Chicago CISO Inner Circle

September 12, 2024 | Truluck's Ocean’s Finest Seafood & Crab

September 12, 2024
Truluck's Ocean’s Finest Seafood & Crab


Collaborate with your peers

Join Chicago's top CISOs 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 CISOs today:

A SOC is Not a Silo

Relationships as a Proactive Security Strategy

Chicago CISO Governing Body

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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Waqas Akkawi

SIRVA Worldwide

Michelle Ayala

The AZEK Company

JJ Markee

Global Chief Information Security Officer

Bill Podborny

Constellation Brands

Paolo Vallotti

Tate & Lyle
CISO & VP of Operations

Angela Williams

UL Solutions
Global Chief Information Security Officer


September 12, 2024

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

5:30pm - 6:45pm  Discussion Topics

Security That IT Loves

Patrick Sullivan headshot

Patrick Sullivan

VP, CTO, Security Strategy

Akamai Technologies

The mission for today’s CISO - build security that IT (and the business) loves. Traditionally, important strategies like Zero Trust have been seen by IT as a roadblock to success - leading to additional implementation projects, new solutions to learn, and false positives that slow innovation.

Instead, security leaders can cultivate strategies that adapt to future business challenges in ways that empower IT organizations to do their best work and allow them to adopt business-accelerating technologies with confidence. First, explore new SOC strategies to increase efficiencies, decrease risk exposure, and drive the business forward. Second, discover how the effort to make IT’s job easier encourages healthy working relationships across the C-suite to collaborate productively without stepping on each other’s toes, while also maximizing influence across the organization from a security standpoint.

A SOC is Not a Silo

  • Many organizations struggle with legacy silo issues between IT and the SOC - how have you overcome these challenges? How do you build close working relationships between the SOC and lines of business?
  • How do you ensure that your SOC strategy aligns with the business strategy? What is your SOC doing for you today and how will you use it to move the organization forward in the future?
  • What metrics do you use to evaluate the successes and failures of your SOC?

Relationships as a Proactive Security Strategy

  • How are you expanding your influence and partnerships with other c-level executives to show the value of security in accelerating business outcomes?
  • How do you clarify responsibilities for security incident detection and response distributed across the enterprise and across different functions and infrastructure?
  • How have you overcome challenges when IT/security priorities conflict? How do you ensure the same conflicts will not arise again in the future?

6:45pm - 7:15pm  Networking Break

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

8:30pm - 9:30pm  Social Hour

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  • Complimentary self park and valet on-site at venue operated parking lot.

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