CISO BFSI Summit US | Oct. 24, 2023 | New York, NY, USA


Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Opening Panel: The Future of Work: Navigating Remote and Hybrid Teams

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM

As organizations continue to adopt more flexible work arrangements, CIOs must develop new approaches to managing and securing distributed workforces. This session will explore the latest trends in remote and hybrid work, and provide practical guidance for building a resilient and productive digital workplace.

Key takeaways:

  • How to develop and implement a secure and scalable remote work strategy
  • Best practices for managing and engaging remote and hybrid teams
  • Strategies for leveraging technology to foster collaboration, communication, and innovation in a distributed workforce"

Marina Adams

Counsel and AVP

Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Suparno Biswas

Head of DevSecOps Services Management


Dennis Suller

Corporate VP, Data Governance & Strategy

New York Life

Keynote Partner: The Network as the Foundational Enabler of Digital Transformation

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Networks are foundational for enabling business growth and CIOs/CTOs continue to increase their network investment as a percent of IT spend. Organizations recognize the need to keep pace to stay relevant, yet the network landscape is changing rapidly. Today’s C-suite leaders are faced with decisions around emerging technologies, evolving security requirements, modified work environments, and a shortage of technical skills. This session will explore:

  • The latest trends in enterprise networking
  • The evolution from traditional network consumption to Network as a Service (NaaS)
  • The convergence of Networking and Zero Trust security into a single platform to securely connect users, systems, endpoints, and remote networks to apps and resources
  • Case Study:  A real-world, recommended approach for enterprises to launch their NaaS transformation journey 

Rob Mello

VP of Managed Network & Collaboration Services North America

NTT Ltd.


10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Presentation: Driving Talent Effectively Today

10:25 AM - 10:50 AM

Our digital technology organizations changing. Our teams are changing. The way we work ourselves, with each other, in person, across our multiple office sites, across the globe is changing. The strategies we had in place yesterday are not necessarily effective today to recruit and retain talent in our organizations. Join us to discuss:

  • What are we doing right?
  • What can we do more?
  • How do we empower and motivate? Incoming talent know more about digital and technology than we do. How can we get them to help us?
  • Let us talk about some approaches and see what we can do drive talent development effectively!

Miranda Joseph

Associate Director, Digital Technology


Executive Boardroom: Are You Taking a Modern Approach to Your Application Portfolio?

10:55 AM - 11:20 AM

Application portfolio complexity is increasing daily. It doesn’t help that most IT departments lack a comprehensive application portfolio plan and strategy. To make matters worse, most organizations don’t have visibility into all of the software and services they pay for; their cloud is inefficient (30% of cloud spend is wasted); and 75% of IT personnel lack the necessary emerging skills. 

In this session, you’ll learn

  • The key items you must think about when managing your application portfolio  
  • How to deliver an integrated and optimized application portfolio strategy  
  • The business value of the strategic discipline of application portfolio management 


Jon Schlebach

BDE ServiceNow


Executive Boardroom: You Got 15 Minutes - What's Your Story?

10:55 AM - 11:20 AM

Simple and effective communication with other executives and the board is vital in communicating your story. 

Attend this session to learn how to connect the dots between your metrics, industry standards, and dollars to tell your story in 15 minutes or less with value cards.  Nick Curcuru will show real-world examples of how CISOs have connected the dots for their crypto and PKI teams using value cards.  These cards told the story of the team's current efforts, laid out their future projects, built funding cases, and even minimized a reduction in force in their areas.

When you leave the session, you can return to your desk, shape your value card, and outline the story you must tell your fellow executives and the board. 

Nick Curcuru

Head of Solutions Marketing Venafi


Think Tank: AI Security and Compliance

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

AI has the potential to revolutionize the way large enterprises operate. AI-powered applications can be used to improve customer service, optimize supply chains, automate tasks, and make better decisions. However, many enterprises are still struggling to move beyond individual AI use cases and achieve widespread adoption.


By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of:

  • The challenges and opportunities for AI acceleration in large enterprises
  • The role of leadership in AI acceleration
  • How to enable AI applications that span multiple business units and deliver measurable business results

Ray Stirbei

VP Information Security & Privacy

Signet Jewellers

Think Tank: Maximizing the impact of AI: A Systems Approach for CIOs

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

This session will help CIOs to accelerate the adoption, integration, and scaling of trusted artificial intelligence & machine learning initiatives in large enterprises. With AI powered systems enabled by information systems, large Enterprises can reduce costs, improve effectiveness, and achieve better business outcomes. This session will help CIOs learn how to use Systems perspectives to expand AI above and beyond individual use cases.

Key takeaways:

  • How to identify AI needs and capabilities and generate synergetic themes from these needs and capabilities.
  • How to accelerate AI initiatives at the Enterprise Level using the awareness of System dependence and capability sequencing
  • Leveraging Systems perspectives will empower CIOs to orchestrate the harmonious integration of AI initiatives across the organization, fostering a comprehensive and synergistic approach to realizing the full potential of AI in large enterprises

Jyotirmay Gadewadikar

Chief Scientist - Artificial Intelligence Integration

The MITRE Corporation

Innovations Sessions

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM



  • Topic #1: A Half a Dozen Ideas to Make Work Suck Less
    • Learn from our experiences as CIO and CTO whisperers for data and technology leaders. From retail to healthcare industries, Nortal connects businesses with their data focusing on scalable cross-industry/cross-functional data integration with attention and sensitivity to your most valued assets people and culture.
    • Speaker: Newel Rice, Sr. Solutions Architect, Nortal
  • Topic #2: Enhanced Observability and Correlation for Next Generation Networks with Selector AI
    • Selector AI is an operational intelligence platform that automates anomaly detection and helps diagnose outages for hybrid-cloud connectivity and applications. Selector AI collects data from heterogeneous data sources, applies an ML-based data analytics approach, and provides actionable multi-dimensional insights by correlating metrics and events. Our customers can collaborate and share insights on various messaging platforms (Slack, Microsoft Teams) using search-driven querying with a conversational chatbot experience.
    • Thomas LaRock, Principal Developer Evangelist, Selector AI


Thomas LaRock

Principal Developer Evangelist

Selector AI

Newel Rice

Sr. Solutions Architect


Case-Study - IT Delivery up to 70% faster. Coding at the Speed of Business: Impacts of Modernizing a

12:25 PM - 12:55 PM

CTOs aim to improve developer productivity, often by expanding teams, changing vendors or enhancing tools. Gartner reports that 81% of CEOs are dissatisfied with IT delivery speed and quality

However, a significant challenge lies in the developer's high cognitive load and the quality of the development process. On average, we've noted that it takes 2-3 weeks merely to complete the initial setup before any coding can begin.

We will take you on a live journey through StackSpot's transformative process in a large bank boasting 16,000 developers, 300,000 GitHub repositories, and a remarkable 18,000 monthly deployments. You'll witness the entire evolution, starting from CTO-led strategies to modernizing legacy systems and deploying applications in real-time.

With hyper-contextualized AI at the helm, developers achieve 50-70% faster coding - end-to-end.

Key Takeaways:

  • Development Volume: +1057% growth, 11 times faster than 2 years ago
  • 200MM Lines of COBOL modernized to Java
  • Initial Setup: 3 months to 1 day
  • 50-70% development productivity with Gen-AI



Alexander Belsky

Senior Engineer


Bruce Ivory

Regional Director


Networking Lunch

12:55 PM - 1:50 PM

Think Tank: The Future of Educational Technology/Addressing the IT Skills Gap

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM

George Chacko

Director of IT

Pace University

Richard Miller

Director of IT

Pace University

Think Tank: Incident Response: Best Practices for Effective Cyber Crisis Management

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM

This session delves into the crucial realm of cyber crisis management, offering insights into best practices that organizations should adopt to navigate the complex and evolving landscape of cybersecurity threats. Drawing from real-world experiences and expert perspectives, this session explores proactive strategies, incident response frameworks, communication protocols, and the importance of cross-functional collaboration to ensure swift and effective responses to cyber crises.

Jeevan Lobo

Vice President


Use-Case: CLEAR Vision: From Airport Security to A Global Digital Identity Revolution

2:20 PM - 2:50 PM

Nick Peddy

Chief Technology Officer


Presentation: GenAI's Next Frontier: Mapping the Path Forward and Confronting Emerging Concerns

2:55 PM - 3:20 PM

Presentation: Generative AI - Upcoming Trends and Challenges

Generative AI is finding its way into various domains, such as creative content generation, language translation, and even drug discovery, offering a glimpse of its broad applicability. This presentation will shed light on the latest developments and the hurdles that researchers and practitioners must navigate to unlock its full potential. Take aways include:

- Ethical Concerns: As generative AI becomes more capable, the ethical implications of deepfake technology, misinformation, and privacy concerns are becoming increasingly pertinent.

- Continual Advancements: Staying at the forefront of generative AI requires staying updated with emerging models like GPT-4 and exploring ways to enhance training data, fine-tuning techniques, and ensuring responsible AI deployment.

Suresh Ande

Director, Head of Engineering, Global Markets Risk Analytics

Bank of America

PM Break

3:20 PM - 3:35 PM


3:35 PM - 4:00 PM

1) Hiring and Staffing Challenges in 2024

2) Artificial Intelligence in Cybersecurity - Dream vs. Reality

Think Tank: Unlocking Blockchain's Future

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM

Innovation is a critical driver of business success, but how do you create a culture that fosters creativity and experimentation? In this session, CIOs will learn how to build an innovation culture that supports continuous improvement and drives long-term growth.

Key takeaways:

  • Strategies for fostering creativity and experimentation within your organization
  • Best practices for developing and implementing an innovation framework
  • How to measure and optimize the impact of innovation initiatives

Thomas Sullivan

Managing Director

Societe Generale

Closing Panel: Building Inclusive Technology Leadership: DEI in CIO, CISO and CDO Offices

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM
In an era defined by rapid technological advancement, leadership plays a pivotal role in shaping organizational digital strategies. However, fostering inclusive technology leadership is often overlooked, potentially leading to biased decision-making and missed opportunities for innovation. This session will discuss how addressing the barriers to entry and advancement faced by underrepresented groups in technology leadership, organizations can unlock their full potential and drive innovation in an increasingly diverse world.

Henry Jia

Chief Information Security Officer

Bank of Communications

Jeevan Lobo

Vice President


Damon Becknel

Chief Information Security Officer

Dennis Suller

Corporate VP, Data Governance & Strategy

New York Life

Closing Remarks

5:15 PM - 5:25 PM

Summit Happy Hour

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM