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The CIO & IT Security  Forum | Now in Its 18th Year

Our conference program is refreshingly different to what you're used to seeing at regular tradeshows and conferences. Why?

  • Built Around Your Needs: We create The Forums conference program based on research and feedback from our clients, senior level IT executives, who like you are dealing with critical issues on a daily basis
  • First class speakers: Conference sessions are led by peers or industry experts, who have a clear understanding of the business obstacles inherent in controlling large technology departments and how they can be managed and resolved.
  • Intimate sessions: Sessions are for small groups of under 25 delegates. This environment encourages attendees to be able to share best practices, successful case studies, and receive opinions and suggestions from their colleagues.  


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2017 / Keynote
2017 / Keynote
  • How anyone can use simple pictures to describe complex concepts and sell others on breakthrough ideas

    Dan Roam, Best selling author of "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures"

    Dan Roam is the author of the international bestseller, "The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures," which was named the innovation and creativity book of the year by Fast Company, BusinessWeek, and the Times of London. "The Back of the Napkin" has been published in 27 languages and topped the business book charts in the US, UK, Japan, Germany, China, Korea, and France.

    Dan's newest book is "Show & Tell: How Regular People Make Extraordinary Presentations." Dan and his whiteboard are frequent guests on CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and NPR. Dan is the founder and president of Digital Roam Inc., a management-consulting firm that uses visual thinking to solve complex problems for such clients as Google, Boeing, eBay, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, Wells Fargo, the U.S. Navy, and the United States Senate.

    Dan's analysis of American health care on 50 napkins was hailed by BusinessWeek as "The World's Greatest Presentation of 2009" and prompted the White House Office of Communications to invite Dan in for discussions on how to visually clarify complex policy issues.


2017 / Industry
2017 / Industry
  • Leveraging Threat Intelligence to Stay Ahead of the Curve

    Tim Callahan, SVP, Global Chief Security Officer, Aflac

    Cyber threats are both a new and constantly evolving source of risk and the traditional defense of firewalls, intrusion prevention, and detection systems are not enough to keep up with the new age of cyber threats. To combat this, enterprises are turning more to threat intelligence to st...


    The Role of the CIO in the Digital Age

    Larry Bonfante, Founder, CIO Bench Coach and Former CIO, US Tennis Association

    There has never been a better time for the CIO and the technology function to be a key differentiator in driving genuine business value for their organizations. The Digital age has created the opportunity for technology organizations to enable a deeper, more direct, and more personalized le...


    The 2020 CIO

    Anthony Iorio, Transformational Leader / Former Fortune 500 SVP and CIO

    The session will key in on three main themes that are evolving within the CIO Role as we know it today:

    1. Major industry shifts: (Cloud, Data Analytics, Buy vs build, Operational Inefficiencies, Speed to Market) that are driving profound changes to the role ad expectations of a CIO-Lead...


  • Security & Compliance Unleashed: from Cost Center to Business Enabler

    Ricardo Johnson, Sr. Director - Security, Risk & Compliance, Crowdstrike

    Security and Compliance, are often incorrectly viewed as necessary evils, cost centers and black holes. However, leveraged correctly, they can provide powerful and insightful data about your company, employees, business processes, systems and customers. They can also be key to improving your...


    Disruption – The New Normal

    Sophia Yen, Head of U.S. Insurance Strategy & Operations at KPMG LLP

    Disruption is all around us and our traditional business model has transformed. Sophia Yen will be sharing insights on the latest trends and some emerging fintechs & insuretechs as well as the impact it may have on your business model. In our current economic times, it’s been said that the o...


    The Digital Revolution: Will your company compete, survive or thrive in the new market place?

    Wheeler Coleman, Two-time CIO and former CTO

    The new digital revolution is a game changer for all industries; and well established companies are not certain on how they will compete or even if they will survive, yet alone thrive in today's new digital marketplace. There’s a growing trend in most industries - where startup companies are ...


  • Real world IT Automation Review: Unleash the Power and Speed of BPM automation in your IT

    Michael Molinaro, CISO, Bio-Reference Laboratories

    Businesses and information systems have become increasingly more complex while the people using and responsible for managing these services and systems are expected to deliver ever faster. IT Departments must continually be capable of delivering software and infrastructure services while maint...


2017 / Discussion Groups
2017 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: The State of the IT Department 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Getting beyond the fads and “nice-to-haves”, this discussion group is a dive into the tangible day-to-day issues we are currently facing as CIOs. Topics to be covered will be released closer to the event.


    Discussion Group: Security 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Reconnect with peers to catch up on the latest pressures, threats, and tools to protect your assets. Come and share your experiences on the most recent successes (and failures) in IT today, and extract some tangible actions you can take back to your team to make everything a little bit more ...


  • Discussion Group: Digitization & Setting the IT Table

    Moderated by your peers

    Once the decision for digital transformation is made, the next step can define the role (and future) of the IT Department for years to come: who will lead? The person/people defining the parameters and goals will set the position of IT – and the CIO -- within the organization.

    But it...


    Discussion Group: Maintenance Over Innovation

    Moderated by your peers

    Inspired by a recent Freakonomics podcast, this discussion group will take on the “innovation obsession” and wonder if all this focus on re-invention is costing us. More and more, innovation and driving the business is demanded of us, but we cannot forget that system maintenance will cost us...


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