Chicago CISO Executive Summit

December 1, 2021 | Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

December 1, 2021
Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Chicago's top CISOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CISOs today:

Accelerating security to match the pace of digital business initiatives

Managing the risk created from a landscape of new core technologies

Achieving sustainability for the CISO role without compromising outcomes

Chicago CISO Governing Body


The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the summit agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CISOs, for CISOs.

Co-Chairs

Waqas Akkawi

SIRVA Worldwide
VP, CISO

Sarah Buerger

Coyote Logistics
Director, IT Security

Jim Cameli

Walgreens Boots Alliance
VP & Global Chief Information Security Officer

Erik Hart

Cushman & Wakefield
CISO

Ricardo Lafosse

Kraft Heinz
CISO

JJ Markee

Baxter
Chief Information Security Officer

Paolo Vallotti

Tate & Lyle
CISO & VP of Operations

Mike Zachman

Zebra
VP & CSO

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join smaller, interactive discussions with your peers in Breakout and Boardroom sessions.

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Chicago CISO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

Agenda


December 1, 2021 - morning

7:30am - 8:15am  Registration & Breakfast

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Leading the Transformed Enterprise

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Ashley Pettit

Senior Vice President & CIO

State Farm

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Jesse Magenheimer

CISO

State Farm

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Cathy Wallace

SVP & Chief Risk Officer

State Farm

IT and security partnerships are built on trust and thrive when leaders invest in each other throughout the organization. IT leaders must set an example, demonstrating a commitment to security, positioning it at the core of IT and enterprise roadmaps.

Join this keynote as State Farm shares their story on how to:

  • Strengthen the IT-Security partnership to fuel innovation and accelerate new technology deployments
  • Ensure security is represented as a holistic element of the organization
  • Collaborate in different business sectors while moving business initiatives forward

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

It All Comes Down to This — People, Processes, and Tech

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Erik Hart

CISO

Cushman & Wakefield

Presented with monstrous problems, we often look for silver-bullet solutions — knowing all the while quick fixes are rarely long-lasting. Perhaps the key to achieving real, holistic success looks less like a single-tool stopgap and more like this well-balanced, three-part approach.

CISOs can expect: 

  • Discussions on a new, practical problem solving ethos

  • Challenges to the traditional “one size fits all” approach to fixing hot topic security issues

  • To collaborate with others in practical, cogent and interactive simulations

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Retaining a Diverse and Free-Thinking Talent Pool

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Sarah Buerger

Director, IT Security

Coyote Logistics

As a CISO, you know long and often challenging days come with the territory. But new recruits, reporting for duty with varied backgrounds and big, paradigm-challenging ideas, may see their ambitions fall at the hands of “the way we’ve always done things.” As a result, many find themselves in a state of “security burnout.”

Let’s discuss: 

  • How to create an environment that attracts outside-the-box thinkers and problem solvers

  • The benefits of a diversified talent roster

  • How to talk to your team about (and hopefully prevent) “security burnout”

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Strengthening Your IAM Strategy

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Shane Hibbard

Director of Information Security

Invenergy


Moving beyond outdated tech and into a world of efficient, seamless access isn’t impossible. Fine-tuning IAM strategies is an important goal of CISOs across the country.

In this boardroom, you’ll discuss with your peers:

  • How to tailor an IAM strategy with limited resources 

  • When to rely on legacy technology versus investing in new technology 

  • What training is needed to strengthen your IAM program


Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Tom Ward (tom.ward@evanta.com).

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

The Three Keys To Cybersecurity Transformation

The process of digital transformation improves business agility and information flow, but dramatically expands the attack surface and exposes your business to new threats. Your employees are on the internet now more than they are on the corporate network, accessing applications and data from everywhere. Protecting your business and retaining the benefits of digital transformation requires migrating to a zero trust security model delivered through the cloud, closer to where your users and business assets are now centered.

Join your peers for a session focused on:

  • Building your security ecosystem on a Zero Trust foundation
  • Developing new skills and embracing a new cultural mindset at all levels of the enterprise
  • Defining the right tools to empower your adoption of Zero Trust

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Cloud Security Strategies — Sharing Practical Solutions

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Frank Yanan

SVP / Business Information Security Officer

Bank of America

The continued migration to the cloud and the unprecedented rise in the number of employees working from home has created challenging network and security implications. The result of this  leaves many organizations off-guard on how to architect a network and security deployment that protects from breaches while maintaining business continuity. How can CISO’s defend against unwanted threat actors?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Best practices for more a secure cloud
  • Technologies that help detect unwanted threat actors
  • How to build a framework and network architecture to support the rise in remote employees

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Overcoming Hurdles and Executing a Security Automation Plan

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Matthew Zielinski

Director of Information Security (CISO)

Vivid Seats

Taking certain objectives out of the hands of your already-busy team members and putting them in the capable hands of an automated program ensures those objectives are accomplished, accomplished regularly and accomplished without human error. Of course, the security automation process comes with some unique challenges.

Let’s figure out: 

  • Which of your more burdensome objectives best qualify for automation
  • How you can use the currently available tools to start the automation process
  • Processes your fellow CISOs have seen success in automating


Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Tom Ward (tom.ward@evanta.com).

11:15am - 11:25am  Break

December 1, 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:25am - 12:40pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:45am - 1:15pm  Lunch Service

12:40pm - 1:00pm  Break

1:00pm - 1:05pm  Lunch Comments

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

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Shamla Naidoo

CISO, Head of Cloud Strategy & Innovation

Netskope

 With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere. 

In this session, we will discuss: 

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 1, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Rising to the Occasion — The CISO's Growing Power and Responsibility

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Bill Podborny

CISO

Constellation Brands

With threat levels and vulnerabilities becoming more advanced in today’s hybrid workplace, company leadership is depending on the CIOs and CISOs to take charge, anticipate attacks and limit risks. Building relationships and successfully wielding the power of your position is crucial in this new, shifting environment.

Today’s CIOs and CISOs should know: 

  • How to speak to leadership in relatable, business-focused terms

  • How to best utilize the budget and manpower secured in board negotiations

  • What it takes to not only survive, but grow stronger, in an ever-challenging business climate

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Pen Test Your Board Pitch — An Interactive Exercise

Pitching to the board is a skill that must be mastered. CISOs are tasked to use visuals, communicate business value, and synthesize complex information in a way that makes sense. Join this interactive session to identify the holes in your board pitch - and improve them for the next time you're in the hot seat. 

In this interactive session, you will work in a group to:

  • Create and deliver a board pitch
  • Receive real-time feedback on your pitch
  • Learn best practices and strategies for communicating with your board

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Defend the Endpoint, Protect the Center

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Ken Townsend

VP, CISO

R1 RCM

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Waqas Akkawi

VP, CISO

SIRVA Worldwide

The proliferation of devices over the last decade has radically increased how many endpoints companies are responsible for, and traditional endpoint protection is no longer up to the task. How can an organization maintain the fundamentals of endpoint security — and security in general — while embracing new technologies and strategies like machine learning and big data analytics?

Join fellow CISOs as they discuss:

  • Successes and challenges in keeping users secure at all times
  • Leveraging new technologies to quantify threats and assess impacts
  • Common pitfalls in securing large numbers of remote users

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Tom Ward (tom.ward@evanta.com).

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Taking a Strategic Approach to Third-Party Risk

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Joe Suareo

CISO

Restaurant Brands International

For many businesses, third-party vendors have become an important source of strategic advantage and business value. Yet outsourcing is not without its risks. As these external partnerships become increasingly complex, the need for a new strategic approach to vendor risk management is clear.

Join this session to discuss: 

  • Ways to partner across the c-suite on third-party risk efforts 
  • New approaches for managing third, fourth, and even fifth-party partners
  • Strategies that will help you make the best choices for your organization

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Breakout Session

Assembling Your Elite Strike Force

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Michael Boucher

CISO, Americas

JLL

Waiting for threats to pop up and hoping you’re ready to play defense can exhaust your resources and lead to frequent states of crisis. That’s why CISOs are enlisting their very best to take out security issues before they strike. 

Get ready to learn:

  • Who you’ll need on your elite team of threat eliminators
  • Real-world, offensive threat detection methods
  • Step-by-step tips for building your squad of security scouts

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Executing Your Security Operations Plan

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Fred Kwong

CISO

Delta Dental

Even the best blueprint benefits from a skilled builder. In the same way, security operations strategies benefit from a focused, skilled implementation. 

Join this community for: 

  • Practiced, proven, and sound threat minimization techniques
  • Training options meant to adequately prepare SOC personnel 
  • Tips on implementing your SOC strategy, despite potentially limited resources 

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager, Tom Ward (tom.ward@evanta.com).

3:05pm - 3:50pm  Executive Boardroom

Remaining Ransom-aware and Readying Your Response

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Michelle Ayala

DIrector IT Security

Green Thumb

Ransomware, the most intimidating threat on today’s security horizon, is an issue best approached from a “not if but when” perspective. It’s no longer enough to bolster your defenses. Today’s CISO should know what to do when one gets past the goalie. 

We’ll discuss: 

  • Defensive practices for those hoping to avoid a ransomware attack
  • Practical steps for those who find themselves in a ransomware situation
  • The pros and cons you’ll need to weigh when choosing whether to pay

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.

3:50pm - 4:05pm  Break

4:05pm - 4:10pm  Closing Comments

4:10pm - 4:40pm  Keynote

Getting What You Ask For — Delivering After Acquisitions

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Diane Brown

Director, IT Risk Management

Ulta Beauty

Small budgets are a common hurdle. But large budgets don’t come without their pain points. Imagine this: You went to the board, you asked for the world and, then, you got it. Now you have to make it count. But where do you start?

Let’s get CISOs talking about: 

  • The difference between spending your budget and investing it in long term success

  • Real-life CISOs that acquired and made the most of larger-than-expected budgets

  • The first thing you should do with your budget, big or small

4:40pm - 5:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

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Returning to in-person conferences


We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines, in addition to taking all practical safety precautions onsite.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures are subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please refer to our COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols for up-to-date local guidelines.

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For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program contact.

Tom Ward

Senior Program Manager

971-271-6883

tom.ward@evanta.com