The Decentralized Web: Where Are We?

Earlier this month, Zoë Corbyn from the Guardian, wrote a piece focusing on decentralization of the internet. Per that post, Corbyn approached talked about the untapped potential for digital transformation and disruption, but asked the question, “where are we headed next?”

As the news broke in late July that Google would run a censored version of their search engine in China, 800+ web builders gathered to discuss a completely decentralized web and what the specifics would look like.

If the decentralized web (or DWeb) is done correctly, consumers will have direct access to their encrypted information as well as a public digital ledger of transactions, tracking ownership securely in an environment without trust. Security breaches would become a monolithic as it takes sensitive information out of the hands of these internet-gatekeepers like Google or Facebook. As revolutionary as this sounds, it will not happen overnight nor will it happen without growing pains. The DWeb would completely disrupt our internet experience, but with any groundbreaking technology, it was many hurdles to overcome. It is difficult to construct a decentralized internet because everything is not stored in a central repository. “Right now humanity lives at Facebook,” says Mitchell Baker, chairwoman of the Mozilla Foundation. Many apps designed for the decentralized web are still clunky and unrefined, limiting the user experience.

For the DWeb to gain traction, it must focus on its advantages over the internet we use today. As each user would have their own ledger updating in real-time, this decentralized internet would in theory but much faster than what currently exists. In addition to an increase in speed, the DWeb protocols use links that identify information based on its content: this content-focused approach allows computers to pass and store information as opposed to being held on a single server.

There are very few companies that are actively investing in blockchain and other decentralized applications, with the lion’s share being IBM at around 32 percent. Find out more on why IBM chooses to partner with CDM Media to find exclusive and congruent one-on-one meetings with the industry’s top solution providers.

The Original Guardian Article

CIO & CISO San Francisco Summit Recap

September 18th, 2018 – The Ritz-Carlton, San Francisco, California

While the overall theme of our Digital Disruption Summit was “Digital Transformation is Journey, Not a Destination” the key takeaways were understanding the latest threats in cybersecurity and how to combat them.

Eric Herness, IBM Fellow, Hybrid Cloud, CTO at IBM kicked off the summit with a keynote entitled: Your Cloud for Smarter Business – Accelerate Your Digital Transfroamtion with Cloud & AI which spoke about enabling digital transformation by using a secure, open and flexible cloud architecture.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our executive visions panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer.

  • Paul Valente – CISO at ASAPP
  • Steven Zalewski – Chief Security Architect at Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Ali Bouhouch – CTO at Sephora
  • Nancy Selph – SVP – Advanced Technology &Partnerships at Wells Fargo
  • Asif Alam – SVP & Senior Site Officer at Thomson Reuters
  • Alan Boehme – Global CTO, VP – IT Services, Chief IT Innovation Officer at Proctor & Gamble

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 then achieve their goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

CIO & CISO Florida Summit Recap

September 11th, 2018 – The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, Orlando, Florida

September 11 will forever be a day to remember in American history as well as a day of remembrance of those who lost their lives in that tragedy. In efforts to remember those, William Dayhoff – Former Director, Virtual Threat Analysis Center with the FBI during the 9/11 attacks, opened the day commemorating individuals that lost their lives.

After Dayhoff’s opening remarks, the day kicked off with a keynote from Greg Wolford – Solutions Architect at Imperva (formerly Prevoty, Inc.) focusing on protecting applications and their sensitive data. The remainder of the day was focused around the topic: Digital Transformation is a Journey, Not a Destination.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our lunch panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer:

  • Alfred McBean – Former VP – Porfolio Architecture at Bank of America
  • Brent Lane – CTO at Vaso Technology
  • William Dayhoff – VP at Ameris Bank
  • Kay Redlich – CTO at CNL Financial Group
  • Mark Crandall – CIO at Consulate Health Care

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 their achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

CIO & CISO Houston Summit Recap

September 6th, 2018 – Hilton Houston Post Oak by The Galleria – Houston, Texas

While the overall theme of our CIO & CISO Houston Summits was “Digital Transformation Is a Journey, Not a Destination,” the key takeaways were focused on cybersecurity around artificial intelligence, IoT and machine learning. The day also focused on finding and keeping the top talent.

Guatam Siwach, Chief Technical Architect WW at IBM Cognitive Solutions kicked off our summit with a keynote concerning Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, focusing on data visualization, machine learning, model building, and exploratory data analysis.

We also want to thank all our speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our afternoon panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer:

  • Al Lindseth, SVP – Technology, Process & Risk Management (CIO & CRO) at All Plains American
  • Brad Rector – VP & CIO at Air Liquide
  • Jeffrey Vinson – VP, CISO at Harris Health Systems
  • Angelique Grado – Executive Director – CISO at MRC Global

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 their achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

If you are interested in attending more CDM Media events, check out our full calendar.

CIO & CISO DACH Summits Location Announced

CDM Media’s CIO & CISO Summit will be taking place at the Villa Kennedy in Frankfurt 

Frankfurt – September 20, 2018: CDM Media is excited to announce the location and venue for our 2018 CIO & CISO DACH Summits on September 20, 2018. The Summits will take place at the Villa Kennedy – Frankfurt, a five-star hotel located in the centre of Frankfurt, on the the largest and more influential financial centres in Europe.

As one of Frankfurt’s premiere locations, CDM Media is excited to bring in the top IT and security executives in the DACH region. Past and present attendees include:

  • Rudi Schmandt, Managing Director, CTO Infrastructure Operations and CTO EMEA at Deutsche Bank
  • Omair Khan, Head of Data Governance and Strategy at Deutsche Telekom
  • Parag Parekh, Vice President – IT at Adidas
  • David Willis, Global Director ERP at Merck
  • Joachim Richard, CIO at Triton Partners
  • Jimmy Heschl, Head of Digital Security (Divisional CISO) at Redbull
  • Mehdi Chourib, CISO at Yazaki Europe Ltd.
  • Achim Knebel, CISO at Siemens
  • Sebastian Hess, Cyber Risk Executive at AIG

The day will be kicked off by Rudi Schmandt, Managing Director, CTO Infrastructure Operations & CTO EMEA at Deutsche Bank as he gives a keynote focused on the Summits’ theme Digital Transformation Is a Journey, Not a Destination. The rest of the agenda will feature topics including:

  • Designing the Digital Workplace: Balancing Security with Effectiveness
  • Making Your Way Through the Haze of Cloud Computing
  • The Technology Learning Platform
  • Security and Compliance: Chicken and Egg or Chalk and Cheese?
  • Digital Transformation: Cure-all, Placebo or Poison Pill?
  • Are You Digitally Ready? The State of Digital Transformation
  • Navigating Security and Risk In a Changing IT Landscape
  • CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Communicator
  • Big Data, Little Data. Secure Data, Lost Data.
  • Which “Friends” Do I Trust? Realities of 3rd Party Risk
  • Driving Digital Transformation: Proactive Path vs. Reactive Response
  • CIO’s Got Talent: FInding, Growing & Retaining the Best People
  • Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Digital Transformation Journey Has No Parking Lots

To learn more about the event, register today at:

CIO DACH Summit – ciodachsummit.com/register 

CISO DACH Summit – cisodachsummit.com/register 

London Is Calling!

After 11 years of operation in cities including Honolulu, New York, Cardiff, Chicago, we are excited to announce the official opening of our brand-new London location in heart of the historic City of London. We are excited to join the area as we continue to expand our services in Europe.

We are excited to invest in the future growth and expansion of our EMEA team. Along with the vibrant office surroundings, close site-seeing, and not to forget – rooftop ping-pong, we will be occupying the penthouse office of the Cannon Green building! The office will be led by our Director EMEA, Jonathan Kinchin, alongside veteran leader and Sales Director EMEA, Matt Rymon.

“Thrilled to have joined CDM Media and to be responsible for growing the business in EMEA. We have a strong history of delivering world class content for our C-level executive network and providing them with introductions to technology vendors who can improve their businesses. I look forward to further building our network in EMEA and providing the same level of service they would expect from our team in Chicago.”

As we continue to build out our team, the opening of our London office provides veteran team members the opportunity to relocate to an exciting new country and market! In addition to the exciting changes for our team internally, we are looking to welcome on new team members on both the Sponsorship Sales and Delegate Sales side. All this is in effort to service our clients better with a new location and expansion of events.

Cheers,

Glenn Willis
CEO & Founder of CDM Media

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CIO & CISO St. Louis Summit Recap

August 9th, 2018 – Four Seasons Hotel – St. Louis, MO

While the overall theme of our CIO & CISO St. Louis Summit was Digital Transformation Is a Journey, Not a Destination,” the key takeaway was understanding the issues in cybersecurity and what the delegates and solution providers are doing to combat them.

Two great keynote kicked the day off in the right direction. Pete Hogan, VP of Enterprise Applications & Chief Privacy Officer at Post Holdings, and Doug Lhotka, Executive Security Architect of IBM, shared their insight on connecting analytics and cloud technologies along with focusing on the importance of moving from a reactive, fear and compliance based program, to a business focused, risk-based approach to cyber security.

We also want to thank all the speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our lunch panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer:

  • Joey Smith – VP & CISO at Schnuck Markets, Inc.
  • Jim McBride – CTO at Unigroup, Inc.
  • Robert Gaskill-Clemons – CTO at City of St. Louis
  • Tom Schunk – CISO at Emerson Electric
  • Gary Harbison – CISO at Monsanto

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 your achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

CIO & CISO Indianapolis Summit Recap

August 7th, 2018 – The Weston Indianapolis – Indianapolis, IN

While the overall theme of our CIO & CISO Indianapolis Summit was Digital Transformation Is a Journey, Not a Destination,” the key takeaways were the significance of talent development as well as staying on top of the different types of digital deception.

Doug Lhotka, Executive Security Architect of IBM, kicked off the day with the keynote focusing on the importance of moving from a reactive, fear and compliance based program, to a business focused, risk-based approach to cyber security.

We also want to thank all the speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our lunch panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Communicator.

  • Jeff Ton – Former CIO of Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana
  • Samantha Lofton Moss – Chief Risk & Information Governance Officer at Ice Miller LLP
  • Carl Ceresoli – CTO at Pacers Sports & Entertainment
  • Jeremy TerBush – SVP–Analytics at Wyndham Worldwide (RCI)

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 your achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Digital Disruption Summit Recap

June 14th, 2018 – Apella by Alexandria – New York City, NY

While the overall theme of our Digital Disruption Summit was “Disrupt or Be Disrupted: The Digital Transformation Journey Has No Parking Lots”, the key takeaways were understanding securities role and the communication in moving forward with digital disruption and transformation.

Neil Gomes, Chief Digital Officer & SVP for Technology Innovation & Consumer Experience at Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health, kicked off the day with the keynote focusing on his organization’s experience with digital disruption including the successes and struggles along the way.

We also want to thank all the speakers:

We also want to thank each of our participants on our lunch panel CIOs/CISOs as the Consummate Consumer as well as our closing panel What’s the Next Stop On the Transformation Journey?

  • Michael Gabriel  CEO Quantum Barometer and Former EVP & CIO at HBO (Moderator)
  • Stefan Ott – Group Head of New Business & Client Facing Technology at Guardian Life Insurance Company of America
  • Armughan Rafat – EVP, CTO at Advertising Specialty Institute
  • Geoff Yearack – President at RCN Technologies
  • Ibrahim Jackson – Regional Director, Head of North America at Leading Edge Forum
  • Imran Haque – Former CDO at CMA CGM

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 your achieve your goals. We look forward to seeing you again soon.