Justify Your Attendance

Thank you for your interest in attending the San Francisco ISACA 2018 Fall Conference in October. We are expecting it to be another fantastic event filled with deep technical content along with topics that address today’s most pressing questions on how to fight cyber threats and proactively manage risk – all delivered by the world’s best and brightest across the industry. We have received a request for a Business Justification letter from some of our attendees. Below is a letter template you can use to help justify your attendance at the San Francisco ISACA 2018 Fall Conference. Simply copy and paste the document into an email or word document (or use the provided word document template) and modify as appropriate. This will outline the value that attending the Fall Conference provides not just you as an IT audit, security, governance, or risk professional, but your entire organization.

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Subject: Request to Attend San Francisco ISACA 2018 Fall Conference

Dear [Decision Maker Name],

The 18th Annual San Francisco ISACA Fall Conference takes place October 15 – 17, 2018 at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco. The Conference offers three full days of educational training from experienced industry practitioners. It is widely regarded as Northern California’s leading forum for information technology audit, security, risk, and compliance professionals. Therefore I would like to request approval to attend, as I believe it will further develop my technical skills, and build knowledge around new Governance, Risk, and Compliance innovations and shared best practices.

The SF ISACA Conference offers comprehensive, cutting-edge educational sessions presented by leading industry speakers.  It covers a number of critical IT security, audit, and compliance issues and emerging areas of concern (or threats) facing our organization.

If I attend I’ll receive:

  • Over 20 hours of educational sessions. This year’s program includes session presentations touching on several important topics for us. There are over 50 sessions covering a wide variety of topics – for example: Government Mandated Common Controls, Cloud Access Security Brokers, Transactional Controls, DevOps for PCI, Women in Technology Panel, Data-Centric Security, SaaS Cybersecurity, SAP Security, IT Governance, Privilege Escalation Attacks, Risk Analytics, Mobile Device Attacks, and more!
  • I’ll also have the chance to understand the latest trends from industry leaders and guest speakers including business and technical leaders from major Finance, Health Care, IT Security and Audit firms. 
  • Approximately 5 hours of high-level networking. Throughout the course of the three days there is time dedicated to networking, plus special events, so I’ll have a chance to raise our profile and develop our relationships and contacts.
  • Access to key sponsors.  I’ll have access to product demos and get 1-to-1 face time with sponsors.  Of specific interest to us are: (choose the most relevant to your organization at http://bit.ly/sfisaca2018sponsors).


The approximate investment for my attendance is as follows (complete the information as appropriate):

Travel costs


Accommodation (3 nights at $169-475/night) *

$507 - $1425

Meals (3 days at $XXX) **


Full Conference Pass (for 3 days) ***


Total cost to attend:


* The Conference has specially negotiated hotel rates for attendees, but in limited quantities.

** Breakfast and Lunch are included with the Conference

*** Early registration rate

Payback: Our ROI

I believe the insights gained by attending the San Francisco ISACA 2018 Fall Conference can help avert costly information security incidents. IBM’s latest study estimates 1.5 million cyber attacks annually with an average total cost of $3.8 million per event, representing a 23% increase since 2013.†

The cost of a Full Conference registration seems a small price to pay for actionable intelligence to help our business combat information security risk and the reputational damage that results from even a minor compromise.

When I return from the San Francisco ISACA 2018 Fall Conference, I will compile a short presentation covering speakers presentation notes, useful vendor product information, new contacts made and a proposal for implementing new ideas that will benefit our team. I will also make any Conference materials available to my colleagues.

To benefit from the current discount I need to register before September 15th, so I appreciate a quick response. Thank you for your consideration.

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† http://www-03.ibm.com/security/data-breach/