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Our 2013 CISO of the Year Jason Witty (SVP/CISO of US Bancorp) discussed current security risks and solutions. The audience included 13 people from other AITP Region 5 Chapters in Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin - to see additional pictures click on "Read More"

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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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“One For All” Campaign Kicks Off in Chicago

As an IT Professional, you may find it hard to believe that over 18 million American homes lack a computer according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Nearly 200,000 families right here in our Chicagoland neighborhood live without this basic appliance for success in the digital age.

The solution is literally under our noses; Chicagoland businesses retire hundreds of thousands of still-functional laptops every year, many of which end up in storage or go to recycling.   AITP Chicago, Illinois Technology Foundation, TechNexus and LEGG are joining forces locally as part of a national program called One For All, with the goal to see every student in Chicagoland with a computer of their own.

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2016 CIO of the Year Nomination forms are now available – Click Here

Since 1998, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, together with the Association of Information Technology Professionals and the Society for Information Management – Chicago, have recognized technology leaders with the CIO of the Year Award. Selection considers leadership in driving business value and technological innovation, business partnerships and creating best in class workplace for IT professionals.

Earn well-deserved recognition for your organization, a client or colleague by nominating an individual for the CIO of the Year Award.  The form can also be used to nominate an individual or team for the Citizen of the Year Award or Innovator of the Year Award sponsored by the Executives’ Club of Chicago


AITP’s “Most Effective IT Team Awards” announced

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

The University of Chicago Medicine – Large Company


Jenner & Block, LLP – Mid Company


Illinois Student Assistance Commission  – Small Company


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AITP, Chicago Infragard and ISSA Chicago Announce 2015 CISO of the Year

The Chicago chapters of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and Infragard are proud to announce the winner of the 2015 Chicago Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) of the Year Award. This year’s winner is Mr. Kevin Novak, the CISO and Technology Risk Officer for Northern Trust Bank.

Prior to his leadership role at Northern Trust Bank, Kevin managed Information Security, Records Management, and Enterprise Risk programs at Discover Financial Services, was the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Consulting Services for Neohapsis and held a senior consulting role at Ciber Network Services. His strong technical skills coupled with his Audit, Accounting and Tax Accounting background give Kevin a criticaleye for the business of IT Security.

See Full Press Release Here

CISO Home Page

2015 CISO of the Year Award Winner Kevin Novak of Northern Trust,

flanked by 2014 winner Arlan McMillan and 2013 winner Jason Witty


 2015 CIO of the Year, Sonny Garg of Exelon

CIOWinner        CIOPresentation

AITP Chicago, SIM Chicago and The Executives’ Club of Chicago wish to congratulate Sonny Garg, CIO and Chief Innovation Officer of Exelon Corporation who was chosen as the 2015 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 15th.


AITP Office of the CIO SIG @ Rosement
Feb 18 @ 7:30 am – 10:15 am

If you are a member of the Office of the CIO SIG, you will be receiving a separate invitation to this event – so be sure to register today!  Please note that participation in the Office of the CIO SIG is by invitation only and you must be a member of the SIG to participate.  If you are interested in joining, please email for additional information.

Topic:     “Smart, Connected Products:  Field Notes”

Guest Speaker:  James MacLennan, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for IDEX Corporation

IDEX Corp. is a diversified industrial manufacturer, interested in how Smart, Connected Products (aka. The Internet of Things) can help their customers and drive organic growth.

This presentation is a review of the past year of internal prospecting and “skunkworks” projects as IDEX has explored this topic – including a framework to tee up the conversations, lessons learned, interesting challenges, and open issues.

About our Speaker

James P. MacLennan (Jim) is the Chief Information Officer at IDEX Corporation, an applied solutions business that sells highly engineered products to customers in a variety of markets worldwide. Jim has responsibility all aspects of the Corporate Information Technology service offerings for the portfolio business units. Prior to IDEX, Jim has help leadership positions at Pactiv LLC, Reynolds Services Inc., Culligan International, Searle Pharmaceuticals (Monsanto), and other diverse organizations.

Jim’ has over 25 years experience in a progression of roles, translating the strategic drivers of a variety of business models and markets into tactical plans and tangible results. His career spans multiple industries, including real estate / property management, building construction and maintenance services, pharmaceuticals, consumer durables, industrial manufacturing, and consumer package goods. Jim started his career at a software development and consulting firm, which gives him a unique insight to vendor relationships and the role of IT in driving business value.

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a MBA in Marketing from DePaul University. He also maintains a web site and blog (, where he writes on his experience and insights on the intersection of business and technology.

AITP PMO SIG-PMI Chicagoland Information Sharing Session @ Visanow - Floor 27
Feb 25 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Join AITP Chicago and PMI-Chicagoland’s first knowledge sharing session of 2016!

  • 5:30 – 6:00PM:   Registration and light refreshments
  • 6:00 – 8:00PM:   Facilitated Discussion with Moderator Irene Catanese

PMPs will earn two PDUs for attending this session!

This meeting is for IT practitioners only. Vendors must bring a practitioner to enter which must be approved (in advance) by AITP’s PMO Committee

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No walk ins.

Building security will only allow registered guests into the facility.

  • AITP PMO Focus Group Chair:  Irene Catanese
  • AITP Board Sponsor:  Justin Nemeth – President, AITP Chicago

AITP Chicago events are intended to provide an atmosphere conducive to social networking, knowledge sharing, camaraderie, and thought leadership. AITP maintains a policy that prohibits active or passive solicitation of its attendees before, during, or after an event. We kindly ask that you respect our policy, our members, and our guests so this event and future events will be enjoyed by all.


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AITP 1st Quarter Chapter Meeting @ TechNexus - Suite 1200
Mar 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for the first chapter meeting of 2016!  Sponsorship opportunities do exist for this event – we look forward to seeing you there!

TOPIC:  “State of Cyber Security From the Perspectives of a Global Financial Services Institution”

Guest speaker, Kevin Novak, CISO & Technology Risk Officer with North Trust and winner of the 2015 CISO of the Year Award, will explore the state of cyber security from the perspective of a financial entity operating in today’s global environment.  Topics discussed will include:

  • Current global threats
  • The need for a focus on secure client and partner enablement
  • Execution in light of ever increasing demands by clients, employees and regulators
  • Risk management and execution prioritization
  • Managing to an ever expanding universe of uncontrolled networks and devices

Date:  Wednesday March 16, 2016


  • 5:30 PM     Registration
  • 6:30 PM     Presentation
  • 7:30 PM     Dinner

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  • Members – $30
  • Nonmembers – $50
  • Member Students  – $20
  • 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

Registration will close promptly on Friday 3/11 order to accommodate building security requirements.  You must register in advance to attend this event.

About our Speaker:   Kevin Novak is Chief Information Security and Technology Risk Officer at Northern Trust. Kevin is a member of the Northern Trust Corporate Risk Group. He is responsible for the security of Company and Client information and for the management of information technology risks across Northern Trust’s global business. Kevin joined Northern Trust in August 2011.

Prior to assuming his current role,  Kevin worked for five years at Discover Financial managing their Information Security, Records Management, and Enterprise Risk programs. Prior to joining Discover, Kevin spent eight years as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Consulting Services for Neohapsis, a Chicago based information security consultancy, and five years in senior technology roles at Ciber Network Services, a global IT consulting services provider.

Prior to joining Ciber Network Services, Kevin was a financial auditor and tax accountant for Best Travel, Inc. and Ameritech Credit Corporation.

Kevin was recently voted 2015 Chicago CISO of the Year by AITP, Infragard and ISSA Chicago.

AITP’s 21st Annual Collegiate Competition, Conference and Career Fair @ Hyatt Regency O'hare
Apr 7 @ 10:00 am – Apr 10 @ 12:00 pm

The Competition:  700 top students from 70 colleges competing in 14 technology categories

The Conference:  CIO Panel and 6 “Spotlight on Technology” Sessions

The Career Fair:  1000+ Job and Internship Opportunities around the U. S.

Registration will open in mid January

If your company has a collegiate recruiting team they can’t afford to miss this opportunity – forward the attached event overview to them!

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the competitions, the conference sessions and the Career Fair – contact Paul Dittmann at the email above.

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CIO of the Year Award presented at The Executives’ Club of Chicago Awards Luncheon
May 17 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Mark your calendar – more information to follow!