SIGS Kick Off – IT Security Strategy 2018 and beyond:
Challenges & Priorities



Target Audience Information Security Professionals CIO’s, CISO, IT Manager, Security Engineers and all other persons who are responsible and interested in Security

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Location Eventalm
Meienbreitenstrasse 9
8153 Rümlang
Date of Event 18th of January 2018
Language English
Schedule see agenda below
Participation Costs Fr. 95.— per participants
Speeches, Apéro, Dinner and all beverages included
Especially No contact details or email addresses will be provided to any sponsor. The presentations will not be published after the event – it’s a closed community!



1:30 – 2:30 pm Registration & Coffee
2:30 – 2:45 pm Welcome & Introduction by SIGS and the moderator Amar Singh, CISO and Founder at Cyber Management Alliance
Amar Singh is an industry influencer and leader, founder of a not-for-profit organization and the Cyber Management Alliance and Chair of ISACA’s UK Security Advisory Group.

Amar is engaged as a trusted business and cyber security advisor, mentor to C-level executives, and a consultant to organizations who need to reduce their risk exposure, deploy post incident remediation, build security teams, increase cyber resiliency and mature their information security and data privacy posture.

2:45 – 3:15 pm Dr. John I. Meakin, formerly Chief Security & Risk Officer at Burberry UK
Dr. John I. Meakin has recently retired as a Chief Security & Risk Officer and now advises a number of businesses on cyber risk. Dr. Meakin is a specialist in information and systems security with more than 25 years experience. Most recently he was Chief Security Officer for the luxury goods conglomerate Richemont International SA (Cartier, Montblanc, Piaget, etc) in Geneva, with oversight over physical, information and cyber security.

Previously, he has built and led security functions in a range of Banks, notably the Royal Bank of Scotland, Dresdner Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. He has also been Chief Information Security Officer of BP and Reuters. He was a founding board member of the Jericho Forum, and has served on the Customer Advisory Boards of the specialist security product companies Skybox Security, Qualys, Veracode and Watchfire, as well as Microsoft, IBM and HPE.

He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and public forums on a variety of risk and security topics. He has a Ph.D. in experimental solid state physics from Cambridge University.

Cyber Security for Digitised Business 2018 and beyond
John will discuss how the key trends behind steadily “digitising” businesses affect the cyber threats and the business organisation and process pressures that the CISO must face. He will lay out how a CISO can rise to these challenges and what constitutes an effective cyber security strategy in response. He will advocate a change in “philosophy” on the part of the CISO in partnering with the front-line business management to achieve a secure, digitally transformed business.

3:15 – 3:45 pm Florian Schütz, Head IT Risk & Security at Zalando SE
As Head of IT Risk and Security Florian is responsible for the protection of the core platform and the complete value chain of Zalando. With his teams Florian rethinks how security can be done in an agile, de-centralised, fast growing organisation that grants its more than 1´700 IT Engineers large degrees of autonomy.

In his spare time, Florian loves to travel. Preferably he enjoys to make his travel more adventurous going by motorcycle and explore the world off the beaten track.

E-Commerce Security Challenges in 2018 and beyond
In his presentation Florian will talk about future challenges such as efficient identity and access management in increasingly distibuted systems, dynamic risk assessments to drive security investments and privacy protection, especially in relation to GDPR. Florian will focus on using examples from E-Commerce but also outline why these challenges are relevant for other industries as well.

3:45 – 4:30 pm Break
4:30 – 5:00 pm Thomas Heuckeroth, a CyberSecurity Practitioner
Over the last 20 years Thomas Heuckeroth spent his time in various roles from definition of strategy, project delivery as well as running security operations mainly within the pharmaceutical industry. In his current role, he is accountable for definition and implementation of cyber security across IT and OT working for one of the most admired brands in the world.

What’s is this year’s buzzword?
Every year we are talking about the new innovations in CyberSecurity. Early year conferences talk about the next big thing, call it Cloud Computing, Big Data, Data Analytics, Artificial intelligence, Machine Learning? Is this not just another way of selling something new? What do you think?

As a cyber security practitioner and technology “junkie”, I am trying not get to excited by the NEW BUZZ, but rather focus on what’s important: in my eyes “cyber hygiene’. Let me tell you about my experiences as well as learnings and what I believe we all must watch out for in 20xx.

4:30 – 5:00 pm
5:00 – 5:30 pm .
5:30 – 6:00 pm Podiums Discussion moderated by Amar Singh
6:00 – 7:00 pm Apéro
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner (buffet with hopefully something for everyone)
8:30 – 9:00 pm .
9:00 – open end Desert, Networking and Know How Sharing to the topic IT Security Strategy 2017


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