Pittsburgh CISO Executive Summit

December 1, 2021 | David L. Lawrence Convention Center

December 1, 2021
David L. Lawrence Convention Center


Collaborate with your peers

Get together with Pittsburgh'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:

Seizing momentum – influencing and leading the enterprise

Thriving through uncertainty - empowering people and delivering value

Advancing and scaling strategic, outcome-based technologies

Pittsburgh CISO Governing Body

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


Bill Balint

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Steven Bugajski

US Steel
Chief Information Officer

Francois Estellon

Matthews International
Executive Vice President - Global Operations and Chief Technology Officer

Bill Fortwangler

Dollar Bank

Omar Khawaja

VP & Chief Information Security Officer

Susan Koski

SVP and Divisional CISO, Security Operations

Matthew Putila

Gateway Health
VP, Information Technology & CTO

George Rosato

Director, IT

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 Pittsburgh 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.


Breakout Sessions

Featured Session hosted by Fortinet

 Details coming soon.

Employee Engagement — The Competitive Advantage for Tech Talent

The world has changed; so has your workforce. Technology and security leaders are competing against organizations across the world for talent and boosting employee engagement can be the competitive advantage needed to recruit and retain the strongest performers.

Join this benchmarking session to learn:

  • Strategies to improve employee engagement and performance to future-proof your hybrid workforce

  • Compare initiatives with a cross-section of your peers

  • Walk away with actionable insights to address remote culture breakdowns and elevate productivity

Actionable Intelligence – Keeping Pace with Threats

Whether it’s cybercriminals motivated by profit or nation-state attackers with geopolitical motives, public and private organizations of all sizes have felt the impact of cyberattacks. Enterprise organizations are reeling from the onslaught of massively spread ransomware attacks to surgical pinpointed attacks on their assets from sophisticated state-sponsored actors. How can security leaders best face changing threat vectors?

Join this session to learn more on:

  • The current threat landscape
  • How to best discover and thwart nation-state attacks
  • What security executives can do to build resiliency

Executive Boardroom Sessions

Accelerate Digital Transformation with AI -Powered Automation

Automation transforms work and simplifies how businesses operate. AI accelerates innovation by making every interaction, experience, and process more intelligent. Combining automation with AI will release $134B in labor value in 2022, and 7 of 10 enterprises are rapidly digitizing new business models already. Whether you want to automate complex operations or automate repetitive tasks, AI-powered automation can help.

Join this interactive conversation to discuss:

  • How AI-powered automation is transforming the future of work
  • Using AI to help inform business and IT process optimization
  • Optimizing to reduce your manual processes by up to 80%

Executive boardrooms are intimate and interactive sessions designed to foster dynamic dialogue around a specific, strategic topic. These private, closed-door discussions encourage attendee participation and are limited to 15 attendees (seating priority is given to C-level executives). To reserve your seat, please contact your event Program Manager.

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Brutal Honesty on Ransomware

IT leaders across the globe are asking themselves that question as ransomware grows increasingly prevalent and as attackers continue to raise their demands. It may seem difficult to prioritize building out your recovery plan when you could spend that time focused on increasing defensive measures but recovering from ransomware is not a process you want to wing.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Step-by-step guidance for navigating ransomware response protocols.
  • Key pitfalls most organizations make when attempting a ransomware recovery and how to avoid them.
  • How to build a foundation for developing a thorough, practical, and well-documented plan of action.

Siri, How Can AI Benefit My Business?

Both CIOs and CISOs recognize the potential of AI, especially in today’s world  where a large number of AI assets are being implemented due to increased spending on automation technology, but it’s often unclear how to best apply these technologies. Discover and learn what makes AI for enterprises one-of-a-kind and what cases are best suited for AI and machine learning. 

In this session, you and your peers will learn: 

  • How to use AI to create both long- and short-term business benefits

  • Understand the benefits of AI

  • How to anticipate emerging technologies and what to look for

Keynote Sessions

The Business Value of a SASE, Zero-Trust Journey

With people working remotely and most user traffic destined for SaaS and cloud, network security requires transformation. It’s no longer efficient or cost-effective to route traffic through the corporate network to apply security controls. Adopting a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) Architecture while focusing on Zero-Trust principles ensures that your employees can be productive and secure working from anywhere.

In this session, we will discuss:

  • The economics and business case for a SASE journey
  • Best practices for implementing Zero Trust within a SASE architecture
  • The importance of granular Cloud and SaaS visibility in a SASE architecture

Structuring for Success — Maintaining Agility

As highlighted by the pandemic, keeping the organization agile is paramount to maintaining a competitive business edge. Both technology and security executives must drive their business forward while evolving internal structures and processes to achieve efficiency. According to Gartner,  the majority of CIOs and CISOs are now increasing spending to upgrade their digital core, while reducing spend on legacy core.

Join this session as your peers discuss:

  • Technologies to be adopted, and phased out, to remain competitive

  • Upskilling employees to be literate in changing technologies including IoT, robotics, AI and ML

  • Effectively communicating the organization’s technical vision to get buy-in from the board/C-suite


Returning to in-person conferences

We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to Evanta gatherings.

As previously shared, Evanta will hold in-person programs only in locations that meet our stringent health and safety criteria to help ensure the well-being of our participants, partners, and our associates. These criteria include adhering to government, venue, and health agency guidelines in addition to taking all practical steps on-site.

Please note that our onsite planning will continue to evolve, and all measures will be subject to change to ensure the best and safest possible experience. Please see below (under ‘more information’) for our current approach and planned onsite safety measures.




The Westin Pittsburgh

A block of rooms has been reserved at the The Westin Pittsburgh at a reduced conference rate. Reservations should be made online or by calling 1-800-321-2211. Please mention Pittsburgh CIO/CISO Executive Summit to ensure the appropriate room rate.

Deadline to book using the discounted room rate of $149 USD (plus tax) is November 1, 2021.

Your Community Partners

CIO Thought Leaders
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Pittsburgh CISO Program Manager

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

Dan Philpott

Program Manager