ACG San Diego | BrownBag Series: Cyber-Risk in M&A

ACG San Diego BrownBag Series

Event Details


May 17, 2022 11:30 AM - 1 PM PDT

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Cybersecurity has become a critical element in every business. With the latest SEC proposed rules for cybersecurity reporting and recent court precedents, cybersecurity has become a more visible and critical part of due diligence when selling, buying or investing in a business.
Join an expert panel that will share real-life examples of what they have learned from decades of experience in building cybersecurity programs and helping companies through diligence and integration as part of M&A activities. The panelists will address the following:
  • Why cybersecurity is important to M&A
  • What cyber-risks a business carries into a transaction
  • Why your IT and Cybersecurity integration plan is critical to success and risk reduction
  • What to consider in your integration (or divestiture) plan
  • How buy-side or sell-side cybersecurity risk can impact a deal
  • Cybersecurity best practices for boards, shareholders, and executive teams
  • Recent and proposed changes to laws and regulations and their impact on M&A activities


  • Elaine Harwell | Senior Counsel and Privacy Officer, Procopio
  • Dominic Holt | CTO, Valerian Technology
  • Charles Renert | Principal Cybersecurity Advisor, ICE Cybersecurity


  • Ford Winslow | CEO, ICE Cybersecurity
Come bring your questions and "stump" the experts. Great information for Business Owners and C-Level Executives, as well as Advisors working with business owners.


Elaine Harwell – Senior Counsel and Privacy Officer, Procopio

Elaine Harwell

Senior Counsel and Privacy Officer

Elaine focuses on representing clients in privacy and data security matters, including litigating claims involving privacy issues, helping clients manage emerging risks and conduct privacy risk assessments, and advising on regulatory and compliance issues. She been involved in numerous trials as well as arbitration proceedings related to contract and general business disputes, trade secret matters, complex unfair competition and business practice claims, and professional liability. Elaine has earned the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) and the Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) credentials through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She is the co-leader of the Privacy and Cybersecurity practice and the firm’s Privacy Officer.

Dominic Holt – CTO, Valerian Technology

Dominic Holt

Valerian Technology

Dominic Holt is a CTO with experience from startup to Fortune 500 and everything in-between and has served as a Fractional CTO to 100+ engagements with Companies, Private Equity, and VC Firms. He is a fast-achieving executive that began his career as a Software Engineer and has grown to be an international business leader that is highly sought after to provide strategic counsel on product development, technology selection, software architecture, technical diligence, customer experience, and other areas central to business success. Dominic has personally architected and led development efforts on numerous enterprise systems, including production systems in the Navy, Air Force, and Intelligence Community. Previously, he worked for Lockheed Martin where he created and became the division head of Lockheed's next generation skunkworks organization, which was responsible for delivering $1 Billion in revenue annually. He has grown multiple small businesses and startups to tens of millions in revenue with his business and technology strategies. Dominic currently serves as the CEO of harpoon Corp; a product for setting up production environments to deploy your software in only a few minutes with no code.

Charles Renert – Principal Security Advisor, ICE Cybersecurity

Charles Renert

ICE Cybersecurity
Principal Security Advisor

Charles Renert is Principal Security Advisor for ICE Cybersecurity, with more than 25 years of experience leading and advising cybersecurity engineering and research teams at global technology companies such as Symantec, Forcepoint and Viasat. He was co-founder of Determina (acquired by VMWare) and is a member of the San Diego CISO Round Table. Renert has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from UCLA and a master's degree in computer science from UCSD.

Ford Winslow – CEO, ICE Cybersecurity

Ford Winslow

ICE Cybersecurity

Ford Winslow is a cybersecurity expert with over 20 years' experience working to protect companies of all sizes across many industries, helping them manage cyber-risk and prevent breach. Ford founded ICE Cybersecurity in 2016 to help companies adopt a culture of cybersecurity and build their cyber-defenses. ICE address the most under-served segment in cybersecurity - the mid-market, through selective automation using the ICE software-as-a-service platform. Ford currently serves as CEO to help companies Assess, Remediate and Manage their cybersecurity programs and be confident in their cyber-posture.

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Space is limited - register today to secure your spot! 

  • ACG San Diego Annual Sponsors: $30
  • ACG San Diego Members: $30
  • ACG San Diego NextGen: $30
  • Members of Other ACG Chapters: $30
  • Non-Members & Guests: $40

Registration includes boxed lunch

For more information, please contact BrownBag Chair Leo Klijn at or 858-231-2393.


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