Loews Coral Gables Hotel
Miami, FL

East IT & Security Leaders Forum 2024


August 25 – 27, 2024

By bringing together the top 80 Executives in the region, we will discuss the most pressing Technology and Leadership challenges we face in an ever-evolving corporate landscape.

Over the next two and a half days, we will nurture meaningful relationships and tackle the challenges inherent to IT in a smaller, more dynamic setting. You will learn from your peers through various workshops, panels, roundtables and presentations. Our closed-door policy fosters an environment where all discussions are confined within the Forum walls, enabling more genuine and engaged conversations.

Learn about the latest and most innovative technologies that can bridge some of your organizational gaps through qualified one-on-one engagements, scheduled strategically throughout the Forum and selected by you, based on your most pressing needs.

Build new relationships and nurture existing ones, share in your successes and commiserate in the challenges that we all face as IT Leaders.

Join us for the East IT & Security Leaders Forum and leave ready to inspire action within your Organization!


Loews Coral Gables Hotel

Located in the heart of The Plaza Coral Gables, Loews Coral Gables Hotel offers a new level of hospitality just four blocks from the Gables’ iconic Miracle Mile. Enjoy luxury amenities, a spa, a fitness center, and a rooftop pool featuring spectacular city views. Savor locally curated flavors in four restaurants and lounges. Experience the culinary, cultural, and entertainment offerings of Coral Gables with easy access to the best of the city.

Forum Agenda

Agenda may be subject to change. Click on each day to view full agenda

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST

Get familiar with SINC Staff and the event layout. Secure your complimentary Swag Bag and learn how to use the Onsite Application for Peer Engagement and win great prizes!

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Engage your Peers over canapes and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5-star food and great Peer engagement before Day 1 kick’s off

7:00 AM - 7:55 AM EST

Full breakfast and lots of coffee available!

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM EST

A Thank You from SINC – setting the tone for a great day!

8:05 AM - 8:55 AM EST
PANEL - Enabling the Institution for the Digital Economy: Key Future Trends

As the digital economy continues to expand, institutions must adapt to remain competitive and relevant. This session will explore the key trends shaping the future of the digital economy and how institutions can effectively enable their digital transformation. Topics will include advancements in digital infrastructure, the integration of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the importance of data analytics, and the shift towards digital-first business models. Experts will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by these trends, providing practical insights on how institutions can leverage technology to enhance efficiency, innovation, and customer engagement. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the strategic steps necessary to thrive in the digital economy.

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM EST
PRESENTATION - Using AI to Enhance Customer and Employee Journeys

In today’s dynamic business environment, companies face the imperative of delivering instant answers and assistance to customers engaging with digital channels. This informative discussion addresses the vital elements needed to produce tangible results to meet this demand. While AI tools and smart agents can minimize human intervention, professionals across sales, marketing, and customer service must navigate customer interactions and team collaboration in new ways. In this chat we will address the challenges to be aware of in the strategic deployment of these technologies and steps to take to ensure they deliver expected value.


Mike Egli, CX Client Principal, RingCentral

Rob Strickland, Interim CIO, Infovista

Presented by: RingCentral

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - Cyber Defense Strategies for Earlier Detection and Faster Response

Delve into the flaws of the traditional cybersecurity landscape and how a modern SOC should focus on outcome-based services without relying on logs or the cost and complexity of a SIEM.

Presented by: LMNTRIX

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM EST

Check back for updates on this session. 

Presented by: Cloudflare

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM EST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee or tea and a snack

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM EST
PRESENTATION - Navigating the Evolution of Cybersecurity: AI's Role in Securing Your Infrastructure from Past to Future

In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying ahead of threats is imperative. As we reflect on the past, embrace the present, and prepare for the future, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into security infrastructure has emerged as a disruptive technology in safeguarding digital assets. Join us at this exclusive event led by Trend Micro as we delve into the dynamic journey of AI’s impact on cybersecurity. From historical insights to current advancements and future projections, discover how AI is reshaping the defense mechanisms against cyber threats, fortifying your infrastructure, and empowering organizations to navigate the digital frontier with confidence.

Presented by: Trend Micro

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - Establishing a Best-of-Breed Security Strategy

In the debate over an all-in-one cyber security platform versus best of breed solutions, the overwhelming majority lean towards best of breed in order to leverage the most impactful technology. However, does true best of breed exist? This session will look to explore this debate and how to implement a best of breed strategy when tech doesn’t necessarily integrate with other tech.

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM EST
WORKSHOP 2 - AI in the Enterprise- Identifying Winning Business Cases

Enterprises have hordes of data and many opportunities to integrate other data sources. But readying data for AI experimentation is expensive and requires an iterative approach. This session will focus on finding the best opportunities to experiment with AI and on applying agile practices in machine learning initiatives.

11:55 AM - 12:45 PM EST
ROUNDTABLE + PANEL - The CIO's Role in the Future of Work

As organizations adapt to technological advancements, remote collaboration tools, and changing workforce dynamics, the CIO emerges as a key strategist, orchestrating digital transformation initiatives and ensuring seamless integration of technology into the fabric of the modern workplace. This Panel will discuss how CIOs can drive innovation, enhance cybersecurity measures, and foster a flexible and inclusive work environment to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by the future of work.

12:45 AM - 1:35 PM EST

Open seating, Buffet-style lunch. Serving food for all tastes, pallets and preferences. Vegan, vegetarian, halal options available

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM EST
PRESENTATION - The Role of ERP in Security and AI

The ERP is the backbone of most organizations. Software packages from large vendors such as Oracle and SAP are essential for back-end business operations. But how do they fit into emerging technology strategies such as Cloud, AI/ML, Security, and other competitive growth initiatives? Come to this session to learn about the intersection of ERP and emerging technology and ways to find the right allocation of resources between operations and innovation.

Presented by: Rimini Street

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - Navigating Tomorrow's Storage Landscape: An Interactive Dive into Future-Proofing Data Management

This session will cover the exploration of next-gen storage and system management. Journey from traditional storage to cutting-edge solutions like NVMe and SSD. Discuss balancing on-premises, cloud, and edge storage. Delve into top-tier security for data and see how AI is reshaping storage management. Dive deep into automation tools, the containerization-storage relationship, and the intricacies of data lifecycle. We’ll also debate the merits of Software-Defined Storage and strategize for disaster recovery. Round off with a glimpse into the future of storage.

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM EST
WORKSHOP 2 - Digital Tapestry: An Interactive Exploration of API & iPaaS Mastery

Embark on a hands-on journey understanding API Management and iPaaS fundamentals. Discover the shift to an API-First mindset and its business advantages. Dive deep into the world of API Gateways, Service Mesh, and the magic behind effective microservices orchestration. Discuss and strategize on blending cloud and on-prem integrations. Experience the democratization of integration with low-code/no-code iPaaS. Engage in real-time analytics, monitor API performances, and troubleshoot potential issues. Let’s co-create and decode the future of seamless digital integrations together!

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - Risk Management in the Era of AI

This session provides a comprehensive exploration of the challenges and opportunities that arise with the integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in various industries. We’ll examine the intricacies of managing risks associated with AI technologies, highlighting the potential pitfalls and benefits they bring. By examining real-world examples and case studies, we’ll shed light on the complexities and ethical considerations involved in harnessing AI’s power while mitigating potential risks.

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
WORKSHOP 2 - Hiring and Retaining top IT & Security Talent

While the pool of talented cybersecurity professionals is increasing daily, there is still a shortage of cybersecurity professionals to go around. This sessions will dicuss how your organization can stand out from the crowd and attract the best. The session will cover the following topics: – How being an active CISO and Thought Leader is the best marketing for new talent – Creative ways to compete and assets that are important outside of salary – Increase training and access to non-cybersecurity experts that are already excelling at your company and how to determine that talent you already have in house

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM EST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee and a snack

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - Designing and Implementing a 3rd Party Risk Management Program

From vendor selection and due diligence to ongoing monitoring and compliance, this session equips business leaders with practical insights and tools to proactively address and mitigate risks associated with external partnerships, ensuring a secure and resilient operational ecosystem

3:50 PM - 4:20 PM EST
WORKSHOP 2 - Driving Past the Data/Privacy Divide

To ensure relevance and competitiveness in today’s customer centric market, enterprises of all types are investing heavily in customer data capture and customer data analytics capabilities. With data being captured from so many new locations and at a deeper and more personal level than ever before privacy issues become more and more important. Enterprises need to constantly review their data capture and usage to determine value vs. risk and whether the incentive offered to the customer is sufficient to overcome any reticence on their part. This session will address privacy issues, how to balance opt in vs opt out requirements and that Data Privacy certainly isn’t a roadblock to data capture but the customer incentive needs to be sufficient to justify the sharing of personal details.

4:25 PM - 5:15 PM EST
ROUNDTABLE + PANEL - Cybersecurity in the Era of Regulatory Compliance

In an age where regulatory compliance is increasingly complex and stringent, cybersecurity has become a critical focus for organizations worldwide. This session will delve into the intricate relationship between cybersecurity and regulatory compliance, highlighting the latest regulations and standards that organizations must adhere to. Topics will include GDPR, CCPA, HIPAA, and other regional and industry-specific regulations, as well as the implications of non-compliance. Experts will discuss strategies for integrating compliance into cybersecurity frameworks, the role of continuous monitoring, and the importance of maintaining up-to-date documentation and reporting practices. Attendees will learn how to navigate the regulatory landscape, implement best practices, and ensure their cybersecurity measures align with legal requirements to protect both their data and their reputation.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5 star food and great Peer engagement

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM EST

Full Breakfast and lots of coffee available!

9:00 AM - 9:50 AM EST
CISO PANEL - The Rapidly Evolving Threat Landscape

Aggressive attacks on Enterprise computer networks are continuing with increased frequency and threatening economic and national security. Actions like vulnerability reduction and passive defenses on their own simply are not cutting it and there needs to be a functional shift in the way we mitigate this substantial threat. Companies can seek to protect their most sensitive data by implementing an environment of actionable intelligence and detection to bring the fight to the adversaries and ensure a proactive approach to securing data. This session will discuss best practices in managing the constant evolution in the security environment.

Moderated by: Cyera

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM EST
PRESENTATION - Low Hanging Fruit – Improving AD Security for the Easy Win

Threat actors, Red-Teams, and Ransomware have been abusing Active Directory for years. In fact, attackers have compromised or leveraged AD in 100% of the successful ransomware attacks over the last 3 years. This discussion will discuss new technologies to help you visualize the risk in your AD and add a layer of security around this very important part of enterprise infrastructure.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM EST

Circle back with your Peers on the content so far while grabbing a coffee and a snack

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - A Data Driven Journey: Insights and Lessons Learned

Everyone’s journey to being data-driven is unique. It’s like making an apple pie. It’s easy to get the ingredients, but you need to know how to put together the right recipe for a great apple pie. In this interactive discussion I will share insights and lessons learned in leading data modernization initiatives and in sharing the journey with customers. Data literacy, culture, governance, quality, technology stack modernization and architecture are all ingredients in driving towards the right data driven recipe. The discussion will include tips and tricks for reducing friction points and how to build the right recipe for your organization.

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM EST
WORKSHOP 2 - From On-Prem to the Cloud: Protect Your Apps and APIs

The result of digital transformation: It’s easier to do business with your customers and partners. But with new architectures, web apps and APIs now deployed from on-prem servers to the cloud, it is harder than ever to get a holistic view of all of these potentially vulnerable assets – never mind defend them.

What are your biggest challenges today in defending these diverse assets? What are the known gaps in your current defenses? What are you seeking in the future to defend your apps and APIs?

Topics covered will include:

  • How are adversaries preying upon unprotected web apps and APIs?
  • How are traditional web application firewalls deployed, and what are they missing?
  • What does the future look like with unified web app and API security solutions?

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM EST
WORKSHOP - Why IT Audits Are Your Friend

Who loves a good audit? Well, you should! Think of them as a helpful nudge to fix what’s weak, make sure you’re playing by the rules, and get your systems running smoother than ever. You’ll see how these check-ups are less of a headache and more like a secret weapon for keeping your tech game strong and secure.

Speaker: Rob Strickland, Interim CIO, InfoVista

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Open seating, Buffet-style lunch. Serving food for all tastes, pallets and preferences. Vegan, vegetarian, halal options available. Serving to-go boxes for those in a hurry!

East Executive Advisory Council

Eugene Kogan

Global IT Director, Head of IT and Security

Population Council

Michael Marsillio


Paradies Lagardere

Ashok Narayan

Global Director of Applications and Emerging Technology

Tosca Services

Gina Bennett

Director of Enterprise Solutions

YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta

Kenneth Foster

Global Head of Architecture


Kenneth Viciana

VP, Global Data & Analytics Products


Lorenzo Hines

Global SVP of Information Technology


Bradley Schaufenbuel


Paychex, Inc

Stephen Demeritt

Global Head of IT Services & Delivery

Black & Veatch

Mitesh Patel

VP of IT

JP Morgan

John Whiting

Global Director Cyber Risk


Michael Onuoha

Head of Engineering & Architecture, Risk, Fraud & Collections


Nish Majmudar

VP & Chief Information Security Officer


Andy Flatt


National Healthcare

Deena Swatzie

VP, Head of Technology Risk

LPL Financial

Karl Forsberg

Senior Director IT, Infrastructure and Operations

North America Partners in Anesthesia

Forum Speakers