Texas CISO Council Members,
As we look back on 2015, it was a good year for our council. We achieved:
1) Completion of the Security Essentials Guide
2) Official partnership with the Security Advisor Alliance (SAA)
3) Increased membership to 50+ security leaders
4) Building relationships with security leaders across the great state of Texas
In our last meeting, we analyzed all the feedback we received thus far and continue to ask for you to complete the survey if you haven’t done so. The initial survey message was sent on 1/20 at 9:49pm from ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ with the subject “Texas CISO Council - 2016 Planning Survey”. There was an abundance of great ideas. Luckily, a few themes emerged helping build our 2016 focus. Therefore, to continue our momentum, we will focus on the following three initiatives in 2016:
1) Supplement Our Essentials Guide
Version 1 of the guide has been well received. To further promote adoption, we will develop short, practical, implementation supplements to support the 5 major components. Our first deliverable will be for the Information Security Risk Management section. The topic will be how to develop a working Risk Register and a portion of our next meeting will be utilized to further discuss this topic. Upon publication of this supplement, we will select another deliverable. By focusing on quick wins, we can drive continued interest in the Guide.
2) Support SAA’s Outreach Program
We have become the first official “chapter” of the SAA. Partnership with the SAA provides a number of benefits, and many of you have expressed a desire to give back to the community. Therefore, a natural first step is to collaborate with the SAA on their outreach efforts. This allows us to quickly ramp up activities in Texas. We will work with the SAA outreach committee to further develop materials and approaches to educate the public on cybersecurity, then we can become the delivery mechanism across Texas. If you are interested in this initiative, then you can contact Parrish Gunnels at and he can put you in touch with the leader of this areas for SAA.
3) Improve Council Engagement
As we continue to grow and deliver materials, we need to improve the overall operating efficiency and member engagement of the council. The first change you will notice is our approach to council meetings. We will continue to meet every other month on the 4th Friday, but for the next meeting scheduled on April 8th, we are going to try a new format where we will hold simultaneous meetings in San Antonio and Dallas. A video teleconference will be used between the two sites for better collaboration and discussion.
Please consider joining and contributing to the success of one of these three committees. We will ask each initiative to further refine their approach and deliverables. We will work on these initiatives throughout the year and provide status reports at each council meeting. The goal is that one of these three initiatives will appeal to you and encourage your continued active participation. By limiting the scope, we can achieve tangible, measurable success. More communication will be coming.
Important Upcoming Dates:
· April 8th – Next Texas CISO Meeting (detailed agenda forth coming), two locations: Dallas & San Antonio connected via video conferencing
· September 19th – 21st - SAA Conference at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas
Thank you for all your contributions and we look forward to your continued active participation.
The Texas CISO Council Leadership Team
Brian, Phil, Mary, Parrish, Brian