Security Salon: Dinner at Berkeley’s Comal Restaurant

Date: March 17, 2016

Dinner at Berkeley’s Comal Restaurant

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your (ISC)2-SF Chapter!  Our March 17th event offers the unique opportunity to share a full dinner and interactive conversation with an in-the-trenches leader of SaaS provision.  


Effective Vendor Risk Management: Secrets from a SaaS Provider

Description:  This talk shares practical lessons learned as a SaaS provider from undergoing over 100 customer audits  – from sharing what relevant questions to ask a SaaS provider to really understand the maturity of their security program, to effective contract language that benefits both the customer and the vendor.  The goal is to educate customers that they can build an effective, streamlined and open partnership with their vendors.

David Tsao, Information Security Officer at Veeva Systems, will present this topic. Also capitalize on the opportunity to pick his brain when his mouth is full on his day-to-day challenges and his outlook on the future of security.  In particular, David is well versed on the topic of navigating Dark Nets and walking the aisles of their bazaars. Companies are finding their intellectual property, trade secrets, personal data, or counterfeit products on Dark Net bazaars.  Bring questions on threats and risks of various types of anonymous networks and trading platforms, from TOR to the next generation technologies, including ways corporations are fighting back.  

Dinner will be an elaborate prix fixe of regional Mexican dishes including whole spit-roasted chicken (one of the SF Chronicle’s 100 best dishes of 2015) and Guajillo-adobo grilled ribs, with curated wines and beverages. You will leave stuffed – belly and cranium.  We will need to limit the number of attendees, so register ASAP.  We have our eyes on the ritzy private dining room in the photo.  Please let us know if you have any dietary restrictions and we will check how the restaurant can accommodate.  All inclusive: $45 for Chapter members and $60 for guests.  Comal is conveniently located a half block walk from the Berkeley Downtown BART Station. Car commuters have street parking and the adjacent pay lots for the Berkeley Repertory Theater.


David Tsao 


Information Security Officer

 Veeva Systems


Currently the Information Security Officer for Veeva Systems, David is responsible for the security, privacy and compliance of Veeva’s corporate ecosystem and cloud services. David previously spent 12 years at Gilead Sciences, where the last 5 years he established and managed an enterprise-wide information security program and team.