Past Summits

2019 Washington, D.C. CISO Executive Leadership Summit

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.

Future State 2025 - Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Secure Enterprise

Digital disruption is ushering a new wave of business model innovations. Because digital transformation is a journey, the CISO and other members of the C-suite must recognize that new technologies and emerging innovations represent continual change. As technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and hyper-convergence offer new ways for doing business, the CISO is uniquely positioned to deliver bold, game-changing leadership, engender transformational innovation, and steer the enterprise into the next era of digital business. 

The leadership traits and skills required by technology leaders to help champion customer-centric efforts will be the focal point of the 2019 Washington, D.C. CISO Executive Leadership Summit.

  • John Adams
    Managing Director
    Government and Public Services
    Deloitte Consulting LLP

    John Adams joined Deloitte Consulting in June 2019, after a 22-year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Drawing on his law enforcement, national security, and technology experience, Mr. Adams provides expertise to government clients at the federal, state, and local level to help organizations solve complex challenges.

    Mr. Adams began his FBI career as a Special Agent assigned to the FBI’s Washington Field Office and rose through the ranks to ultimately serve as Executive Assistant Director responsible for the FBI’s enterprise technology and cyber security.

    Prior to leading the FBI’s technology branch, Mr. Adams served as Assistant Director in charge of the FBI’s Directorate of Intelligence.  In this role, he was responsible for providing strategic direction and oversight of the FBI's intelligence collection, analytical capabilities, and intelligence sharing practices with partner agencies. He previously served as the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office and as a Deputy Assistant Director in the Counterterrorism Division. 

    Mr. Adams has significant experience investigating a variety of crimes in the U.S. to include espionage, drug trafficking, violent crime, and terrorism. Mr. Adams also has extensive experience investigating terrorist bombings overseas, to include the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya; the 2000 bombing of the U.S.S. Cole in Aden, Yemen; and the 2003 bombings of three residential compounds in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Adams led the crime scene investigation and evidence recovery at the Pentagon.

    Before entering the FBI, Mr. Adams served as a Special Agent/Forensic Scientist of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, where he conducted DNA analysis and crime scene investigations. 

    Mr. Adams holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from East Tennessee State University and completed post-graduate coursework in forensic anthropology at the University of Tennessee. Mr. Adams holds certificates for management and leadership courses from Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan.  Mr. Adams is a 2018 recipient of the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service.

  • Michael Antico

  • Christopher Ballod
    Lewis Brisbois

    Christopher E. Ballod, CIPP/US, CIPP/E is a partner in the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh offices of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Data Privacy & Cybersecurity, Corporate, and Complex Business & Commercial Litigation Practices. 

    Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

    Mr. Ballod counsels clients in the prevention of data breach incidents, and during the response and notification process after an incident occurs. His experience protecting his clients' interests before an incident includes:

    • Negotiation and drafting of vendor agreements such as cloud data hosting agreements, software support agreements, telecommunications contracts, cloud-based human resources management services, and online reservation service agreements, providing for defense, indemnification, and response costs in the event of a data breach incident
    • Regulatory compliance counseling including compliance with HIPAA, payment card industry standards (PCI-DSS), NYS Department of Financial Services compliance, and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 
    • Counseling during the assessment of risks and placement of cyber liability coverage
    • Incident preparation counseling including "table top" exercises practicing breach response procedures, and multi-day stakeholder "boot camps" training key personnel in all aspects of risk management and response
    • Drafting of privacy policy statements
    • Preparation of terms of service agreements, Anti-Money Laundering (AML) policies, and ancillary agreements for web-based crowdfunding ventures
    • Transactional counseling including compliance assessment during due diligence

    After an incident occurs, Mr. Ballod works as part of the Lewis Brisbois response team to partner with data forensics experts and insurance professionals in order to assess the scope of the breach and to provide the appropriate response. His breach response experience includes:

    • Coordination of breach response services for clients of all market sizes and across multiple business sectors including construction, energy generation, financial services, healthcare, hospitality, municipal government, and retail
    • Breach risk assessment and regulatory reporting including response to enforcement actions
    • PCI Account Data Compromise assessment response and appeal for all major card brands
    • Defense of litigation

    Mr. Ballod's experience with technology matters is unique in the industry. In addition to litigating the first "virtual property" case in the United States, Bragg v. Linden Labs, he counseled multi-national vendors of goods and services in a virtual world game about their participation in a virtual currency exchange, and the legality of their gaming businesses under state and federal gambling laws.

    Mr. Ballod possesses the Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US) credential required to perform ISO 27002 (“Information technology -- Security techniques -- Code of practice for information security controls”) audits. He also possesses the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E) credential.

    Energy Sector and Construction Industry

    Mr. Ballod counsels clients in the construction industry with a focus on the energy sector. His experience includes negotiation and litigation relating to construction projects on behalf of contractors, design professionals, developers, and owners. He has developed a reputation for expertise with matters pertaining to engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreements. His experience includes the following representative matters:

    • Negotiated a multi-million dollar liquidated damages claim arising out of the EPC agreements for two gas-fired power plants
    • Handled a multi-million dollar arbitration matter pertaining to the valuation of a power plant after alienation of the assets
    • Advised a contractor with a nationwide presence as to regulatory compliance, land use, and permitting issues arising out of multiple power plant projects
    • Conducted a risk assessment analysis for a nuclear and traditional fuel energy generation company in the acquisition of new generation assets
    • Counseled a telecommunications company in the negotiation of site agreement disputes with landowners
    • Handled a dispute involving residual value payments stemming from a power plant development project
    • Handled litigation arising out of indemnification and failure to procure insurance claims relating to power generation facilities in Eastern Pennsylvania
    • Litigated a dispute regarding responsible parties for a floor collapse in a partially constructed multi-story office building
    • Litigated terms of payment claims relating to a multi-structure Gulf state condominium project and two residential subdivision construction projects
    • Negotiated the asset purchase agreement for the acquisition of an industrial machinery repair company, and handled the dissolution of the acquired entity
    • Defended design professionals in numerous professional negligence claims

  • Leisel Bogan
    Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity, Technology and National Security
    Mark R. Warner, US Senator, Commonwealth of VA

    Leisel Bogan is a technology and policy professional with experience navigating complex operating environments including China, MENA, Europe, Eurasia, and Japan. Previously she served as former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s Chief of Staff and Director of Research and collaborated on two of Secretary Rice’s bestsellers. At the geopolitical consulting firm, RiceHadleyGates, she looked after clients navigating political and economic challenges in emerging markets. She has also worked on new media technologies and intellectual property rights at Warner Bros. Entertainment, was an early member of a communications and special projects division at Palantir Technologies, and a Research Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution where she focused on cybersecurity, international institutions, and democracy. Most recently has worked on global strategy, cybersecurity transformation and risk at the professional services firm, PwC.

    Leisel has also led several volunteer or non-profit education programs for vulnerable and disabled children and youth. She holds a graduate degree in economics and international relations from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, and has guest lectured at the school’s study abroad program. She was a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and a 2016 Gabr Fellow.

    Leisel is serving Sen. Mark Warner, supporting on cybersecurity, technology, and national security.

  • Margaret Brunner
    Program Director, Center for Best Practices' Homeland Security & Public Safety Division
    National Governors Association

    Maggie Brunner serves as a program director in the NGA Center for Best Practices’ Homeland Security & Public Safety Division. Here, Brunner focuses on state cybersecurity policy, emergency communications and public safety technology. Brunner holds a J.D. from William & Mary Law School and a bachelor’s degree in history from Tufts University. Brunner is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia.

  • Paula H.J. Cholmondeley
    Corporate Board Director and NACD Part-time Faculty Member
    The Sorrel Group

    Ms. Cholmondeley has served on 8 corporate boards. Across her board career she has served on the audit, governance, strategy, corporate social responsibility, CRA nd  compensation committees. She has also chaired 5 audit committees, a nominating and governance committee; and a strategy and corporate social responsibility committee.  She currently chairs the Nationwide Mutual Funds audit committee.  During her executive career, Ms. Cholmondeley has had profit and loss responsibility for global divisions with revenues up to $750M, served as CFO of companies with revenues up to $2B, brought new technologies to market including construction of manufacturing plants, and served as the head of strategy at two large corporations. She is a former CPA and also was a White House Fellow in the office of the US Trade Representative. 

    In the non-profit arena, she has previously served on the Board of the American Institute of CPAs and Gifts-in-Kind (today Goods 360), the largest product-giving charity in the US, the Executive Leadership Council and the National Association of Black Accountants. the White House Fellows  foundation and  association and the Wharton School MBA Program. She co leads the Mid Atlantic Region for the Black Corporate Directors Group.

  • Tim Davis
    VP of Worldwide Solutions Engineering

    Tim Davis brings over 15 years of experience in IT infrastructure and security to his current role as the VP of Worldwide Solutions Engineering at Bitglass.  Prior to Bitglass, Mr. Davis led solution engineering teams at Layer 3 Communications and Brocade Communications, but his interest in information security goes back to the first time he (accidentally) took down a Windows server using NMAP.  Outside of information security, Tim enjoys reading, watching good science fiction, and board breaking (literally). 

  • Joseph Dyer
    Chief Information Security Officer
    ICF International

    Joseph Dyer is Chief Information Security Officer with ICF.  ICF is a global company that provides professional services, technology solutions, digital strategies and policy consulting solving complex challenges in areas critical to energy, environmental, infrastructure, health, social programs, public safety, social media, cybersecurity and defense.  ICF has more than 5,500 employees that service government and commercial clients from more than 70 offices worldwide. Mr. Dyer directs ICF’s corporate global cyber security program.  Mr. Dyer has over 30 years of information technology experience with over 15 years of information security involvement.  

    Mr. Dyer has implemented various information security strategies to align organization operations with industry standards and regulatory compliance, directed security and risk assessments, conducted forensics analysis, deployed enterprise wide security prevention safeguards, and succeeded in deploying effective incident response measures.

    Mr. Dyer holds a BS degree in Information Systems and maintains several industry certifications including Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO), Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC), Certified Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHIF), and Certified Computer Forensic Examiner (CCFE).

  • Benjamin Eason
    CISO and Principal
    The Carlyle Group

  • Justin Fier
    Director of Cyber Intelligence and Analytics

    Justin Fier is the Director for Cyber Intelligence and Analytics at Darktrace, based in Washington D.C. With over 10 years of experience in cyber defense, Fier has supported various elements in the US intelligence community, holding mission-critical security roles with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Mission Systems and Abraxas. Fier is a highly-skilled technical officer, and a specialist in cyber operations across both offensive and defensive arenas.

  • Patrick Ford
    CISO, Americas Region
    Schneider Electric

  • Gene Fredriksen
    CISO and CEO National Credit Union ISAO

    Gene Fredriksen, CISO for PSCU, has over 25 years of IT experience, with the last 20 focused on Information Security. Fredriksen held the positions of Global CISO for Tyco International, Principal Consultant for Security and Risk Management Strategies for Burton Group, Vice President of Technology Risk Management and Chief Security Officer for Raymond James Financial, headquartered in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Information Security Manager for American Family Insurance. He served as the Chair of the Security and Risk Assessment Steering Committee for BITS, as well as serving on the R&D committee for the Financial Services Sector Steering Committee of the Department of Homeland Security. He is a member of the SC Magazine Editorial Advisory Board and attended the FBI Citizens Academy.

  • Hala Furst
    Cybersecurity and Technology Business Liaison
    (Participating in her personal capacity)
    Department of Homeland Security

    Hala V. Furst is the Cybersecurity and Technology Business Liaison for the Department of Homeland Security’s Private Sector Office (PSO), creating strategic relationships between Department Headquarters, Department components, the policy community in DC, and technology communities across the country, focusing on cybersecurity and technology interests. She has been representing her office as a member of the DHS Transition Team, providing information about the existing activities of the Department to incoming leadership. Prior to this she led the Stakeholder Outreach effort for the second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). In 2012 Ms. Furst was detailed to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, working for the Majority Staff under then Chairman Joe Lieberman on cybersecurity legislation, after joining the Department as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF) in 2010.

  • Sally Kenyon Grant
    Vice President

    Sally is Vice President at Semantic-AI, an enterprise intelligence platform for government and business pioneering advanced data analysis with facial recognition, translation, sentiment and resilient cybersecurity systems for powerful solutions delivery.

    Her work in Washington, D.C. is focused on creating National Security policy and advocating for AI intelligence and cybersecurity workforce development. Previously, Sally served as Vice President at Point3 Security, a premier cybersecurity company whose leadership served with the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command. Prior to Point3, Sally served as Director of Cybersecurity at Comtech Telecommunications Corp. and was a senior Congressional and White House Liaison for the Maryland Department of Commerce serving with Governor O'Malley's CyberMaryland Leadership Team under General Mike Haye’s military affairs team.  

    Sally’s government relations career expands over 25 years, serving in both the Obama and Clinton White House, Congresswoman Claudine Schneider’s Washington Office, and with the IT and Cybersecurity firm, The Ventura Group with Col. Mike Sierra including a position with Cassidy & Associates under the leadership of General P.X. Kelley. 

    Sally holds leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group for Certifications & Training, the Executive Women's Forum (EWF) for Information Security and IT Risk and supports the Hiring our Heroes, Cyber Patriot and the NSA GenCyber programs.  Recently, Sally joined the prestigious Board of Directors with Cyber Crime Support Network.

  • Rocco Grillo
    Managing Director - Global Cyber Risk Services & Incident Response Investigation
    Alvarez & Marsal

    Cybersecurity Executive Leader with extensive experience leading teams and providing clients with cybersecurity advisory services, incident response investigations, and other technical services, as well as guidance to C-Suite and Board level clients. I serve as a trusted advisor and partner to clients, law enforcement and government agencies, law firms, and industry organizations to address cybersecurity matters including incident response & forensics investigations, as well as vulnerability and threat management matters. He is a Ponemon Institute Fellow and affiliate board advisor to industry organizations including FS-ISAC, Retail-CISC, NH-ISAC as well as other ISACS, and member of the Shared Assessments Steering Committee Board. He has also served on the CLM Cyber Liability Council, the Board of Directors of the NY ISSA, the IT Policy Compliance Group, and the (i-4) Research Committee and he has been Interviewed / quoted in CNNMoney, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The London Times, Thomson Reuters, and other industry publications.

  • Monica Keeneth
    VP, CISO

    Monica Keeneth is the VP, Chief Information Security Officer for Inovalon, a leading provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare. Inovalon empowers payer, providers, pharmacy, and life sciences organizations and virtually anyone who participates in the health ecosystem. In Ms. Keeneth’s role, she leads the company’s information security organization, including cybersecurity, security risk management, third-party risk, corporate security and continuity of operations.

    Ms. Keeneth has over thirteen years of experience in information security, technology healthcare, federal regulatory, and real estate industries, performing various advisory roles. This experience includes; extensive knowledge and application of technology security and compliance, security governance, policy, and risk management within the federal government and private sector.

    Ms. Keeneth holds a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Management of Information Technology, and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

  • Shaun Khalfan
    Freddie Mac

    Shaun leads Freddie Mac's information security program and strategy, including security architecture, operations and engineering in alignment with the Three Lines of Defense. In this role, he leads a multiyear roadmap to mature the program and reduce security risk to Freddie Mac. Shaun previously served as the Head of Information and Technology Risk for Freddie Mac, where he established and operationalized a second line of defense information and technology risk function for the company. Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Shaun served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He led the development and execution of the cybersecurity strategy and was responsible for aligning security initiatives with enterprise programs and business objectives, ensuring that systems and information are adequately protected. Prior to joining CBP, Shaun served as director of cybersecurity with the Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer, where he led a team of senior Navy civilians and military officers to deliver strategy, governance, policy, and oversight of Department of the Navy cybersecurity initiatives. Shaun’s previous roles include serving as security operations center (SOC) manager, security architect, and technology program manager. Shaun serves as an advisor on various technology boards, is a fellow with the American Council for Technology, and an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his MBA from George Washington University and is a graduate of the University of Maryland. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), and a graduate of the Department of Defense Executive Leadership Development Program.

  • Nick Leiserson
    Legislative Director
    Congressman Jim Langevin

    Nick Leiserson is Legislative Director to Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02), a senior member of the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees and the co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus. Leiserson serves as Rep. Langevin's principal advisor on an array of issues, particularly homeland security; judiciary; and technology policy. He holds a degree in computer science from Brown University.

  • Eugene Liderman
    Director of Mobile Security Strategy

    Eugene Liderman recently joined Google as a Director of Mobile Security Strategy. In this role, he’ll be leading efforts around android security evangelism, certifications, and other special programs. Eugene has over 18 years of experience in the Information Technology field specifically around mobile security, directory services, and enterprise email. Prior to Google, Eugene was a Director of Product Management at VMware and Good Technology before that working on various mobile security product offerings.

  • Jeff Lolley
    CISO and Risk Committee Chair
    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Jeffrey Lolley currently serves as Chief Information Security Officer for Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is responsible for overseeing global information security, risk management, operations, records management and eDiscovery for the firm's 16 offices worldwide. He also serves as the chair of the firm’s Risk Committee, and is a Professor with The George Washington University, where he lectures on various cybersecurity topics in the Graduate School of Engineering & Applied Science.

    Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was CISO and Managing Principal at Hogan Lovells, where he directed both global cybersecurity and privacy, and oversaw a cybersecurity consulting practice group. In this role he led cybersecurity response efforts for some of the largest global data breaches in history He was the first ever CISO within the legal sector, and has been profiled by Bloomberg Law, The National Law Journal, and Security Magazine. He has also been recognized as the Information Security Executive of the Year and has received awards from CIO and Computer World Magazines for excellence in the cybersecurity field.

    Earlier in his career, Jeff ran cybersecurity for Marriott International and lead incident response initiatives for various organizations around the globe. He developed the industry’s first commercial certification program for information security best practices while with the National Computer Security Association and led ground-breaking research in advanced intrusion detection techniques with AT&T Lab’s. He also led research and development on the National Security Associations (NSAs) Einstein program; and served as the Chief Security Architect for the White House, U.S. Department of State and U.S. Space Command.

  • Cynthia Dianne Mares
    District Court Judge and past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association
    18th Judicial District

    Cynthia D. Mares. A Proven Leader and Advocate for Latinos and the Law, and Cybersecurity Empowerment for Corporate Boards.

    Judge Mares is dedicated to utilizing her knowledge and experience to make a difference, not only as a district court judge, but as an advisory board member For Axon Global and HDHint. She is relentless in her quest for knowledge in the legal field as a judge and as a privacy, security, IoT and cybersecurity specialist.

    She recently completed a program at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, specifically created for senior executives in state and local government.

    Mares was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper as the Arapahoe County Public Trustee in Littleton, Colorado, and was responsible for an annual budget of $1.3 million. Approximately $70,000,000 flows through that office annually.

    She is a past president of the Colorado Hispanic Bar Association (CHBA)(2012) and the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA)(2015).

    The CHBA and HNBA advocate on diversity and inclusion on behalf of Latino lawyers and students interested in the legal profession as well as issues that affect the Latino community.

    She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) as a governance fellow, and member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and the National Cybersecurity Center located In Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    Most recently, Judge Mares and a group of mostly engineers, published a book entitled Women Securing the Future with TIPPS for IoT. The electronic version is available in June 2019 and the hardcover in July 2019. 

  • Israel Martinez
    Industry Advisor
    US Department of Homeland Security

    Israel is a professional in cyber strategy and innovation empowering boards and companies that have decided to reclaim cyber dominance.  He’s recognized as an expert in Cyber Enterprise Risk Management, as well as an NACD Full Board Member and Leadership Fellow, obtaining the highest credentials for Board Directorship. His board experience includes training directors, advisory and board service with: F500; National Bar Associations; American University Kogod Cyber Governance Center; The Association for Corporate Growth, representing 14K companies; Globes International (Tel Aviv’s “WSJ”); the Global Manufacturing ISAO, sharing threat information for 29K companies; and the Axon Global Alliance®. Martinez is also an accomplished thought leader and speaker with appearances in: The WSJ MarketWatch ®, NACD ® Annual Board Leadership Conferences, DHS Office of Analysis & Intelligence training conferences, Forbes CEO Conferences, CIO Magazine, U.S. Federal Reserve, and U.S. Congress.  As the CEO of Axon Global Services, recognized as leaders by the U.S. Secret Service and DHS, he is currently an advisor in cyber to the President’s 100-day team. He’s the recipient of, the HITEC top 100, The U.S. Senatorial Medal of Freedom (also awarded to Ronald Reagan and General Schwarzkopf), and his recent post graduate certifications include; business strategy at Harvard, Intelligence Analysis (TCOLE) at SMU, Cyber Counter Terrorism & Defense at DHS, and FINTECH Blockchain at MIT (2017). 

  • Daniel Medina
    Director, Strategic and Technical Engagement
    Glasswall Solutions

    Daniel is responsible for developing and leading strategic engagement, thought leadership, and business development. Previously, Daniel was Chief of Staff of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at DHS managing a federal and contract staff over 3000 and a budget of over $1 billion. Daniel is a Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Fellow, a graduate of the Carnegie Mellon Executive Chief Information Security Officer Program, has an MBA and BSIT.

  • Sarah Moxley
    Minority Staff Director
    Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee

    Sarah Moxley is the new Republican staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection. Moxley began her position with the Subcommittee earlier this month. Previously, she served as the senior professional staff member for the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, then known as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Technology, working with then-Ranking Member Will Hurd, R-Texas. In her prior role, Moxley said she led “the Subcommittee’s emerging technology portfolio with a particular interest in artificial intelligence, quantum sciences, and Internet of Things.”

  • Hunter Muller
    President & CEO
    HMG Strategy

    Hunter Muller is a charismatic industry pioneer and a modern-day Renaissance Man. As a global C-suite advisor and coach for the past 30 years, Hunter’s insights and concepts have been successfully applied by Fortune 1000 organizations worldwide to accelerate executive performance, propel the career ascent of C-level executives, and to drive transformative innovation and create new waves of value.

    Hunter is the President and CEO of HMG Strategy, LLC, the largest independent, objective, transparent and collaborative executive network in the world. HMG focuses on innovation and breakthrough strategies for core, parallel and new markets while studying the most successful organizations eco-systems and platforms such as Amazon and Microsoft.

    HMG Strategy is the provider of thought leadership and networking events for CIOs, CISOs, and senior technology executives. HMG Strategy offers a unique, integrated model for enabling C-level executives and their companies to draw upon courageous leadership to reimagine, reinvent, and rebuild their business models to attain the genius-level thinking required in today’s dynamic business landscape to achieve competitive advantage in the digital frontier.

    Hunter's passion for the role of the technology executive in transforming the business is reflected in the 7 Pillars of Trust which embody HMG Strategy's unique business model.

    Complementing HMG Strategy’s world-renowned events is HMGNextVentures, a venture capital accelerator aimed at helping connect CIOs with the most innovative technology companies and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Tel Aviv. HMG Strategy also partners with the world’s leading venture capital firms, including Amplify Partners, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Sequoia Capital. HMG Strategy connects CEOs, CIOs, and other C-level executives with startup technologies backed by the leading VCs to identify opportunities for innovation and business transformation.

    Meanwhile, HMG Strategy’s award-winning Research Team advises the world’s technology companies such as Adobe, Nutanix, and Workday on branding, messaging, and Voice of the Customer strategies.

    Hunter has published five that draw from his extensive business experience: The Transformational CIO (Wiley, March 2011), On Top of the Cloud (Wiley, January 2012), Leading the Epic Revolution (Wiley, September 2013) and The Big Shift in IT Leadership (Wiley, July 2015) and The CEO of Technology (Wiley, January 2018). Hunter is now working on his sixth book: 'Enterprise 2025', which is slated to be published in January 2020. As a result, Hunter’s unique position of knowing the thoughts, challenges, and opportunities of the IT Leader, he is asked to speak at a variety of venues such as IBM’s Cloud Expo and on

    Hunter and HMG Strategy support a variety of charitable causes, including the American Cancer Society, Save the Children, and Year Up, and Hunter personally gives back his time and ideas as a member of the Executive Committee of the Fairfield/Westchester Chapter of the Society for Information Management.

    An intrepid international athlete, Hunter is an ardent yacht racer, a world-class skier, and an extreme fitness guru. Hunter is passionate about ocean and mountain adventures and spending time with his sons, Chase and Brice.

    Hunter earned a Bachelor of Science in the Babson College School of Management.

  • Frank Price
    Senior Vice President & Chief Information Risk Officer
    Hudson's Bay Company

  • Thomas Reagan
    Cyber Practice Leader

    Tom Reagan is the Cyber Practice leader within Marsh’s Financial and Professional Products (FINPRO) Specialty Practice. Located in Marsh’s New York office, Tom oversees client advisory and placement services for cyber risk throughout the country. In addition to his management responsibilities, Tom also serves as the senior cyber advisor for some of Marsh’s largest clients.


    Tom joined Marsh in 2014. Tom began his career in the technology industry as an expert on security and service delivery. In 2003, Tom joined American International Group (AIG), where he managed professional liability underwriting for AIG’s largest clients in the US and Canada. Tom also led the development of new professional liability products and services for AIG. Later, Tom joined Beazley, a global specialty insurance carrier, where he led marketing and strategy for Beazley’s cyber insurance division.


    • MBA, Columbia Business School and London Business School
    • AB in history and business economics, Brown University


    • Former Treasurer, Brown University Club in New York
    • Spoken at various business, technology, legal, and insurance forums throughout the world, including the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), the Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), and the Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)

  • Josh Reicher
    Chief Digital Officer
    Cenlar FSB

    Josh Reicher is the Chief Digital Officer at Cenlar.  He manages Digital Services and Borrower Operations technology teams, enabling Cenlar’s clients and customers, both external and internal.  Josh created and is fulfilling a digital strategy, focused on customer facing digital advantages, using ROI, market, and industry analysis for new solutions.  Josh is collaborating with business heads to reimagine the customer journey through the use of improved business-to-business solutions and innovative consumer channel technology.

    With more than 15 years in the financial services industry, and more than 20 years in technology overall, Josh has served in various IT leadership positions at Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and other organizations.  Josh holds an MBA from the University of Southern California.

  • Anahi Santiago

    Anahi Santiago is the Chief Information Security Officer at Christiana Care Health System in Delaware, one of the country’s largest healthcare providers.  With over 20 years in the Information Technology field, Anahi has extensive experience in areas of cybersecurity, privacy, regulatory compliance, program management and infrastructure services.

    Anahi has overall responsibility for the organization’s information security program and strategic direction. She leads a team of high performing information security professionals in supporting Christiana's strategic initiatives by partnering with the business and managing risks, implementing policies and controls, and generating overall awareness.

    Anahi holds a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as an Executive MBA from Drexel University.  She is also an active contributor in several national information security and privacy organizations.

  • Chris Shull
    Founder & President
    Engaged Impact LLC

    Chris is a transformative information security and privacy leadership consultant with an uncommon ability to make cybersecurity and data privacy understandable.

    He has more than 25 years’ experience delivering, implementing and managing private, public and hybrid cloud-based information technologies. He has led InfoSec and Privacy efforts from both the vendor and company sides using ISO, NIST, CSA CCM and Nymity PAMF frameworks to address needs for SOC 2, HIPAA, SOX, PCI/DSS NY DFS 500, EU GDPR, Canadian PIPEDA and California CPA compliance.

    Chris serves as the fractional CISO and DPO to Salem Memorial Hospital, the Weichert Family of Companies, and He has consulted to Versum Materials and Taiho Oncology, and led IT at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Misonix, Drexel eLearning, the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, GSI Health, the Wharton School, and CareScience.

    He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (CIPP/E), Certified Information Privacy Professional / United States (CIPP/US) and Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) and was designated a Fellow in Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals.

    Chris earned a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the Wharton School.


September 19, 2019, 7:30 AM-5:00 PM
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM        

Registration, Continental Breakfast and Networking

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM  

Welcome and Introduction

Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy and Israel Martinez, NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100" Director HITEC Top 100, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert and Chairman and CEO, Axon Global

8:40 AM - 8:50 AM

HMG Lead, Innovate, Disrupt Interview: Strengthening Cybersecurity Leadership in our Nation's Capital

Sally Kenyon Grant, VP Semantic AI, interviewed by Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

This session will provide ten top recommendations for sharing your expertise with government officials.

8:50 AM - 9:30 AM

EXECUTIVE PANEL: How Cyber Security Champions Collaborate with Federal Cyber Leaders

Leisel Bogan, Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity, Technology and National Security serving Mark R. Warner, US Senator, Commonwealth of VA

Maggie Brunner, Director, NGA Center for Best Practices' Homeland Security & Public Safety Division

Hala Furst, Cybersecurity and Technology Business Liaison, Department of Homeland Security

Nick Leiserson, Legislative Director for Congressman Jim Langevin

Dan Medina, Director, Strategic and Technical Engagement, Glasswall Solutions Inc.

Sarah Moxley, Minority Staff Director, Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee

Moderator:  Sally Kenyon Grant, VP Semantic AI

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

10:00 AM - 10:40 AM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  New Technologies -Trends and Opportunities for Protecting the Organization

John Adams, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Tim Davis
, VP Worldwide Systems Engineering, Bitglass

Justin Fier, Director of Cyber Intelligence and Analytics, Darktrace

Adam Lee, SVP & CSO, Dominion Energy

Moderator:  John Iannarelli, Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor, FBI

We are in the early innings of an extended innovation cycle that will affect and impact the enterprise for decades to come. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence/machine learning and user-behavior analytics offer information security teams new ways to detect malicious behavior faster and more effectively. This session will showcase new security technologies that are reshaping information security practices.

10:40 AM - 11:10 AM 

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

11:10 AM - 11:50 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Partnering with Cyber Insurance, Before, During and After an Incident

Christopher Ballod, Partner, Lewis Brisbois

Rocco Grillo, Managing Director, Global Cyber Risk Services, Alvarez & Marsal

Jeff Lolley, CISO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Thomas Reagan
, Cyber Practice Leader, Marsh

Moderator: Chris Shull, President, Engaged Impact, LLC

This panel of expert cyber executives will discuss selecting cyber insurance that comprehensively addresses your needs, practicing the use of the insurance with all the associated players, and actually using it.

11:50 AM - 1:00 PM  


1:00 PM - 1:40 PM  

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Creating Your Future Professional Brand as an IT Security Leader

Benjamin Eason, CISO and Principal, The Carlyle Group

Patrick Ford, CISO Americas Region, Schneider Electric

Monica Keeneth
, Chief Security Officer, Inovalon

Shaun Khalfan, CISO, Freddie Mac

Anahi Santiago, CISO, Christiana Care Health System

Moderator:  Rocco Grillo, Managing Director, Global Cyber Risk Services, Alvarez & Marsal

The role of the CISO has been pushed into the spotlight. Still, not all CISOs have won a seat at the table in the C-suite. Top security executives will share examples of partnering across the business to become a valued member of the team along with best practices for CISOs to elevate their professional brands and accelerate their career paths.     

1:40 PM - 2:10 PM

Coffee Break, Networking and Meet Our Partners

2:10 PM - 2:30 PM

EXECUTIVE BRIEFING:  Cynthia Dianne Mares, District Court Judge, 18th Judicial District past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, and Israel Martinez, NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100" Director HITEC Top 100, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert and Chairman and CEO, Axon Global

Recent reactions to breaches ranging from Yahoo!, Equifax, Marriott and Capital One, to PII regulation ranging from GDPR to CCPA have created a conundrum for the cybersecurity industry.  How might this impact you as a cybersecurity professional and what can you do to mitigate potential risk?

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM 

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Preparing Yourself to be Boardroom Ready

Paula HJ Cholmondeley, CEO, Corporate Board Director and NACD Part-time Faculty Member

Gene Fredriksen, CISO and CEO, National Credit Union, ISAO, PSCU

Cynthia Dianne Mares, District Court Judge, 18th Judicial District past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association

Moderator:  Israel Martinez, NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100” Director by U.S. Secret Service, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert, HITEC Top 100 and Chairman and CEO, Axon Global

This panel comprises top security and technology executives who sit on company boards. They will share insights into what it takes to be boardroom ready, how to get on a board, and what skills are needed to be effective in that role.

3:10 PM - 3:20 PM

Transition Break

3:20 PM - 4:00 PM

EXECUTIVE PANEL:  Driving the Digital Roadmap to a Secure Enterprise

Michael Antico, CISO, CLEAR

Joseph Dyer, CISO, ICF International

Eugene Liderman
, Director, Mobile Security Strategy, Google

Frank Price, VP & CISO, CVS Health

Moderator:  Hunter Muller, President and CEO, HMG Strategy

As the number and complexity of cyber-attacks continue to escalate, it’s become abundantly clear that historical approaches to cyber security are no longer sufficient. Today’s CISO must be prepared to embrace innovation and to drive secure value to their organization while forging tight collaboration with the C-suite and the board. This panel of information security executives will discuss their roles in leading transformative cyber security strategies along with best practices for working with fellow executives to proactively protect the enterprise.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Raffle Prizes and Executive Networking Reception

Platinum Partners

  • Bitglass

    Bitglass, the Next-Gen CASB company, is based in Silicon Valley with offices worldwide. The company’s cloud security solutions deliver zero-day, agentless, data and threat protection for any app, any device, anywhere.
  • Darktrace

    Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology. Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 4,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. The company has over 1,500 employees and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.

Strategic Partners

  • Egon Zehnder

    Egon Zehnder was founded in 1964 with a distinctive vision and structure aimed at achieving two basic goals - to place our clients' interests first and to lead our profession in creating value for our clients through the assessment and recruitment of top-level management resources. The most fundamental expression of our client-first vision resides in our structure, which is unique to our profession. Our 390 consultants, operating from 63 wholly owned offices in 37 countries, are organized around a single-profit center partnership. This is designed to eliminate competitive barriers between our offices. It allows us to operate seamlessly when engagements call for us to mobilize across many offices in a country or a region. Large or small, local or global, our clients benefit from our structure by having access to our most relevant resources and relationships wherever they may reside. Underpinning this unique structure is our private ownership. We have chosen to operate our firm independent of any outside interests and are motivated solely by a desire to exceed our clients' expectations.
  • Heidrick & Struggles

    Heidrick & Struggles actively solves business problems for our clients every day. Through our Leadership Advisory framework, we help companies attract, develop and retain the world’s most talented individuals. For almost 60 years, we have focused on quality service and built strong leadership teams through our relationships with clients and individuals worldwide. Today, Heidrick & Struggles leadership experts operate from principal business centers in North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific.
  • Korn Ferry

    At Korn Ferry, we design, build, attract and ignite talent. Since our inception, clients have trusted us to help recruit world-class leadership. Today, we are a single source for leadership and talent consulting services to empower businesses and leaders to reach their goals. Through our vision, research and tools across 80 offices and 3,700 employees, we convert potential into greatness. Our solutions range from executive recruitment and leadership development programs, to enterprise learning, succession planning, and recruitment process outsourcing (RPO). Organizations around the world trust Korn Ferry to manage their talent – a responsibility we meet every day with passion, expertise, integrity and results.
  • Spencer Stuart

    Founded in 1956 and privately owned, Spencer Stuart is one of the world's leading executive search consulting firms. We are the advisor of choice among top companies seeking guidance and counsel on senior leadership needs. We have unrivalled access to leading executives around the world. Our clients range across industries, from the world's largest companies to medium-sized businesses and entrepreneurial start-ups. We operate out of 51 offices in 27 countries. Last year we conducted more than 4,000 assignments around the world. Our team of more than 300 consultants possesses a unique blend of professional search experience and industry expertise. Consultants are organized in practices and work in teams, often across international boundaries that maximize sector specialization and knowledge-sharing. These client service teams are supported by first-rate associates and researchers, and backed by state-of-the-art technology. We place quality at the center of everything we do and solicit candid feedback at every opportunity in order to continually improve our service to clients. We channel our knowledge and expertise into a wide range of publications for the benefit of existing and prospective clients.

Alliance Partners

  • Amplify Partners

    Amplify Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm committed to redefining IT infrastructure, invests in technical entrepreneurs pursuing the multi-hundred-billion dollar Infrastructure 2.0 disruption. Amplify helps talented founders build valuable businesses by investing the right amount of early-stage capital and providing active company-building assistance. Amplify offers the unique combination of deep domain expertise, early-stage focus and a network of Venture AmplifiersTM to improve outcomes for infrastructure entrepreneurs.
  • Glynn Capital

    Glynn Capital is focused on investments in leading private and public technology growth companies. We seek to be long-term investors in a limited number of excellent companies with world-class management teams, sustainable business models, and long-term growth potential.
  • Greylock Partners

    Greylock Partners backs entrepreneurs who are building disruptive, market-transforming consumer and enterprise software companies. We invest in companies that define new markets, including Airbnb, AppDynamics, Cloudera, Docker, Dropbox, Facebook (Nasdaq: FB), LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD), Medium, Nextdoor, Palo Alto Networks (NYSE: PANW) and Workday (NYSE: WDAY).
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners

    Lightspeed Ventures is a global VC firm headquartered in Silicon Valley, with offices in India, Israel, and China. With over $7 billion under management, Lightspeed invests in both enterprise and consumer tech startups from early-stage to late-stage. With over 300 active startups in the portfolio, Lightspeed has invested in companies like Brocade, Informatica, Nutanix, AppDynamics, Mulesoft, zScaler, etc. Lightspeed has also created a CIO Innovation Advisory Network to connect forward-thinking IT leaders with Silicon Valley.
  • Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia is a venture firm with a 40+ year track record of partnering with daring entrepreneurs. Founded in 1972, we’ve been early business partners with many of technology’s biggest companies (Apple, Google, Oracle, Cisco, and more) along with many emerging leaders (WhatsApp, Palo Alto Networks, ServiceNow, FireEye, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Airbnb, etc).

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C.

Room block venue: W Washington D.C. located at 515 15th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Room rate is $499/night. This rate expires on August 23, 2019.

To book a room, please call 1-888-236-2423 and mention the HMG Strategy Room Block or click here.

The CISO Executive Leadership Summit is created for Information Security Leaders who are focused on delivering proactive security strategies to the C-suite and board. It also has strong appeal to leaders interested in better positioning their organizations and themselves for what's ahead in enterprise security.

To ensure a high quality environment and to maximize the networking experience, all attendees must be:

  • Employed C-Level executives (non-vendor) or equivalent, CISOs, Direct Reports of CISOs, or Senior Most IT Professional in an organization with $200M or greater revenue, or from not-for-profit or government organizations with comparable size

- OR - 

  • Full time academicians

If you meet the criteria above, there is no fee to attend.

All registration requests will be reviewed and approved based upon above stated criteria.

* Sales/marketing individuals or consultants from non-sponsoring vendor organizations are not permitted.

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