version of the CISO Stories Podcast brings together a panel of subject matter experts to examine the research findings and discuss how organizations can better prepare to defend against and respond to a ransomware attack, with topics for the session to include:

  • Whether organizations should ever consider paying a ransom demand
  • If organizations have the right people, processes and policies in place to address the risk posed by ransomware attacks
  • The wide-reaching impacts to the business following a successful ransomware attack
  • Whether organizations are making the right investments in security prior to a ransomware attack and where they are investing after being a victim


About the Webinar

A recent global research report conducted by Cybereason, titled Ransomware: The True Cost to Business, revealed that the vast majority of organizations that have suffered a ransomware attack have experienced significant impact to the business, including loss of revenue, damage to the organization’s brand, unplanned workforce reductions, and little in the way of relief from cyber insurance policies.

The event is being produced as a live webinar version of the CISO Stories Podcast, a weekly that takes a deep dive on security leadership issues and is produced by Cybereason and the CyberRisk Alliance’s Cybersecurity Collaborative, a prominent CISO networking group.


Meet The HOSTS


Sam Curry


Sam is a Visiting Fellow at the National Security Institute, and prior to joining Cybereason was CTO and CISO for Arbor Networks (NetScout) and was CSO and SVP R&D at MicroStrategy in addition to holding senior security roles at McAfee and CA. He spent 7 years at RSA, the Security Division of EMC as Chief Technologist and SVP of Product. Sam also has over 20 patents in security from his time as a security architect, has been a leader in two successful startups and is a board member of the Cybersecurity Coalition, of SSH Communications and of Sequitur Labs.


Todd Fitzgerald

Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy at Cybersecurity Collaborative

Todd has built Fortune 500/large company security programs for 20 years, and was named 2016–17 Chicago CISO of the Year, ranked Top 50 Information Security Executive, authored 4 books including #1 Best Selling and 2020 CANON Hall of Fame Winner CISO COMPASS: Navigating Cybersecurity Leadership Challenges with Insights from Pioneers (2019), ground-breaking CISO Leadership: Essential Principles for Success, as well as contributions to a dozen others. Todd held senior leadership positions at Northern Trust, Grant Thornton International, Ltd, ManpowerGroup, WellPoint (Anthem) Blue Cross Blue Shield/ National Government Services, Zeneca/Syngenta, IMS Health and American Airlines.

Meet the Panelists


Frank Johnson

Former Local Government IT Executive, Current VP Cyber Sales & Marketing

Frank is a former battle-tested, ransomware surviving, Public Sector IT Executive. He knows first-hand the unique challenges of digital transformation in local government and works with municipalities across the country on strategies to overcome them. A life-long learner & technology executive, Frank’s personal passions include the application of technology, leadership, and next-generation leadership development. Frank’s professional background is complemented by his studies at Stanford Business Strategy. Additionally, he holds technical degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Toledo.


Kerissa Varma

CISO, Old Mutual Limited

Kerissa Varma is the Group Chief Information Security Officer of Old Mutual Limited, one of the largest financial services organizations on the African continent with a vast footprint across 13 African markets. She manages information security, business resilience and technology strategy with dispersed teams across Africa. She has a demonstrated history of building and scaling security capabilities in a number of industries including healthcare, telecommunications, transport, government, and financial services and is a passionate advocate for technology and security.


Bryan Hurd

Chief of Office, Aon Cyber

Bryan has worked on hundreds of ransomware, intrusion, espionage cases and litigation related efforts over 30 years. He is a globally recognized computer forensics leader and expert in cyber intelligence, investigations, and operations to fight espionage, terrorism, organized crime groups and criminals. Bryan founded of the Cyber Counterintelligence program for the US Navy at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in 1994 and has gone on to hold executive positions as first Director of Intelligence for the Digital Crimes Unit within the Microsoft Cyber Crime Center, founding the computer forensics program at EDS (Now HP) and was the Chief of Operations, Director of Terrorist Identities at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).