Senior Advanced Track

Senior Advanced Track

*Please Note: New Virtual Days/Times

This track features three breakout sessions in the afternoon. The afternoon breakouts will run separately from our general offerings to attendees. The day will conclude with an exclusive “Meet the Experts” reception in the evening. There is no additional cost for this specialized track. If you are interested in attending these sessions, you will find the qualification requirements on the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

These sessions are limited to 100 participants.


Operating as a Chief Information Security Officer in the New World

Monday, September 28, 2020
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT

Richard Cocchiara, Cognitient Corp

Speaker Spotlight

Rich Cocchiara is the Chief Innovation & Security Officer for Cognitient Corp, a company specializing in risk discovery tools for companies and governments. He is the former Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Orange County, NY,former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the NYC Department of Education and former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for IBM’s Resiliency Services group. As CISO for NYC Department of Education, the largest school system in the United States, he was responsible for protecting 1.3M students and 150k employees from potential cyber risk. In his career, he has seen the role of the CISO change to now incorporate ALL risks, including disaster recovery and business continuity. If you are a CISO that does fully understand the IT risks you face and have plans to dynamically address the risks your company or agency face, you will most likely become a victim of one of them. Unfortunately, most companies or agencies don’t look at IT risk holistically and hence don’t understand the risks they are facing or how they constantly change causing the career-span of a CISO is VERY short. This session is designed to explain how not to be a statistic. In this session, senior executives will learn:

  • How to holistically evaluate the risks that they organization faces
  • What skills are necessary to dynamically mitigate those risks and how what you evaluate today may not be what you need to address tomorrow
  • How to overcome reluctance by senior level executives in your organization to make the changes necessary to address risks
  • What changes are required to ensure you have a team that can handle the risks you face today
  • How risks today are unlike the risks of just 5 years ago and how business continuity & disaster recovery are only part of your job
  • How to address incidents that WILL occur and deal with a public that expects immediate notification and mitigation

About Rich Cocchiara
Rich Cocchiara is the Chief Innovation & Security Officer (CISO) for Cognitient Corp. He has held positions as CIO for Orange County NY government, CISO for NYC Department of Education and CTO for IBM’s Resiliency Services.


The New Rules of Crisis Leadership

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. EDT

Dr. Jo Robertson, Author of “Executing Crisis: a C-Suite Crisis Leadership Survival Guide”

Speaker Spotlight

This seminar sets out to make your organization more resilient to crisis by challenging what many consider best practice. Rather than implementing plans based on best practice templates or putting in place retainers with PR firms, business leaders would be better served by understanding key crisis concepts and tailoring them to their own situation.

The seminar includes new twists on “best practice” – to update the common understanding of what elevates good crisis management beyond wordsmithing. Instead of lists of the items that are “necessary” for a solid crisis plan or well-stocked war room, you’ll find key things to consider as you tailor strategies for your own organization. In fact, this seminar shoots down best practices that are outdated yet continue to be repeated, and focuses instead on creating best practices that are tangible and useable for your organization.

About Dr. Jo Robertson
Dr. Jo Robertson has a doctoral degree in crisis management and more than 20 years of experience keeping companies out of crisis.