Pittsburgh CISO Executive Summit

December 1, 2021 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center

December 1, 2021
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

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Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Pittsburgh'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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Pittsburgh CISO Governing Body


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

Co-Chairs

Bill Balint

Indiana University of Pennsylvania
CIO

Steven Bugajski

US Steel
Chief Information Officer

Francois Estellon

Matthews International
Executive Vice President - Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer

Bill Fortwangler

Dollar Bank
CIO

Susan Koski

PNC
SVP and Divisional CISO, Security Operations

Matthew Putila

Gateway Health
VP, Information Technology & CTO

George Rosato

CONSOL Energy
Director, IT

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 Pittsburgh 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


November 30, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

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 1, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Creating a Company of Owners

Dr. Daren Martin headshot

Dr. Daren Martin

Culture Architect and Best-Selling Author of "A Company of Owners"

Business leaders are always hunting for ways to squash culture killers, cultivate a fun business climate and boost employee relationships. In Dr. Daren Martin’s top-selling book, “A Company of Owners,” he provides a blueprint for business leaders to build a thriving culture and maximize employee engagement. In this session, he will teach you how to create a company of “owners of security.” Be ready to create your BAM – Business Actionable Mantra!

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Activating a Cybersecurity Force for a New Era

Rick Peters headshot

Rick Peters

CISO Operational Technology, North America

Fortinet

With an increase in threat vectors comes the increased need for a sound yet dynamic cybersecurity program. CIOs must take a proactive approach in ensuring cybersecurity risk is considered at every step, internally and externally, even in times of rapid disruption.

Join this session for a discussion on:

  • Quantifying, measuring, and communicating risk across the organization
  • Upskilling your cybersecurity teams to stay ahead of emerging threats
  • Raising the Defense in Depth security stakes with behavioral analysis

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Employee Engagement — The Competitive Advantage for Tech Talent

Bill Fortwangler headshot

Bill Fortwangler

CIO

Dollar Bank

Michelle Piekutowski headshot

Michelle Piekutowski

Associate VP, CHRO

Carnegie Mellon University

The world has changed; so has your workforce. Technology and security leaders are competing against organizations across the world for talent and boosting employee engagement can be the competitive advantage needed to recruit and retain the strongest performers.

Join this benchmarking session to learn:

  • Strategies to improve employee engagement and performance to future-proof your hybrid workforce
  • Compare initiatives with a cross-section of your peers
  • Walk away with actionable insights to address remote culture breakdowns and elevate productivity


10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Breakout Session

Actionable Intelligence – Keeping Pace with Threats

Franco Cappa headshot

Franco Cappa

Cybersecurity Advisor

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Mackenzie Monarko headshot

Mackenzie Monarko

Supervisory Special Agent

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Whether it’s cybercriminals motivated by profit or nation-state attackers with geopolitical motives, public and private organizations of all sizes have felt the impact of cyberattacks. Enterprise organizations are reeling from the onslaught of massively spread ransomware attacks to surgical pinpointed attacks on their assets from sophisticated state-sponsored actors. How can security leaders best face changing threat vectors?

Join Mackenzie Monarko, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Franco Cappa, Cybersecurity Advisor, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency to discuss:

  • Understanding the adversary’s goals and objectives
  • How to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure through preparedness, incident response, and mitigation
  • What security executives can do to build resiliency


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

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

Mike Anderson headshot

Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer

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

Featured Session Hosted by T-Mobile

Details coming soon. 

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Brutal Honesty on Ransomware

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Dave Coughanour

Sr. Director of Cybersecurity

Ansys

IT leaders across the globe are asking themselves that question as ransomware grows increasingly prevalent and as attackers continue to raise their demands. It may seem difficult to prioritize building out your recovery plan when you could spend that time focused on increasing defensive measures but recovering from ransomware is not a process you want to wing.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Step-by-step guidance for navigating ransomware response protocols.
  • Key pitfalls most organizations make when attempting a ransomware recovery and how to avoid them.
  • How to build a foundation for developing a thorough, practical, and well-documented plan of action.

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Siri, How Can AI Benefit My Business?

George Rosato headshot

George Rosato

Director, IT

CONSOL Energy

Both CIOs and CISOs recognize the potential of AI, especially in today’s world where a large number of AI assets are being implemented due to increased spending on automation technology, but it’s often unclear how to best apply these technologies. Discover and learn what makes AI for enterprises one-of-a-kind and what cases are best suited for AI and machine learning.

In this session, you and your peers will learn:

  • How to use AI to create both long- and short-term business benefits
  • Understand the benefits of AI
  • How to anticipate emerging technologies and what to look for


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 Dan Philpott (dan.philpott@evanta.com). 

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:10pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

Structuring for Success — Maintaining Agility

Francois Estellon headshot

Francois Estellon

Executive Vice President - Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer

Matthews International

Susan Koski headshot

Susan Koski

SVP and Divisional CISO, Security Operations

PNC

As highlighted by the pandemic, keeping the organization agile is paramount to maintaining a competitive business edge. Both technology and security executives must drive their business forward while evolving internal structures and processes to achieve efficiency. According to Gartner,  the majority of CIOs and CISOs are now increasing spending to upgrade their digital core, while reducing spend on legacy core.

Join this session as your peers discuss:

  • Technologies to be adopted, and phased out, to remain competitive
  • Upskilling employees to be literate in changing technologies including IoT, robotics, AI and ML
  • Effectively communicating the organization’s technical vision to get buy-in from the board/C-suite

3:40pm - 4:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

November 30, 2021

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

Governing Body Private Dinner

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 1, 2021 - morning

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

8:15am - 8:30am  Opening Comments

8:30am - 9:00am  Keynote

Creating a Company of Owners

Dr. Daren Martin headshot

Dr. Daren Martin

Culture Architect and Best-Selling Author of "A Company of Owners"

Business leaders are always hunting for ways to squash culture killers, cultivate a fun business climate and boost employee relationships. In Dr. Daren Martin’s top-selling book, “A Company of Owners,” he provides a blueprint for business leaders to build a thriving culture and maximize employee engagement. In this session, he will teach you how to create a company of “owners of security.” Be ready to create your BAM – Business Actionable Mantra!

9:00am - 9:15am  Break

9:15am - 10:00am  Breakout Session

Employee Engagement — The Competitive Advantage for Tech Talent

Bill Fortwangler headshot

Bill Fortwangler

CIO

Dollar Bank

Michelle Piekutowski headshot

Michelle Piekutowski

Associate VP, CHRO

Carnegie Mellon University

The world has changed; so has your workforce. Technology and security leaders are competing against organizations across the world for talent and boosting employee engagement can be the competitive advantage needed to recruit and retain the strongest performers.

Join this benchmarking session to learn:

  • Strategies to improve employee engagement and performance to future-proof your hybrid workforce
  • Compare initiatives with a cross-section of your peers
  • Walk away with actionable insights to address remote culture breakdowns and elevate productivity


9:15am - 10:00am  Executive Boardroom

Accelerate Digital Transformation with AI -Powered Automation

Automation transforms work and simplifies how businesses operate. AI accelerates innovation by making every interaction, experience, and process more intelligent. Combining automation with AI will release $134B in labor value in 2022, and 7 of 10 enterprises are rapidly digitizing new business models already. Whether you want to automate complex operations or automate repetitive tasks, AI-powered automation can help.

Join this interactive conversation to discuss:

  • How AI-powered automation is transforming the future of work
  • Using AI to help inform business and IT process optimization
  • Optimizing to reduce your manual processes by up to 80%

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.

10:00am - 10:30am  Networking Break

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Developing a Strategic Approach to Applications Rationalization

According to Gartner research, CIOs will increase their enterprise software spending by nearly 9% in 2021. As they upgrade legacy software and expand their offerings, technology leaders must pay careful attention to business alignment in order to maximize the value of their applications, advance key digital initiatives, and remain agile in the face of constant change.

Join this boardroom to discuss best practices around:

  • Aligning your application footprint with your enterprise’s strategic objectives
  • Formulating principles for modernizing your application portfolio
  • Creating architectures that can evolve to meet ever-changing business requirements


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 Dan Philpott (dan.philpott@evanta.com). 

10:30am - 11:15am  Executive Boardroom

Begin with the End (User) in Mind

Bill Balint headshot

Bill Balint

CIO

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Eris Symms headshot

Eris Symms

CISO

Arconic

You know that long-term customer relationships are built by proactively engineering an end-user first strategy from the beginning. The CIO can be a driving force for a proactively engineered strategy that puts customers in the starring role instead of forgotten in the balcony.

In this session, you’ll learn to:

  • Characterize the criteria of an end-user focused approach to IT strategy
  • Strategize effective methods to focus on the end-user from the beginning
  • Reconceptualize a legacy system that was not built with the end-user in mind


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 Dan Philpott (dan.philpott@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

1:05pm - 1:35pm  Keynote

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

Mike Anderson headshot

Mike Anderson

Chief Digital & Information Officer

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

Featured Session Hosted by T-Mobile

Details coming soon. 

1:50pm - 2:35pm  Executive Boardroom

Siri, How Can AI Benefit My Business?

George Rosato headshot

George Rosato

Director, IT

CONSOL Energy

Both CIOs and CISOs recognize the potential of AI, especially in today’s world where a large number of AI assets are being implemented due to increased spending on automation technology, but it’s often unclear how to best apply these technologies. Discover and learn what makes AI for enterprises one-of-a-kind and what cases are best suited for AI and machine learning.

In this session, you and your peers will learn:

  • How to use AI to create both long- and short-term business benefits
  • Understand the benefits of AI
  • How to anticipate emerging technologies and what to look for


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 Dan Philpott (dan.philpott@evanta.com). 

2:35pm - 3:05pm  Networking Break

3:05pm - 3:10pm  Closing Comments

3:10pm - 3:40pm  Keynote

Structuring for Success — Maintaining Agility

Francois Estellon headshot

Francois Estellon

Executive Vice President - Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer

Matthews International

Susan Koski headshot

Susan Koski

SVP and Divisional CISO, Security Operations

PNC

As highlighted by the pandemic, keeping the organization agile is paramount to maintaining a competitive business edge. Both technology and security executives must drive their business forward while evolving internal structures and processes to achieve efficiency. According to Gartner,  the majority of CIOs and CISOs are now increasing spending to upgrade their digital core, while reducing spend on legacy core.

Join this session as your peers discuss:

  • Technologies to be adopted, and phased out, to remain competitive
  • Upskilling employees to be literate in changing technologies including IoT, robotics, AI and ML
  • Effectively communicating the organization’s technical vision to get buy-in from the board/C-suite

3:40pm - 4:10pm  Closing Reception & Prize Drawing

REGISTER

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.

Location


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Accommodation

The Westin Pittsburgh

A block of rooms has been reserved at the The Westin Pittsburgh at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-800-321-2211. Please mention Pittsburgh CIO/CISO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $149 USD (plus tax) is November 1, 2021.

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Pittsburgh CISO Program Manager


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

Dan Philpott

Program Manager

971-978-5014

dan.philpott@evanta.com