On 12-14 December 2018, the US edition of our Security Insight Summit will bring together senior decision-makers and business leaders from across North America to discuss current industry challenges and opportunities, how to get the most out of them – and where the emerging threats lie.

Key themes under discussion include: how to get ahead of the security curve with cyber intelligence; the importance of stemming breaches and bolstering defences; and why, with the health of IT infrastructures now business critical, security is now an organisational issue rather than merely an IT one.

From case studies that lift the lid on operations inside best-in-class organisations, to workshops and collaborative sessions that focus on real challenges and future technology innovations, to one-to-one meetings with industry peers offering practical advice tailored to your specific needs, the summit provides you with everything you need to implement your key projects more effectively.

Our Approach

Every GDS Summit has one stated aim: to help attending executives implement their key projects more effectively. We do this by developing an in-depth understanding of those executives' project needs, the business outcomes they want to achieve, and the challenges they face in terms of hitting those goals.

Who Attends

Our summits are designed for executives looking to take their business to the next level – from market-leading brands to disruptive new entrants. As such, we’ve worked with some of the world’s best-loved and most forward-thinking businesses.
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Attendees Include

The upcoming summit will welcome executives from some of the world's biggest and most recognisable firms - as well as the most forward-thinking - as they look to address their project challenges.
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Todd Fennell
VP Information Security
American Express
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Richard Rushing
Motorola Mobility
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Aaron Rinehart
Chief Enterprise Security Architect
UnitedHealth Group
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David Nagel
Genuine Parts Company
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David Smith
VP Technology
State Street
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Scot Pflug
SVP Chief Information Security Office
First National Bank
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Ruben Chacon
Constellation Brands
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Jim Kastle
Conagra Brands
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Walter Alexander Specogna
Head Of Information Security
Bell Canada
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Christopher Knauer
SVP Chief Security Officer
The Sitel Group
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Bhavesh Jani
SVP Global Information Security
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Richard Corbett
New York & Company

6 Challenges in Security

Our summit is focused on solving your strategic challenges
  • Keeping ahead of the threat environment – new modes of attack and increased points of vulnerability
  • Dealing with changing attitudes to privacy and security in a data-centric, millennial-driven world
  • Securing the boundary-less organization in an age of cloud-first, mobile working and always-on
  • Budgets and resources – striking a balance between breach prevention and incident response
  • Building the right culture: security by design, influencing behaviors and taking a risk-based approach
  • Compliance with a complex, ever-changing and often contradictory regulatory landscape
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Summit Schedule

3 Days - 3 Summit Themes - 15 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Wednesday December 12, 2018
Summit registration
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Grab your name badge, say hello, activate the onsite app and prepare to leave the office behind for two-and-a-half days of networking, learning and intelligence gathering.

Welcome & Your Itinerary Explained
4:00pm - 4:30pm

What? When? How? Where? Join our Master of Ceremonies for a brief welcome and orientation session, where we’ll explain your itinerary for the next few days.

4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Threat prevention: securing the boundary-less organization
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Chris Stealey
Vice President, Cyber Innovation - Barclays
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Incident response: mitigating risks and minimizing losses
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Derek Brink
VP and Research Fellow - Aberdeen Group
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Security forecast: emerging threats and new approaches
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Jim Kastle
CISO - Conagra Brands
Welcome drinks reception
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Time to kick off your heels, loosen those ties and get to know your fellow summit attendees. Relax, drinks are on us.

Gala dinner & keynote speech
7:00pm - 10:00pm
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Ruben Chacon
VP and CISO - Constellation Brands

Fine dining, great networking and brilliant industry insight courtesy of our opening keynote speaker. Food for thought – in more ways than one.

Thursday December 13, 2018
7:15am - 8:00am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Keynote Speech
8:05am - 8:45am
Breakfast keynote: Protecting Brand Integrity in the Age of Information Warfare
8:50am - 9:30am
Session 1: Are Your Vendors Your Best Source of Innovation Awareness? Three Approaches to Leveraging the Vendor Community to Stay Abreast of Change
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Allan Alford
CISO - Mitel
9:35am - 10:15am
Session 2: The Tipping Point from the Network Perimeter to the Cloud: Security in the New Era”
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Thomas Wood
Global Enterprise and Service Provider Systems Engineering Manager, Cisco Cloud Security - Cisco
10:20am - 11:00am
Session 3: From the trenches: Best practices for mitigating cyberattacks across a fast-growing global network
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Richard Rushing
CISO - Motorola Mobility
11:05am - 11:45am
Session 4: How to Transform IT and Be Relevant to the Business
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Stan Lowe
Chief Security Officer - Zscaler
Keynote Speech
11:50am - 12:30pm
Lunch Keynote: Cybersecurity starts with Password Security
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Darren Guccione
CEO & Co-Founder - Keeper Security
Lunch & networking
12:35pm - 1:35pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch, and prepare to meet the afternoon head-on.

1:40pm - 2:20pm
Session 5: Defend What Matters: Protecting Intellectual Property In Today's Collaborative, Digital Economy
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Bert Grantges
VP Sales Engineering - Vera Security
2:25pm - 3:05pm
Session 6: Chaos Engineering & Cyber Security: Knowing the Unknown
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Aaron Rinehart
Chief Enterprise Security Architect - UnitedHealth Group
3:10pm - 3:50pm
Session 7: How to Create a Board Room Ready Cyber Security Strategy
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Bryant Tow
Managing Principal - CyberRisk Solutions
3:55pm - 4:35pm
Session 8
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Christopher Knauer
SVP Chief Security Officer - The Sitel Group
4:40pm - 5:20pm
Session 9: Solving the Security Visibility Dilemma
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James Doggett
CISO & SVP – Head of Americas - Panaseer
Cocktails, Dinner and Second Night Experience
6:30pm - 10:00pm

Time for some fun; you’ve earned it. Join us for our second night’s dinner and entertainment. Details to follow.

Friday December 14, 2018
7:15 am - 8:00 am

The most important meal of the day. Get yourself set for a productive day by joining us for coffee, croissants and more.

Breakfat Panel
8:05 am - 8:45 am

Details To Follow.

8:50 am - 9:30 am
Session 10: Short History of Information Security
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David Karp
CPO - Digital Guardian
9:35 am - 10:15 am
Session 11: Blockchain A Game Changer for Cyber
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Marco Mirko Morana
SVP Application Security & Innovation - Citi
10:20 am - 11:00 am
Session 12: Modern Threat and Vulnerability Management in the Enterprise
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Jonathan Cran
Head of Research - Kenna Security
11:05 am - 11:45 am
Session 13
11:50 am - 12:30 pm
Session 14: Developing Security-Minded Employees for Defense Beyond Organizational Boundaries
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Larry Cates
President/CEO - Global Learning Systems
12:35 pm - 1:15 pm
Session 15: Talking points and key takeaways
Lunch & farewells
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch before heading home.

Summit Location

Horseshoe Bay Resort, Austin, Texas

Our events take place at some of the most prestigious venues in the world. Five-star accommodation, dining and amenities make attending one of our summits both business and pleasure. Being productive has never been so much fun.

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Senior executives love our summits because of the unparalleled opportunity to meet people with ideas on how to move their key projects forward. But don’t just take our word for it…

To discuss how GDS Summits can help you solve your project challenges contact us on: 0117 921 4000 or email sayhello@gdsgroup.com.