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    • Tue, March 05, 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • RSM US, 30 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606

    You're Invited to an Informational In-Person Meeting (see below for registration)

    A great chance to network with your peers and share!

    Topic: Overcoming the CyberSecurity Poverty Line

    Smaller organizations continue to struggle with the cost of cybersecurity, and have to subsist below the “Cyber Security Poverty Line”. They strive to balance between the need to drive digital innovation with the cost of potential cyber threats and data breaches, while also streamlining costs and processes. This is a difficult feat, especially when there are so many challenges that prevent smaller companies from accessing affordable security software. This talk will discuss strategies around people, process, and technology designed to maximize the budget you have, help justify the budget you want, and help bridge the gap when budgets are tight.

    Click Here to Register (Registration Closes March 4th)

    “This event is for practitioners only. Vendors may participate if they bring a client or prospective client that is approved in advance by AITP.”

    Presenter: Robert Wagner

    Robert Wagner is a Field CISO and has been a highly respected security practitioner, advisor and strategist for almost 20 years. His security experience ranges from defending everything from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies, major universities, and financial institutions. He has presented and taught at Information Security and Hacker conferences ranging from DefCon, APIsecure, Bsides Tel Aviv, GrrCon, Dawn or Doom, WCISC, and more. He is a co-founder of the not-for-profit organization Hak4Kidz, serves on the board of the Chicago ISSA chapter, and regularly volunteers for various hacker cons including regional Bsides, BlueTeamCon, and others.

    Contact Tom Forkenbrock for more information

    • Tue, March 12, 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Via Zoom

    You're Invited to an Informational Virtual Meeting (see registration information below)

    Topic:  Beyond Prompting:  A Look Under the Hood of Large Language Models

    On November 30, 2022, OpenAI, a small Artificial Intelligence company publicly released a new application, ChatGPT. Two months later, ChatGPT had over 100 million users making it the fastest growing application.

    ChatGPT is a new type of application called a Large Language Model (LLM). There are numerous LLMs from many companies including Google, Microsoft, Meta, and OpenAI. Most users communicate with LLMs through a low-code natural language process called Prompting. Today thousands of companies provide training and tools to help users write better Prompts. There also are two lesser-known ways to communicate with LLMs; one is to use an APIs (Applications Programming Interface) and the second is to develop a custom LLM.

    In tonight’s talk, Dr. Larry Dribin takes us on a journey to explore Large Language Models, how they work and the things you can do with LLMs beyond prompting.

    Presenter: Larry Dribin, Ph.D.

    Dr. Larry Dribin is a semi-retired consultant and educator.  He enjoys helping clients understand new technology and helping them implement these technologies to solve their problems.  Currently he is researching Large Language Models and how they work as well as how we might regulate these models. 

     Larry has worked for large Fortune 500 companies as well as small startups.  He has had a diversified career with roles in senior management, sales, and development.  Larry has assisted clients in a wide variety of industries implementing new technologies, turning around failing projects and helping them comply with government regulations.  Most recently, he was a Director in Cap Gemini Ernst & Young’s IT Excellence Practice (ITX) before starting his own consulting company, the Pearl Street Group (PSG), which provides process improvement, measurement, and project management services. 

    Larry is an adjunct instructor in DePaul University’s College of Computers & Digital Media (CDM) where he has taught courses in Data Analysis, Software Engineering and Measurement, Agile and Object-Oriented Development, Software Processes and Cloud Computing.  Larry holds a Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology, an MBA in Marketing, and a BS in Industrial Engineering.   He is currently co-teaching a course in Artificial Intelligence and Large Language Models.

    Click Here to Register to Receive a Meeting  Link.  You must register by 3/12 to attend!  The meeting link will be sent out the evening of 3/10 to all registrants, with a reminder sent the day of the event.  If you have not received the link by the morning of 3/11, check your spam folder.  If it is not there, send an email to and he will email you the link.

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    • Wed, March 20, 2024
    • 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Hyatt Regency O'Hare Chicago 9300 W Bryn Mawr Ave Rosemont, IL, 60018

    Rosemont/Chicago Cybersecurity Summit

    Learn how to protect yourself & your business from becoming a victim of cybercrime.
    Join us for The Inaugural Official Rosemont/Chicago Cybersecurity Summit, rated Top 5
    InfoSec Conference Worldwide, held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare Chicago!

    AITP Chicago is a proud partner of this event & for a limited time have secured Exclusive Complimentary Admission for our network!

    Register before Mar 12 with code CSS24-AITP to secure your Free Pass at

    Note: Admission is for C-Suite & Senior Level Executives, Directors, Managers, and other
    Industry Professionals or Business Leaders. Those in Sales or Marketing and Students are not permitted.

    Earn up to 8 Continuing Education Credits by attending the day in full. Admission includes a catered breakfast, lunch & cocktail reception.

    Wei Chen Lin, Cybersecurity Advisor – Region 5 CISA/US DHS and Jay Patel, Assistant Special Agent in Charge – FBI Chicago will lead the Security Government Keynotes.

    Learn from additional renowned Subject Matter Experts and thought leaders from Check Point, Swimlane, Tenable, Bitdefender and many more who will discuss the latest security threats, best cyber hygiene practices, and innovative solutions to protect your business.

    Please share/forward this invitation with your IT Security Team and other Senior Level
    colleagues who would benefit from attending this event.

    For event details, visit

    Click Here for Event Flyer

    If you would like to exhibit and / or speak at the Cybersecurity Summit, contact Chase McGahan at

    • Tue, May 14, 2024
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • RSM US, 30 S. Wacker Drive, #3300, Chicago, IL

    You're Invited to an Informational In-Person Dinner Meeting (see below for registration)

    A great opportunity to network with your peers!

    Event Location:  RSM US, 30 S. Wacker Drive. Chicago, Conference C, Floor 34, #3439

    Refreshments:  Lots of Pizza, Soft Drinks, Water, etc.

    Your Host: Alden Hutchison , Principal, Security Privacy & Risk, RSM US LLP

    Topic:  So You Want to Be a CISO - Is It Worth IT?

    The role of CISO (and cybersecurity) has changed dramatically over the past few years. It used to be “protect your perimeter, and all hands on deck to defend against invaders”. Now it’s more like “the company is probably breached somewhere, how do you keep the company operating safely...without getting fired...or sued...or both”. This discussion covers the top CISO priorities in 2024: data/privacy, 3rd-party risks, and personal liability.

    Click Here to Register

    Bio:  Glenn Kapetansky

    Glenn Kapetansky has a passion for building systems, organizations, and teams, and has done so across a number of business sectors, technologies, and roles—including a stint as interim CISO at University of Chicago Medical Center. For over 20 years Glenn has advised senior executives and built teams throughout the delivery cycle: strategy, architecture, development, quality assurance, deployment, operational support, financials, and project planning. His credentials were earned in such diverse industries as healthcare, finance, energy, consumer products, and telecommunications. Glenn's current focus areas—as Chief Security Officer at Trexin Consulting—are data protection, audit/regulatory compliance, and Agile management.

    Glenn speaks and publishes regularly. He has been named numerous times
    in various Who's Who, and is a repeat recipient of Bell Labs' Arno Penzias
    Award for Innovation in the Marketplace. He is active in the Chicago CISO of
    the Year, Cyber Risk Alliance, and the Technology Leaders' Association.
    Glenn is a nominee for CISO of the Year (2022) and ORBIE (2024). Glenn's
    certifications and memberships include IEEE, ISC^2 (CISSP), ISACA (CISA,
    CDPSE), and ITIL (SM).

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Mon, January 15, 2024 AITP Chicago Meeting - Cybersecurity in 2024
Tue, December 12, 2023 2023 Holiday Party at Pinstripes Chicago
Tue, December 05, 2023 Identiverse Chicago
Thu, November 30, 2023 PMI Chicagoland-AITP Chicago Knowledge Sharing Session; Effective Prompting for Innovative (AI) Chats in Project Definition and Executions
Mon, November 06, 2023 10th Annual IIA/ISACA Chicago Chapter Information Security/Hacking Conference
Wed, November 01, 2023 IIBA-AITP Creating Common Sense: Communicating Assumptions, Constraints, Risks and Issues
Wed, October 18, 2023 AITP Meeting "Unlock the Power of OpenAI for the Manufacturing Industry"
Tue, October 17, 2023 GCSI @ MXD 2023
Thu, October 12, 2023 Chicago Cybersecurity Conference - Data Connectors
Wed, October 11, 2023 CIO of the Year Awards Gala
Tue, October 10, 2023 2023 CISO of the Year Award Breakfast
Tue, September 26, 2023 ISACA Chicago CONVERGENCE Conference 2023
Tue, September 12, 2023 AITP Chicago Meeting - Metrics that Matter
Wed, September 06, 2023 CIO of the Year Series - Meet the Finalists
Wed, September 06, 2023 Cyber Security Summit - Chicago
Tue, August 22, 2023 4th 2023 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Wed, August 16, 2023 CIO of the Years Series - Announce the Finalists
Thu, August 03, 2023 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting on DevOps
Tue, July 25, 2023 3rd 2023 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Thu, July 06, 2023 AITP Chicago Virtual Event - Maximizing Product Ops Efficiency with Generative AI
Thu, June 29, 2023 AITP Chicago Virtual Meeting - SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework)
Tue, June 20, 2023 2nd 2023 CISO of the Year Event - In-Person - Meet the Nominees
Tue, June 06, 2023 5th Annual American CIO & IT Summit - Generis
Thu, June 01, 2023 AITP Chicago Most Effective Team Award Ceremony & Dinner
Tue, May 30, 2023 1st 2023 CISO of the Year Event - Meet the Nominees
Thu, May 25, 2023 PMI Chicagoland May 25th Knowledge Sharing Event
Thu, May 11, 2023 Real-time Data Streaming
Wed, April 12, 2023 Managing 2023 Cyber Risks and Beyond Using Dynamic Risk Management
Tue, April 11, 2023 GCSI 2023 Conference at IIT Chicago Kent College of Law
Tue, April 04, 2023 CIO Showcase - Zoom Interview with Amir Arooni, 2022 CIO of the Year
Wed, March 22, 2023 SIM Chicago CIO Showcase - Zoom Interview of Kevin Lowell
Thu, March 16, 2023 AITP Chicago Chapter Meeting - Panel, OT, IT & IoT in Manufacturing
Wed, February 15, 2023 SIM Chicago CIO Showcase - Zoom Interview of Janet Zelenka
Wed, February 15, 2023 Joint AITP Chicago Security SIG - ISSA Chicago Event
Wed, February 08, 2023 FutureCon Chicago Cyber Security Conference
Tue, February 07, 2023 An Introduction to Agile Estimation
Wed, January 25, 2023 The Crown Jewels - Transformational Data & Analytics
Thu, December 01, 2022 2022 Joint ISSA/AITP Holiday Party
Thu, November 17, 2022 AITP Chicago Virtual Event - The Metaverse: What is it? And should you invest in Virtual Lake Front
Tue, October 25, 2022 GCSI at MxD - Keynote and CISO Panel
Thu, October 13, 2022 2022 CIO of the Year Awards Dinner
Tue, October 11, 2022 2022 CISO of the Year Award Breakfast
Mon, October 10, 2022 Dinner, Networking & Presentation on the Cognitive Telescopic Network
Mon, September 19, 2022 The Supply Chain is Now a Senior Executive & Board Room Topic
Thu, September 15, 2022 CIO of the Year - Meet the Finalists
Wed, September 14, 2022 FutureCon Chicago
Wed, September 07, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 6 of 6
Wed, August 31, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 5 of 6
Fri, August 26, 2022 7th Annual Official Cyber Security Summit
Wed, August 24, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 4 of 6
Tue, August 23, 2022 4th 2022 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Wed, August 17, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 3 of 6
Wed, August 10, 2022 People, Process, Technology
Wed, August 10, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 2 of 6
Wed, August 03, 2022 CIO of the Year Meet the Semi-Finalist Series, Meeting 1 0f 6
Tue, July 26, 2022 3rd 2022 CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Tue, July 19, 2022 Are You Quantum Ready?
Wed, June 22, 2022 Dinner & Panel on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Tue, June 21, 2022 2nd 2022 CISO of the Year Event - In-Person - Meet the Nominees
Thu, June 09, 2022 The Urgency to Treat Cybersecurity as a Business Decision
Thu, June 02, 2022 Layered Cyber Resilience
Tue, May 31, 2022 1st CISO of the Year Event - In-Person - Meet the Nominees
Mon, May 23, 2022 Creating Common Sense: Communicating Assumptions, Constraints, Risks and Issues
Thu, May 05, 2022 Unconscious Bias Awareness
Wed, April 27, 2022 Enhancing Business Effectiveness Through Storytelling
Tue, April 26, 2022 Global Cyber Security Initiative Conference (GCSI 2022)
Wed, April 20, 2022 Tackling Data Quality Across an Enterprise
Wed, March 16, 2022 AITP Chicago's DevSecOps SIG Presents - The 2020 SolarWinds Attacks and Impacts on the Industry
Thu, March 03, 2022 Understanding Your Customers is Key to Driving Value and Innovation
Thu, February 24, 2022 Leading in Today's New World
Wed, February 16, 2022 Panel - The Rise of the vCISO, is it Right for Your Organization?
Thu, February 03, 2022 ISSA Event - Hybrid Working and Cybersecurity Risk at your Organization
Wed, January 26, 2022 Data and Analytics: Moving to the Cloud
Tue, January 11, 2022 “Smart Homes”, “Smart Offices”, “Smart Cities”, and the Internet of Things (IoT)
Thu, December 02, 2021 Joint ISSA/AITP Holiday Party
Tue, November 16, 2021 How Agile Are You? - (Agile Leadership)
Thu, November 04, 2021 Diversity Panel - Engaging Emerging Technical Talent
Tue, October 26, 2021 Your One Project Methodology Fails All Your Projects
Mon, October 18, 2021 Digital Identity on the Blockchain
Tue, October 12, 2021 2021 CISO of the Year Award Breakfast
Thu, October 07, 2021 A Networking Security Cruise at Navy Pier
Tue, September 28, 2021 AITP Chicago Meeting on Innovation Elegance
Thu, September 23, 2021 Announcement of the Finalists - 2021 CIO of the Year Awards
Wed, September 22, 2021 AITP Chicago AI SIG's Meeting on AI for Improving Customer Service
Tue, September 21, 2021 4th CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
Tue, August 31, 2021 The Digital Dozen: Executive Overview of 12 Emerging Technologies for Digital Transformation
Tue, August 24, 2021 3rd CISO of the Year Event - In Person - Meet the Candidates
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