The Greatest Fears?

CISO Dinner

March 30, 2022 - Dallas


Greg Ericson Pontoon Solutions
Gregory Ericson

Global CIO

Pontoon Solutions


Adept at harnessing technology to unlock a company’s full commercial ambition, Greg is a transformative hands-on CIO who brings a proven track record of delivering shareholder value. Greg has led organizations from 25 to over 500 direct and indirect staff in a multinational/ multicultural environment. He brings an approachable transparent leadership style of building cross-functional collaboration and strengths in the following areas: 1. Vision to see opportunities where human-centered “Digital” technology can create and extend customer loyalty with improved COGS and SG&A, 2. Strong Big Data and predictive analytics experience that can activate performance improvement through meaningful insights, 3. Skilled in creating a diverse high-performance results-driven IT culture aligned with the commercial ambition and elevating the fundamentals of IT in a transparent, engaging and fun environment, 4. Adept at modernizing legacy systems under a business-oriented framework, balancing (cost, functionality gap, risk, timing, talent), 5. Purpose-driven and passionate around linking the corporate mission and sustainability intent to daily activities, 6. Laser focus and proficient in securing and protecting the enterprise from cyber terrorism.

Robert Cowans American Airlines
Robert Cowans

Sr Manager IT Cyber Security Threat Management & Investigations

American Airlines


Experienced Information Security Leader with over 8 years working in Cyber Security, Digital Forensics and Risk Management. Robert embraces challenge, thrives under pressure, think outside the box, and drives improvement. Having talent for building new capabilities, introducing innovation, leadership, and forward thinking. Experience showcasing effective leadership of multidisciplinary teams which successfully defined, developed and delivered cyber security, investigation and risk management solutions.

Sam Satyanathan Freddie Mac
Sam Satyanathan

Director of Cyber Security

Freddie Mac


► A seasoned leader in Product, Application, Data and Cloud Security, IAM, and IT Risk Management with extensive hands-on experience in Software Development and Architecture. ► Proven leadership skills managing both technical and business teams in complex and matrixed organizations while working with executive leaders to build and execute strategy ► A hands-on leader in Application/Product Security and DevSecOps with experience leading security testing (SAST/DAST/SCA etc.), threat modeling, SDL/SSDLC, Security Champions, Vulnerability Management, as well as encryption and key management strategy and implementation. ► Web and Mobile Application Security development experience, specifically in SSO, MFA, and Identity and Access Management ► ITIL V3 Foundation Certified with development experience in using DevOps and Agile methodologies with SCRUM, UP/RUP, XP, etc. ► Experience integrating with various iPhone and Android Mobile applications and Mobile Wallet/Payment applications. ► Experience spanning various industries including Banking, Financial Services (Mortgage/Credit Card/Auto Finance), Telecommunications, and Insurance.

March 30, 2022


All times Central Time

5:30 PM-8:30 PM

The Greatest Fears?

The biggest fear is not the technology, it is the potential of human error that could expose your organization to a cyberattack. The majority of CISOs agree that an employee carelessly falling victim to a phishing scam is the most likely cause of a security breach. Most also agree that they will not be able to reduce the level of employee disregard for information security. How do we guard against human error without limiting employee efficiency and productivity?

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