Being Effective.... Securely

CISO Council

January 19, 2023

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Steve Zalewski Levi Strauss & Co.
Steve Zalewski

Former CISO

Levi Strauss & Co.

Council Speaker

Mr. Zalewski currently provides CISO, security consulting and security advisory services. These include: • International cybersecurity advisor and trainer. • Executive advisory board member for security startups, providing guidance on security market direction and product requirements. • CISO advisory board member for venture capital firms internationally. • vCISO for companies requiring temporary or part-time CISO expertise. Services also include guidance and solutions to address incident response, security program design, security assessment, security due-diligence, vendor/supplier due-diligence, security architecture review, board reporting and other key security leadership requirements. Operational experience in Healthcare, Utilities and International Retail verticals. Key Strengths: •Organizational Management •Strategic Planning & Execution •Enterprise Security Architecture/Strategy •Executive and BOD Security Governance/Reporting •Cybersecurity Incident Response •Security Risk & Compliance Management Additionally, I co-hosts the CISOSeries Defense-in-Depth Podcasts and am a frequent speaker and panel moderator at industry events.

Erik Hart Cushman & Wakefield
Erik Hart


Cushman & Wakefield

Council Speaker

Erik Hart oversees global information security for Cushman & Wakefield, one of the world’s largest commercial real estate services firms. A recognized thought leader with more than 20 years of experience in providing information security services to various industries and organizations, he also serves in an advisory role for numerous companies and organizations in the information security field, including Mimecast, CrowdStrike, InfraGard Chicago Members Alliance and Western Illinois University. Before joining Cushman & Wakefield in 2018, he served as CISO and Director of IT Risk Management for Zebra Technologies, a provider of mobile, logistics and point-of-sale technology and systems to retail, health care, transportation, manufacturing and other industries. Erik earned his Bachelors from Western Illinois University and Masters from Western Governors University.

Martin Howard Avesis
Martin Howard



Council Speaker

Martin is the EVP & CIO of Avesis. In 1978, Avēsis began as a regional ancillary benefits administrator. Today, Avesis is a national enterprise with 14 regional offices. Today, Avesis is a benefits provider for more than one million commercial members and more than eight million government members across the country. An insightful IT executive, Martin collaborates with his team to assess their technology capabilities and establish a strategic plan and projects to strengthen IT impact. Martin has a history of implementing complex enterprise systems – enterprise risk planning, electronic medical records, and customer relationship management – on time and under budget. He demonstrates a calm, cool and collected leadership style when considering security matters and handling compliance and data breach concerns. Whether working with a start-up or at a company with international operations, Martin embraces innovation and promotes utilizing IT to drive business transformation.


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3:00 PM-4:15 PM

Being Effective.... Securely

In the post pandemic era, hybrid working is the new status quo. Organisations have implemented and improved the digital workplace by providing productivity tools and accessibility to company resources which may now exist outside the traditional perimeter. In this session, we will share what makes a successful digital workplace, with a focus on how to deal with the inherent security risks of expanded accessibility to company resources. In this session you will learn from real working examples the keys to implementing a successful digital workplace including how to evaluate the potential ROI from the different security strategies available.

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