2nd annual executive cyber security conference

Chicago's 1st Global Cyber Security Conference (GCSI) focused on the issues, decisions and decision makers that impact critical business functions is back!

We're returning this year after bringing together executives, thought leaders, and experts from Chicago's  F500 companies and governments 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. 

This conference is happening in partnership with the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Pan Asian American Business council (PAABC) and Convex Legal LLC.

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

The 2019 GCSI Conference was approved for CLE credits for professionals. 




Bringing together leaders from Business, Government and Academia to Tackle the World's Most Pressing Cyber Security Issues.

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.


8:45 - 9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks 

9:00 - 9:50 AM

KeyNote Speaker: Joe Norton, Chairman Advisory Board, NextEra Transformation Group

"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, CEO, Kaal Consulting 

3. Dave Melchers, GVP ExP-Americas, Executive Programs, Gartner (Prior)

4. Ricardo Lafosse, CISO, Morningstar

10:40 - 10:55 AM


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

12AM – 1:00 PM

LUNCH - CISO Round Table (By Invitation only)

Moderator: Jeff Welgan, Executive DirectorCyberVista  |  A Graham Holdings Company

1:00 - 1:40 PM

Keynote Speaker: Laszlo Gonc, Transformation Strategist & Chief Cybersecurity Evangelist

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

1:40 - 2:30 pm

Panel Discussion On Cybersecurity for highly regulated areas – Fintech, Healthcare and Insurance 

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


1. Matthew DeChant, Chief Information Security Officer, Tempus 

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

3. Sean O’Kelly, CIO, Technology Leader 

4. Bruce Coffing, CISO, City of Chicago

2:30 - 2:45 pm


2:45 - 3:25 pm  

Keynote Speaker: Tina LaCroix Co-Founder and President, Bradford Garrett Group, Inc

“CyberEthics: Just Because You Can...DON’T”

3:25 - 4:15 pm 

Panel Discussion: Internet of Things: The New Infrastructure  

Moderator: Glenn Kapetansky, Senior Principal & CSO, Trexin


1. Alex Moss, Founder and CEO, Coventus

2. Jasper Ossentjuk, Chief Information Security Officer/SVP at TransUnion 

3. Josh Kriss, Director, Darktrace

4. Michael Gabriel, Senior Partner, Stridium Cybersecurity Advisors 

5:00-6:00 pm 

Networking sponsored by riskrecon


Richard Warner

Ray Trygstad

Rahul Patel

Kasi Paturi

Media Partner

Cybersecurity Conferences Resource


Michael Philips

Gregg Friedman

Laszlo Gonc

Arlan McMillan


Tina LaCroix-Hauri

Izzy Nelken

Media & Communications 


John Johnson

Stel Valavanis

John Lothian


Collin Canright


Henry Beverly

Bruce Coffing

Kevin McDermott

John Mirkovic

Sean O'Kelly


Nitesh Dixit

Wayne Johnson

Lewis Borsellino 

Steve Moscarelli



Chris Williams

Elain Wyder-Harshman


Martina Beverly


Amy Kabaria 

Contact Us

We're still ramping up for the conference with new speakers, topics and sponsors. 

If you're interested in attending, speaking or sponsoring please get in touch with us using this form. 

Global Cyber Security Initiative (GCSI) 


333 S Wabash Ave, Suite 2700, Chicago, IL 60604 

Conference Location: 

Illinois Institute of Technology / Chicago Kent College of Law / 565 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60661