Houston CISO Virtual Executive Summit

June 10, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

June 10, 2021 | 8:00am - 3:00pm CDT

Collaborate with your peers

Come together with your peers virtually to tackle top business challenges through peer-driven content and discussions at the Houston 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


Mike Coogan

Waste Management
Senior Director, Cybersecurity

Angelique Grado

TechnipFMC PLC

Derek Rude

Director, IT Security

Genady Vishnevetsky

Stewart Title Company

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 Houston 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 10, 2021

8:00am - 9:00am  CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Interactive Innovation Spotlight

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John Brennan


YL Ventures

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Yaniv Bar-Dayan

CEO & Founder


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Lior Levy

CEO & Co-Founder


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Avi Shua

CEO & Co-Founder at Orca Security

Orca Security

Be among the first to see what’s new and next in the security solutions landscape. Three early-stage providers will get the chance to showcase their innovative solutions to the most pressing cybersecurity challenges.

Join this boardroom-style keynote session to ask questions, learn and explore:

  • Vulcan’s risk analytics and remediation orchestration
    • If there was one thing you could change about the way you prioritize and remediate security vulnerabilities in your environment, what would it be?
    • How well does your team work with IT stakeholders (application, cloud, network, infra, etc.) to drive remediation outcomes, and reduce risk for the business?
  • Cycode’s access control and configuration management 
    • Does your security team have the visibility and control that it needs to secure development tools and infrastructures like source control management, build systems, and the cloud environment? If not, what are your unmet needs?
    • Where does reducing code tampering risk sit on your priority list? What are your key initiatives to reduce code tampering risk and what are the biggest gaps that you're trying to solve for?
  • Orca Security’s cloud security risk detection in your cloud environment
    • What is your first impression of an agentless cloud native security platform?
    • If you could change one thing about how you track asset inventory, what would it be?

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

Is Identity and Access Enlightenment Possible?

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Wolf Goerlich

Advisory CISO

Duo Security

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Stephanie Franklin-Thomas



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Angelique Grado


TechnipFMC PLC

What would it mean for the world of business if an organization could fully and effortlessly manage the access of its users? Every enterprise requires safeguards to ensure that the right people are accessing the right systems and information, and finding that balance between agility and security is a unique challenge for any CISO. After so many years spent tackling this issue, has a new way forward revealed itself?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Prudent approaches to right-size the balance of security controls and agile access
  • Ways your peers discuss strategy for trust and access with other senior leaders
  • New technologies that are improving the world of IAM

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

Building Confidence in Ransomware Readiness, Defense and Response

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Nibin Philip

Global Information Security Officer

Landry's Inc.

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Thinh Nguyen

Global Technical Security Officer/ Chief Security Architect


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Brandon Traffanstedt

Global Director, Systems Engineering


The majority of corporate ransomware attacks stem from the compromise of Active Directory. Protecting AD has become increasingly complex with pervasive access and a multitude of objects with varying privilege levels and domain control. Monitoring and keeping this environment secure has become a significant challenge and comes with dire consequences when that control is lost to an attacker.

Join this boardroom to discuss:

  • How to conceal valuable enterprise resource information and gain insights to reduce the attack surface
  • How to control, provide disinformation, and alter what the attacker sees as a means to slow and deter attacks
  • Gather Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) and company-specific threat intelligence for remediating exploited systems and fortifying defenses

10:15am - 11:15am  CDT Virtual Summit Keynote

Art of Innovation

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Noah Scalin

Artist, Innovation Consultant

Guest Speaker

Turning social distancing into creative connecting, Artist/Author Noah Scalin and creator of the Webby award-winning Skull-A-Day project, shares images of his awe-inspiring work and tells the unusual story of how he completely overturned his own working practices to develop a new way of sustaining innovation in his work and life. He will share how his learnings from that experience have helped him to continue creating and connecting despite the challenges of this moment in time.

Join this keynote to learn:

  • Actionable lessons to unleash creativity to solve business problems
  • Creative concepts to maintain employee engagement in an era of remote work
  • How to jump-start and sustain creative leadership

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

Leadership and the CISO

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Jeffrey Gardner

Practice Advisor of Detection & Response


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Neel Adhikari

Global Security Program Management

Solvay North America, Inc.

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Mario Chiock



What is unique about CISO leadership? Information security executives must protect their organization from ever-present antagonists with one hand, and with the other, enable business outcomes. With mandates that often conflict and a mission that can never fail, it takes a special knack to thrive as a CISO. What have your peers learned that can help you grow as a leader?

Join this session to discuss:

  • Common challenges unique to leadership as a CISO
  • Leadership best practices for gaining influence across the organization
  • The measures of a truly exceptional CISO

10:00am - 10:15am  CDT Break

11:15am - 11:45am  CDT Networking

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 Houston community. 

11:45am - 12:00pm  CDT Break

12:00pm - 1:30pm  CDT Virtual Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Peer-to-Peer Meetings

Meet virtually for in-depth conversations with your colleagues

June 10, 2021

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Program Manager