Talking Stick Resort • Scottsdale, AZ

West IT & Security Leaders Forum


November 13 – 15, 2022

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


Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort is a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale resort, where fun is limited only by your imagination. Play in style on the 240,000 square foot casino, savor the flavors and take in the panoramic views from the award-winning Orange Sky Restaurant, or test your skills on one of the most scenic and challenging golf courses in Scottsdale. Then when it’s time to relax, head up to The Spa and enjoy a relaxing spa treatment while overlooking incredible views of the Valley.

Forum Agenda

Agenda may be subject to change. Check back regularly for Updates.

2:00 PM - 5:00 PM MST

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 MST

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails!

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5-star food and great Peer engagement before Day 1 kicks off.

7:00 AM - 7:55 AM MST

Full breakfast and lots of coffee available!

8:00 AM - 8:05 AM MST

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

8:05 AM - 8:45 AM MST
PRESENTATION: Driving to Better Board & Committee Reporting

Too often, board and committee presentation materials are awash with lots of good information – but are they driving the right dialogue? This session will cover how to structure the materials presented – is it informational? What is your purpose in presenting? Is there a decision to be made? Is approval required? Is a recommendation to another committee the desired outcome? How should the lines of defense be represented in and by the materials? Chris Stoneley, Cathay Bank’s CISO will explore the topic of driving to better board and committee reporting – in a relatively painless fashion.

Speaker: Chris Stoneley, CISO, Cathay Bank

8:55 AM - 9:35 AM MST
KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: Zero Trust and Microsegmentation: Easier Than You Think

Zero Trust has got to be the one of the most talked about themes in cyber security . While the term means different things to different people, there are two things that can be agreed on: it’s a journey worth taking and microsegmentation is a key pillar of that journey. The next question always is how do you get started? Regardless of the sophistication of ransomware, the end goal is always the same: get in through a vulnerability and move laterally through your network.

Join this presentation as we help peel back the layers to provide you simple steps to protect yourself from these threats that include:

  • Gaining visibility to where you are the most vulnerable
  • Closing risky ports
  • Leveraging tools you already have in place without adding layers of complexity

While the journey can seem intimidating, we’ll help you realize that it doesn’t take a team of 100 or a PhD to deploy zero trust microsegmentation that will protect your organization and keep ransomware at bay.

Speaker: Christer Swarts, Director, Industry Solutions, Illumio

Presented by: Illumio

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM MST
EXECUTIVE WORKSHOP 1 - Information Technology Governance Library

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Speaker: Ralph Johnson, CISO, LA Times

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9:45 AM - 10:15 AM MST

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Speaker: Darrell Bilbrey, Founder & Principal, VantageToYou Consulting

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM MST

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

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - A Global Shift Left in API Security

As business and technology teams around the world drive cloud adoption and implement modern application architectures, the security vulnerabilities of the sprawling IT stack multiply as visibility dwindles. Now is the time to explore new applications and API security strategies to proactively reduce risk, secure the environment, and capitalize on cloud-native capabilities to meet these challenges for a global workforce.

Join this session to discuss:

  • Managing the lifecycle of API risks
  • Defending against API attacks
  • Developer-led API security practices

Speaker: Robert Smith, Field CISO, Noname Security

Presented by: Noname Security

10:35 AM - 11:05 AM
WORKSHOP 2 - Learn Value Stream Management the Easy Way: 3 Steps to Get You There

Value Stream Management may be the next big thing but seems like a lot to swallow. Even organizations with mature Agile and DevOps processes are unsure how to capitalize on this proven method of process improvement. To front-load success and reduce risk, you’ll need to see value quickly and then build on that success. Properly implemented, VSM can boost time-to-market and a company’s ability to compete and win in the marketplace by maximizing ROI and unifying your organization’s business and technology objectives.

In this session, you’ll learn how Micro Focus simplifies Value Stream Management by helping organizations track, analyze, and predict resourcing, reduce risk, and identify waste to help you increase value as a product flows from “strategy to delivery” to achieve superior business outcomes:

  • Maximize Business Value and Effectiveness: Discover, visualize and manage flow of value from “strategy to delivery” powered by AI and analytics that is easy to deploy
  • Accelerate Delivery and Efficiency: Integrates with your existing toolchains to improve productivity and remove friction in the value stream with smart automation
  • Gain Competitive Advantage: Differentiate customer experience with high quality value stream insights to manage risk and streamline delivery. Empower continuous feedback, learning and improvement.

Join Micro Focus for this discussion, including why the time for VSM is now and how to capitalize on it the easy way.

Speaker: Parker Reguero, Enterprise Sales Director, ADM West, Micro Focus

Presented by: Micro Focus

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM MST
EXECUTIVE WORKSHOP - Digital Transformation is Out – The Age of Disruption is In

We might not yet be done with digital transformation but we must now deal with what could be waves of disruptions (COVID, Russia invading Ukraine, supply chain issues, inflation, and whatever comes next). How do we prepare our teams and our organizations to not just survive but thrive in an environment of disruption? In this interactive session, Niel Nickolaisen will cover the four approaches he thinks best build resilience and adaptability. He will then ask session participants to talk about what they can do to deal with whatever comes our way. Niel’s four approaches are:


  • Loosely-couple everything
  • Simplify, standardize and then simplify some more
  • Build an empowered, resilient and adaptive culture
  • Get good at agile principles

Niel Nickolaisen, Director of Enterprise Systems and Security, Utah State University

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11:55 AM - 12:35 PM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Systems of Experience: The CIO's Role in the Future of Work

The definition of work-life balance has changed, and the nature of work has changed. Life, family, and work are all integrated, we need software solutions that allow us the flexibility to live our lives and attract a diverse talent. Solutions that improve experience locally while allowing us to operate globally removing the friction, increasing productivity improving employee experience and in turn positively impacting the customer experience. Focused on retention and customer satisfaction.


Jon House, Solutions Engineer, Enterprise-West, RingCentral

Scott Horner, Solution Engineer, RingCentral

Presented by: RingCentral

11:55 AM - 12:35 PM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Continuous Security Validation and You: A Tale as Old as Epoch Time

With Incident Response as the new normal, ensuring that our systems and processes support that effort and threat hunting are working as expected. We will discuss why and how to establish a Continuous Security Validation (CSV) program within your organization. Specifically, how such a program evolves beyond Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) and provides teams a continuous feedback loop to understand their posture and identify gaps as they arise.

Speaker: Jaymin Patel, Solutions Engineer, AttackIQ

Presented by: AttackIQ

12:35 PM - 1:30 PM MST

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

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM MST
INTERACTIVE ROUNDTABLE & PANEL - Diving Into Talent Acquisition, Diversity, and Retention

30-minute open table discussion followed by a 25-minute panel to present individual table findings

In most markets, there is an abundance of open IT jobs with fewer people able to fill them – and 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 for a discussion with your peers as we dive into solutions to tackle the following challenges:

Topics include:

  • Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about how you ended up in technology and why?
  • 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 get the buy in from leadership teams (and the entire company) on board with Diversity & Inclusion initiatives?
  • Does your organization have a diversity task force? If so, what types of responsibilities does this group take on and how can they improve?
  • Did you have a mentor at any point in your career and how did this individual help you?
  • Is there a type of education, certificate or membership that helped you that you would recommend to others?
  • Do you believe we are doing enough to encourage diversity in technology? What. advice do you have for leaders who are looking to do more?

Moderator: Isaac Sacolick, Bestselling Author, Top Social CIO/CDO, Digital Transformation Influencer, Star CIO


Al Gardner, VP Information Technology, Salud Family Health

Ralph Johnson, CISO, LA Times

Joy Mangrum, AVP, IT Security & Infrastructure, BMI

Helen Knight, Transformation Consultant, Helen Knight Consulting

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2:40 PM - 3:10 PM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - Fast and Furious Attacks: Using AI to Surgically Respond

Fast-moving cyberattacks can strike at any time, and security teams are often unable to react quickly enough. Join to learn how Autonomous Response takes targeted action to stop in-progress attacks without disrupting your business. The discussion includes real-world threat finds.

Explore today’s threats and challenges and learn how advances in AI have been leveraged to allow for very surgical actions to be taken autonomously – where humans can no longer react fast enough

Speaker: Konnor Anderson, Global Vice President | Growth, Darktrace

Presented by: Darktrace

2:40 PM - 3:10 PM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - Shift-Left, Done Right

The current “shift-left” mindset to assess, assert, and evidence compliance and to harden the software supply chain are a DevOps antipattern. The impact goes well beyond over-burdening developers with toil that distracts them from innovation, unplanned audits are highly disruptive, and management is left to make decisions without defensible data. We will discuss this impact as a tax and suggest attributes of solutions to do Shift-Left right.

Speaker: Tim Johnson, Product Marketing Director,Cloudbees

Presented by: Cloudbees

3:20 PM - 3:50 PM MST
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.

Speaker: Joseph Salazar, Technical Marketing Engineer, SentinelOne

Presented by: SentinelOne

3:50 PM - 4:05 PM MST

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

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM MST
EXECUTIVE WORKSHOP 1 - Why the Nonprofit Sector Needs CIOS & How You Can Help

Building a compelling business case for digital transformation is a challenge faced by many technology leaders. It becomes even more complicated when the change beneficiaries are not the funders, and the choice to invest in technology feels like it is taking services from our most vulnerable citizens. Helen Knight, an award-winning leader of non-profit digital transformations will share how she modernized emergency shelters and food banks, and how she uses technology to optimize services for people struggling with poverty. Helen will also share ways technology leaders can use their skills to help people today, and invite you to help solve the challenges ahead.

Speaker: Helen Knight, Transformation Consultant, Helen Knight Consulting

4:10 PM - 4:40 PM MST

According to the manifesto, an agile team prioritizes:

  1. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan

 Leadership in agile is to align goals, provide feedback, and facilitate self organization. Leaders should create an environment where teams can gain physiological safety and feel empowered to collectively make decisions for their work.

In this discussion, we will explore some of the ways leaders can help teams excel in agile.

Speaker: Sudhakar Namasivayam, Director of Software Engineering, Overstock

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4:45 PM - 5:15 PM MST
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.

Speaker: George Trujillo, Principal Data Strategist, Datastax

Presented by: DataStax

4:45 PM - 5:15 PM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - From On-Prem to the Cloud: 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?

Speaker: Julian Quintana, Senior Sales Engineer, Fastly

Presented by: Fastly

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM MST

Engage your Peers over canapés and cocktails.

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM MST

Open seating buffet meal serving 5-star food and great Peer engagement before Day 1 kicks off.

8:00 AM - 8:55 AM MST

Full Breakfast and lots of coffee available!

9:00 AM - 9:55 AM MSTPresentation - ERP Modernization

Time to get serious about your ERP. Netsuite, Workday, SAP HANA are all serious contenders now for cloud based ERPs. Both SAP and Oracle are ending support for their on-premises suites over the next 5-10 years creating a need for organizations to modernize.

Metaphors to live by:

  • Overcoming layer 8 and layer 9 problems (people alignment)
  • Pulling the sled in the same direction (goal alignment)
  • Taking inventory ( as-is & to-be of processes, and the gaps between them)
  • Meteor detection, deflection, and mining (conventional and not so conventional (yet sensible) Ideas about retooling)
  • New Habitats (re-imagining worlds and the enterprises that will thrive there)

Speaker: Shawn Aker, Advisor Sales Engineer, Boomi

Presented by: Boomi

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - The Perfect Blend - Healthcare Interoperability: TEFCA, FHIR API's and Blockchain (Oh My!)

This presentation will give a brief history of legacy interoperability to current day, highlighting the interoperability challenges as we migrate through different methodologies, standards and industry norms including the 21st Century Cures Act/TEFCA and how health information exchange could be drastically impacted by the implementation of a few blockchain concepts in the areas of identity, track and trace and consent to create a wholesale health data marketplace that puts the patient at the center of the equation and allows them to own, manage and profit from their health information.

Speaker: Michael Marchant, Director, Health Information Exchange and System Integration, UC Davis Health

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9:50 AM - 10:30 AM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - In The Know: Coping with Recession Concerns on IT Spending

Concerns of a Recession looms whether there results in one or not. With a war raging across the ocean, a potential European energy crisis this winter, and inflation numbers in the US refusing to subside, the macroeconomic environment has caused enterprise IT leaders to rethink their strategies. Learn how your peers are changing their plans to deal with the recession.

Speaker: Guy Guiffre, VP Sales, America – West, Rimini Street

Presented by: Rimini Street

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM MST
WORKSHOP 1 - MDR+ Mission Control for Cybersecurity

Three forces are colliding to create a perfect cyberstorm: An escalated threat level, a cybersecurity talent shortage and the growing complexity that comes with managing a multitude of security solutions. This storm is driving change, forcing us to break down silos between endpoint, workload, network and identity. It’s driving the need to leverage existing tooling rather than bolting on more. And it is reshaping the focus of managed security services away from “busy work” and toward “expert work.” This session will explore a case study of a new type of MDR service from Open Systems. A new approach that offers shelter from the storm.

Speaker: Kirk Greene, Sr. Sales Engineer, Open Systems

Presented by: Open Systems

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM MST
WORKSHOP 2 - The Zoom Effect: A Framework for Security Program Transformation

As companies grow from startups to global enterprise, their information security organizations often need to undergo rapid transformations to meet the needs and scale of the business and its customers. It can be challenging for information security teams to clearly define and communicate those needs, and obtain necessary executive support, funding, and resources for the program. To address these challenges, establishing a framework can help these teams communicate and gain executive support and buy-in of information security objectives, prioritizing the objectives based on risks and capabilities, and measuring the ongoing effectiveness of the program on a regular cadence.

Join Heather Ceylan, Head of Security Standards, Compliance, and Customer Assurance at Zoom as they discuss “The Zoom Effect”, provide a general framework that can be adapted to rapidly transform, scale, or improve your security program, and share the outcomes, lessons learned and key factors to consider.

Speaker: Heather Ceylan, Head of Security Standards, Compliance, and Customer Assurance, Zoom

Presented by: Zoom

11:10 AM - 11:25 AM MST

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



11:30 AM - 12:00 PM MST
WORKSHOP - 1,000 Cyber Attacks: New Ransomware Trends Report Insights (Provided for Midwest 22)

There is no better teacher than one’s enemies and no better way to learn than by studying their attacks. Join us to hear the results of one of the largest independent research studies on ransomware preparedness and response, based on 1,000 unbiased organizations across nine countries around the world ― all of whom survived a cyber attack. Learn how those organizations persisted through ransomware events and how backup fits within their remediation strategies so you can improve your disaster recovery process.

This session will arm you with fresh insights on:

  • The pervasiveness of ransomware
  • Best practices for remediation
  • How immutability and air gapping can protect your data
  • How organizational alignment drives successful recovery
  • And more!

Speaker: Joe Marton, SE Manager, North Central US, Veeam

Presented by: Veeam

12:05 PM - 12:40 PM MST
WORKSHOP - Evolution of Protection of Cardholder Data

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Speaker: Robert Martin, CTO, Bridgepay Network Solutions


12:40 PM - 1:30 PM MST

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!

West Executive Advisory Council

Roger Franke

Vice President of IT


Elena Seiple



Niel Nickolaisen


Sorenson Communications

Paul Duchouquette


FDH Aero

Chris Stoneley


Cathay Bank

Robert Martin


Bridgepay Network Solutions

Vijay Mohnish


Ria Financial

Marcel Spitalnik

Director of Business Transformation


Adip Dsouza

VP of Technology

Merchants Mortgage & Trust Corporation

Sylvia Jessen

Director of IT

University of Utah School of Medicine

Tanweer Surve

Technology CTO

Wells Fargo

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