Tech Leaders Northeast Summit

March 30, 2021

Tech Leaders Northeast Summit

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Opening Remarks


Keynote Panel: “Post Covid Cybersecurity: Hope is not a strategy

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The charter of the CISO has always been daunting, made even more so by the challenges brought forth by the COVID pandemic. From budget constraints to competing priorities, business and security leaders need to rethink their ideas around business continuity, expansion/contraction, work-from-home/work-from-office, all while managing exposure and risk. The CISO is entrusted to protect and defend the enterprise internally and externally from continuous threats in a constantly changing landscape, typically with limited resources and unrealistic deadlines, all with the expectation that there are zero vulnerabilities. Given such an impossible reality, “hope” can seem to be the best strategy. It is not. Please meet our panel of CISOs that will share their experiences in how they navigate these challenges, and plan for success rather than hope for it! You will learn from them:

  • The unique COVID-related cybersecurity challenges presented in 2020;
  • The balance between playing “offense vs. defense” in today’s environment;
  • The benefits and difficulties with outsourcing vs. insourcing cybersecurity solutions;
  • Emerging threats.

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Abstract: Zero Trust is suddenly THE cyber strategy that everyone is talking about. From the recent Forrester Zero Trust Wave to every security vendor’s website, the words “Zero Trust” are popping up just about everywhere. Despite the attention, Zero Trust is still a strategy for most, with little reality to show for it. In this session, Illumio’s Chief Evangelist Nathanael Iversen will discuss Zero Trust and <maybe offer some directions/steps/something> to make it a reality.

  • Real-world examples of effective Zero Trust strategies
  • Best practices for successful implementation
  • How to take an end-to-end approach to Zero Trust

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Thought Leadership: “Leveraging an identity-centric Zero Trust model to rethink your IAM strategy”

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DDI (DNS-DHCP-IPAM) is a cornerstone networking technology and plays a mission-critical role in accessing applications and services. It is more prominent today than ever thanks to multi-cloud and multi-device proliferation, as well as the ever-evolving security threats that conventional network security offerings find hard to combat. However, many organizations may not be utilizing DDI as efficiently as they could. Initiatives like hybrid cloud, SDN, NFV, IPv6, mobility, and IoT can be greatly enhanced by the visibility, automation and “single source of IP truth” that integrated DDI solutions bring.

In this session, we’ll cover:
– DDI as the key for scalable and stable network infrastructure
– The traits of cost effective DDI, how it supports business continuity, and how it can better secure your network
– Use cases- IoT initiatives, consolidated network architecture, homegrown solutions.

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CXO FireSide: “Looking Ahead: Retailers Focus on Security and Resiliency in 2021

Speaker: Tim Tang, Director – Enterprise Solutions, Hughes

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Abstract: Retail is open for business and as an industry has been in a transformational mode for the past several years. The pandemic and change in business models has escalated this transformation. Two cybersecurity industry leaders will share their thoughts and steps that some retail organizations are doing to proactively lead digital transformation activities with a security-first mindset to drive desired business outcomes.

Some key takeaways from the session will include:

  • Two choices for retailers: survive or thrive
  • Technology investment for retail is critical
  • Business agility is a requirement
  • Resiliency crucial for being able to withstand rapid disruption
  • Customer experience is key – technology should be seamless
  • 5G driving/accelerating business transformation

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CXO Panel: “Risk Management and Business Agility: A Look Ahead to 2021

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Any and every one is a target for nation-state grade cyber attacks, especially during a global crisis. During times of crisis there is a shift in focus which allows cyber-attacks to grow and intensify, and a large portion of them are nation-state grade. The private sector, all verticals and industries, have always been a target for these, and the pandemic has only worsened it.

These highly advanced mechanisms of cyber assault are continuously evolving and readily available for sale on the darknet, enabling hackers and new players looking for alternative income due to COVID19 to become extremely powerful attackers. The question arises – How can organizations protect themselves in today’s crisis cyber reality? And what happens the day after? Fortunately, there are answers and solutions.

In his presentation, Ran Shahor, IDF Brigadier General (Ret.) will discuss the challenges financial organizations face during a time of crisis, the solutions, the holistic approach and the secret sauce needed in order to be protected and stay ahead of the curve.

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Executive Vision Presenter: “Securing the New Normal: How Cyber AI Learns on the Job “

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The future of work remains unpredictable and uncertain. More than ever before, business leaders need to remain confident that their operations can continue securely in the face of global or even regional crises, and while sections of the economy are slowly re-opening, cyber-attackers are ramping up their campaigns.

As businesses look set to rely on cloud and SaaS tools for the long term, our digital environments are going to be more dynamic than ever. Yet organizations are finding themselves undergoing a delicate balancing act—each new work practice and technology that is introduced also brings unforeseen risk. Static, legacy approaches have become redundant, both unintelligent and ill-equipped to adapt.

Organizations must rethink their approach to security, and rely on new technologies like AI to achieve much-needed adaptability and resilience. Darktrace is the world leader in Cyber AI technology, and leverages unsupervised machine learning to seamlessly adapt and integrate into changing environments, and to detect and respond to attacks in the earliest moments.

In the face of an uncertain present and future, Cyber AI enables businesses to continue communicating, operating, and innovating.

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Closing Keynote Panel: “Enabling the acceleration of digital transformation before, during and after the pandemic

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We recommend business attire. Most attendees wear suits or comparable attire. Ties are optional.

Can I bring a colleague with me?

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Apex is always looking for speakers that can contribute their valuable insight. If you would like to speak, please contact your Apex POC or fill out the Speaker Registration Form on the Assemblies page. Please keep in mind that we receive many inquiries for speaking and sessions are available on a first come first served basis. But no need to worry, we have plenty of opportunities available at future assemblies.

I plan on being in attendance, but what if something comes up and I have to cancel?

We understand that something may come up on your calendar! Before canceling with us, please know that we will have a separate room for attendees to step out for work-related activities (meetings, emails, conference calls, etc.). If you must cancel, we just ask that you let us know at least 48 hours in advance so that we can open up the waitlist for another member.


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