ISE® West Schedule of Events 2019

Build or Buy? Integrating Advanced Capabilities into Your Security Program

August 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Harris’ Steakhouse
2100 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94109

Many enterprises have grown comfortable with the capabilities of their security programs. However, the fact remains that threat actors are evolving their techniques all the time, making it crucial for enterprises to adopt advanced security strategies to keep up with them. For instance, the market is at an inflection point between endpoint protection and EDR functions. For organizations to adopt advanced capabilities like EDR—including the investigation, decision making, and response actions associated with malicious or suspicious detection—security teams must first modernize the way they work. That involves prioritizing work and delegating decisions to security analysts with limited experience and tenure. Join our conversation as we discuss the talent and technology changes organizations should consider in the adoption of advanced adversary detection and hunting programs.

August 22, 2019

11:00 AM - 3:00 PM: Registration

Location: Pre-function of Elizabethan Ballrooms C&D, 2nd floor

11:15 AM: ISE® Signature Luncheon *Invitation Only

Location: Elizabethan B, 2nd floor

12:50 PM: Welcoming Remarks and Introductions

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor
Marci McCarthy

Marci McCarthy
CEO and President of T.E.N.
CEO and Chairman of ISE® Talent

T.E.N.'s CEO & President will welcome guests, provide an overview of the program agenda and event purpose, and introduce the speakers and sponsors of the ISE® West Executive Forum and Awards 2019.

1:00 PM: Keynote Address

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

Suzanne Hall
Global Head of Infrastructure and Chief Information Security Officer
Alimentation Couche-Tard/Circle K Stores, Inc.

1:35 PM: Interactive Executive Roundtables

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

The Interactive Executive Roundtables brings together ISE® Nominees, industry leaders, invited guests, and sponsor delegates to meet each other and join in interactive discussions on key industry issues as well as share best practices.  The interactive roundtable discussions are hosted by our distinguished ISE® Alumni who are leading CISOs and Information Security Executives.

2:35 PM: Afternoon Break

2:45 PM: ISE® West Nominee Showcase Presentation #1

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

Safe at Work, at Home and on the Road: The Information Security Awareness Program


Frank Steele
Senior Manager, Information Security Governance & Compliance
Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies established a new information Security Awareness Program, which was created during 2018 and 2019 to build upon the goodwill established during the October 2017 Information Security Awareness month expos held throughout the corporate offices. The new program’s focus is to increase the security culture of Albertsons. The project team focused on three awareness areas to help employees everywhere they go, to be Safe at Work, at Home, and on the Road. The new continuous year-round program leads with monthly themes, computer-based training, lunch and learn classes and phishing campaigns. The program schedule culminates with the annual October Security Awareness expos at four corporate campuses. Join our discussion as Albertsons Companies tells us about how their Awareness Program had a positive effect in all of Albertsons’ efforts to protect its customer data and has also cultivated better awareness of the information security teams’ purpose and capabilities.

3:00 - 8:00 PM: Registration

Location: Victor's Palace, top floor

3:05 PM: ISE® West Exabyte Sponsor Showcase Presentation

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

3:25 PM: Information Security Executive® Deep Dive Panel

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

An industry cross section of ISE Alumni and leading security executives explore today’s hottest security trends and issues and the key challenges they are facing now and in the future.


Tom Cline

William Lidster
Senior Manager of Information Security and Compliance
AAA Washington


Selim Aissi
Ellie Mae
ISE® West Executive Award Finalist 2015
ISE® North America Executive Award Finalist 2015 - Commercial Category


Alex Ciurczak
EPIC Insurance Brokers & Consultants

Dave Estlick

Dave Estlick

Jeff Trudeau

Jeff Trudeau
Chief Security Officer
Credit Karma
ISE® North America Health Care Executive Award Winner 2013

4:10 PM: ISE® West Nominee Showcase Presentation #2

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

Expanding Security Capabilities: Identify, Credential, and Access Management (ICAM)

Koveh Tavakkol

Koveh Tavakkol
Sr. Manager – IAM Architecture & Controls

Identity is the new parameter, and no security program is successful without a strong focus in Identity Controls. ICAM provides technology leadership, strategy, and governance for identity management products and capabilities at T-Mobile. Critical business objectives include identity management maturity, risk reduction, technology rationalization, operational effectiveness, and cost savings through a common strong-authentication experience. The program implements an Un-carrier approach to digital security through the integration of all enterprise platforms to centralize identity controls. Join our discussion as we learn how T-Mobile’s project opens the doors for meeting business objectives, toolset rationalization and expanded identity access management (IAM) capabilities.

4:30 PM: ISE® West Nominee Showcase Presentation #3

Location: Elizabethan C&D, 2nd floor

4:50 PM: Late Afternoon Break

5:00 PM: ISE® VIP Reception (invitation only)

Location: Elizabethan A & B, 2nd floor

ISE® Nominees, sponsors and special guests will have the opportunity to network in a private setting with beverages and appetizers.

6:00 PM: Sponsor Pavilion and Dinner Buffet

Location: Victor's Palace, top floor

Guests enjoy gourmet dinner while networking and meeting the sponsors. Honoring and celebrating the Award Nominees for 2019, this exciting occasion will bring together top security executives to recognize the individuals who have made significant and positive impact on their organizations through exemplary performance.

7:30 PM: Sponsor Tear Down

Location: Victor's Palace, top floor

7:45 PM: ISE® West Awards Gala

Location: Alexandra Ballroom, top floor

Honoring and celebrating the ISE® West Award Nominees, this exciting occasion will bring together top security executives to recognize the individuals and the project teams who have made significant and positive impact on their organizations through exemplary performance. Don't miss the Passport for Prizes drawing and a chance to win outstanding gifts from our ISE® sponsors.

Bernie Cowens

Bernie Cowens
Vice President & Chief Security Officer

Maria Shaw

Maria Shaw
Varian Medical Systems

9:00 PM: Champagne and Dessert Reception

Location: Alexandra Ballroom, top floor

Enjoy champagne and dessert while celebrating the winners, nominees and project teams.