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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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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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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


Mesirow Financial – Mid Company


Connect Hearing  – Small Company


See Full Press Release Here


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.

ciso-winnerWayne Johnson, Todd Fitzgerald, Tina Hauri

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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.


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

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eSecurity SIG Meeting @ Central States Fund
Apr 4 @ 7:30 am – 10:30 am
“Building a Security Operations Center(SOC) & Security Information and Event Management(SIEM)”
Round table discussion facilitated by our SIG Committee:  Craig George (Central States Funds), Matt Memming (Navistar) and Doug Wingeard (US Cellular)


ISSA April 2017 Chapter Meeting @ Rock Botton Restaurant & Brewery
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Please join the ISSA Chicago Chapter for our monthly chapter meeting. This month’s featured speaker will be Eric Yoblanka, The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences.  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: My Journey to CIO

Speaker:  AITP’s 2016 CIO of the Year Award Winner, Eric Yoblanka

The University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences Eric has over twenty five years of experience in leading hospital operations and information systems management functions.  He has served as the Vice President and Chief Information Officer of the University of Chicago Medical Center and Biological Sciences since 2001.  His responsibilities at UCMC include all information technology functions, biomedical engineering and the call center.  Eric has a staff of over 300 with capital and operating budget responsibilities in excess of $60M annually. Eric is a member of the Senior Management Group and works with the UCMC Board of Trustees to execute the business strategies of the organization.  He has leadership responsibility for the T-2 program whose focus is to transform how UCMC functions and drives operational improvements in the following areas; supply chain and administrative management, clinical care delivery, patient and physician access.


Our new downtown meeting location, Rock Bottom Brewery is conveniently located at the corner of Grand Ave. and State St.  The ISSA Chicago Chapter is pleased to offer discounted parking ($10) at the 33 W Ontario St. garage. Discount vouchers will be available at the event when you check-in.

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The ISSA Chicago Chapter is grateful for the support of our sponsors:
BMCCiscoCloudPassageCybereasonDirectDefenceDigital GuardianInfobloxIllumioThreatQuotientVaronisVeracode,  and Verisign.
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.

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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