New Jersey CIO Inner Circle

December 5, 2023 | Moonshine Modern Supper Club

December 5, 2023
Moonshine Modern Supper Club

Collaborate with your peers

Join New Jersey's top CIOs for an intimate networking dinner and facilitated discussion on key business challenges. Enjoy a relaxed evening of dinner and drinks with your peers to share best practices, make new connections and build professional relationships.

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

Taking a Proactive Cloud-First Approach to Cybersecurity

Staying Ahead of Cybercriminals in the Changing AI Landscape

Balancing the Need for Security with Need for Data Accessibility

New Jersey CIO Governing Body

The Governing Body Co-Chairs shape the discussion topics and agenda, ensuring that all content is driven by CIOs, for CIOs.

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Roota Almeida

Head of Security Governance, Amazon Stores

Lookman Fazal

NJ Transit
Chief Information & Digital Officer

Zouhair Guelzim

L'Oreal Americas
VP, Chief Information Security Officer

Hussein Syed

RWJBarnabas Health
Chief Information Security Officer

Gabrielle Wolfson

Quest Diagnostics Inc
Senior VP & Chief Information & Chief Digital Officer


December 5, 2023

4:30pm - 5:30pm  Executive Networking Reception

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Challenging the Course – A Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

Roota Almeida headshot

Roota Almeida

Head of Security Governance, Amazon Stores


Chris Callahan headshot

Chris Callahan


Weichert Companies

Hussein Syed headshot

Hussein Syed

Chief Information Security Officer

RWJBarnabas Health

Bob McKenna headshot

Bob McKenna

SVP Enterprise Strategy and Execution

Selective Insurance

Ravi Mani headshot

Ravi Mani

Vice President & CISO

Quest Diagnostics Inc

Priscilla Amalraj headshot

Priscilla Amalraj



Sebastian Scheiter headshot

Sebastian Scheiter

Director, Chrome Enterprise Sales

Google Chrome Enterprise

Ken Fishkin headshot

Ken Fishkin

Senior Manager of Information Security

Lowenstein Sandler

Today’s cybersecurity environment often feels like a race, and the enterprise’s position on the track is constantly shifting from first to last depending on the course they plot for themselves and the cybercriminals’ ability to stay ahead. Historically, the odds have been stacked against IT – the constantly changing landscape, a lack of dedicated resources, and the need for emerging skills are daily battles for the CIO and CISO. Though it might feel like a zero-sum game, what if IT proactively took control by implementing cloud-first security approaches? Could these strategies keep the enterprise at the front of the pack?

 Join this conversation with your peers to explore how IT could position themselves for success:

 Keeping Pace with the Evolving Threat Landscape

•        What are the biggest threats that your organization is facing today, and how are you monitoring the threat landscape?

•        What are your top priorities for cybersecurity? What are your top challenges? How have you seen these goals and challenges shift over the last year?

•        As the enterprise is building complex cloud environments to help the organization be more agile and make decisions faster, how do you balance the need for security with the need for data accessibility and employee productivity?

Taking a Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity

•        How does your organization define proactive security control, and how has this approach helped your organization reduce the risk of cyberattacks?

•        What sort of challenges have you faced internally with securing funding for cybersecurity before an attack occurs? And the challenges when implementing cloud-based security features?

•        When securing funding, how have you justified the costs of proactive security control? What objections have you had to overcome in discussion with the board and leadership?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

7:15pm - 8:30pm  Summary Discussion & Dinner

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming in-person gathering

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