CIO & CISO Strategy Meeting

December 12, 2023 | Washington DC

A Knowledge Exchange Program for Corporate IT & Security Leaders

The CIO & CISO Strategy Meeting is a discussion based gathering of IT and Security Leaders from the largest 2000 US Companies.  This event invite is only and attended strictly by CIOs, CISOs, CTOs and SVPs / VPs of IT and IT Security.

Focused Discussions

Select 4-5 discussion groups out of over 25 topic-specific options to fit your priorities and planned initiatives.  Each group is led by a Fortune 1000 CIO or CISO and attended by no more than 16 executives.

Unique Style

As opposed to a traditional confernece setting with a speaker / audience format, the "discussion group" environment demands group participation which leads to a sharing of ideas and experiences at mulipe levels and stages of implementation.

Networking Opportunity

Each CIO and CISO are engaged with 2-3 sponsors they want to meet with.  Their selection is based solely on current and planned initatives and interest in the product/service offerings of the attending sponsors.

Discussion Topics Include:

CIO Future Leadership: Strategize and Adapt for 2023 and Beyond
  • Demonstrate and prove the business value of IT to the organization leaders
  • Is the great resignation an opportunity to hire fresh new talent?  Could your organization be the alternative?
  • What can we learn from the pandemic to think and operate differently?
Realigning IT Strategy with the Business Goals
  • Develop a broad spectrum portfolio of IT initiatives from operational and tactical to innovative and entrepreneurial
  • Focus on becoming a future-facing IT Department that embraces the ever-changing IT landscape
  • Develop the IT value proposition through IT investment as well as IT decommissioning
Remote First/Hybrid Working and the Impacts on Corporate IT
  • Remotely onboarding new staff and remotely off-boarding leavers
  • Warehousing laptops and IT supplies
  • Security for BYOD access to Corporate data
Drive Innovation and Lead Change
  • Shifting from short-term individual innovations to long-term and connected synergistic innovations
  • Develop a focus on human-centered tech initiatives
  • Focus on improving customer experiences, engagement, and loyalty to drive future growth
IT Cost Optimization
  • Identify and prioritize cost reduction opportunities
  • Collaboratively working with business leaders to convey the full implications of IT cost cuts
  • Rationalizing your application portfolio
Tech-Enabled Business Transformation
  • Adopt a value-driven approach to digital transformation
  • Use internal resources to identify areas to transform and processes to automate or reengineer
  • Strategize ways to stand out against competitors and new business models to create
Board of Directors: The Importance of IT and IS Security
  • How to effectively communicate IT needs and compliance without evoking confusion
  • Creating simple explanations for complex ideas that relate well with the business functions of the organization
  • Understanding and communicating your organization’s security risks and how to be fully prepared
Demonstrate the Business Value of Cybersecurity
  • Communicate how AI and machine learning can help IT Leaders achieve their goals
  • Develop metrics that move the needle
  • Stress the importance of data governance and how it can deliver trusted data
Holistic Approach to Cybersecurity
  • What is your cyber risk baseline? How can you strengthen your current security parameters using known frameworks (CIS, CSC, NIST, etc.)?
  • How to seek leadership support to create a cyber risk culture within the entire organization as well as external partners
  • Is your data backed up and if compromised, how will it impact the company day-to-day?
  • Create a successful cyber incident response roadmap in collaboration with your organization
Develop Your 2023 Cybersecurity Roadmap
  • How to address and improve key areas of security that drive business value
  • How to be a strategical CISO vs a tactical security engineer. Work towards creating an organizational cyber mindset.
  • How to strategically plan for the prevention and remediation of a major security event
Navigate the New Work Culture
  • Develop a strategic plan to hire and retain top talent
  • Develop a hybrid strategy of in house talent development and outsourcing based on "value add" service and realistic competency
  • How to empower staff to bring their whole selves to work?
Improving Day-to-Day IT Operations
  • Reduce complexity while maximizing sustainability, security, and scalability
  • Planning for and sustaining AI Technology and advancements and how it will affect IT operation functions
  • Managing the talent pipeline and advancing collaboration across departments
Accelerate Your Company’s Digital Transformation
  • How to create a digital transformation mindset in the enterprise
  • Evaluate and recommend technologies to help your organization thrive. Understand the difference between trends and fads
  • How to accelerate digital transformation in an operational-mindset IT organization
Improving Customer Experience and Satisfaction
  • Understanding the importance of IT in helping shape your customer experience strategy
  • Collaboration between the IT and Marketing Leaders are imperative to deliver a strong CX
  • Adopt best practices for managing customer-facing applications/initiatives
Supply Chain Management: The Role of IT
  • Refining and executing your supply chain strategy while maintaining alignment with your business goals
  • Creating business continuity plans with suppliers under security attacks or ransomware
  • Understanding the risks and preparing for potential disruptions
Responsible AI
  • Setting up necessary guidelines and transparency
  • Balancing the potential of AI Technology while considering ethical responsibilities with AI and automatic algorithms
  • Budget planning and the ROI of AI investments
Demonstrate the Business Value of Data
  • How AI and machine learning can help IT leaders achieve their goals
  • Moving your Data Strategy to a top priority
  • The importance of data governance and how it can deliver trusted data
Zero-Day Vulnerabilities
  • Offer cyber awareness training and education for all staff, remote or on-site
  • Create an action plan to be ready to execute when you are already at a disadvantage
  • Explore threat intelligence platforms that work for your organization and budget
What is Your 3rd Party Risk Management Strategy
  • Create an effective governance policy
  • How to manage the expansion of the risk-based universe
  • Managing the risk of external data sources and technologies


Michael South


Michael South


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