CIO & CISO New York Summits Recap

February 26, 2019 – Convene – 117 W 46th St., New York, NY

The Big Apple was home to our third round of summits in 2019 as we held our CIO and CISO New York Summits at the Convene – 117 W 46th St in Midtown. These summits welcomed CIOs and CISOs as well as other IT/security executives throughout the Tri-state area and featured conversations and thought leadership discussions around the latest topics including digital transformation, augmented analytics, smart spaces, cybersecurity, blockchain and much more.

A special thank your to our speakers for their excellent insight throughout this busy day:M

Also, special thanks to the panelists who participated in the Executive Visions panel – The Revitalizing Change in the Role of the CXO

  • Alizabeth Calder, SVP CIO, HomeEquity Bank
  • Kenn Kern, CIO, District Attorney Office, New York
  • Jazz Tobaccowalla, CIO, Celgene
  • Chirag Arora, CISO, Crum & Forster
  • Allen Hsiao, Vice President & Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Yale New Haven Health
  • Lance Braunstein, CIO, E*Trade

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help them achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s CIO and CISO New York Summits!


CIO & CISO D.C. & Public Sector Summits Recap

February 21, 2019 – Convene – 1201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA

The second summit of the year took place in our nation’s capital where we held multiple summits – CIO and CISO DC Summits alongside our CIO and CISO Public Sector Summit. These summits welcomed CIOs, CISOs as well as other IT/security executives throughout the DC area in both the public and private sectors and featured conversations and thought leadership discussions around the latest topics including digital transformation, augmented analytics, smart spaces, cybersecurity, blockchain and much more.

A special thank your to our speakers for their excellent insight throughout this busy day:

Master of Ceremonies & Panel Moderators:

  • Stan Kizior, Former COO – Department of IT, State of Maryland
  • Aaron Rinehart, Former Chief Enterprise Security Architect, UnitedHealth Group

Think Tank, Executive Boardroom, Thought Leadership Sessions Speakers:

Also, special thanks to the panelists who participated in the Executive Visions panel – The Revitalizing Change in the Role of the CIO

  • Marvin Onyemaechi, CIO, The George Washington University Hospital
  • Don Spicer, Associate Vice Chancellor & Chief Information Officer, University System of Maryland
  • Jothi Dugar, Chief Information Security Officer, National Institute of Health

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help them achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s CIO and CISO DC and Public Sector Summits!


CIO & CISO Montreal Summits Recap

February 12, 2019 – The Ritz- Carlton, Montreal, QC

Last month, we kicked off our summit calendar in Montreal for our CIO and CISO Montreal Summits. These summits welcomed CIOs, CISOs as well as other IT/security executives throughout the Montreal area and featured conversations and thought leadership discussions around the latest topics including digital transformation, augmented analytics, smart spaces, cybersecurity, blockchain and much more.

A special thank you to our speakers for their excellent insight throughout this busy day:

Also, special thanks to the panelists who participated in the Executive Visions panel – Dealing with the Disruptive Technologies & Diversity That Are Changing the Workplace

  • Fouad Farès, Founding Partner & CEO, MINDSMASTER Canada Inc. (Moderator)
  • Christine Sayegh-Filgiano, Executive Vice President, Portfolio Construction and Risk, Ivanhoe Cambridge
  • Remi Lafrance, Chief Information Officer, Réseau de transport métropolitain
  • Nadia Naffi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, Educational Technology, Concordia University

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help them achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s CIO and CISO Montreal Summits!

Executive Insights Podcast – Sergio Rio

We’re thrilled to announce the next episode of the Executive Insights Podcast series. The second episode of the podcast features food & beverage industry leader, Sergio Rio as he sits down with our Relationship Management Director, John Suguitan.

Tune in to the second episode of the podcast series where Sergio shares his insight on the latest challenges facing his industry, strategy around digital transformation, relationship with technology partners and more!

CDM Media Announces 2019 CISO Events Lineup

Expanded lineup of CISO programs launches with events in over 30 global markets

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – CDM Media USA Inc. has today unveiled their lineup of C-Level executive events catering to the Chief Information Security Officer and senior IT security executive teams of large enterprise organizations. Featuring regionally-focused summits, industry-specific events, subject matter series, and exclusive executive dinners, the 2019 calendar builds upon a successful year of 2018 in more than 30 global cities.

In stark contrast to the conference and tradeshow circuit, CDM Media curates intimate, exclusive CISO events with an emphasis on peer-on-peer learning, open discussion and debate, and user-driven content that tackles the most pressing and relevant business and technology challenges alongside a selection of top solution providers. This year’s slate of programs will continue that tradition as CISOs and senior IT security executives look to secure their organizations against threats both internal and external, tackle privacy and compliance issues, and drive their organizations into a secure digital future.

“There’s never been more demand for peer-on-peer education opportunities in the cyber sector for C-Level executives, and we believe this year’s portfolio of programs presents us an unprecedented opportunity to assist CISOs and senior IT security executives as they rapidly deploy cybersecurity, privacy, and other security initiatives.”

– Glenn Willis, CEO & Founder

CDM Media’s portfolio of CISO programs in 2019 will be hosted in the following cities: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, Munich, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, and Washington D.C., with more cities to be added throughout the year. The full slate of CISO programs can be found at www.cdmmedia.com/ciso.

About CDM Media, Inc.

CDM Media is the leading global face-to-face technology and marketing events, specializing in C-Suite engagement with the world’s largest brands. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in Chicago, with offices and remote staff in Boston, Cardiff, Honolulu and London. CDM Media works with a community of thousands of C-Level and senior-level executives in technology and marketing for the world’s largest companies along with top technology solution providers to solve their technology and business challenges. The company’s website (www.cdmmedia.com) provides more information.

Additional Resources:

CDM Media CISO Event Calendar: https://www.cdmmedia.com/ciso

CDM Media Announces New Chief Revenue Officer

Mark Southam assumes role of CRO; Additional executive changes announced.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – CDM Media USA Inc.  announced today the promotion of Mark Southam to Chief Revenue Officer. He will be responsible for all global operations pertaining to customer-facing and revenue-generating teams at CDM Media, which includes Sales, Marketing, Customer Success, Revenue Operations, and Business Development. Southam will continue to report directly to Glenn Willis, founder and CEO.

“Since day one, Mark has been a testament to hard work and dedication, and he’s been instrumental to the growth of this organization. This new role is beyond well-deserved. I’m excited for the future of CDM Media with Mark’s guidance and expertise in this role and look forward to our continued rapid growth with him at the helm.”

– Glenn Willis, CEO & Founder

Southam joined the company in 2007 as a Sales Director and quickly rose through the management ranks. Prior to assuming the role of Chief Revenue Officer, Southam served as the VP of Sales & Major Accounts.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity and the future here at CDM Media. Our product has never been better, the challenges we’re solving have never been bigger, and we look forward to growing with our customers again this year.”

– Mark Southam, Chief Revenue Officer

Alongside Southam, several other senior-level team leaders received promotions to new roles. Mike Deedigan, who previously oversaw the company’s talent acquisition department has taken on a new hybrid role as Vice President of Growth & People. Michael Sarkady was announced as the company’s new Vice President of Special Projects & Planning. Nelson Soares, formerly the Senior Director Relationship Management has been promoted to Vice President Relationship Management & C-Suite Network, overseeing all aspects of the executive relationships maintained by CDM Media.

CDM Media Announces 2019 CIO Events Lineup

Expanded lineup of CIO programs launches with events in over 30 global market

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – CDM Media USA Inc. has today unveiled their lineup of C-Level executive events catering to the Chief Information Officer and senior IT executive teams of large enterprise organizations. Featuring regionally-focused summits, industry-specific events, subject matter series, and exclusive executive dinners, the 2019 calendar builds upon a successful year of 2018 in more than 30 global cities.

In stark contrast to the conference and tradeshow circuit, CDM Media curates intimate, exclusive CIO events with an emphasis on peer-on-peer learning, open discussion and debate, and user-driven content that tackles the most pressing and relevant business and technology challenges alongside a selection of top solution providers. This year’s slate of programs will continue that tradition as CIOs and senior IT executives look to advance Digital Transformation agendas into implementation and drive their organizations into the digital future.

“There’s never been more demand for peer-on-peer education opportunities in the tech sector for C-Level executives, and we believe this year’s portfolio of programs presents us an unprecedented opportunity to assist CIOs and senior IT executives as they rapidly deploy digital transformation initiatives.”

– Glenn Willis, CEO & Founder

CDM Media’s portfolio of CIO programs in 2019 will be hosted in the following cities: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Calgary, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Copenhagen, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Kansas City, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Miami, Minneapolis, Montreal, Munich, New York City, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Toronto, and Washington D.C., with more cities to be added throughout the year. The full slate of CIO programs can be found at www.cdmmedia.com/cio.

About CDM Media, Inc.

CDM Media is the leading global face-to-face technology and marketing events, specializing in C-Suite engagement with the world’s largest brands. Founded in 2007, the company is headquartered in Chicago, with offices and remote staff in Boston, Cardiff, Honolulu and London. CDM Media works with a community of thousands of C-Level and senior-level executives in technology and marketing for the world’s largest companies along with top technology solution providers to solve their technology and business challenges. The company’s website (www.cdmmedia.com) provides more information.

Additional Resources:

CDM Media CIO Event Calendar: https://www.cdmmedia.com/cio

2019 Trends for CISOs

Want to know what CISOs and heads of information security from the world’s largest companies are doing this year? Why not hear it from them directly? Join us this year for one of our intimate face-to-face, C-Level events to collaborate, share insights, and solve business challenges. Our agendas will feature some of the top priorities for CISOs in 2019 as highlighted by our governing boards, such as:

Privacy & Compliance
Data security and privacy was front in center in 2018, a year dominated with more lawsuits, breaches, GDPR, etc. Facebook provided a high-profile case study last year on the impact that privacy concerns can have on a business, with share prices in steep decline after a series of widely reported stories surrounding privacy and their use of consumer data. More state, local, and federal governments are implementing their own requirements around data protection as well, and the trend looks to be growing in 2019. As always, cybersecurity will be front and center in 2019, but expect a continued focus and priority around privacy as the world awaits the next round of breaches and corporate missteps.

Insider Threats
As was the case last year, 2019 is poised to be another year where CISOs must address concerns coming from within the perimeter as much as without. Whether mal-intented or simple mistakes, those threats that come are very real and very damaging.  Training staff to identify and avoid phishing or social engineering tactics, looking at better encryption solutions, and taking proactive steps like advanced filtering of executive emails and buying up related domains that could be used against your employees, among other approaches, will be top of mind. Until each department and employee takes up the mantle for vigilance and prevention, no CISO can rest easy feeling they’ve adequately prepared their organization for the myriad threats they’ll be facing in the next 12 months.

Automation, AI & Moving to a Proactive Approach
2019 looks to be another step forward in leveraging the combined power of automation and artificial intelligence to get on the front foot in the fight against bad actors and cyber threats. While blocking and tackling against urgent vulnerabilities won’t go away this year, CISOs are looking at new ways to address some of the core problems that make those common issues more pressing and address them before they occur using automation, good security practices, encryption, etc. Artificial intelligence will play a role here as well, as more tools are created and made available to automate and amplify some of the existing efforts of the security team, as well as freeing them up to focus more of their time on proactive approaches and mission-critical security initiatives.

Talent Attraction & Retention
A perennial topic of importance, CISOs must continue to look for new and creative ways to find and attract top talent, train and develop them in their careers, and keep them fulfilled in their roles to create the team of security all-stars needed to tackle these huge security initiatives. Many CISOs bemoan the talent pool available to them, and some are taking outside-the-box approaches to find and attract new hires from non-traditional parts of the organization and fields not traditionally associated with information security. CISOs are embracing their role as executive management like never before and taking the reins when it comes to their staff, as they understand how critical having the right team with the right skills will be to their success.

Digital Transformation
While the entire organization is implementing digital initiatives to transform the enterprise, CISOs must work in 2019 to ensure that security is a business priority in all of those decisions and projects. When the culture of the company is changing to embrace the new digital era and make a new future around technology, that embrace must include a focus on security that hasn’t always been as involved or as prominent in the past. Look for CISOs to play a even more business-focused role in 2019 and see more of their time going to these types of boardroom discussions and business-focused topics.


Interested in attending an upcoming event to discuss these and other topics? Attendees are C-suite and senior IT security executives from large enterprise (public and private) and large public sector organizations. Select an upcoming Q1 event below and register to attend or contact us to become and attendee or sponsor at info@cdmmedia.com.

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2019 Trends for CIOs

 

Want to know what CIOs and heads of technology from the world’s largest companies are doing this year? Why not hear it from them directly? Join us this year for one of our intimate face-to-face C-Level events to collaborate, share insights, and solve business challenges. Our agendas will feature some of the top priorities for CIOs in 2019 as highlighted by our governing boards, such as:

Artificial Intelligence
The practical value of AI/machine learning will be to do more with less in 2019.  With budgets stretched to accommodate major initiatives around executing Digital Transformation plans, AI provides an avenue to automate and “outsource” some of the operational and core functions, as well performing tasks at scale without putting additional burden on staff. AI is also proving its merit in the area of cybersecurity as technology teams look to tackle the immense tasks of securing their data in age of digital transformation. Paying off the promise of big data, too, will rely on the effectiveness of AI and machine learning to mine data lakes for the insights and business opportunities that lie within. Lastly, the customer-facing value of AI tools will also be a key area of investment, as companies continue to examine the business cases in this category for new ways to improve customer experience and shorten the path to revenue.

Digital Transformation
Much of 2018 focused around the challenges of planning a digital-first future for the enterprise. Now comes the “transformation” part, or the execution of those strategies. The majority of enterprises last year reported being no more than 30% of the way through implementing digital transformation initiatives, and 2019 will see a push to mature that vision to a more fully-executed reality. As CIOs move away from looking at internal IT operations and instead looking at business operations, expect new projects to be added to those strategies as well. Delivering quickly on technology that can impact customer experiences, modernize internal processes, and turn data in actionable insights will be the priority in 2019. Also of note will be continuing internally focused aspects of Digital Transformation that impact organization structure, talent attraction/retention, training and more. CIOs will continue to look at new and innovative ways to move their responsibilities from delivering the operational functions of IT and instead look to deliver data-driven insights to change the way the organization functions and serves its customers.

Blockchain
Investments in 2018 into blockchain technology remained tepid as enterprises are still feeling out the value and application of the technology. While analysts continue to recommend strategies that prepare the enterprise for the use of blockchain-based tools to better secure transactions and increase the speed of business, CIOs are still looking for use cases that will demonstrate the real value of blockchain before diving in with both feet. Look for an expansion of blockchain-based test cases in 2019 as the technology proves its value and strategies mature.

Privacy
Data security and privacy was front in center in 2018, a year dominated with more lawsuits, breaches, GDPR, and more. Facebook provided a high-profile case study last year on the impact that privacy concerns can have on a business, with share prices in steep decline after a series of high-profile stories surrounding privacy and their use of consumer data. As always, cybersecurity will be front and center in 2019, but expect a continued focus and priority around privacy as the world awaits the next round of breaches.

Core Systems/Infrastructure Modernization
Running the digital-first enterprise of tomorrow on yesterday’s technology foundation is not practical. To execute Digital Transformation strategies effectively, CIOs will have to look at the underpinnings of their architecture to handle increased workloads and data volumes. Whether that is doubling down on cloud infrastructure, improving networking optimization, or looking at data storage, there’s a lot of core system functionality that will receive attention and investment in 2019 to enable all those shiny, new digital initiatives.


Interested in attending an upcoming event to discuss these and other topics? Attendees are C-suite and senior IT executives from large enterprise (public and private) and large public sector organizations. Select an upcoming Q1 event below and register to attend or contact us to become and attendee or sponsor at info@cdmmedia.com .

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CISO Digital Transformation Summit Recap

November 11-13, 2018 – Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale, AZ

While the overall theme of our CISO Digital Transformation Summit was Digital Transformation: A Journey Not a Destination, the key takeaways were discussing the next steps and phases of digital transformation.

The summit kicked off on Sunday night with a welcome dinner and panel featuring Dave Hudson (CIO at Veritiv), Paige Adams (Group CISO at Zurich Insurance), Paul Moulton (EVP & CIO at Costco Wholesale) and Julia Anderson (Global CIO at Smithfield Foods) and moderator by Becky Wanta (COO & CIO at One Degree World). The panel focused on The Next Phase of Digital Transformation.

Thank you all who attended this fantastic day filled with thought-leadership discussion, conversations and peer-to-peer networking. We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our networking luncheon and panel Charging Ahead: Speeding Up Transformation Through Disruption as well as our Executive Visions panel Influencing, and Not Just Reacting to, the Business Strategy.

  • Becky Wanta – COO & CIO at One Degree World
  • Kathy McElligott – EVP & CIO at McKesson Corporation
  • Donna Kladis – CIO at Techtronics Industries
  • Michael Golz – CIO at SAP
  • Larry Quinlan – Global CIO at Deloitte
  • David Nagel – CISO at Genuine Parts Company
  • Jim Kastle – CISO at ConAgra
  • Joel Lowe – CISO at Sonic Automotive
  • Jamie Neumaier – CISO at Erie Insurance Group

We are confident that our attendees created new connections with their peers, uncovered one or more new ideas that will impact their digital transformation efforts and found several new solution providers that can help them achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon at our 2019 CISO Digital Transformation Summit!