On 21-23 May 2019, 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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Andy Kim
CISO eBusiness
Allstate
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Jonathan Fowler
CISO
Consilio
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Kausar Kenning
Head, Cyber Security Insights
Suntrust
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Michael Woods
Director Cyber Security Global Operations
GE
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Nasser Fattah
MD Technology
MUFG Union Bank
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Parveen Malik
AVP InfoSec Impl
State Street
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Rodney Strader
VP Security Operations
Discovery Communications
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Lee Carsten
VP Cyber Solutions
Aon
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Allan Alford
CISO
Mitel
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Bradley J. Schaufenbuel
CISO
Paylocity Holding Corporation
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Scott Mathis
CISO
RBC Bank US
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Ed Brindley
CISO
Department of Defense

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 - 13 Workshops
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Tuesday May 21, 2019
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 address
3:25pm - 3:30pm

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.

Keynote Speech
3:30pm - 4:20pm
Keynote panel discussion: Security and the pace of change
Roundtable
4:35pm - 6:00pm
Track 1: Threat prevention: securing the boundary-less organization
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Scott Mathis
CISO - RBC Bank US
Roundtable
4:35pm - 6:00pm
Track 2: Incident response: mitigating risks and minimizing losses
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Dr. David W. Loewy
CISO - SUNY Downstate Medical Center
Roundtable
4:35pm - 6:00pm
Track 3: Security forecast: emerging threats and new approaches
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Derek Brink
VP and Research Fellow - Aberdeen Group
Cocktail 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
7:00pm - 10:00pm

From independent thinkers to technology pioneers to execs from some of the world’s most progressive brands, our keynote speakers are handpicked to provide you with the insight you need to inspire your next business decision.

Wednesday May 22, 2019
Breakfast
7:00am - 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 - 8:35am
Keynote address: Don't let your refrigerator wreck your company
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Darren Guccione
CEO & Co-Founder - Keeper Security
Panel Discussion
8:40am - 9:20am
The cyber security executive: how to brand yourself and climb the ladder
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Ed Brindley
CISO - Department of Defense
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Derek Brink
VP and Research Fellow - Aberdeen Group
Workshop
9:25am - 10:05am
Protecting innovation at scale
Workshop
10:10am - 10:50am
Is the security industry solving our problems - if not what can WE do
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Allan Alford
CISO - Mitel
Workshop
10:55am - 11:35am
The CISO’s Role in Digital Transformation
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Chandra Olson
Americas CISO - Zscaler, Inc.
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Xavier Ashe
Vice President, Cybersecurity Engineering - SunTrust Bank
Workshop
11:40am - 12:20pm
Strengthening organization's vendor management programs with information security
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Nasser Fattah
MD Technology - MUFG Union Bank
Keynote
12:25pm - 12:55pm
Lunch Keynote
Lunch & networking
1:00pm - 1:45pm

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

Workshop
1:50pm - 2:30pm
Ethical hacking with Dan Anderson (Z0lt0n)
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Dan Anderson
CISO and Data Privacy Officer - LifeScan
Workshop
2:35pm - 3:15pm
The tipping point from the network perimeter to the cloud: security in the new era
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Jordan Gackowski
Cloud Security Consulting Systems Engineer Manager - Cisco Umbrella
Roundtable
3:20pm - 4:00pm
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
4:05pm - 4:45pm
Merely useless, or worse than useless? Why security professionals must learn to communicate more effectively about risk
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Derek Brink
VP and Research Fellow - Aberdeen Group
Workshop
4:50pm - 5:30pm
Title Coming Soon
Meetings & Networking
5:35pm - 6:15pm

Take advantage of time to network with fellow summit attendees and further discuss your business transformation projects.

Attendee downtime
6:15pm - 7:00pm

Time for a well-deserved break in your busy schedules.

Drinks Reception
7:00pm - 7:30pm

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

Dinner & experience
7:30pm - 10:00pm

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

Thursday May 23, 2019
Breakfast
7:00 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.

Roundtable
8:00 am - 9:00 am
Roundtable Discussions
Workshop
9:05 am - 9:45 am
New & emerging threats in cyber security
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Troy Wilkinson
CISO - International Cruises and Excursions
Workshop
9:50 am - 10:30 am
Internet Standards: what you don’t know CAN hurt you
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Chris Roosenraad
Chief Cybersecurity Architect - CapitalOne
Workshop
10:35 am - 11:15 am
Title Coming Soon
Workshop
11:20 am - 12:00 pm
Security transformation in a post-breach world
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Michael Owens
BISO & VP of Information Security - Equifax
Workshop
12:05 pm - 12:45 pm
Are you allocating your Infosec budget properly?
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Randy Raw
VP Information Security - Veterans United Home Loans
Panel Discussion
12:50 pm - 1:10 pm
Closing Panel
Lunch & farewells
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm

Worked up an appetite? Recharge those batteries with our buffet-style lunch for your journey home.

Summit Location

The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida

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

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