Northeast IT & Security Leaders Forum Agenda

Sunday, August 16

Meet the SINC team, receive all your registration collateral and receive a demonstration on how to best utilize the Forum mobile application during your attendance.

Take advantage of early networking opportunities with the aid of a cocktail reception and executive dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to break the ice with your fellow attendees and get conversations started in preparation for the main event.

Monday, August 17

Fuel-up and prepare for a day packed full of content and conversations.

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, kicks things off and sets the tone for the day with insight in to the various sessions taking place and how to take full advantage of your participation.

Leaders driving transformation programs today are investing in customer experience, automation, agile practices, DevOps, and analytics to ensure competitiveness as industries transform. These are the table stakes for IT leaders, and they must drive smarter, faster, and innovative transformation programs to drive growth and profitability. Success will require IT leaders to empower their organizations with self service technologies, succeed with change management programs, and enable differentiating capabilities with a combination of artificial intelligence and IoT.

How are IT leaders must steer their transformation programs to succeed digital’s second wave?

Speaker: Isaac Sacolick, CEO, StarCIO

The digital enterprise is constantly expanding, with new IoT, cloud, and operational technologies all challenging traditional notions of cyber security. Safeguarding these evolving environments against machine-speed attacks has never been more difficult.

Yet the digital battleground now features its most formidable defender in Cyber AI — a self-learning technology that distinguishes friend from foe in order to thwart threats autonomously. With a Cyber AI Platform protecting your entire infrastructure in real time, it doesn’t matter whether the attack originates on a connected device, an industrial system, or in the cloud. Wherever it strikes, the AI fights back in seconds.  

In this session, you’ll discover:

  • Why only Autonomous Response can counter today’s machine-speed attacks
  • Where advanced threat actors exploit vulnerabilities in the cloud and IoT
  • What achieving 100% visibility can reveal about your organization’s risk profile
  • How the Cyber AI Analyst reduces the time spent triaging threats by 92%

Session led by Darktrace

What are some of the drivers of digital transformation in retail and how are companies are responding? This session will focus on the future infrastructure as an ecosystem of partners and how they are interconnecting privately, locally and securely.

Session led by Equinix

Get invaluable insight to the complete End-to-End Strategy Execution Framework and see how you can provide visibility and establish clear linkage between business strategy, goals, execution and related outcomes. Connecting these 5 critical processes is a game-changing opportunity for your organization. We will review the most critical and often overlooked areas in Strategy Execution and show exactly how we can decompose high-level strategic goals into investment goals, measurable scope, project benefits and portfolio components that we can address and execute. We will also look at the methods needed to ensure that the expected value is indeed realized. See how you can add significant value to the Strategy Execution process and thereby enable the rapid change and successful delivery of strategic initiatives organizations need today. Specifically, we will address the following critical areas: Goal Setting, Biases, Portfolio Planning, Benefit Realization Management Methods, Organizational Change Management and Governance.

Speaker: Morten Sorensen, VP Project Management Office, Peraton

Unfortunately, too many people are sitting on the sidelines, eating their popcorn, and playing the role of spectator. They read the articles, they hear all the talk about the changes happening, yet somehow, they think that none of it is going to affect them.They think that they can just sit in the stands and watch all of this play out.But they’re wrong — very wrong.


Speaker: Chalres Araujo, Founder, The Maps Institute

Is deception technology only for mature security operations or is it an effective cyber security solution to help companies mature their capabilities? Organizations continue to build their security stacks, yet advanced threats and insiders continue to breach networks and extract valuable data. Learn how deploying decoys throughout your environment can build the bridge strengthening all the levels in your security stack. Join us for this session where you’ll hear about real-world deployment experiences, the value customers are realizing, and what Red Teams are saying about deception-based threat detection.

Session led by Attivo

Whether your data is multi-cloud, hybrid, or on-premises, hybrid data integration has become a necessity to effectively integrate all of your data and applications, in batch or real time. This session will explore how to integrate data and applications in minutes and support new and complex integration patterns easily. Learn how to achieve high performance, reliability, and streamline near-universal connectivity for mission-critical business processes.

Session led by Info-Tech Research Group

Delivering endpoint security in an increasingly mobile environment comes with some major challenges. Growing businesses need to take a new approach to ensure they stay protected, to look after remote users and to do all these things while keeping costs down and reducing the administration overhead. This session will explore models which add new levels of reassurance to IT security by allowing companies of all sizes to gain access to the best equipment and most talented security experts.

Session led by New Signature

As the importance of a robust security infrastructure continues to grow, many organizations are struggling, stuck in a notion that security hinders innovation. However, many would argue this is not the case and an effective cybersecurity platform can in fact accelerate innovation.

In this session, we will discuss how to utilize cybersecurity technologies and strategies to provide a bedrock of innovation across products and processes.

A hybrid cloud strategy enhances business flexibility by allowing them to address their needs using a combination of public cloud, software as a service (SaaS) and in-house IT resources. This hybrid strategy is the new operating model for IT, proven to boost innovation, ensure compliance in the public cloud, while reducing overall complexity and keeping costs under control.

During this session, we will be discussing the reasoning behind a hybrid cloud strategy, its impact on operations, process, compliance and most importantly, your people

Session led by VMware

Faster, Better, Cheaper – Pick any 2…

That was the choice you had to make, but not anymore – With Agile practices, DevOps technologies, shift-left and ATDD thinking, you can get higher quality, faster delivery AND for less on-going costs. This marriage of practices, technology and new thinking can  lead to production ready code being delivered at the speed of business – if desired in days or less, not weeks or months. Less mystery, more collaboration. Better understanding, clearer understanding – the right products at the right time. Shifting left can help

Speaker: Thomas Bast, Sr. Director – Engineering & Agile Transformation, UnitedHealth Group

It’s clear that while 5G presents a wealth of opportunity for innovation, but it will not be without its challenges. During this session we will explore the endless opportunities 5G can provide while covering the key steps to ensure you make the most out of this revolutionary change in the industry.

Speaker: Praveen Nidumolu, Sr. Technology Leader, Verizon Communications

The future of work encapsulates how work is changing over the next five to ten years. Advances in technology, machine learning, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence coupled with the growing diversity of views and expectations across the workforce are at the heart of the shift.

Session led by Fuze

Transitioning to a cloud hosted communications system can not only allow for greater productivity and efficiency, but simplify your IT infrastructure. Reduce the time spent managing multiple vendors, and save money. UCaaS enables businesses to simplify their operations, gain flexibility to scale, improve user support and reduce the cost of both communications and collaboration. This session will explore the increased need to keep up with growing remote workforces, as well as cross-team collaboration all while removing additional stresses to the 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.

As businesses and organizations embrace their own digital transformation (DX) journey, change management becomes a critical success factor. However, success heavily depends on the people using the technology. Change management goes beyond acquiring an executive sponsor or providing staff training, it is about changing the mindset of the employees, impacts to their daily routine and how to operationalize it. The promise of rapid deployment and time to value hinge on having a strong change management program in place. How do we can change adopted across all levels of the company?

Moderators: Steve Demeritt, Managing Director – Head of Technology Strategy, S&P Global Ratings

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, concludes the day by providing an overview of some of the key discussion points raised during a day packed full of content. 

After a day packed with content, the Evening Reception provides attendees with the ability to down tools, cement relationships built during the day and enjoy a first-class meal.

Tuesday, August 18

Fuel-up and prepare for a day packed full of content and conversations.

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.​

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.

From collection to dissemination, the public expectation of privacy and the legal and political issues surrounding data is constantly evolving. As the amount of data within organizations grows, so do the challenges of protecting it.

Data is one of the most important assets a company has. With the rise of the data economy, companies find enormous value in collecting, sharing and using data. The introduction of GDPR in Europe has caused ripple effects around the world. In the U.S., states are beginning to implement their own regulations which will have major implications on storage, ownership and use of internal and customer data. Be prepared or face the consequences.

Blockchain has emerged as a foundational technology, but there is still groundwork to be done on standards development and the governance of change — and doing that work is critical to enterprise strategy.

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: Sundeep Kumar, SVP Technology, State Street

Speaker: Jon Sargent, Head of Cloud Security, SunTrust Bank

Technology and operations have never been closer. As technology continues to drive the business and organizations of all sizes become ‘technology first’, the CIO has found a natural evolution into the world of operations. But how far does this journey go? Will the CIOs of today be the CEOs of tomorrow?


Speaker: Ketan Vanjara, CIO, Berkshire Hatheway

SINC’s Chief Product Officer, Jason Cenamor, concludes the Forum by providing an overview of some of the key discussion points raised during an event packed full of content and conversations.