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The CIO & IT Security  Forum | Now in Its 20th 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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2018 / Keynote
2018 / Keynote
  • An Evening of Entrepreneurial Spirit, Social Responsibility and Radical Business Philosophy

    Jerry Greenfield, Co-Founder, Ben & Jerry's Homemade, Inc.

    Jerry Greenfield and his long-time friend and business partner Ben Cohen are the men behind one of the most talked-about and least conventional success stories in American business. Co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc., Greenfield has helped to build a store front venture into an ice cream and business phenomenon by making social responsibility and creative management strengths, rather than weaknesses.

    With his best seller, Ben & Jerry’s Double-Dip: How to Run a Values Led Business and Make Money Too (co-authored with Cohen), Greenfield created both a nuts-and-bolts guidebook to the promise and pitfalls of “values-led” business, and an inspiring wake-up call about the growing international influence of the “socially conscience” or “mission driven” corporation.

    Bringing his business acumen and passion for creative and responsible business practices to life at the podium, Greenfield delivers an inspiring tribute to America’s entrepreneurial spirit. Jerry’s talk embodies the great sense of fun that is the company’s hallmark…and did we mention that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is provided free to the entire audience?

    About Jerry:

    Jerry Greenfield met his future business partner, Ben Cohen, in junior high school, and the two have remained friends ever since. After high school, Greenfield enrolled at Oberlin College to study pre-med. At Oberlin Greenfield got his first taste of the ice cream industry taking a job as a scooper in the college cafeteria. In 1977, Ben and Jerry joined together in an unlikely venture: running a food business together. They eventually settled on ice cream, and, after a bit of research (and a $5 Penn State correspondence course in ice cream making), opened Ben & Jerry’s Homemade ice cream parlor in Vermont in 1978.

    Ben and Jerry became known throughout Vermont for their rich, unusual flavors and community oriented approach to business. As the company expanded, Jerry handled everything from distribution to orientation to employee motivation. A model for American business success, Greenfield and Cohen are recognized for fostering their company’s commitment to social responsibility.


2018 / Industry Sessions
2018 / Industry Sessions
  • Geopolitical Cyber Threat Overview

    Bruce Mizell, SVP, Group Information Security Officer, Citi

    The internet has changed the world, how the world works and how the world steals. There has been an criminal evolution where it is getting harder and harder to tell who and where the threats are coming from, and CIOs & CISOs have never faced this much pressure to be ahead of the potential dang...


    How to generate benefits using Artificial Intelligence?

    Carl Lambert, Vice President, National P&C Business Intelligence at The Co-operators

    AI is a broad term that encompasses predictive analytics, prescriptive analytics, machine learning and cognitive computing. In order to succeed in using Artificial Intelligence, it requires contribution of both IT and Advanced Analytics/statisticians. Carl will go through their journey in th...


  • Hired for Strategy but Never Getting Out of the Weeds?

    Scott Dennull, Senior Director IT, AtriCure

    Have you ever been asked by an executive, “What is your IT strategic plan?” Sweat beads begin to form as you think, when do I have time to create a strategy when all I do is fix problems to keep the business running? This presentation will help solve this dilemma by demonstrating and efficie...


    Why You Can’t Afford to Be Wrong About Risk Management

    Jane Harper, Director of Privacy & Security Risk Management, Henry Ford Health System

    It is not about if -- it is about when.

    The threat landscape has changed and most organizations are on the losing end of this cyber security war. All organizations must re-think how they leverage risk management to not only protect their assets, but how to help them reach their goals an...


  • A “Policy, Program, & Standards” Approach to Building a Superior Information Security Program

    Brian Fricke, CISSP, CISM, Chief Information Security Officer, Bank of the Ozarks

    In this presentation-discussion, we will walk through the building blocks of a Corporate Information Security Program. From high-level Board Policies, to Program and Strategic Plans, to Standards and Procedures, each type of document has its place in the InfoSec governance fabric, woven to pro...


    IT: The Next Engagement Leader

    Jamie Colvin, Owner, Simply Connect Consulting

    Look at your organizational chart. Pick which areas of the business are responsible for engaging the current workforce and making sure that rock stars flock to your doors wanting to work there tomorrow. Who did you pick? HR? CEO? Well, not bad choices. But, we believe that IT holds the keys to...


2018 / Discussion Groups
2018 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: AI

    Moderated by your peers

    Everyone’s talking about AI being the next big shift, but will it become:

    A) the ubiquitous game-changer that permanently changes the landscape of numerous industries,

    B) another empty catch-all that the C-suite demands as ‘innovation’, or

    C) a tool that will blend into the ...


    Discussion Group: The Impact of IT on Culture (and vice versa)

    Moderated by your peers

    The IT Department has evolved from back-office, to business partner, and now to driver of strategy and innovation. This greater influence will bleed into how people interact internally and how the company is perceived externally. But are we prepared for this? Does this change the DNA of the CI...


  • Discussion Group: Insourcing vs Outsourcing

    Moderated by your peers

    Do you know what can be done in-house, and what is best having partners develop? What are your strengths compared to what is best not having to think about? Do economies of scale make sense to farm out certain tasks, or are you wasting money that could be better focused elsewhere?

    Pool i...


    Discussion Group: Cyber Threat Intelligence

    Moderated by your peers

    The best technological security measures mean nothing if you don’t know what you are protecting yourself against. This is the latest in our series of Cyber Discussion Groups, created for IT Directors, CISOs and CIOs to gain the most up-to-date information on what is going on in the world of ha...


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