Announcing the M12 CISO Network
In November 2020, we announced the creation of the M12 Advisory Board, a group of world-class authorities in their respective fields, assembled to forecast what’s on the horizon, provide guidance on investment opportunities, and coach portfolio companies on strategic direction. In addition to that important mentorship, we’ve had ambitions to collaborate more deeply with our advisors.
Today, I’m proud to partner with Ann Johnson—M12 cybersecurity advisor and Microsoft corporate vice president of security, compliance and identity business development—to announce our first milestone in that pursuit: the founding of the M12 CISO Network. Yesterday, we hosted our inaugural quarterly meeting of 15 top industry-leading CISOs, representing global enterprise and mid-market companies across professional services, financial services, healthcare, retail, food and beverage, energy and more.
Our goals in establishing the M12 CISO Network were threefold:
Learn from CISOS: cultivate peer-to-peer conversations, capture the latest trends that have their attention, and understand their most significant business opportunities and challenges.
Influence M12 investments: identify the cybersecurity startups that have captured the mindshare of this group of experts.
Facilitate customer connections: expose this network of cybersecurity business decisionmakers to impactful M12 portfolio company solutions. For example, yesterday, the founders behind M12 portfolio companies Aqua and seed investment Authomize had the opportunity to pitch their technology to attendees.
In the arms race of cybersecurity, we know that CISOs have many commitments and priorities to juggle.