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The CIO Forum | Now in its 20th Year

Our conference program is refreshingly different to what you're used to seeing at regular tradeshows and conferences. Why?

  • Built Around Your Needs: We create The Forums conference program based on research and feedback from our clients, senior level IT executives, who like you are dealing with critical issues on a daily basis
  • First class speakers: Conference sessions are led by peers or industry experts, who have a clear understanding of the business obstacles inherent in controlling large technology departments and how they can be managed and resolved.
  • Intimate sessions: Sessions are for small groups of under 25 delegates. This environment encourages attendees to be able to share best practices, successful case studies, and receive opinions and suggestions from their colleagues.  

The entire conference is built around helping you become a more effective executive and opening doors to new perspectives and points of view to help you and your department move forward.


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2017 / Keynote
2017 / Keynote
  • Opening Keynote: The Hacked World Order and Geopolitics of Cyberspace

    Adam Segal, Cybersecurity Expert & Author of The Hacked World Order

    For more than 300 years, nation-states dominated international conflict and shaped world order. They used all the instruments they had to make the rules that best served their interests.

    Two decades ago, digital technologies started to shake up that long-standing system. In 2012, the US government acknowledged that it had used these technologies to disrupt the Iranian nuclear program, and Russia and China conducted massive cyber-espionage operations. Cyberspace became a primary battlefield.

    To make matters worse, cyber attackers often hide behind proxies. Many of the latest technologies are now in the hands of big companies who have interests that differ from those in government. Almost all our critical infrastructure is vulnerable to attack. How can we understand how states, large and small, attack, surveil, influence, steal from and trade with each other in the digital age?

    See next page for Adam's bio info.


  • Opening Keynote: The Hacked World Order and Geopolitics of Cyberspace

    Adam Segal, Cybersecurity Expert & Author of The Hacked World Order


    Adam Segal is a cybersecurity expert who is at the forefront of this burgeoning field. In his talks and in his new book, The Hacked World Order, he provides meaningful answers to urgent questions about hacking, cyberwar, and surveillance. What’s happening with our data? How can we protect ourselves? And what are the real, imminent cyber threats that exist in our post-Snowden world?

    Adam Segal has testified before Congress and briefed the Joint Chief of Staffs, State Department, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Department of Commerce on Chinese cyber espionage. The Director of Cyberspace and Digital Policy Program at Council on Foreign Relations, his talks discuss the intricacies behind U.S./China cyber relations—can the two countries break out of a dangerous cycle of competition and find areas of cooperation?—and what we as individuals and companies need to know and do about privacy, surveillance, and cybersecurity.

    He was project director for CFR’s Independent Task Force report Defending an Open, Global, Secure, and Resilient Internet, and is the author of the books Digital Dragon: High Technology Enterprises in China and Advantage: How American Innovation Can Overcome the Asian Challenge. His new book, The Hacked World Order: How Nations Fight, Trade, Maneuver, and Manipulate in the Digital Age, exposes how the Internet has ushered in a new era of geopolitical maneuvering, and reveals its tremendous and terrifying implications for our economic livelihood, security, and personal identity. His other writing has appeared in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. He writes CFR’s Asia Program blog, Asia Unbound, which is carried by Forbes.

    Segal is on the board of the Cyber Conflict Studies Association, has been a visiting scholar at MIT’s Center for International Studies, the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, and Tsinghua University in Beijing, and has taught at Vassar College and Columbia University.


2017 / Industry Sessions
2017 / Industry Sessions
  • Fostering Culture from the Front

    Ashley Sprague, Head of IT, Quora

    Positive, passionate culture doesn't just happen by hiring the right people -- it begins with you as a Leader. By providing a framework of autonomy, innovation, mutual trust and transparency, the right culture will not only allow the best talent to thrive, but create a team experience that ot...


    The Cloud Ring Leader of the Four Horsemen? Establish or Enhance Your CFCOE Next Week

    Brent Eubanks, VP Technology Optimization, Ticketmaster - Live Nation

    Cloud Financial Center of Excellence or CFCOE has been constantly suggested by all 5 major public cloud vendors for last 8 years. Where is yours? How is it doing, how do know? Do you want to know what exactly to do next to go from lagging to world class for your enterprise?

    In this ses...


  • VOICE - The art of mastering your message

    Tamara Carrillo & Melissa Goodwin, Co-Founders, The IdeaHouse

    Individuals and employers alike are interested in elevating their brand, outshining their competitors, and succeeding in the marketplace. Yet, at the heart of performance is the power to communicate. VOICE is a comprehensive communications program that gives you the capacity to unleash your st...


    The Digital Revolution: Will your company compete, survive or thrive in the new market place?

    Wheeler Coleman, Two-time CIO and former CTO

    The new digital revolution is a game changer for all industries; and well established companies are not certain on how they will compete or even if they will survive, yet alone thrive in today's new digital marketplace. There’s a growing trend in most industries - where startup companies are ...


    IT: The Next Engagement Leader

    Jamie Colvin, Owner, SimplyConnect Consulting LLC

    Look at your organizational chart. Pick which areas of the business are responsible for engaging the current workforce and making sure that rock stars flock to your doors wanting to work there tomorrow. Who did you pick? HR? CEO? Well, not bad choices. But, we believe that IT holds the keys to...


2017 / Discussion Groups
2017 / Discussion Groups
  • Discussion Group: Digitization & Setting the IT Table

    Moderated by your peers

    Once the decision for digital transformation is made, the next step can define the role (and future) of the IT Department for years to come: who will lead? The person/people defining the parameters and goals will set the position of IT – and the CIO -- within the organization.

    But it...


    Discussion Group: Maintenance Over Innovation

    Moderated by your peers

    Inspired by a recent Freakonomics podcast, this discussion group will take on the “innovation obsession” and wonder if all this focus on re-invention is costing us. More and more, innovation and driving the business is demanded of us, but we cannot forget that system maintenance will cost us...


  • Discussion Group: The State of the IT Department 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Getting beyond the fads and “nice-to-haves”, this discussion group is a dive into the tangible day-to-day issues we are currently facing as CIOs. Topics to be covered will be released closer to the event.


    Discussion Group: Security 2017

    Moderated by your peers

    Reconnect with peers to catch up on the latest pressures, threats, and tools to protect your assets. Come and share your experiences on the most recent successes (and failures) in IT today, and extract some tangible actions you can take back to your team to make everything a little bit more ...


2017 / Supplier Sessions
2017 / Supplier Sessions
  • Exposing the Enemy Within: How DNS data holds the key to cyber defense

    Scott Penney, Director of Cyber Security Solutions, BlueCat Networks

    From malicious malware to internal bad actors, networks have proven themselves as perfect gateways for various kinds of cyber attacks to spread rapidly through an organization. 91% of network attacks utilize DNS data, but enterprise security teams haven’t focused on DNS in their defense. Inste...


    The Evolving Cyber Threat Landscape

    Jeff Urnaza, Systems Engineering Manager, Fortinet

    The threat landscape is in a constant state of evolution and the arms race between cyber guardians and cyber criminals has been heating up dramatically over the course of the last year. Over 50 billion devices are expected to be connected in the next three years alone, forcing individuals and ...


  • Today's Evolving CIO Dashboard

    Sean Warren, Director of IT Operations, Domo

    Data is on everybody’s mind—from executives pushing their teams to take advantage of all the data the business collects, to consumers worrying about sharing too much of their personal lives.

    This session will give you an overview of the CIO Dashboard—the tools, processes and skills t...


    The Machine Fights Back: AI and the Future of Cyber Defense

    Nicole Eagan, CEO, Darktrace

    In 2016, we saw ‘trust attacks’ impact democracy. 350,000 US cyber defense posts stood unmanned due to a skills shortage. Ransomware attacks and the Mirai Botnet moved too fast for humans to keep up. These threats are more insidious too, exploiting IoT devices and third-party service providers...


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