Global Cyber Security Initiative (GCSI) Conference 2019


Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Institute of Technology

565 West Adams Street

Chicago, IL 60661

United States


November 13, 2019
9:00 am
6:00 pm

Global Cyber Security Initiative (GCSI), in partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Pan Asian American Business council (PAABC) and Convex Legal LLC are hosting the 2019 GCSI Cybersecurity Conference.

We will host our GCSI conference from 9am to 6pm, Wednesday, November 13 at Chicago - Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams St., Chicago.

The conference begins with a Keynote speech and a panel discussion showcasing innovative solutions to the problems facing highly regulated industries. We are bringing more than 100 cybersecurity leaders, Senior Executives, C-Level Executives, CISOs, Compliance Specialists, and Security Officers for sessions focused on Cyber Security Planning, Strategy, Risk & Budgeting.

GCSI was organized in October 2016 to address the SEC and FINRA’s annual areas of concern for their member firms. Since then, GCSI expanded to include topics, such as controlling your cyber security budget and how to discreetly hire a CISO.

The GCSI expanded its focus to assist all highly regulated industries, including healthcare, insurance, finance, etc. Each month, we host events that bring together executives to discuss topics such as cybersecurity insurance, human engineering and more.


8:45 - 9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

9:00 - 9:50 am Keynote Speaker: Joe Norton, Chairman Advisory Board, NextEra Transformation Group

Title of the Keynote: "HIC SUNT DRACONES"... Here be Dragons! You should be Very Afraid!

9:50 - 10:40 am Cybersecurity Panel: Why Don’t We Defend Better?

Moderator: Richard Warner, Faculty Director, Chicago-Kent's Center for Law and Computers


1. Jennifer Inserro, Sr Dir IT & Security Policy, Blue Cross Blue Shield

2. Wulf Kaal, Chief Information Officer, Chicago State University

10:40 - 10:55 am Break

10:55 - 11:45 am Panel Discussion on Cybersecurity at C-Level

Moderator: Ray Trygstad, Interim Associate Director, Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education


1. Maurice Dawson, Director of the Center For Cyber Security and Forensics Education, IIT

2. Mark Las, Chief Information Officer, Chicago State University

3. Ophir Trigalo, Chief Information Officer, IIT

4. Ravi Mani, CISO, IBM

Noon – 1:00 pm Lunch

CISO Round Table (By Invitation only) Moderator: Jeffrey Welgan, Executive Director, Head of Executive & Professional Training Programs at CyberVista

1:00 - 1:40 pm Keynote Speaker: Laszlo Gonc, Transformation Strategist & Chief Cybersecurity Evangelist

Title of the Keynote: The Next Perfect Storm: The Convergence of AI, IoT, Blockchain and Cybersecurity

1:40 - 2:30 pm Panel Discussion

Moderator: Nitesh Dixit, Director, North America Practice Leader at Auctus Advisors


1. Erik Decker, Chief Information Security & Privacy Officer

2. Wendy Betts, VP & Sr. Security Engineer, Bank of America

3. Sean O’Kelly, CIO, Technology Leader

2:30 - 2:45 pm Break

2:45 - 3:25 pm Keynote Speaker Tina LaCroix, Co-Founder and President, Bradford Garrett Group, Inc

Title of the Keynote: “CyberEthics: Just Because You Can...DON’T”

3:25 - 4:15 pm Panel Discussion on DevSecOps and IOT devices

Moderator: Glenn Kapetansky, Senior Principal & CSO, Trexin


1. Sarah Isaacs, Founder and COO, Coventus

2. Arlan McMillan, Chief Security Officer at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

3. Bruce Coffing, CISO, City of Chicago

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