CSO50 Conference + Awards

Virtual Event Dates: November 16-18


1:00 - 1:05 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Location: MGM Grand Ballroom

Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO, Foundry (formerly IDG Communications)

1:05 - 1:40 PM

The CISO’s Evolving Role: Career Tips and Guidance for Today’s Security Leaders

Tim Youngblood, Corporate VP, Global CISO, McDonald’s

Tim Youngblood is Corporate VP, Global CISO at McDonald’s, one of the world’s largest food service companies. Having worked at other large organizations, Tim’s developed a unique understanding of the various stages in evolving your career to the CISO level. Join us for this in-depth interview to understand Tim’s views on the evolving CISO role, his career and skills advice for aspiring security leaders, why expertise in operational excellence and partnering is essential, and the future of information security.

Interviewed by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

1:40 - 2:00 PM

The Expanding Identity Universe and How to Address It

Ryan Cluff, Director, Integral Partners
Lori Robinson, Sr. Director, Product and Market Strategy, SailPoint

Rapid digital transformation, distributed cloud environments, and a remote workforce are just a few of the dynamics that have placed identity at the center of IT security. Join this conversation with Lori Robinson at SailPoint, and Ryan Cluff at Integral Partners, as they discuss the importance of balancing privilege and governance, the role of AI and automation in managing access, and what leading companies do to prepare for a successful identity journey in today’s evolving business landscape.

2:00 - 2:10 PM

Networking Break

2:10 - 2:35 PM

Demystifying the CISO Role and Leading Security for Business Success

Greg Wood, SVP, Information Security & Risk Management, The Walt Disney Company

Greg Wood is SVP, Information Security and Risk Management at The Walt Disney Company, one of the world’s largest media and entertainment companies. With an early life passion for technology, Greg discovered the critical role of security in a changing landscape. Join us for this session as he shares how risk management creates a framework to protect, detect and respond to threats, how every business decision has an element of security, and why big business goals are achievable when security is involved.

Interviewed by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

2:35 - 2:55 PM

Here and Now: A Conversation with BlackBerry President Tom Eacobacci

Tom Eacobacci, President, BlackBerry

Join CSO’s Bob Bragdon for a conversation with BlackBerry’s new President, Tom Eacobacci, when they discuss security and productivity, business agility and optimization, how BlackBerry delivers value to customers through platform differentiation, including AI and machine learning innovation, and how the company is uniquely positioned to compete in today’s world.

Interviewed by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

2:55 - 3:20 PM

CISOs and Personal Liability in Today’s Business Climate

Aravind Swaminathan, Global Co-Chair, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Aravind Swaminathan is a former cybercrime prosecutor and is currently Global Co-Chair, Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP where he’s directed more than 200 cybersecurity and data breach investigations. Join us for this session as he discusses the current breach landscape, why CISOs can be in the crosshairs for personal liability, the implications if they conceal information or mislead investigators, and what CISOs should ask when considering a new CISO role.

Interviewed by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

3:20 - 3:50 PM

Continue the Conversation: CISOs and Personal Liability & Managing Ransomware Response

Join Bob Bragdon, CSO’s SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, for a live text chat in the Networking Lounge on CISOs, personal liability and managing a response to ransomware. Connect with fellow attendees and award winners as you share your thoughts, recommendations and experiences on this important topic.

1:00 - 1:05 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Location: MGM Grand Ballroom

Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO, Foundry (formerly IDG Communications)

1:05 - 1:30 PM

How CISOs Need to Work with the Board: Tips and Strategies from an Expert

Mark Weatherford, Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member, National Cybersecurity Center

Mark Weatherford is Chief Strategy Officer and Board Member of the National Cybersecurity Center. As a CISO for various organizations throughout his career, he has a keen understanding of how the CISO role has emerged, and how CISOs must engage with their organization’s board of directors. Join us for advice on the most important ways to work with the board, why developing a personal dialogue with members is crucial, and tips on acclimating them to a better understanding of risk and security.

Interviewed by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

1:30 - 1:50 PM

Cloud Security and the Future of Threat Management: Lessons from 100 CISOs

Christopher Bontempo, VP, Cloud & Cognitive Marketing, IBM Americas.
Jason Keirstead, Distinguished Engineer & CTO, Threat Management, IBM Security

IBM Security’s Chris Bontempo and Jason Keirstead say 2020 was the year where nothing happened as expected. As the global pandemic accelerated digital transformation strategies, and attacks increased in scale and complexity, cloud security and threat management rose to the top of CISO priority lists. How are clients addressing cloud security, and how will threat management evolve? Join Chris and Jason as they share findings from roundtables with more than 100 CISOs across the US and Canada.

1:50 - 2:00 PM

Networking Break

2:00 - 2:25 PM

Global Security Trends: A Worldwide Roundtable with CSO’s Editors

Amy Bennett, Executive Editor, &, IDG Communications, Inc.
Bob Bragdon, SVP & Publisher, CSO
Byron Connolly, Editor-in-Chief, CIO Australia, IDG Communications Pty Ltd.
Jens Dose, Editor, CIO Magazin, Germany, IDG Business Media GmbH
Dan Swinhoe, UK Editor, CSO Online

Join CSO worldwide managing director Bob Bragdon as he discusses today’s issues with CSO editors from Australia, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. How is security evolving in various parts of the world with continued remote work? What’s the impact of data breaches and GDPR, along with potential legal exposure to CISOs? Where is ransomware a challenge? And how are relationships between CISOs and their boards adjusting? Join us for perspectives from various regions of the world.

2:25 - 2:50 PM

An Innovative Approach to Drive Engagement in Essential Security Training

Jeff Thomas, CSO, Prudential Financial

Jeff Thomas is CSO of Prudential Financial where his team created a CSO50 award-winning workplace threat management training course designed to capture employee attention and maintain interest. The solution combines a story with a graphic novel look-and-feel and an interactive game — all designed to educate and motivate learners to recognize and report behaviors of concern observed in the workplace . Join us for this session to learn how this interactive storytelling approach drives engagement.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc. 

2:50 - 3:10 PM

Cybersecurity as Business Enabler for the Cloud-First Enterprise

Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Chairman and Founder, Zscaler
Bob Varnadoe, CISO, NCR

Today’s organizations must secure cloud-first strategies to minimize business risk, maximize user experience in the work-from-anywhere future, and simplify and modernize infrastructure to increase efficiency, retire technical debt and reduce costs.  Join us for this session as Bob Varnadoe, CISO of CSO50 Honoree NCR and Jay Chaudhry, CEO of Zscaler, discuss how IT is becoming the driver of enterprise agility and scalability, and share their perspectives leading enterprise digital transformation.

Moderated by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

3:10- 3:20 PM

Career Success Stories: Recognizing the CSO Hall of Fame Honorees for 2020

2020 marks the year CSO is inducting its inaugural class of CSO Hall of Fame honorees by recognizing how they’ve given back to the CSO community and continue to help the next generation of security leaders. Join us for this session as we celebrate their contributions to the CSO community, and they share their leadership and risk management philosophies.

2020 CSO Hall of Fame Inductees

3:25 - 3:55 PM

Continue the Conversation: Security and the Boardroom

Join us to meet your peers, award winners and other CSO50 conference attendees to share insights on security and the boardroom. Amy Bennett, Executive Editor, and, will host this live, interactive text chat in the Networking Lounge.

1:00 - 1:05 PM

Welcome & Opening Remarks

Location: MGM Grand Ballroom

Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO, Foundry (formerly IDG Communications)

1:05 - 1:30 PM

Building a Command Center to Protect Personally Identifiable Information

Kevin Charest, Divisional SVP, CISO, & Head of IT Infrastructure, Health Care Service Corporation

Kevin Charest is CISO of Health Care Service Corporation where his team created a CSO50 award-winning Cyber Fusion Center for cyber defense representing collaboration across five Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. The center leads intelligence-driven security operations to provide real-time incident monitoring, detection, response and handling. Join us to hear how it protects a complex matrix of data on 16 million members and 23,000 employees.

Interviewed by: Derek Hulitzky, VP, Content Development & Strategy, IDG Communications, Inc. 

1:30 - 1:55 PM

Returning to the Office Safely and Securely: What Does It Look Like?

Juliana Beauvais, Research Manager, Enterprise Applications, IDC
Todd Lukens, SVP, CISO, Nationwide
Dave Snyder, Chief Information Security Leader and Director, Information Security & Risk Management, Independence Blue Cross

Nationwide CISO Todd Lukens, Independence Blue Cross Chief Security Leader David Snyder, and IDC Research Manager Juliana Beauvais are experts on return to office strategies. Join us as they discuss: modulating returns with employee waves; flexing for home family needs; adjusting to new floor layouts along with sanitation, contactless surfaces and clean air systems for employee safety; enabling contact tracing by mapping personnel movements in the office; and using data to make good decisions.

Moderated by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

1:55 - 2:05 PM

Networking Break

2:05 - 2:30 PM

Building a Global Security Program for Privacy and Regulatory Complexities

Roland Cloutier, CISO, Tik Tok

Tik Tok CISO Roland Cloutier is an expert on how data privacy, data access management and a complex regulatory environment play key roles in creating appropriate security. Join us for this session as he reveals why security leaders need to have a clear understanding of their business to develop specific controls and operating parameters for different jurisdictions. He’ll discuss working relationships with the general counsel and privacy peers, and why a problem solving culture is key to success.

Interviewed by: Bob Bragdon, SVP/Managing Director Worldwide, CSO

2:30 - 2:40 PM

Security and Risk Success: Join Us to Recognize the CSO50 Honorees for 2020

CSO’s annual CSO50 awards recognize teams that built exceptional security projects that deliver ongoing business value. Of the hundreds of nominations CSO received for this honor, only 50 were selected by our esteemed panel of judges, so please join us for this special ceremony to recognize their contributions and celebrate their success.

2020 CSO50 Honorees

2:45- 3:15 PM

How to Win a CSO Award

You’ve seen and met them: the 2020 CSO50. How might you find your team on the list next year? Join program chair Derek Hulitzky in the Networking Lounge for a look at the types of projects and writeups that make a winning entry.