Build Better Defenses
October 29–30, 2017: Training
October 30–November 1, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
New York, NY

Cyber-risk decision making: How boardrooms view digital threats

Yong-Gon Chon (Focal Point Data Risk), Wade Baker (Cyentia Institute)
11:20am–12:00pm Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Average rating: ****.
(4.50, 2 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Business executives and security leaders and managers

Prerequisite knowledge

  • A basic understanding of cybersecurity concepts
  • Familiarity with the general roles of board members, C-Level executives, and CISOs

What you'll learn

  • Learn how to successfully communicate cybersecurity issues to boards
  • Understand persistent myths and overlooked progress framing how boards handle cyber issues
  • Explore actionable exercises and collaborative measures that cyber, business, and other risk professionals can immediately adopt at the board and C-Level


Yong-Gon Chon and Wade Baker share the results of an original, in-depth survey project that interviewed current board members and senior cybersecurity professionals to find out whether cybersecurity is now a boardroom issue, and if it is, determine what security experts have been telling boards to care about.

Is the message being received? Are chief information security officers (CISOs), security vendors, and others flagging the right issues? What are the signs of progress or stubborn divides? Join Yong-Gon and Wade to find out.

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Yong-Gon Chon

Focal Point Data Risk

Yong-Gon Chon is the CEO of Focal Point Data Risk, one of the largest pure-play cyber-services companies, and a member of Focal Point’s board, where he is responsible for all aspects of business growth and execution. Yong-Gon has more than 20 years of experience building and leading global security and risk management teams. Previously, he was CTO at SecureInfo Corporation; led the Cybersecurity Division at Kratos Defense and Security Solutions after it acquired SecureInfo Corporation; and held senior leadership positions across cybersecurity organizations, where he executed professional services for Fortune 1000 and government clients. He has served as an adjunct professor at George Washington and Georgetown Universities. Yong-Gon holds a BS in management from George Washington University.

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Wade Baker

Cyentia Institute

Wade Baker is cofounder of the Cyentia Institute, where he leads custom research and analysis efforts for clients in security fields across different industries. A business leader and researcher with a deep-seated passion for using data to improve cybersecurity decisions, practice, and products, Wade is perhaps best known for creating and leading Verizon’s annual Data Breach Investigations Report series, widely regarded as a gold standard among technical and business professionals for understanding threats and prioritizing defenses. Previously, he was vice president of strategy and risk analytics at ThreatConnect and managing director and CTO of security solutions at Verizon Enterprise Solutions. Wade is a member of RSA Conference’s advisory board and member of the FAIR Institute’s board of directors.