Milwaukee CISO Virtual Executive Summit

October 28, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm CDT

October 28, 2020 | 8:00am - 1:15pm CDT


Collaborate with your peers

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

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

Embracing change at an accelerated rate

New tools and processes for a more digital world

Progressing outside the community


Richard Flahaven

Chief Information Security Officer & Data Privacy Officer

Eric Hanson

Global VP, Information Services

Michael Kahler

Old Republic Surety
CIO & VP of Information Services

Vicki Tandeski


John Paape

Roehl Transport
Vice President of Technology/CIO

Tim Van Ryzin

Director, Information Security


October 28, 2020

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

The Convergence of Zero Trust and SASE

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Jason Clark

Chief Strategy Officer


Organizations are feeling a shift in the world of networking and security as they rapidly adopt and embrace the cloud. On-premises private data centers are no longer the place for data and workloads to exist. With this shift, security and networking are brought closer than ever. Enterprises need speed, visibility, security and reliability without compromise. Enter, the secure access service edge, better known as SASE. Its’ inevitable that SASE implementations and zero trust implementations need to collide to provide a more comprehensive security capability to truly support digital transformation. How can your organization best position itself for the transition?

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Problems SASE can address in the modern enterprise
  • Benefits of planning both SASE and zero trust implementations
  • Insights from organizations adopting SASE and zero trust today

8:45am - 9:00am CDT Break

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

Future Forward — Investing in the Security Workforce of Tomorrow

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Eric Reiners



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Marcus Vaughan

VP Cyber Security & Governance

Northwestern Mutual

In a field often described as having “negative unemployment,” CISOs are in a constant battle to hire and retain the talent they need to keep their organizations secure. How can CISOs and CIOs develop and invest in their teams to pave the way for the security workforce of tomorrow? Join Eric Reiners, CIO of Rapid7, as he leads this interactive conversation on:

  • Different approaches to building the talent pipeline
  • How to develop security talent and keep them engaged
  • Strategies to effectively leverage a remote security workforce

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

Drive the Business Forward with Data at the Core

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Sam Hilgendorf


Fox World Travel

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John Paape

Vice President of Technology/CIO

Roehl Transport

Today’s enterprise has access to endless amounts of data and CIOs must continually find true meaning and value in the data. This peer-to-peer discussion will consider ways to mature your data and analytics program to provide accurate, real-time data.Come ready to discuss how to:

  • Implement data strategies that align with desired business outcomes
  • Leverage data to gain greater insights and drive value
  • Define clear data ownership and standardization

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

Accelerate your Journey to AI

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Tim Dickson


Generac Power Systems

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Shadi Copty

Vice President of Offering Management


AI is the main ingredient to help you pivot quickly in today’s environment and ensure a successful digital transformation. To scale AI, you need to overcome the challenges of talent scarcity, datacomplexity and a lack of trust in AI systems.

In this session, you’ll discuss:

  • Common challenges businesses and government sectors face in their AI journey
  • Prescriptive approach to collect, organize, analyze, infuse AI, and modernize your data
  • Efficient information architectures (IA) for AI

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10:45am - 11:00am CDT Break

11:00am - 12:00pm CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Cultivating a Culture of Security Awareness

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Dawn Cappelli

VP, Global Security and Chief Information Security Officer

Rockwell Automation

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Laurie Panella


Marquette University

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Thomas Etheridge

Senior Vice President Services


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Nick Watson

Executive Director of Information Security & Compliance


Many CISOs would agree that human error remains a huge challenge in a cohesive information security strategy. Employees, vendors and even customers all have a role to play when clicking one malicious link can put the organization at serious risk. The CISO must instill discipline, responsibility and buy-in across a huge swath of users – no easy task. Join this session to learn:

  • How today’s society informs security awareness training needs and objectives
  • Training techniques that work at scale and resonate with audiences
  • How to measure success and hold users accountable

11:00am - 12:00pm CDT Virtual Summit Boardroom

Delivering Value at the Speed of Business

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Ken Garfinkel



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Eric Hanson

Global VP, Information Services


In an increasingly competitive landscape, new thinking, new technology and new ways of doing business are essential. But to fully embrace and leverage innovation, CIOs must be fully aligned to the strategy and execution of the organization. Take this opportunity to share your strategies for embedding innovation into the core of your business. This conversation will focus on:

  • Evaluating emerging technologies and building the business case for their implementation
  • Defining new business opportunities through technology
  • Creating a comprehensive culture of innovation rooted in practical, measurable outcomes

12:00pm - 12:30pm CDT Networking

Community Discussion

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Chris Merkel

Director, Information Protection

Northwestern Mutual

Networking session with your fellow peers.


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Milwaukee CISO Program Manager

For inquiries related to this event, please reach out to your dedicated program manager.

Jenn St. John