Minneapolis CISO Virtual Executive Summit

May 27, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm CDT

May 27, 2021 | 8:00am - 1:30pm CDT


Collaborate with your peers

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


Pat Joyce

VP, Global IT & CSO

Mike Kearn

US Bank
Director, Threat Informed Defense

Tris Lingen

Chief Information Security Officer

Jim O'Conner


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 Minneapolis 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.


May 27, 2021

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

Cyber Educating the Future Generation

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Shawn RIley


State of North Dakota

Have you ever asked yourself"what does the next generation of security look like, and how do we prepare them?" Shawn Riley, CIO of North Dakota has, and is creating a cybersecurity strategy involving a "whole-of-government" approach. The state’s “K-20W” Initiative aims to educate every student with computer science and cybersecurity skills that are foundational in the digital age and valuable in virtually every industry.

Join Shawn Riley, CIO of NorthDakota in this conversation to learn:

·        How North Dakota is creating a technology-literate workforce and how this can be replicated 

·        How to help students compete and succeed in a global economy 

·        The impact of Working as One to create the cyber workforce of the future

8:45am - 9:00am  CDT Break

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

Creating Security Awareness Across the Business

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Joe Sullivan

SVP, Chief Security Officer


Aaron Verdell Call headshot

Aaron Verdell Call


WPS Health Solutions

Pat Joyce headshot

Pat Joyce

VP, Global IT & CSO


Jill Kuykendall headshot

Jill Kuykendall

Chief Information Security Officer

Securian Financial

For many information security leaders, it’s not technology, but people, that form the weakest link in the organization’s defenses. CISOs need to own the progression of increasing security awareness and creating a robust cyber security culture in their organization, now more than ever.

In this session, you will discuss:

  • Effective strategies for security awareness training
  • Communication and commitment to higher security expectations
  • Gaining buy-in to roll out robust training programs across the organization

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

Reducing Security Debt with the Right Tools and Strategies

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Dave Lewis

Global Advisory CISO

Duo Security

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Jill Cochrane

VP, Global Security Technology


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Janet Schoephoerster

Executive Dir, Global Engineering and Security

Interpublic Group of Companies

Security debt, defined by Dave Lewis, Global Advisory CISO, Duo Security at Cisco, as “the accumulation of the patches missed, the risks accepted, and the configurations misapplied,” is another serious and common problem for many organizations, especially with the move to cloud computing and rise of IoT. CISOs need solutions that will successfully protect their systems and information. Selecting the right tools and strategies is the key to success with these issues.

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
  • How to create defined and repeatable processes with plans for action to eliminate security debt

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

Defeating Ransomware by Protecting Active Directory

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Carolyn Crandall

Chief Security Advocate

Attivo Networks

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Brad Abbott

Director of Information Security, CISO


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Becky MacDonald


Essentia Health

The majority of corporate ransomware attacks involve the compromise of Active Directory and the SolarWinds Congressional hearings highlighted critical security gaps related to privilege escalation and lateral movement detection.  Defending against this stage 2 of an attack has escalated to atop 2021 priority for every CISO. Active Directory is inherently complex and insecure, and without the right tools to understand vulnerabilities and live attacks, comes with dire consequences when its control is lost to an attacker.

Join this session discuss methods to strengthen your defense strategy, including:

  • Why Active Directory is the attack vector of choice for 2021
  • How ransomware uses AD to accomplish their goals
  • How data cloaking conceals credentials, AD objects, and data to prevent lateral movement and derail attacks
  • What automated tools can be deployed to improve your security posture and accelerate detection of AD live attacks

10:00am - 10:15am  CDT Break

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

Empowering Your Cyber Team

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Jodie Kautt

VP, Cybersecurity


In this environment, empowering your team and fostering a culture that values different perspectives is critical. Hear from Jodie Kautt, VP, Cybersecurity, Target on her experience as the Executive Champion of the Target Tech Diversity Action Committee and how cybersecurity leaders can work together to build an inclusive community and inspire the next generation of cybersecurity talent.

Come to this keynote to hear:

  • Real world examples of how to apply change starting today
  • About Target's Tech Diversity Action Committee and the benefits of having a champion
  • Ways to inspire and hold space for your employees and their perspectives

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 Minneapolis 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


Your Community Partners

Key Partners
Program Partner

Minneapolis CISO Program Manager

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

Joey Freedman

Program Manager