Nordic CISO Virtual Executive Summit

12 October, 2021 | 8:00-11:30 CEST 13 October, 2021 | 8:00-10:45 CEST

12 October, 2021 | 8:00-11:30 CEST 13 October, 2021 | 8:00-10:45 CEST


Collaborate with your peers

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


Lars Falch

Novo Nordisk
CISO/CVP, Global Information Security

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 Nordic 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.


12 October 2021

08:00 - 08:45  CEST Keynote

Leadership in the face of Crisis

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Jere Peltonen

Global Security & Resilience Adviser

Ministry of Foreign Affairs Finland

 In the face of crisis there are two kinds of organisations: those who have crisis leadership, and those who have leadership crisis. A crisis is the ultimate test for the organization and leadership. There are distinctive elements and factors that separate those who are successful from those who fail. 

Join Jere Peltonen to learn from his diverse experience and background. Jere is a global risk, resilience and security adviser, currently working for the Finnish Foreign Ministry and Diplomatic Service and the Deputy Director of the Nordic Counter Terrorism Network. In this session, Jere will draw on his experience and will relate fascinating anecdotes covering the key attributes and practices of effective leaders in crisis situations.

We will look at

  • Elements of the organizational crisis management capability
  • Leadership during crisis
  • Psychological factors in crisis management

08:45 - 09:00  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Risk – Measuring What Counts

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Torben Voigt Olsen



Sophisticated enterprise risk management strategy is not necessarily the full mitigation of risk. For most information security executives, strategic risk management describes a cross-organisational framework to assess different areas of risk and determine when accepting those risks is in the net interest of the business. In order to inform strategy and accountability for risk management, CISOs must be able to leverage meaningful metrics and messaging.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Metrics that work – and don’t work – in describing information security risk
  • The role that the CISO plays in setting risk management strategy
  • Effective cross-functional partnerships in risk management

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

People – Security’s Hardest Dilemma

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Peter Granlund


If P&C Insurance

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Mihály Veres

Information & IT Security Manager

Lindab International

Despite expanded awareness of security hygiene, well-intentioned users remain a major area of risk for every organisation. There are countless ways in which an individual can become a liability, and the CISO must find ways to educate users against risks that extend from the office to their own living rooms.

Join this session to discuss:

  • The latest security awareness training strategies that are resonating with users
  • Ways to hold users accountable for good security hygiene
  • Techniques to automate meaningful security awareness training

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Identifying the Way Forward in IAM

How are your peers balancing business agility and business security in their identity and access management strategy? Discover how you can benchmark your framework, and learn the most innovative tactics security leaders are using for IAM in their organisations without interrupting core business operations.

In this session, you'll learn more about:

  • Standardising and automating IAM across an enterprise
  • Methodologies that satisfy users while maintaining adequate access controls in cloud and legacy environments
  • Roadmaps for deciding what tools will fit best

10:00 - 11:30  CEST 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.

13 October 2021

08:00 - 08:45  CEST Keynote

The Nexus Between Data Protection and Cyber Security

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Per Anders Eriksson


ICA Gruppen

 Data protection and cybersecurity are both essential to safeguarding the organization against breaches. Traditionally, cybersecurity and data protection communities have remained separate. Cybersecurity is generally perceived as a technical issue, while data privacy and protection is regarded as an issue relating to data access and protecting data from getting into the wrong hands.

In this keynote session, Per Anders Eriksson will present 

  • How ICA Gruppen they have organized their data protection
  • Best practices for cybersecurity activities 
  • How to work together to address common objectives

08:45 - 09:00  CEST Break

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Securing the Sprawling Endpoint

As enterprises increasingly make access to data more fluid and move assets to the cloud, endpoint protection has become vital. These shifting perimeters lack clear definition and require new layers of security through endpoint protection.

This session aims to bring together CISOs to share their journeys of endpoint management, including concerns over vendor validation, data and asset visibility as well as success and failure stories.

Join this discussion to explore:

  • Tactics for monitoring a sprawling attack surface of connective devices
  • Strategies to identify your most vulnerable endpoints
  • How deep learning can offer a multi-layer approach to endpoint security

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Next-Gen Third Party Risk

 In this era of digital transformation, organisations rely heavily on their third parties, however, third-party relationships come with risks. To help mitigate those risks CISOs much work closely with their partners to ensure security.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Strategies to establish a process for continuous assessment and monitoring of third parties
  • How to create an accurate inventory of all suppliers within your ecosystem
  • What to do when your third party gets breached

09:00 - 10:00  CEST Executive Boardroom

Driving Business Value With Cloud Security Innovation

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Lars Falch

CISO/CVP, Global Information Security

Novo Nordisk

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Johan Boije af Gennäs



Whether you are just moving into the cloud, researching more options within the public cloud, or building your own private cloud, most leaders agree that this is the future of infrastructure as a service. But can CISOs have it all – both increased productivity and cost benefits within a secure cloud?

During this peer-discussion you will explore:

  • Automation, orchestration, AI and machine learning cloud strategies
  • Nuances for hybrid on- and off-premise systems
  • Ways to incorporate the cloud into a fully articulated security strategy

10:00 - 10:45  CEST Keynote

Optimising the CISO Role: 2021 and Beyond

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Mirela Bønløkke



 While it may be hard to imagine in today’s digital world, the CISO didn’t always exist. Born of necessity amid a growing cyberthreat landscape, this leadership role has matured to a core member of a strong enterprise C-suite. Yet in a fast-evolving global economy where all norms are challenged, what will it take to move the CISO to the next level?

In this keynote panel session, leading CISOs will share:

  • Leadership lessons from the past years of enterprise cybersecurity
  • Variations in reporting structure and scope of responsibility for security executives
  • The CISO of 2030, 2040 and beyond – what’s next?"


Nordic CISO Community Manager

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

Dariush Kashani

Community Manager

+44 7542 859489