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with CIO of the Year Eric Yablonka of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences

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AITP Chicago Security SIG Meeting - April 4, 2017

Roundtable - "Building a Security Operations Center(SOC) & Security Information and Event Management(SIEM)"

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Share knowledge with your peers! - Keynote Speaker, Dr. Phil Shelley - Sponsored by Cyrus One

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Our 2015 CISO of the Year, Kevin Novak of The Northern Trust Company speaks at the AITP Chicago March Chapter Meeting - Click on "More" to learn more about the CISO of the Year Award.

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Creighton Warren discusses the achievements of his team that helped them win the "Most Effective IT Team" Award for 2014 in the large firm category.

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Nominations are now open for the 2017 CISO of the Year Award

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Click Here for a Word Nomination Form      Click Here for a pdf Nomination Form

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Internships Available at CompTIA’s HQ in Downers Grove

Paid Summer Internships still available!!
Events & Education Intern,   Marketing Communications Intern
Exam Development Intern,  Social Media Intern, Special Projects Intern
Skills Certification Intern, SQL Reporting Intern

Click Here to go to the CompTIA Career Opportunities page

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AITP’s “2016 Most Effective IT Team Awards” announced

AITP Chicago and SIM Chicago wish to congratulate this year’s winners – the teams:

The City of Chicago – Large Company

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Mesirow Financial – Mid Company

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Connect Hearing  – Small Company

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See Full Press Release Here

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Todd Fitzgerald named 2016 Chicago CISO of the Year

The Chicago chapters of the Association of Information Technology Professionals-AITP, Infragard, ISACA, Information Systems Security Association-ISSA, and Society for Information Management-SIM are proud to announce the winner of the 2016 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer-CISO of the Year Award.  This years winner is Mr. Todd Fitzgerald of Grant Thornton International Ltd.

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See Full Press Release Here

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AITP’s 2016 CIO of the Year Announced

AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Eric Yablonka, VP and Chief Innovation Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological  who was chosen as the 2016 CIO of the Year.  Nominations were made by CxOs and senior business & IT executives.  All judging and elections were done by peers in the IT community.  The award was presented as part of The Executives’ Club of Chicago’s Annual Awards luncheon on May 17th.

Specifically, we look for leadership in driving business value and technology innovation, business partnerships and creating the best-in-class workplace for IT professionals.

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Gary Czubak, Eric Yablonka, Bob Kress and Mark Lafferty (left picture)

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May
1
Mon
AITP Chicago Chapter Meeting & CIO Dinner – May 1, 2017 @ Robert Morris University
May 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Please join us for the next AITP Chicago Chapter Dinner Meeting!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Mohan Iyer (CIO) and Ryan Surratt (Vice President) @ Mesirow Financial.  Mesirow is the winner of the 2016 Medium Sized IT Team Award!

Topics:

How did we win the 2016 IT Team Award?

How does a Financial Organization handle Cyber Security and Identity Access Management

Registration Fees:

  • Members – $30
  • Nonmembers – $60
  • Member Students  – $30
  • Corporate Table for C Levels and their teams (not for vendors) – $250 – Includes: Company sign on table; dinner for 8 guests
  • Vendor Table Sponsorship – $500 – Includes: Company sign on table and recognition at the event as a sponsor; Logo on the website event page; Dinner for 1 person

Click Here to Register

About our speakers:

Mohan Iyer serves as Mesirow Financial’s chief information officer. He joined the firm in 2013 and is focused on the firm’s technology strategy and improving and institutionalizing core IT processes such as disaster recovery/business continuity, project management, infrastructure monitoring, release management, risk management and information security. He has successfully implemented several cost-optimization and risk-mitigation strategies in these last three years.

He previously worked as a client partner and practice leader for financial services at Sogeti, delivering several strategy and IT transformation engagements.

He earned an MS from DePaul University and a BS from University of Madras, India. 

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 Ryan Surratt is the VP responsible for IT Governance, Risk and Security at Mesirow Financial.  He has over 17 years of experience in Information Technology within the financial industry.  His background includes a proven track record of implementing and supporting multiple technologies in a dynamic environment resulting in reduced cost, improved efficiency, and increased availability and productivity. Current focus is to define and execute IT security strategy that aligns risk with ever-evolving regulatory, business & customer requirements and improve IT security and compliance practices of the firm. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Ryan also holds a variety of professional certifications including ITIL, VMware, Microsoft, and Claritas.

May
4
Thu
ISSA Chicago Chapter Meeting @ Carlucci's
May 4 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

You are invited to attend:

 ISSA’s May 2017 Chapter Meeting

Please join the ISSA Chicago Chapter for our monthly chapter meeting. This month’s featured speaker will be  Dave Ostertag, Global Investigation Manager Verizon. Complimentary valet parking is available. Hours ‘d oeuvres will be served. Cash bar available. ISSA Chicago Chapter members receive a complimentary drink if they register for the meeting as a member.

Topic: 2017 Verizon DBIR Presentation

Speaker: Dave Ostertag, Global Investigation Manager Verizon

Dave Ostertag is the Global Investigation Manager for the investigative response unit at Verizon and has more than 35 years of investigative experience in the government and security arenas.  Dave coordinates the forensic investigations conducted by the investigative response unit worldwide.  Dave has taken the lead on many of the highly publicized large data compromise investigations over the past few years.  In addition, Dave is considered a leader in criminal and civil investigative techniques, is a certified expert witness, and is a frequent instructor and speaker on the topics of data compromise investigation and international criminal organizations. Dave worked as a retail regional investigator prior to going into police work. Dave spent 14 years as a police detective sergeant and four years as a State’s Attorney investigator. Dave was the global manager of field investigations for Discover Financial for over ten years prior to joining Verizon. He serves on the board of advisors for the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators. Dave has worked extensively with law enforcement in the investigation, identification, arrest and prosecution of individuals and groups involved in international organized criminal data compromise and fraud.

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May
11
Thu
SIM in the Suburbs Dinner @ Maggiano's Little Italy
May 11 @ 5:30 pm – 8:15 pm

Topic: Changing the Game in Illinois: Innovation With Constraints

In early 2015, Illinois started at the bottom 4th of 50 states in technology rankings. Within 18 months, by Q4 of 2016, Illinois moved up to the top 3rd. A lot of work got done along the way. Key ingredients for this stellar success were, Governor’s executive sponsorship, an amazing team that came together from inside and outside the government, a business mindset for running technology, a heavy focus on comprehensive digital transformation and many more. Along the way, Illinois also established itself as the first Smart State in the country and established national and international partnerships for that.

Agenda                                  Click Here to Register

5:30pm – 6:30pm Social Hour / Networking
6:30pm – 7:15pm Announcements and Dinner
7:15pm – 8:15pm Keynote Speaker and Q&A
8:15pm – Adjourn

Member Cost
$50 per member. Includes meal and cash bar.

Guest Cost
$70 per non SIM member. Includes meal and cash bar.
*Must be accompanied by a SIM member and is limited to two visits per program year

Speaker Profile:

Hardik Bhatt, Chief Digital Officer & State CIO, State of Illinois

Hardik is a transformational leader with tremendous acumen in both strategy and execution for large transformations. Hardik has moved seamlessly between private and public sector.

After working for TCS in India and Oracle in the US, he became the CIO of the City of Chicago in his early 30’s.

He pioneered the Smart Chicago program and built it as a national model.

He went on to work as a senior executive for Cisco. He lead global business development for Cisco’s Smart & Connected Communities as well as Internet of Everything business. In that capacity, he worked with 30+ global cities, including Barcelona, Dubai, Copenhagen, Hamburg, San Francisco and many others.

In March 2015, he was recruited by Governor Rauner as the CIO for State of Illinois, to lead State’s digital transformation. In last two years, Hardik and his team have brought Illinois from bottom 4th to top 3rd in national digital rankings by creating a consolidated Department of Innovation & Technology with 1,700 people and $1B budget, building state’s first comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, increasing state’s mobile presence by 500%, launching state’s data practice and pioneering the Smart State concept by making Illinois the first state to have a clear Smart State vision and roadmap.

Beyond his day job as the State CIO, Hardik is an angel investor and a board member for two IoT companies, a non-profit charter school network serving predominantly Chicago’s Hispanic community and the Chicago Innovation Awards.

Hardik has a Bachelor’s degree in computer science from India and an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management

May
24
Wed
1st 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year Social Mixer @ Smith & Wollensky
May 24 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ISSA-Chicago, AITP Chicago, and Infraguard, in conjunction with Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) are proud sponsors of the Chicago Area CISO of the Year Award!  This award has been established to publicly recognize top senior information security leaders through nominations, judges and support from within the local community.  The award will be presented in October.

 Join us at the first of  three “mixers” scheduled to acclimate everyone to this program and showcase the award to prospective nominees, sponsors, and judges.  These Mixers are only for practitioners, judges and program sponsors.

Register Now!

You must be registered to attend this event – click on the link below to register today!

Sponsorship opportunities are available and nominations for the award are being accepted through the month of July.  Inquiries can be submitted to:

Award Founder:  Wayne Johnson,  Cisooftheyearchicago@gmail.com
Award Program Co-Chair:  Arlan McMillan,  arlanmcmillan@gmail.com
Award Program Co-Chair:  Katie Hanahan,  khanahan@agari.com

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Click Here for More Information and a Nomination Form

 

Aug
1
Tue
2nd 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year Social Mixer @ Gibson's
Aug 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ISSA-Chicago, AITP Chicago, and Infraguard, in conjunction with Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) are proud sponsors of the Chicago Area CISO of the Year Award!  This award has been established to publicly recognize top senior information security leaders through nominations, judges and support from within the local community.  The award will be presented in October.

 Join us at the second of  three “mixers” scheduled to acclimate everyone to this program and showcase the award to prospective nominees, sponsors, and judges.  These Mixers are only for practitioners, judges and program sponsors.

Register Now!

You must be registered to attend this event – click on the link below to register today!

Sponsorship opportunities are available and nominations for the award are being accepted through the month of July.  Inquiries can be submitted to:

Award Founder:  Wayne Johnson,  Cisooftheyearchicago@gmail.com
Award Program Co-Chair:  Arlan McMillan,  arlanmcmillan@gmail.com
Award Program Co-Chair:  Katie Hanahan,  khanahan@agari.com

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Register Now!

 

Aug
29
Tue
3rd 2017 Chicago CISO of the Year Social Mixer @ Metropolitan Club at Willis Tower - 67th Floor
Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

ISSA-Chicago, AITP Chicago, and Infraguard, in conjunction with Society for Information Management (SIM) and Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) are proud sponsors of the Chicago Area CISO of the Year Award!  This award has been established to publicly recognize top senior information security leaders through nominations, judges and support from within the local community.  The award will be presented in October.

 Join us at the third of  three “mixers” scheduled to acclimate everyone to this program and showcase the award to prospective nominees, sponsors, and judges.  These Mixers are only for practitioners, judges and program sponsors.

Register Now!

You must be registered to attend this event – click on the link below to register today!

Sponsorship opportunities are available and nominations for the award are being accepted through the month of July.  Inquiries can be submitted to:

Award Founder:  Wayne Johnson,  Cisooftheyearchicago@gmail.com
Award Program Co-Chair:  Arlan McMillan,  arlanmcmillan@gmail.com
Award Program Co-Chair:  Katie Hanahan,  khanahan@agari.com

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Register Now!