DACH CISO Executive Summit

30 November 2021 | Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

30 November 2021
Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with DACH'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:

Building on your cyber organisation’s skills to better your cloud security strategy

Resources and awareness for measuring and communicating risk

Navigating new landscapes for Third Party Risk Management

DACH CISO Governing Body

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


Christoph Bernius

Allianz Deutschland

Chuks Ojeme

Brenntag AG
Global CISO

Martin Bally


Sascha Brock

Deutsche Post
VP Chief Information Security Officer

John Petersen


Judith Wunschik

Siemens Energy
Global Chief Cybersecurity Officer

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 DACH 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.


29 November 2021

18:30 - 21:00  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Hosted by the Governing Body, this welcome reception and dinner is a can’t-miss opportunity to connect with your peers prior to tomorrow’s Executive Summit. Please join your colleagues for an evening of good food, wine, and lively networking.

30 November 2021 - morning

08:00 - 09:00  Registration & Breakfast

09:00 - 09:45  Keynote

What Skill Sets Will Take Your Cloud Security Strategy to the Next Level?

As organisations move towards a ‘cloud first’ principle model, improving efficiencies may seem like a top priority; but without mitigating risks in a truly informed way, the right skill set cannot be implemented to ensure secure systems.

In this session, we will be covering:

  • Ways to incorporate the cloud into a fully articulated security strategy
  • How you can adapt your skills to help drive business outcomes
  • Effective tools to use to optimise cloud infrastructure

09:45 - 10:00  Networking Break

10:00 - 10:45  Breakout Session

Breakout Session hosted by Google Chronicle


10:00 - 10:45  Executive Boardroom

How do you Simplify Security Operations?

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Ric Longenecker


Open Systems

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Wolfgang Löw



Security teams are facing increasing challenges in protecting against the broadening threatscape, where major technology trends, from cloud adoption to shadow IT and of course, remote working, have created new risks and vulnerabilities across every industry. This, combined with the proliferation of point security products, is significantly impacting security posture – but how can organisations prevent lagging behind in their detection and response capabilities?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Hiring and retention challenges
  • How to evolve your response to the changing attack surface
  • Navigating the increase in point security products while unlocking the full potential of existing investments

10:45 - 11:15  Networking Break

30 November 2021 - mid-afternoon

11:15 - 12:00  Breakout Session

The Modern Security Function - Finding Efficient Solutions

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Christoph Bernius


Allianz Deutschland

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Michael Krull



A modern architecture function needs to consider continuous delivery, identity-centric security solutions. Moving away from legacy solutions to the cloud could lead to improving cost efficiency, simplifying operational processes, and reducing staff burnout; but how can CISOs move towards a more innovative model?

Collaborate in this boardroom to dive deep on:

  • What makes for the perfect fit when it comes to a SOC for your organisation
  • How to optimise your budget across your operations strategy
  • Using data to improve your strategy and improve understanding of it across the business

11:15 - 12:00  Executive Boardroom

The Future of Cloud Security – Accomplish Your Unique Journey to the Cloud

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Jimmy Heschl

Head of Digital Security

Red Bull

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Steffen Hoffmann


Boehringer Ingelheim

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Martin Stecher

McAfee Fellow & Vice President of Product Development, Managing Director McAfee Germany GmbH


Whether you have already completed your transition to the Cloud or if you mostly control security in your on-prem network, Cloud Security is a concern that most CISOs rate with highest priority. Why are next-generation Secure Web Gateways (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) and Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) the three pillars of Gartner’s new Security Services Edge (SSE) and how does that align to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)?

Join this interactive boardroom to discuss:

  • The complexity to unify threat protection and data protection within a unified cloud security policy
  • The need to control more enforcement points in light of unprecedented changes to workflows
  • Ways to embrace a true Zero Trust security model for private cloud access, and better on-premise and cross-cloud control

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.

11:15 - 12:00  Executive Boardroom

Keeping Employees Aware in the Security Space

CISOs across wide varieties of enterprises know how important employee adoption is when implementing security strategies, especially when cybercriminals are constantly finding new ways to exploit human vulnerabilities.

Join us as we explore new solutions on:

  • Mining into accessibility efforts to back up a culture of clear communication
  • What the biggest challenges are when it comes to scaling employee adoption
  • Tools to improve awareness training on security risks

12:00 - 12:10  Networking Break

12:10 - 13:05  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

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.

Be sure to opt in when you register online.

12:30 - 13:30  Lunch & Comments

30 November 2021 - afternoon

14:15 - 14:30  Networking Break

15:15 - 15:45  Networking Break

15:45 - 16:30  Breakout Session

Staying Up to Date with the Third-Party Risk Management Landscape

Today, outsourcing is a key part of business strategy – but these external partnerships can be complex when it comes to security, especially when it comes to supply chain. To get ahead of the risks that are faced here, adapting and changing to new climates are essential.

Join this session to hear explorations on:

  • Adapting to the quickly changing landscape
  • Strengthening efforts against third-party risk in the supply chain
  • Looking into your inventory of vendors and managing them

15:45 - 16:30  Executive Boardroom

User Access — Leveraging the Right Technologies

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Peter Gerdenitsch

Head of Group Information & Cyber Security / Group CISO

Raiffeisen Bank International

The path to a stronger IAM strategy lies within an agile digital system. CISOs are often challenged with keeping an entire company up to date, as well as identity-related breaches and core business operations being interrupted - but easy to use technology (when leveraged correctly) can be a game changer.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • What the essentials are for building an efficient IAM system
  • The challenges faced when protecting remote workers’ environments
  • Readying your staff when adopting a user access program

16:30 - 16:45  Networking Break

17:30 - 18:15  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing


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 programmes 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 will be 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.


Venue & Accommodation

Radisson Blu Hotel, Frankfurt

Your Community Partners

Program Partners

DACH CISO Community Manager

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

Luis Arango Abello

Senior Community Manager

+44 (0)1784 267 880