Detroit CISO Virtual Executive Summit

June 9, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:00pm EDT

June 9, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:00pm EDT

Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Accelerating security to match the pace of digital business initiatives

Managing the risk created from a landscape of new core technologies

Achieving sustainability for the CISO role without compromising outcomes

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Martin Bally


Brent Cieszynski

Blue Cross Blue Shield

Earl Duby

Lear Corporation

Daren Fairfield

Whirlpool Corporation

Russ Gordon

Chief Information Security Officer

Fred Killeen

General Motors
Chief Information Security Officer

Tabice Ward

Director & CISO

Erik Wille

American Axle Manufacturing

What to Expect

Connect with your CISO community through a variety of different session formats at the upcoming Virtual Executive Summit. You'll have the opportunity to listen, engage and create lasting relationships with like-minded peers.


Hear from CISO practitioners and thought leaders on how they're solving critical challenges impacting your role today in Keynote sessions, and join intimate, interactive discussions with peers in Boardroom sessions.

Meet the Speakers

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with CISO practitioners and industry thought leaders who shared their insights on the agenda. Come with questions and get ready to meet new friends in this casual session designed to foster peer connections and collaboration in the Detroit community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. Be sure to opt in when you register and get matched based on your key priorities.


June 9, 2021

11:30am - 1:00pm  EDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

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

The Future of Identity Access Management

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Arun DeSouza

Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer


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Michael Muha


WorkForce Software

From access management and compliance to Internet connected devices and automation, CISOs must build comprehensive identity strategies as nimble as the businesses they support. Join Arun DeSouza as he shares his experience implementing identity access management across Nexteer.

Join this keynote and explore:

  • The importance of identity lifecycle management and strategies to extend it across the enterprise
  • How identity can strengthen data privacy
  • What is next when it comes to identity management

8:45am - 9:00am  EDT Break

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

Making the Case for Application Security

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Michael Baker

Vice President - Information Security

Kelly Services

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John Fowler

Deputy Information Security Officer

Henry Ford Health System

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Sohail Iqbal



Software has never been more business critical, and cyberattacks at the application layer have never been more frequent. Yet budgets are also getting extra scrutiny in recent months. Join this boardroom to learn how to make the case for application security, from why you need it to what good looks like. You'll leave with actionable tips and advice on:

  • Getting buy-in for AppSec
  • Making the case to expand a program
  • Communicating AppSec success to executives & more

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

Securing the Sprawling Endpoint

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Zahira Gonzalvo

SVP, Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer

Flagstar Bank

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Kevin McLaughlin

Vice President, Global Security, Risk & Compliance


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Rick McElroy

Head of Security Strategy

VMware Carbon Black

The global health pandemic has forced CISOs into a new era of evolving challenges. With fully remote workforces and assets continuously moving to the cloud, securing endpoint protection has never been more critical. So how are CISOs deploying next-generation endpoint protection to solve these obstacles?

Join this interactive session to discuss:

  • Securing critical applications even in a state of compromise
  • Tactics for monitoring a sprawling attack surface
  • Leveraging new technologies to quantify threats

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

Stress and the CISO — Practical Strategies to Mitigate Burnout

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Sheila Hamilton

Mental Health Thought Leader and Author of "All the Things We Never Knew"

Guest Speaker

Today’s CISOs face daunting challenges. It is a balance between fighting off increasingly sophisticated attacks, managing scarce resources, and working with stakeholders that often don't understand the inevitability of a breach. Since there continues to be a knowledge gap about the criticality of the CISO’s role, it is no surprise that they’re experiencing stress and burnout at unprecedented rates. How can CISOs make their careers sustainable and maintain a sense of well-being?

Join this keynote to explore:

  • How to recognize the signs and symptoms of toxic stress and burnout.
  • How to remain engaged, energized, and focused during turbulent times
  • Methods to reduce stress at work and how to not let the stress overlap into personal lives
  • Mindfulness strategies that can help alleviate burnout
  • How to model work life balance for Gen y and Gen z workers who prioritize mental health

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

Optimizing Security Operations

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Laura Clark

Chief Security Officer

State of Michigan DTMB

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Daren Fairfield


Whirlpool Corporation

Outsource? Insource? A hybrid model? Finding the right design for an effective security operations center is a complex leadership challenge weaving technology, budget, talent management and, of course, risk. Learn what questions you should be asking yourself, and other senior leaders, to ensure your SOC is up to par.

Join this session to learn:

  • Models for effective insource, outsource and hybrid SOCs
  • Leadership best practices for keeping employees engaged and alert
  • The latest workflows for effective incident response

10:45am - 11:00am  EDT Break

11:00am - 11:30am  EDT Networking

Community Discussion with WomSA

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Ranu Parmar

President and Co-Founder


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Kristie Pfosi

University Relations Director


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Kerry Schaffer

Mentor Relations Director


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Diana Volere

Mentee Relations Director


Join this informative networking break to hear from WomSA (the Women’s Security Alliance) and your peers as they share the benefits they’ve experience as WomSA mentors and learn how to get involved. Then break for some fun and informal networking with your peers to wrap-up the day.

June 9, 2021

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