Florida CIO Virtual Executive Summit

October 29, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EDT

October 29, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm EDT


Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Florida CIO Virtual Executive Summit.

Join your peers to discuss the most critical issues impacting CIOs today:

New tools and processes for a more digital world

Transforming business culture

The next CIO & CISO


Shawn Bowen

Restaurant Brands International

Gary Eppinger

Carnival Cruise Lines
Global Chief Information Security Officer & Privacy Officer

Juan Gomez-Sanchez

Chief Security Officer

Kevin Grayling

Florida Crystals Corporation
Vice President & Chief Information Officer

Gram Ludlow

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation
VP, Global Information Security

Marcos Marrero

H.I.G. Capital
Chief Information Security Officer

Dave Pearson

Sykes Enterprises
Executive VP & Chief Information Officer

Luis Suarez

H.I.G. Capital
Senior VP & Chief Information Officer

Christine Vanderpool

Florida Crystals Corporation
Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

Otto Contreras

City of Miami, FL
Deputy CIO


October 29, 2020

8:00am - 8:45am EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

The Convergence of Zero Trust and SASE

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Jason Clark

Chief Strategy Officer


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Dustin Wilcox



Organizations are feeling a shift in the world of networking and security as they rapidly adopt and embrace the cloud. On-premises private data centers are no longer the place for data and workloads to exist. With this shift, security and networking are brought closer than ever. Enterprises need speed, visibility, security and reliability without compromise. Enter, the secure access service edge, better known as SASE. Its’ inevitable that SASE implementations and zero trust implementations need to collide to provide a more comprehensive security capability to truly support digital transformation. How can your organization best position itself for the transition?

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Problems SASE can address in the modern enterprise
  • Benefits of planning both SASE and zero trust implementations
  • Insights from organizations adopting SASE and zero trust today

8:45am - 9:00am EDT Break

9:00am - 10:00am EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Security Tool Tipping Point: How More Tools Can Increase Overall Risk

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Gaurav Kulkarni

VP of Solutions Architecture


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Christopher Roche

Senior Director of CyberSecurity & Technology Risk (CISO)

NextEra Energy

A rapidly growing number of security tools have arisen to help organizations better secure their environments and actively protect important data, from SIEM to EDR to SOAR and more. In response, many organizations are purchasing more tools than they can effectively manage or find, train and retain staff for as they struggle to stay protected against the latest security threats. However, a recent study of hundreds of security leaders finds a majority fear they have increased organizational risk levels and decreased ability to respond effectively to threats. In this session, we will detail these findings, then explore how your organization can better measure visibility, efficacy and performance to optimize investments and reduce risk. In this discussion, you’ll learn:

  • The state of “tools sprawl” and data showing its impact on security organizations
  • Tips to implement immediately to get a handle on tool efficacy
  • Apply a new approach to maturing your security posture

9:00am - 10:00am EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Security Awareness During a Crisis — One Size Does Not Fit All

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Robert Kurimski

Chief Technology Officer

Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County

Managing security awareness is no easy feat – cookie-cutter solutions just won’t do. Successful programs need custom strategies that integrate well with your corporate culture and engage employees at all levels. Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • Creative ways to introduce security awareness to your teams
  • How to partner with the CISO to integrate security training throughout the organization
  • How to stay ahead of new threats that come with a remote culture

9:00am - 10:00am EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Drive the Business Forward with Data at the Core

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Chad Simpson

Deputy Chief Information Officer

City Furniture

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Jose Torres

CIO - Marine Corps Community Services

Marine Corps

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Mark Moch

Chief Information Officer

Florida Cancer Specialists

Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. This peer-to-peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics program to provide accurate, real-time data.Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Define clear data ownership and standardization

10:00am - 10:45am EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Accelerate Your Secure Digital Transformation

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Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman & Founder


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Nicole Ford

VP and Chief Information Security Officer


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Alex Borhani

Director of IT Security


The cloud and mobility are powerful enablers of digital transformation, but many organizations are grappling with legacy architectures that haven't evolved much in decades. With most applications in the cloud and employees working remotely, legacy network and security models are not only ineffective, but they hinder your ability to take advantage of the agility, productivity, efficiency, and speed enabled by digital transformation. Network and security architectures need to evolve to securely connect any entities—users, devices, applications—to meet business needs in the digital era. “In this session, Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry will discuss how digital transformation has made companies more resilient, enabling staff to work remotely with minimal disruption and no compromising on security.”

In this interactive session, we’ll discuss:

  • “Owning the moment”: IT’s opportunity to accelerate secure digital transformation
  • Best practices for securing work-from-anywhere using Gartner’s secure access service edge (SASE) and zero trust network access (ZTNA) frameworks
  • What comes next: IT’s new role as strategic business enabler

10:45am - 11:00am EDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Future Forward — Investing in the Security Workforce of Tomorrow

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Eric Reiners



Juan Gomez-Sanchez headshot

Juan Gomez-Sanchez

Chief Security Officer


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Igor Spektor

VP, Chief Information Security Officer

TracFone Wireless

In a field often described as having “negative unemployment,” CISOs are in a constant battle to hire and retain the talent they need to keep their organizations secure. How can CISOs and CIOs develop and invest in their teams to pave the way for the security workforce of tomorrow? Join Eric Reiners, CIO of Rapid7, as he leads this interactive conversation on:

  • Different approaches to building the talent pipeline
  • How to develop security talent and keep them engaged
  • Strategies to effectively leverage a remote security workforce

11:00am - 12:00pm EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Jennifer Greenman

Chief Information Officer

Cancer Treatment Centers of America

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Shawn Harrs


State of Florida

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Prashant Cherukuri



In an increasingly competitive landscape, new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. But to fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to the strategy and execution of the organization. Take this opportunity to share your strategies for embedding innovation into the core of your business. This conversation will focus on:

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Defining new business opportunities through technology
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

11:00am - 12:00pm EDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Measuring and Communicating Risk – What Really Counts?

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Richard La Bella

Chief Information Security Officer

VITAS Healthcare

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Chad Bairnsfather

Director, Information Security


Gram Ludlow headshot

Gram Ludlow

VP, Global Information Security

Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corporation

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Austin Murphy

VP, Managed Services


Leading information security executives know that the language of technology doesn’t always resonate outside of IT. “Risk” is the vocabulary of the business, yet measuring and discussing this all-important concept in an actionable way remains a unique challenge. Join this session to learn:

  • Actionable risk metrics, both for use inside the security function and with outside stakeholders
  • How the language and awareness of information security risk has evolved
  • Techniques to automate collection of meaningful security metrics

12:00pm - 12:45pm EDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Designing the Digital Future with Customers in Mind

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Don Schuerman



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Khalid Saleem

SVP, Chief Digital Officer

TBC Corp

Remember when “embracing disruption” was an aspirational call-to-action – not a necessary navigation of everyday life? Now that you have your company’s undivided, fully-disrupted attention, why look back? As the pandemic pushes more and more customers online, CIOs must ensure that their experience is seamless – creating the right channels for connection and utilizing the right data to innovate products or services.

This conversation will focus on:

  • Designing and delivering an optimal digital future for your business
  • Leveraging a cultural shift to more agile, rapid technology outcomes
  • Ways to evolve a data-centric approach to consumer insight – fostering new business opportunities

12:45pm - 1:15pm EDT Networking

Community Discussion

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Dave Lewis

Global Advisory CISO

Duo Security

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Marcos Marrero

Chief Information Security Officer

H.I.G. Capital

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Christine Vanderpool

Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer

Florida Crystals Corporation

Hosted by Duo Security

An informal and interactive opportunity for you to network with peers in small groups. 

2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

Conducting business virtually makes it more challenging to meet and network with like-minded peers. During this time of disruption and uncertainty, it’s become even more critical to collaborate with peers who are facing the same challenges.

Now, we are bringing you the opportunity to set up 1-to-1 meetings in a private, virtual setting with Summit peers directly after our virtual town hall gatherings.

  • Peer-to-Peer meetings are 25 minutes in length, giving you the chance for more personal interaction and in-depth conversation with your fellow Florida CIO & CISO Virtual Executive Summit peers.
  • All conversations are private and will not be recorded
  • Meet up to 3 peers based on your shared interests or priorities

How to Participate 

Available if you sign up and select peer meetings prior to the summit. To join your meetings or download meeting calendar invites, please reference the instructions that were emailed to you from evanta@delegateselect.com.


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

John Seabury