IN-PERSON

Florida CISO Executive Summit

June 11, 2024 | The Diplomat Beach Resort

June 11, 2024
The Diplomat Beach Resort

Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Florida's top CISOs to tackle shared business challenges and critical priorities facing your role today. Participate in this one-day, local program with peer-driven topics and interactive discussions with your true C-level peers.

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

Increasing Operational Efficiencies and Productivity Within Cybersecurity Strategies

Expanding Digital Business with Advanced and Emerging Technologies

Using AI to Improve Processes and Efficiencies While Keeping Up With the Changing Landscape

Florida CISO Governing Body


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

Governing Body Co-Chairs

Shawn Bowen

World Kinect
SVP, CISO

Gary Eppinger

CSX Corporation
VP, Technology & CISO

Juan Gomez-Sanchez

Whirlpool Corporation
VP & Global CISO

Marcos Marrero

H.I.G. Capital
CISO

Eduardo Ortiz-Romeu

Techtronic Industries
VP, Global Head of Cybersecurity

What to Expect

Interactive Sessions

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

Community Networking

Make new connections and catch up with old friends in casual conversations during dedicated time for networking designed to better acquaint you with your Florida CISO community.

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a private, one-on-one setting through Evanta's Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

Agenda


June 10, 2024

June 11, 2024

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Leading Resilient Teams Through Unpredictable Adversity

Lisa Thompson headshot

Lisa Thompson

Author of "Finding Elevation: Fear and Courage on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain"

Guest Speaker

Lisa Thompson is a high-altitude mountaineer and former healthcare executive who beat cancer months before standing on the summit of Everest. Lisa later became the first all-American woman to summit K2, which is considered the deadliest mountain in the world. In her talks and book, “Finding Elevation,” Lisa shares the experience of climbing the toughest mountains in the world and the importance of teamwork, resilience and defining boundaries.

Join this keynote session to learn about the importance of:

  • Embracing change and overcoming challenges
  • Creating a supportive environment inside and outside the office
  • Defining clear roles and goals to build a strong, communicative team

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Reevaluating Digital Evolution

Vinod Balla headshot

Vinod Balla

CIO

NationsBenefits

Ajay Sikha headshot

Ajay Sikha

Head of Innovation, Strategy, and IT - US

TECO Energy

Challenges or opportunities, like shifting economic constraints or emerging technology, can majorly impact business transformation. This often leaves leaders asking themselves how to monetize the business without continued investment in new technologies. Tomorrow’s leaders will start thinking differently about their digital abilities to run a successful digital enterprise.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Creating a cultural shift to empower employees to think outside the box
  • Preparing the enterprise to strategically evolve and be open to change
  • Balancing optimization and transformation

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Driving Growth with Data and Insights

John Murphy headshot

John Murphy

Global Field CISO

Rubrik

Rich Latayan headshot

Rich Latayan

CISO

AAA National

Preetam Sirur headshot

Preetam Sirur

CISO

EyeCare Leaders

Business leaders are challenged with developing a D&A strategy that expands business value and inspires leaders to make data-driven decisions confidently. Their success hinges on the ability to navigate the complexities of the enterprise, while increasing the company’s data accessibility and security.  It's more important than ever to establish a secure data governance program that successfully aligns with business priorities.

Join this conversation to discuss:

  • Enhancing data security and identifying vulnerabilities in real-time
  • Implementing strategies to ensure availability, integrity and confidentiality in data while mitigating risks
  • Solving the challenge of data visibility in the cloud

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

User Access — Leveraging the Right Technologies

Brett Conlon headshot

Brett Conlon

CISO

American Century Investments

Ben Field headshot

Ben Field

CISO

Florida Crystals Corporation

The path to a stronger IAM strategy lies within an agile digital system. CISOs are often challenged with keeping an entire company up to date, as well as identity-related breaches and core business operations being interrupted - but easy to use technology (when leveraged correctly) can be a game changer.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • What the essentials are for building an efficient IAM system
  • The challenges faced when protecting remote workers’ environments
  • Optimizing user experience when adopting a user access program

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Embracing Innovation Through GenAI Use Cases

Chad Couch headshot

Chad Couch

CIO

JM Family Enterprises

Christine Vanderpool headshot

Christine Vanderpool

VP & CTO

Florida Crystals Corporation

The present moment offers an opportunity to unlock GenAI's transformative power, but maturity across organizations varies. Business leaders recognize this technology is a catalyst for innovation. By understanding real-world case studies with lessons learned, those leaders can create real movement forward inside of their own organizations.

Bring your questions to this session as you hear from executives who have:

  • Implemented practical use cases 
  • Measured AI solutions for value outcomes
  • Balanced approach to value and risk

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Optimize Operations to Reduce Cost and Sustain Growth

Chad Simpson headshot

Chad Simpson

CIO

City Furniture

Ryan Hay headshot

Ryan Hay

Sr. Director - IT Security and Compliance

SBA Communications

Running a successful IT and security operation requires strong vendor and application rationalization integrated in strategic decision-making. In order to allocate more funds towards innovation and differentiation initiatives, mission-critical systems need to be optimized, cost effective and flexible.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Maximizing the value of applications while remaining agile
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock in
  • Customizing strategies based on business needs

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Communicating Risk — Translating Insight Into Action

James Bowie headshot

James Bowie

VP - CISO

Tampa General Hospital

Eduardo Ortiz-Romeu headshot

Eduardo Ortiz-Romeu

VP, Global Head of Cybersecurity

Techtronic Industries

Measuring and communicating security risk is integral to reducing an organization’s vulnerability to attack. CIOs and CISOs must be skilled in translating the technical language of security to the board to close the knowledge gap. Bringing security and business together will enable informed decisions that drive growth and protect the organization.

Join this boardroom to discuss strategies on how to:

  • Create a compelling narrative through quantitative risk measurements to illustrate the importance of security to senior stakeholders
  • Educate board members to adopt a security-first mindset when making decisions
  • Demonstrate the role CISOs play as business enablers

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Building a Strong Case for Technology and Security as a Business Driver

Johann Balaguer headshot

Johann Balaguer

VP, CISO

Hard Rock International

Shawn Harrs headshot

Shawn Harrs

CIO

Red Lobster

Technology and security leaders must sharpen their leadership and communication skills, particularly when it comes to addressing the needs and expectations of the organization. As those roles expand from a sole focus on technology and security to being true business partners leading innovation efforts, they must be laser-focused on the strategy behind it all.

Join our panel of executives as they discuss:

  • Successfully pushing business strategies and managing competing priorities
  • How technology and cybersecurity can become a revenue-generator
  • Communicating to business leaders the value of technology with change management strategies

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Navigating Procurement — Best Practices in Vendor Selection and Contracts

Brian Fricke headshot

Brian Fricke

CISO

City National Bank

CIOs and CISOs need to come equipped with the critical knowledge of vendor partners to make informed decisions that ensure value and security. From RFIs and RFPs, to critical legal clauses and the financial implications of software licensing models, leaders need to have the right structures in place to ensure what's best for their organization.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Having a consistent methodology for selecting the right vendor
  • Monitoring vendor performance through SLAs
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock-in

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Cutting Costs is Half the Battle

Elvis Clemetson headshot

Elvis Clemetson

SVP & Global CIO

SBA Communications

Luis Suarez headshot

Luis Suarez

CIO

H.I.G. Capital

Amid economic turbulence, technology leaders must look beyond cost savings to operation resiliency and efficiency. As economic conditions tighten, executives are looking for ways to strategically optimize costs while reinvesting in sustainable technologies.

Join your peers in this session to discuss:

  • Adoption of planning processes that accelerate new capabilities to support growth
  • Ways to optimize performance during uncertain times
  • When to accelerate, reduce or eliminate investment

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Managing OT to Fully Secure the Business

Ramses Veloso headshot

Ramses Veloso

CISO & VP, Infrastructure & Security

Rooms To Go

Jim Betzhold headshot

Jim Betzhold

CISO

South Florida Water Management District

For most organizations, the number of connected, essential devices is growing by the second. In response, the CISO's jurisdiction is changing just as rapidly. Now, in the case of any security issue, the rest of the C-suite may be looking to you for answers.

Join this session and start understanding:

  • Your new or growing operational technology responsibilities
  • What you can do to smoothly plot and control your OT workload
  • How you can best juggle IT and OT security simultaneously

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

3:00pm - 3:50pm  Keynote

Gartner's Future Lab: The Future of Leadership

Frank Buytendijk headshot

Frank Buytendijk

Chief of Research Gartner Futures Lab

Gartner

Every year, Gartner Futures Lab chooses a big provocative topic, relevant across industry and region. This year, it is the future of Leadership. Executive leaders are increasingly under pressure, pulled in extreme opposite directions.  They lead organizations that are increasingly hybrid in nature, requiring different leadership styles. And then, AI is coming for the boardroom, the next digital transformation. What does that mean for the role of the executive leader?

Join this interactive keynote to:

  • Examine executive leadership practices of today
  • Discover how leadership could evolve in the years to come
  • Explore distributed versus centralized leadership

3:50pm - 4:30pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

6:00pm - 8:30pm  Networking

Governing Body Welcome Reception

Governing Body members host this dinner for attendees to launch the event with an evening of peer networking.

7:45am - 8:30am  Registration & Breakfast

8:30am - 9:15am  Keynote

Leading Resilient Teams Through Unpredictable Adversity

Lisa Thompson headshot

Lisa Thompson

Author of "Finding Elevation: Fear and Courage on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain"

Guest Speaker

Lisa Thompson is a high-altitude mountaineer and former healthcare executive who beat cancer months before standing on the summit of Everest. Lisa later became the first all-American woman to summit K2, which is considered the deadliest mountain in the world. In her talks and book, “Finding Elevation,” Lisa shares the experience of climbing the toughest mountains in the world and the importance of teamwork, resilience and defining boundaries.

Join this keynote session to learn about the importance of:

  • Embracing change and overcoming challenges
  • Creating a supportive environment inside and outside the office
  • Defining clear roles and goals to build a strong, communicative team

9:15am - 9:40am  Networking Break

9:40am - 10:25am  Breakout Session

Reevaluating Digital Evolution

Vinod Balla headshot

Vinod Balla

CIO

NationsBenefits

Ajay Sikha headshot

Ajay Sikha

Head of Innovation, Strategy, and IT - US

TECO Energy

Challenges or opportunities, like shifting economic constraints or emerging technology, can majorly impact business transformation. This often leaves leaders asking themselves how to monetize the business without continued investment in new technologies. Tomorrow’s leaders will start thinking differently about their digital abilities to run a successful digital enterprise.

Join your peers to discuss:

  • Creating a cultural shift to empower employees to think outside the box
  • Preparing the enterprise to strategically evolve and be open to change
  • Balancing optimization and transformation

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

Driving Growth with Data and Insights

John Murphy headshot

John Murphy

Global Field CISO

Rubrik

Rich Latayan headshot

Rich Latayan

CISO

AAA National

Preetam Sirur headshot

Preetam Sirur

CISO

EyeCare Leaders

Business leaders are challenged with developing a D&A strategy that expands business value and inspires leaders to make data-driven decisions confidently. Their success hinges on the ability to navigate the complexities of the enterprise, while increasing the company’s data accessibility and security.  It's more important than ever to establish a secure data governance program that successfully aligns with business priorities.

Join this conversation to discuss:

  • Enhancing data security and identifying vulnerabilities in real-time
  • Implementing strategies to ensure availability, integrity and confidentiality in data while mitigating risks
  • Solving the challenge of data visibility in the cloud

9:40am - 10:25am  Executive Boardroom

User Access — Leveraging the Right Technologies

Brett Conlon headshot

Brett Conlon

CISO

American Century Investments

Ben Field headshot

Ben Field

CISO

Florida Crystals Corporation

The path to a stronger IAM strategy lies within an agile digital system. CISOs are often challenged with keeping an entire company up to date, as well as identity-related breaches and core business operations being interrupted - but easy to use technology (when leveraged correctly) can be a game changer.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • What the essentials are for building an efficient IAM system
  • The challenges faced when protecting remote workers’ environments
  • Optimizing user experience when adopting a user access program

10:25am - 11:05am  Networking Break

10:30am - 10:55am  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

11:05am - 11:50am  Breakout Session

Embracing Innovation Through GenAI Use Cases

Chad Couch headshot

Chad Couch

CIO

JM Family Enterprises

Christine Vanderpool headshot

Christine Vanderpool

VP & CTO

Florida Crystals Corporation

The present moment offers an opportunity to unlock GenAI's transformative power, but maturity across organizations varies. Business leaders recognize this technology is a catalyst for innovation. By understanding real-world case studies with lessons learned, those leaders can create real movement forward inside of their own organizations.

Bring your questions to this session as you hear from executives who have:

  • Implemented practical use cases 
  • Measured AI solutions for value outcomes
  • Balanced approach to value and risk

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Optimize Operations to Reduce Cost and Sustain Growth

Chad Simpson headshot

Chad Simpson

CIO

City Furniture

Ryan Hay headshot

Ryan Hay

Sr. Director - IT Security and Compliance

SBA Communications

Running a successful IT and security operation requires strong vendor and application rationalization integrated in strategic decision-making. In order to allocate more funds towards innovation and differentiation initiatives, mission-critical systems need to be optimized, cost effective and flexible.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Maximizing the value of applications while remaining agile
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock in
  • Customizing strategies based on business needs

11:05am - 11:50am  Executive Boardroom

Communicating Risk — Translating Insight Into Action

James Bowie headshot

James Bowie

VP - CISO

Tampa General Hospital

Eduardo Ortiz-Romeu headshot

Eduardo Ortiz-Romeu

VP, Global Head of Cybersecurity

Techtronic Industries

Measuring and communicating security risk is integral to reducing an organization’s vulnerability to attack. CIOs and CISOs must be skilled in translating the technical language of security to the board to close the knowledge gap. Bringing security and business together will enable informed decisions that drive growth and protect the organization.

Join this boardroom to discuss strategies on how to:

  • Create a compelling narrative through quantitative risk measurements to illustrate the importance of security to senior stakeholders
  • Educate board members to adopt a security-first mindset when making decisions
  • Demonstrate the role CISOs play as business enablers

11:50am - 12:35pm  Lunch Service

12:35pm - 1:10pm  Keynote

Building a Strong Case for Technology and Security as a Business Driver

Johann Balaguer headshot

Johann Balaguer

VP, CISO

Hard Rock International

Shawn Harrs headshot

Shawn Harrs

CIO

Red Lobster

Technology and security leaders must sharpen their leadership and communication skills, particularly when it comes to addressing the needs and expectations of the organization. As those roles expand from a sole focus on technology and security to being true business partners leading innovation efforts, they must be laser-focused on the strategy behind it all.

Join our panel of executives as they discuss:

  • Successfully pushing business strategies and managing competing priorities
  • How technology and cybersecurity can become a revenue-generator
  • Communicating to business leaders the value of technology with change management strategies

1:10pm - 1:35pm  Break

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Breakout Session

Navigating Procurement — Best Practices in Vendor Selection and Contracts

Brian Fricke headshot

Brian Fricke

CISO

City National Bank

CIOs and CISOs need to come equipped with the critical knowledge of vendor partners to make informed decisions that ensure value and security. From RFIs and RFPs, to critical legal clauses and the financial implications of software licensing models, leaders need to have the right structures in place to ensure what's best for their organization.

Join this session to learn about:

  • Having a consistent methodology for selecting the right vendor
  • Monitoring vendor performance through SLAs
  • Strategies to avoid vendor lock-in

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Cutting Costs is Half the Battle

Elvis Clemetson headshot

Elvis Clemetson

SVP & Global CIO

SBA Communications

Luis Suarez headshot

Luis Suarez

CIO

H.I.G. Capital

Amid economic turbulence, technology leaders must look beyond cost savings to operation resiliency and efficiency. As economic conditions tighten, executives are looking for ways to strategically optimize costs while reinvesting in sustainable technologies.

Join your peers in this session to discuss:

  • Adoption of planning processes that accelerate new capabilities to support growth
  • Ways to optimize performance during uncertain times
  • When to accelerate, reduce or eliminate investment

1:35pm - 2:20pm  Executive Boardroom

Managing OT to Fully Secure the Business

Ramses Veloso headshot

Ramses Veloso

CISO & VP, Infrastructure & Security

Rooms To Go

Jim Betzhold headshot

Jim Betzhold

CISO

South Florida Water Management District

For most organizations, the number of connected, essential devices is growing by the second. In response, the CISO's jurisdiction is changing just as rapidly. Now, in the case of any security issue, the rest of the C-suite may be looking to you for answers.

Join this session and start understanding:

  • Your new or growing operational technology responsibilities
  • What you can do to smoothly plot and control your OT workload
  • How you can best juggle IT and OT security simultaneously

2:20pm - 3:00pm  Networking Break

2:25pm - 2:50pm  Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Connect with like-minded peers in a one-on-one setting through Evanta’s Peer-to-Peer Meetings. You will be matched with peers in your community based on your shared interests and priorities.

3:00pm - 3:50pm  Keynote

Gartner's Future Lab: The Future of Leadership

Frank Buytendijk headshot

Frank Buytendijk

Chief of Research Gartner Futures Lab

Gartner

Every year, Gartner Futures Lab chooses a big provocative topic, relevant across industry and region. This year, it is the future of Leadership. Executive leaders are increasingly under pressure, pulled in extreme opposite directions.  They lead organizations that are increasingly hybrid in nature, requiring different leadership styles. And then, AI is coming for the boardroom, the next digital transformation. What does that mean for the role of the executive leader?

Join this interactive keynote to:

  • Examine executive leadership practices of today
  • Discover how leadership could evolve in the years to come
  • Explore distributed versus centralized leadership

3:50pm - 4:30pm  Closing Comments and Prize Drawing

June 10, 2024

June 11, 2024

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


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The Diplomat Beach Resort
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A block of rooms has been reserved at the The Diplomat Beach Resort at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 855-689-2911. Please mention GCXO24 to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $289 USD (plus tax) is May 20, 2024.

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Natalia Klein

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natalia.klein@evanta.com