Dallas, TX

Midmarket IT & Security Leaders Forum 2023


Dallas, TX


November 5 - 7, 2023

The SINC Midmarket IT & Security Leaders Forum brings together top leaders for three days of engagement geared specifically towards our IT executives.

Forum speakers and presentations will focus on topics most directly impacting attendee resource challenges, which will in turn drive regional industry growth. Executives and service providers alike will engage through one-on-one engagements and open-discussion group meetings, all while creating valuable networking and community-building opportunities to foster regional development.


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Forum Agenda

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2:00 PM - 5:00 PM CST

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 CST

Engage your Peers over canapes and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CST

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

7:00 AM - 7:55 AM CST

Full breakfast and lots of coffee available!

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM CST

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

8:05 AM - 8:45 AM CST
PRESENTATION - Enabling the Institution for the Digital Economy: Key Future Trends

The world now depends on the digital economy. IT is central to the organization’s successful response and there are four pillars of strength required: re-coding the institutional DNA, treating security as survival, responding to the new relationship with work, and reducing the bureaucratic burden.

Presented by: Info-Tech Research Group

8:55 AM - 9:35 AM CST
CISO PANEL - The Ongoing Shift in Protecting our Networks

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.

9:35 - 9:55 AM CST

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

9:55 - 10:25 AM CST
WORKSHOP 1 - Data Centric Security

For years the security focus of the enterprise was to build a hardened perimeter at the edge of the network, an impenetrable shell that kept the bad out and the good in. Over the last few years, this model has fallen by the wayside. Technologies such as Cloud and Mobility have pushed the enterprise beyond its traditional perimeter while increased levels of partnership have created inroads through that shell. As a result, infrastructure based security is no longer sufficient or appropriate and enterprises everywhere are having to make the shift to a new security paradigm, one that is centered on the data itself, not on the infrastructure that houses it.

Key takeaways:

  • Learn the principles of data-centric security
  • Understand the role encryption plays and how it should be integrated
  • Determine when and where data monitoring tools make sense

9:55 - 10:25 AM CST
WORKSHOP 2 - Achieving Next-Gen Business Outcomes with IoT & Blockchain

Learn how to harness decentralized technologies to transform your business. Understand how IoT & Blockchain work together to ensure security, and transactional integrity, while reducing total cost of operations to near zero. During this session, you’ll engage in the process of building a Decentralized Autonomous Organization- brining the pieces together to provide a foundation to understand opportunities & risks as your organization drives to Next-Gen business.

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM CST
WORKSHOP 1 - The Next Era of Hyperconvergence

Hyperconverged infrastructure has quickly become one of the hottest trends in IT today. There are dozens of companies, from startups to established vendors, touting systems that integrate compute, storage, virtualization resources, networking and other software components. Hyperconverged systems now make up a fast-growing part of the overall converged infrastructure market, which was estimated by Gartner to exceed $6 billion in revenue last year and continue to grow at an expediential rate for years to come. This session will explore where the market is poised to go and what the next era will include to ensure the promise of a true software-defined infrastructure is finally achieved.

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM CST
WORKSHOP 2 - Building The 'True' Software-Defined Data Centers

The software-defined data center (SDDC) is a concept in which all data center infrastructure is virtualized and delivered as a service. Control is fully automated through software, allowing hardware configuration to be maintained through automated policies. SDDC advances virtualization and cloud computing by supporting both legacy enterprise applications and new cloud computing services. It thus provides a solid base for using public, private, and hybrid clouds. By abstracting applications from hardware, SDDC allows apps to run anywhere and even move from place to place. It also allows for greater automation within a data center and faster, simple orchestration across centers.

11:10 - 12:10 PM CST
ROUNDTABLE & PANEL - Driving The Business Through Technology

It is no secret that technology is changing the fabric of business operations and outcomes, and collaboration between IT and the business is more important than ever before. The conversation is no longer about how to align IT with the business, however in many cases technology is still viewed as a commodity rather than an enabler. So what can we do to successfully change this mindset both within our own organizations and across the industry as a whole? During this session, we will discuss the various challenges IT and digital leaders face when undergoing this cultural shift.

12:10 - 1:00 PM CST

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

1:10 - 1:40 PM CST
WORKSHOP 1 - 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.

1:10 - 1:40 PM CST
WORKSHOP 2 - Is Your Roadmap Business-Driven or Vendor Dictated?

Today, the primary CEO priority is growth, with technology as a key enabler. However, vendor policies pose major roadblocks to innovation, growth, and competitive advantage by forcing you to spend limited budget, resources, and time on projects that may not drive your business. ​Learn how you can take control of your IT roadmap by choosing a Business-Driven Roadmap designed around your business objectives and not the vendor’s. Leverage vendor software, but do it on your terms, on your timetable, and with the flexibility, funding, and freedom to focus on initiatives that support growth and competitive advantage.

1:50 – 2:20 PM CST
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.

1:50 - 2:20 PM CST
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.

2:30 - 3:00 PM CST
WORKSHOP 1 - Maturing Your Identity and Access Management Program

Weak identity and access management (IAM) practices result in considerable risk to the organization because IAM plays a role in most things in IT. Organizations typically do not have a high-level understanding of how identities and access are managed within the organization and no central ownership of IAM is a common reason why. Owners of IAM actions outside of IT may be resistant to adopting change but it’s our job to convey the importance and get the buy-in needed. This session will help identify the drivers behind improving your IAM practices and develop best practice processes for each section of the identity lifecycle.

2:30 - 3:00 PM CST
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 session will discuss 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

3:00 - 3:15 PM CST

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

3:15 - 3:55 PM CST
PRESENTATION - Improving the Digital Employee Experience

Equally important to the customer experience, employee experience has risen to the top of business minds — and such concern is justified. As we navigate hybrid and WFH models, we are still missing the mark: In a recent 1E survey, 67% of participants identified that the digital employee experience was not up to par. So how do we improve

4:00 - 5:00 PM CST
ROUNDTABLE & PANEL - Diving into Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Retention

In most markets, there is an abundance of open IT jobs with fewer people able to fill them – and the positions are getting more expensive. Working remotely is the norm, but not optimal (usually). There is less off-shoring and more resources are focused locally or within the same hemisphere.

Additionally, we are still not recruiting enough women and minorities into the rank and file, especially senior IT roles, and we’re losing talent to major tech hubs.

Join us at the roundtable with your peers as we dive into solutions to tackle the following challenges:

  • How do you scale staff/team without losing them to major tech hubs?
  • How do you create more diversity – not only among race and gender – but diversity of thought Old vs New Thinking?
  • How do we mentor universities to implement actionable steps for supplying more IT talent?

5:30 - 7:00 PM CST

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails

7:00 - 9:00 PM CST

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

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM CST

Full Breakfast and lots of coffee available!

9:00 AM - 9:40 AM CST
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.

9:50 - 10:20 AM CST
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.

9:50 - 10:20 AM CST
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?

10:20 - 10:35 AM CST

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

10:40 - 11:10 CST
WORKSHOP - Maximizing Value Vs Minimizing Cost- Building a more Valuable IT Department

To meet the speed and agility demands of digital business, CIOs are transforming their IT departments and shifting a growing share of IT work from projects to products. At the same time, growth in business-led IT has expanded the span of employees across the enterprise who are responsible for technology initiatives.

This session will explore a cost management model and discuss how evolving IT cost management efforts to focus on value over pure cost will reduce (and even eliminate) reactive calls to cut IT costs. This session will provide a model and tactics to elevate the maturity of IT to focus on value over costs, while still meeting the business directives.

11:15 - 12:00 PM CST

You’ve just stepped into your new IT leadership role. Your first 90 days in a new IT leadership role should be focused on learning. Investing this time will help you understand the current state, appreciate the culture and inform your strategy. Prioritize these steps to kickstart improvement:

  • Understand your job. Learn the organization and industry you are in
  • Define and revise measurements for success
  • Articulate your vision and strategy
  • Organize people for success
  • Build culture
  • Revise processes for success & delivery, and suitable for the environment and the times
  • Upgrade technologies

12:00 - 1:00 PM CST

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

Midmarket Executive Advisory Council

Radhika Murudeshwar

Director Enterprise Architecture - Clinical

UnitedHealth Group

Ross Tucker


Texas United Management Corporation

Dana Prochaska

Executive Security Advisor / vCISO


Jeff Baker


NB Business Solutions

Rusty Kennington


Henry Company

Sudhakar Virupakshi


Buckeye Partners

Robert Pace


Invitation Homes

Shivani Agarwal

Head of IT

McLane Company

Tod Huber


Milwaukee County

Bhadresh Patel

Chief Technology Officer


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