Omni Louisville Hotel
Louisville, KY

Midwest IT & Security Leaders Forum 2024

Date

September 08 – 10, 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 Midwest IT & Security Leaders Forum and leave ready to inspire action within your Organization!

Omni Louisville Hotel

Forum Agenda

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

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM EST
FORUM REGISTRATION & APP DEMONSTRATION

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
SINC WELCOME NETWORKING RECEPTION

Engage your Peers over canapes and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
SINC NETWORKING & ENGAGEMENT DINNER

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
SINC IT LEADERS NETWORKING BREAKFAST

Full breakfast and lots of coffee available!

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM EST
SINC OPENING REMARKS

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

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

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.

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM EST
WORKSHOP 1 - Stop Trying to Boil the Ocean; Making Better Risk Decisions to Prevent Future Cyber Attacks

Discussing traditional approaches to Risk Management and why they are less and less effective as technology gets more complex and attacks get harder to detect. Including:

  • Gaining comprehensive visibility across the modern attack surface
  • Anticipating threats, identifying exposures and prioritizing efforts to prevent attacks
  • Communicating cyber risk up and down the organization to help make better risk decisions

Presented by: Tenable

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM EST
WORKSHOP 2 - Leveraging AI and Machine Learning in IT Operations Management: A Pathway to Predictive Analytics and Enhanced Efficiency

In this session we will explore the transformative impact of AI and machine learning on IT Operations Management and discuss strategies for integrating predictive analytics to proactively address system anomalies, enhance decision-making, and automate routine tasks. We will engage in dialogue on the challenges of implementation, including data privacy and workforce adaptation, and examine solutions for a seamless transition to an AI-augmented ITOM environment.

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM EST
WORKSHOP 1

Check back for updates on this session.

Presented by: LMNTRIX

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM EST
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.

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM EST
SINC NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

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
WORKSHOP 1 - Data for DevOps: The Intersection of Data Automation and Data Security

Innovation driven by DevOps, cloud and AI/ML emboldens businesses to expand access to the essential fuel for those programs– enterprise data. At the same time, stringent privacy laws and frequent cyber attacks increase pressure to mitigate sensitive data risks. With more and more interaction shifting to the digital brand experience, how can today’s enterprises effectively unlock the power of their enterprise data and eliminate friction between data usage and data security?

Join this interactive session to discuss the cultural shift modern enterprises are actively engaged in to make data more available, secure, compliant and resilient.

Presented by: Delphix

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM EST
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.

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.

Speaker: Digvijay Shanker, IT Director, Optum

11:55 AM - 12:45 PM EST
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
SINC NETWORKING LUNCH

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 - Achieving the Benefits of Converged Endpoint Management

Managing endpoint risk and compliance is more challenging today than ever before. Today’s CISOs have to manage risk from many thousands of globally distributed, heterogeneous assets, while also responding to ever increasing audit scrutiny and regulatory compliance requirements.

Join this session, Achieving the Benefits of Converged Endpoint Management, to learn more about how to:

  • Identify & remediate risks that create the greatest exposure.
  • Assess & measure unknown vulnerabilities.
  • Maximize IT budgets and staffing during economic uncertainty.
  • Enhance existing investment in strategic technology vendors.

Presented by: Tanium

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
SINC NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

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 - 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 woman and minorities in to 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?

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM EST
SINC NETWORKING RECEPTION

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM EST
SINC NETWORKING & ENGAGEMENT DINNER

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

8:00 AM - 8:50 AM EST
SINC IT LEADERS NETWORKING BREAKFAST

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
SINC NETWORKING & REFRESHMENT BREAK

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
PRESENTATION - 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.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST
SINC NETWORKING LUNCH

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!

Midwest Executive Advisory Council

Lucy Mariappa

2023 CIO of the Year

Radhika Murudeshwar

Director Enterprise Architecture - Clinical

UnitedHealth Group

Ross Tucker

CIO

Texas United Management Corporation

Dana Prochaska

Executive Security Advisor / vCISO

Freelance

Jeff Baker

CIO

NB Business Solutions

Rusty Kennington

CIO

Henry Company

Sudhakar Virupakshi

CIO

Buckeye Partners

Robert Pace

CISO

Invitation Homes

Shivani Agarwal

Head of IT

McLane Company

Tod Huber

CTO

Milwaukee County

Bhadresh Patel

Chief Technology Officer

Humana

Forum Speakers