Houston CISO Executive Summit

December 7, 2021 | Hyatt Regency Houston

December 7, 2021
Hyatt Regency Houston


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Houston'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

Houston CISO Governing Body

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


Mike Coogan

Waste Management
Senior Director, Cybersecurity

Angelique Grado

TechnipFMC PLC

Derek Rude

Director, IT Security

Genady Vishnevetsky

Stewart Title Company

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 Houston 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.


December 6, 2021

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Exclusive to Governing Body members and select guests, this 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.

December 7, 2021 - morning

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 8:45am  Opening Comments

8:45am - 9:15am  Keynote

Executive Presence for Lasting Leadership

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Chris Ulrich

Body Language Expert & Political Consultant

Any given gesture — a nod, a point of the finger — unconsciously communicates powerful ideas and feelings that have tangible consequences. Top executives are generally proficient in their ability to interact with others, but the stakes are raised during high-level negotiations, reporting to the board, inspiring and empowering senior managers or dealing with tricky internal matters.

Join body language expert Chris Ulrich as he shares:

  • Why every movement and action is magnified in high-level situations
  • Tools and techniques to build rapport quickly
  • How executives can communicate more effectively

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Right-Sizing Risk: How to Talk to the Board About Cybersecurity

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Al Lindseth

SVP, Risk Management & IT

Plains GP Holdings

As enterprises grow increasingly reliant on technology for every aspect of operations, CISOs have found themselves in a completely new operations center: the boardroom. Headline-grabbing breaches can draw a lot of attention from business stakeholders and board members, but staying focused on the likely scenarios offers the best protection. 

In this session, Al will share strategies for discussing security and technology priorities at the board level and how to:

  • Put risk in perspective and focus on your plan for recovery
  • Understand the gaps in your program and come with a plan to fill them
  • Focus on business risk/reward by mapping core security priorities to business objectives
  • Create a roadmap to “Yes” by prioritizing business performance without sacrificing security

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Mitigating Alert Fatigue With Passive Security

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Desiree Lee

Field CTO


Automation is the obvious solution to avoid overtaxing our security teams, but is it enough? How can CISOs inspire out-of-the-box thinking while designing security strategies that will enhance visibility into their systems?

Come together to discuss:

  • Techniques to track asset inventory, including both managed and unmanaged devices
  • How passive security can increase bandwidth
  • Where to identify gaps and vulnerabilities within the enterprise

9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Merging Zero Trust and SASE

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Anthony Caruso

CyberSecurity Advisor

Apache Corporation

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Mike Coogan

Senior Director, Cybersecurity

Waste Management

Organizations are feeling a shift in the world of networking and security as they rapidly adopt and embrace the cloud. Enterprises need efficiency, visibility and security without compromise. The secure access service edge, better known as SASE, and zero trust implementations can provide a more comprehensive security capability to truly support digital transformation.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Problems SASE can address in the modern enterprise
  • Benefits of planning both SASE and zero trust implementations
  • How to best position your organization for this transition

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Protect Your Data or Pay the Price?

The risk of attacks are top-of-mind for all organizations today as threat actors become more sophisticated and their impact increasingly detrimental. Cybersecurity professionals must have the right strategy and tools in place to prevent, detect and respond quickly to breaches to avoid reputational risk or paying a hefty sum.

Join this benchmarking session to discuss:

  • Taking ransomware protection to the next level

  • Strategies to defend against bad actors 

  • Challenges and best practices in managing major security events

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

The Untold Truth on Threat Landscape

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Jared Phipps

SVP Worldwide Engineering


Every day we hear that the threat landscape has evolved and that organizations need to make changes to their security solutions, but what has progressed? As we assess the current landscape, what changes do we actually require and what can be done about it?

In this boardroom we dissect:

  • What is happening currently in the threat landscape
  • Changes that are critical versus nice to have
  • Looking ahead to next-level threats

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Keeping the Cloud Clean

As the world continues to shift, the most common security challenges faced in the cloud stem from misconfigurations, the need for continuous compliance, and an exploding set of cloud infrastructure services. Whether you are migrating to cloud or building up cloud-native applications, getting basic hygiene right is the first step to building in the cloud with confidence. 

Join this session to discuss:

  • Best practices for securing your infrastructure, applications, and data across hybrid and multi-cloud environments 

  • How to operate your cloud environment without misconfigurations 

  • The most common attacks and how do you protect your business from application security threat

11:15am - 11:25am  Networking Break

December 7, 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

1:35pm - 1:50pm  Break

December 7, 2021 - afternoon

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Breakout Session

Cyber Security is the Job of Everyone

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Mike Reynolds

IT Security Manager - CISO

Pacific Drilling

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Mario Chiock



Research shows that by 2022, there will be 1.8 million unfilled cyber security positions. As companies evolve toward digital business and bimodal setups, these skills are becoming more difficult to find and more expensive to hire. Growing the security talent pool will require CISOs to get creative in how they develop and deploy talent – like building an extended team of champions!

Join this session to discuss:

  • What an extended cyber-security team is and its benefits
  • How to implement an extended cyber-security team in your organizational structure
  • How to build a pipeline of future cybersecurity talent
  • How to use the extended cyber-security teams to bridge with the business

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Strengthening Your IAM Strategy

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

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Taking a Strategic Approach to Third-Party Risk

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Sharon Lippe

Global IT Security Manager


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Craig Wood

Director of Infrastructure and Security

Tricon Energy

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Brad Hollingsworth

Director of Cyber Security

Mattress Firm

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

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:40pm - 4:10pm  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 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.


Venue & Accommodation

Hyatt Regency Houston

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Houston at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 713-654-1234. Please mention G-XEVG to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $219 USD (plus tax) is November 15, 2021.

Your Community Partners

Key Partner
Program Partner

Houston CISO Program Manager

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

Tim Bigley

Senior Program Manager – Territory Specialist