Craig Searle
Craig is Co-Founder and Chief Apiarist (CEO) of Hivint and SecurityColony. Craig has over 15 years of experience in the security industry, working in the finance, government, telecommunications and infrastructure sectors. An alumni of the SIFT and Stratsec organisations, he was heavily involved in their acquisition and transition into BAE Systems Applied Intelligence. Prior to founding Hivint, Craig was the regional leader of BAE Systems’ cyber security business, with management responsibility for up to 150 staff across Australia, Malaysia and Singapore.

With a strong technical background, Craig now works with senior executives to better understand how security can provide significant benefits to their business, and implementing and overseeing programs to achieve this.

Craig is a Graduate of the AICD’s Company Director's Course, holds a B.CompSci from The University of Newcastle, is a practicing PCI QSA and a CISSP. Well known in the industry, Craig has appeared on the 7:30 Report and has been quoted in the AFR, SMH, The Age, CSO Magazine and Australian IT on security-related topics. Craig regularly presents at industry and sector-specific conferences, recently including the AusCERT, ACSC, WAckhon, Cyber In Business, Security in Government (Singapore) and CarolinaCon (USA).

Influencing the Board - A Fool's Errand

As the information security industry matures and information security increasingly becomes recognized as an important aspect of any enterprise organisation, there is greater and greater drive and aspiration to be able to 'influence the board'. Whether you're a partner at a Big4 consulting firm, a small independent business operator or even an internal Security Manager or CISO, attaining influence of an enterprise board is considered to be crucial to the success of any security programme.

Unfortunately, this approach is misguided and typically driven as a result of a misunderstanding of what the role of the board and its members are in defining and guiding the strategy of an organization. This typically results in wasted time, effort and precious resources. Worse yet, attempting to influence the board can have unintended consequences and actually impair your ability to effect organisational change.

This presentation will help attendees to better understand the role of the board, how boards function and why attempting to influence the board is largely a waste of time. We will also discuss the underlying psychology of influence and why it works; identify appropriate stakeholders within a typical enterprise organisation and how to apply the psychology of influence to those key stakeholders - ensuring that your security programme has the best chance of holistic adoption and ultimately, success.