Dean Institute launches new breakfast series for public company officers, directors Sept. 13 with talk about cybersecurity

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Lipscomb University’s Dean Institute for Corporate Governance & Integrity launches its new Boardroom Briefings series with a breakfast on Sept. 13 focusing on cybersecurity threats.

“Your Board Duties and Today’s Cybersecurity Threats: What the Bad Actors and Will-Meaning Employees, Customers and Suppliers Will Do Next, What Directors Must Know Now” will take place in Lipscomb’s Paul Rogers Board Room, located in the Ezell Center, Room 147, from 7-8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13.

Tickets are $50 for an individual and $450 for a table of 10. Reservations are requested by Sept. 9 and may be made at

The breakfast will address various key issues related to cybersecurity including the dominant trends and threats; the IT security issues that arise from mergers and acquisitions; what directors should ask management about risks and security issues; the specific digital and cyber threat skills that are needed within the board skills matrix; and what new insurance policies are available for cybersecurity risks.

Jan Babiak, founder and retired managing partner at Ernst & Young’s global technology security and risk services practice, will facilitate a panel discussion that addresses these key issues. Experts included on the panel are Guillermo Guerra, chief information security office, vice president and corporate information security officer for Jackson National Life Insurance Company; Gina Pruitt, member-in-charge of risk assurance and advisory services at Kraft CPAs in Nashville; and Scott E. Augenbaum, special agent (strategic partnership coordinator) for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The Boardroom Briefings series is a monthly breakfast series presented by the Dean Institute housed in Lipscomb’s College of Business, designed for public company officers and directors.

“Boardroom Briefings provides a resource for public company officers and members of board that will primarily address current and urgent issues that boards need to be aware of and to address,” said Turney Stevens, Dean Institute director. “In Nashville there is a need for a place to connect high-level C-suite leaders for them to address important topics that have an impact on our businesses and organizations.”

The Boardroom Briefings series will present an event once a month that will address a variety of topics.

NASBA and W.E. Connor & Co. are presenting sponsors of the series. Benefactor sponsors of the series are Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Jackson National Life Insurance Co. and Ethisphere Institute. Patron sponsors for the series include Baker Donelson, Bass Berry Sims, Chrucill Mortgage, Synovus/The Bank of Nashville, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Ingram Industries, LBMC, Waller Law and Adams and Reese.

For more information, call Stevens at 615-210-8840 or email