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GCSI 2019 Cyber Security Conference

GCSI is returning this year after bringing together executives, thought leaders, and experts from Chicago’s F500 companies and government entities at our first conference in 2018.

This year, we’re are bringing together more than 200 high-level cybersecurity leaders, senior executives, C-level executives, CISOs, compliance specialists, and security officers for sessions focused on Cyber Security, Strategy, and Risk & Budgeting.

The GCSI conference is a partnership between the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Pan Asian American Business council (PAABC).

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

GCSI was organized in October 2016 to address the SEC and FINRA’s annual areas of concern for their member firms. Since then we’ve brought together hundreds of CXO leaders from companies like Wealthfront, VSEC, CNA Insurance, University of Chicago Medicine, Northern Trust, Paylocity, CISO Spotlight, onShore Security, Old Second National Bank, AT&T, and Kirkland & Ellis, in addition to federal, local, and academic leaders from the FBI, State of Illinois (CIO), Cook County, Illinois Institute of Technology, ISSA Chicago, IEEE-USA, and the Cyber Security Response Team at the University of Tulsa.

The conference will have 3 Keynote speeches and 4 panels addressing the Cyber Security concerns. Please visit for more information.


Keynote: “HIC SUNT DRACONES”… Here be Dragons! You should be Very Afraid!”
Speaker: Joe Norton (Chairman Advisory Board, NextEra Transformation Group)

Panel Discussion 1: “Cyber Security: Why Don’t We Defend Better?”
Moderator: Prof Richard Warner (Faculty Director, Chicago-Kent’s Center for Law and Computers)

Panel discussion 2: Cybersecurity at C-Level
Moderator: Ray Trygstad, Interim Associate Director, Center for Cyber Security and Forensics Education

Maurice Dawson (Director of the Center For Cyber Security and Forensics Education, IIT)
Mark Las (CIO, CSU)
Ophir Trigalo (CIO, IIT)
Ravi Mani (CISO, IBM)

After lunch session

Keynote: “The Next Perfect Storm: The Convergence of AI, IoT, Blockchain and Cybersecurity”
Speaker: Laszlo Gonc (Transformation Strategist & Chief Cybersecurity Evangelist)

Panel discussion 3: Cybersecurity for highly regulated areas – Fintech, Healthcare and Insurance
Moderator: by Nitesh Dixit (MD of Actus – North America)

Erik Decker (CISO, UC Hospitals)
Wendy Betts (CISO, Bank of America)
Sean O’Kelly (CIO, Technology Leader)

Keynote: “Cyber Ethics: Just Because You Can…DON’T”
Speaker: Tina LaCroix (Co-Founder and President, Bradford Garrett Group, Inc)

Panel Discussion 4: DevSecOps and IOT devices
Moderator: Glenn Kapetansky (Senior Principal & CSO, Trexin)

Sarah Isaacs (Founder and COO, Coventus)
Bruce Coffing (CISO, City of Chicago)

The event will be ended with after networking party sponsored by Riskrecon.

NIBA members will get a membership discount with code NIBAmember when you check out on Eventbrite