CIO Nordics Summit | June 17, 2021 | Virtual Summit - Real-time Online Conversations

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Keynote Presentation

Visionary speaker presents to entire audience on key issues, challenges and business opportunities

Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee." title="Keynote Presentations give attending delegates the opportunity to hear from leading voices in the industry. These presentations feature relevant topics and issues aligned with the speaker's experience and expertise, selected by the speaker in concert with the summit's Content Committee.

Executive Visions

Panel moderated by Master of Ceremonies and headed by four executives discussing critical business topics

Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members." title="Executive Visions sessions are panel discussions that enable in-depth exchanges on critical business topics. Led by a moderator, these sessions encourage attending executives to address industry challenges and gain insight through interaction with expert panel members.

Thought Leadership

Solution provider-led session giving high-level overview of opportunities

Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community." title="Led by an executive from the vendor community, Thought Leadership sessions provide comprehensive overviews of current business concerns, offering strategies and solutions for success. This is a unique opportunity to access the perspective of a leading member of the vendor community.

Think Tank

End user-led session in boardroom style, focusing on best practices

Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard." title="Think Tanks are interactive sessions that place delegates in lively discussion and debate. Sessions admit only 15-20 participants at a time to ensure an intimate environment in which delegates can engage each other and have their voices heard.

Roundtable

Interactive session led by a moderator, focused on industry issue

Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done." title="Led by an industry analyst, expert or a member of the vendor community, Roundtables are open-forum sessions with strategic guidance. Attending delegates gather to collaborate on common issues and challenges within a format that allows them to get things done.

Case Study

Overview of recent project successes and failures

Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions." title="Case Studies allow attending executives to hear compelling stories about implementations and projects, emphasizing best practices and lessons learned. Presentations are immediately followed by Q&A sessions.

Focus Group

Discussion of business drivers within a particular industry area

Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions." title="Focus Groups allow executives to discuss business drivers within particular industry areas. These sessions allow attendees to isolate specific issues and work through them. Presentations last 15-20 minutes and are followed by Q&A sessions.

Analyst Q&A Session

Moderator-led coverage of the latest industry research

Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst." title="Q&A sessions cover the latest industry research, allowing attendees to gain insight on topics of interest through questions directed to a leading industry analyst.

Vendor Showcase

Several brief, pointed overviews of the newest solutions and services

Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences." title="Taking the form of three 10-minute elevator pitches by attending vendors, these sessions provide a concise and pointed overview of the latest solutions and services aligned with attendee needs and preferences.

Executive Exchange

Pre-determined, one-on-one interaction revolving around solutions of interest

Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest." title="Executive Exchanges offer one-on-one interaction between executives and vendors. This is an opportunity for both parties to make key business contacts, ask direct questions and get the answers they need. Session content is prearranged and based on mutual interest.

Open Forum Luncheon

Informal discussions on pre-determined topics

Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch." title="Led by a moderator, Open Forum Luncheons offer attendees informal, yet focused discussions on current industry topics and trends over lunch.

Networking Session

Unique activities at once relaxing, enjoyable and productive

Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive." title="Networking opportunities take various unique forms, merging enjoyable and relaxing activities with an environment conducive to in-depth conversation. These gatherings allow attendees to wind down between sessions and one-on-one meetings, while still furthering discussions and being productive.

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021 - CIO Nordics Summit

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Welcome Registration & Opening Remarks

 

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote Presentation

The Next Phase of Cybersecurity

Today's digital technologies quickly become commodities, and adoption of emerging technologies provides only temporary edge and differentiation. To stay ahead, you must think bigger and take bigger risks. Do not make the technologies themselves the focal point, but the profound business transformations they make feasible. While these transformations offer organizations great benefits, they also offer extreme risks that must be accounted and planned for.

Takeaways

  • Get a leg up on next gen technologies
  • High risk can yield high reward
  • Focusing less on products and more on company alignment to them 


 

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Sponsored Keynote Presentation

2021 Focus: The People

Successful IT executives focus on the people. Leaders need to become more of a trusted advisor. It's important for IT executives to partner with UX, HR and employee experience teams to aid with the shift in workforce dynamics, like emerging technologies or AI interactions.

  • -IT executives need to focus on software user
  • -Employee training is critical to software success
  • -Leadership should be as fluent in new technology as end-users 

 

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Bring Your Own....Enhancement

Over the next 5 years, it's forecasted that roughly 30% of enterprises will augment BYOD policies to include bring your own enhancement? (BYOE). It will be tempting for IT to try and regulate or control human augmentation technology, but the real focus should be to exploit the employee's interest in BYOE to advance the business. Some manufacturing companies are currently using wearables to promote worker safety. Companies in both travel and healthcare industries are using these devices to boost productivity. With these technologies constantly evolving, organizations should contemplate how these enhancements can be leveraged in both the personal and professional lives of the workforce.

Takeaways;

  • BYOE Technology is set to expand 30% in the next five years
  • How to encourage employees to use AI?
  • Can IT completely regulate Augmented Technology? 

Think Tank

Supply and Demand: Closing the Growing Gap in Cybersecurity Skills

At a time when the threat landscape ever expanding, two out of three organizations worldwide claim to have a lack of the IT security staff needed. The need for cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high. The deficit of qualified individuals has made the need for automated security tools more of a requirement than a desire in order to maintain a strong security foundation. Today's products and technologies can enable even small teams to appropriately secure multiple websites and applications, offering potential answers to the pressing recruitment issues.

Takeaways;

  • -There is a critical lack of qualified IT specialists
  • -Staffing deficits increase the need for automated tools
  • -New products can assist small teams facing big security challenges 

 

10:50 am - 11:10 am

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Emerging Tech Offering Changes to the Workforce Landscape

The barriers are falling. Thanks to AI and AR, it's projected that we will see a dramatic rise in the hiring of people with disabilities. As of right now, roughly 30% of the American workforce is represented by individuals with disabilities. A large amount of the talent pool that has been unexplored at a time when there is a scarcity in available talent. These opportunities will bring about necessary changes in the organization ranging from the culture to the technical aspects. Food for thought: companies that employ disabled individuals hold an 89% higher retention rate, 72% rise in production and a 29% increase in profitability.  

Takeaways; 

  • AR and AI will open the door for more employment opportunities for disabled people 
  • New positions and technologies will alter organizational structure 
  • AI and AR will effect hiring standards in the future 

 

11:10 am - 11:30 am

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

The Internet of Things (IoT) Meets the Internet of Behaviors (IoB)

We are approaching a point where individual activities tracked by IoT devices and systems will be recorded digitally by an ?Internet of Behavior? (IoB) to influence benefits and service eligibility for people across the world. The idea behind IoB is to be able to digitally link a person with their actions. For example, connecting your identity by way of facial recognition with an activity such as renting a car will be tracked digitally. In addition, IoB will also be used to influence specific behaviours. For example, Progressive's Snapshot and Allstate's Drive wise offerings monitor and record a driver's behaviours and in turn offer higher or lower rates based upon those behaviours. However, there have been concerns raised over the ethical implications of spreading this technology to social services (i.e. schools or assisting living) attempting to compensate or discipline certain behaviours. 

Takeaways;

  • The internet of behaviours is a digital replication of consumers' actions 
  • Facial recognition software will be used for everyday verification 
  • There are many concerns regarding the ethics of IoB, are they valid? 

Think Tank

Automating Cybersecurity

IT security professionals all face one major issue: being asked to do more, with less resources. Automation and integration are a necessity in order to meet the demands of an organization's security needs. Managing risk without diminishing the speed and quality of development is achievable by integrating security into agile processes, like DevOps or CI/CD. Since most security teams are understaffed, automated solutions are becoming a requirement, rather than an option to properly manage the ever-increasing workload. 

Takeaways;

  •  Automation is required to meet today's security demand 
  • DevOps can operate more efficiently with CI/CD 
  • IT security staff are responsible for more than ever

 

11:30 am - 11:50 am

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

The Expansion of Blockchain

IT security professionals all face one major issue: being asked to do more, with less resources. Automation and integration are a necessity in order to meet the demands of an organization's security needs. Managing risk without diminishing the speed and quality of development is achievable by integrating security into agile processes, like DevOps or CI/CD. Since most security teams are understaffed, automated solutions are becoming a requirement, rather than an option to properly manage the ever-increasing workload. 

Takeaways;

  •  Automation is required to meet today's security demand 
  • DevOps can operate more efficiently with CI/CD 
  • IT security staff are responsible for more than ever

 

11:50 am - 12:10 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Hyper-personalization: Using AI to Drive the Bottom Line

At the pace technologies are expanding, how organizations connect with and influence the customer is set for dramatic changes. AI identification of emotions will be the driving force behind many advertisements soon. Between the rise in popularity of wearables that track user's habits, locations and biometrics (and the advancements that are being made with artificial emotional intelligence) companies will be able to detect customer emotions and reactions. This knowledge, alongside environmental and behaviour indicators, enables companies to establish a much deeper level of hyper-personalization within the customer's experience. Companies will be able to use this data to increase sales and drive revenue. However, the power to create a hyper-personalized experience comes with the price of being hyper-transparent with consumers about the data that is being collected and how it is being used. 

Takeaways;

  •  AI will be a critical part of the advertising industry 
  • Emotional prediction technology will help companies hyper-personalize their offerings 
  • Hyper-personalization requires companies to be more transparent about data collection  

Think Tank

The Elephant in the Room, Data Breaches

In 2019, data breaches endured yet again as the largest security threat noted by organizations and IT security professionals alike. If data remains as a high valued commodity, ensuring data privacy and securing personal data will continue to be at the top of the list of an organization's concerns. The increases in privacy legislation, such as GDPR and CCPA, and the understanding of the ramifications stemming from a breach have allowed these concerns to remain heavily in the spotlight. Web application flaws have been identified as the top cause of data breaches. As such, establishing and maintaining web application security has developed into a high priority for all organizations.

Takeaways;

  • -Data breaches are the biggest security concern
  • -Data continues to be a high value asset but the need to protect it is even higher
  • -New laws like GDPR and CCPA enforce consequences for failing to secure data 

 

12:30 pm - 12:50 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Thought Leadership

Combating the Rise in Cloud-based Threats

As the cloud migration continues, securing data and critical infrastructure is going to require new approaches. Organizations have struggled to maintain control of critical data and ensure real-time threat intelligence, giving cloud based threats the ability to multiply. Data buckets being misconfigured, or inadequately secured increases the risk of a breach. Being able to manually manage security for large web application infrastructures has become a thing of the past. As such, organizations are being pushed to re-evaluate their approach to web application security.

Takeaways;

  • -The rise of cloud migration means security will need to adapt
  • -Many organizations have struggled to secure data
  • -Cybersecurity threats will only increase and become more complex 

 

12:50 pm - 1:10 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Executive Boardroom

Keeping Pace with Innovation, Chronologically and Economically

Today's digital evolution will take major enterprises twice as long and cost twice as much as initially anticipated. They will likely struggle with digital innovation as they realize the associated challenges and costs within modernization. As such, smaller and more agile organizations have a great opportunity to be first to market, while larger organizations suffer through uninspiring immediate benefits.

Takeaways;

  • -Digital innovation is not cheap or quick
  • -How can your organization best plan for implementation?
  • -Smaller organizations tend to have an easier time testing out new technology 

Executive Boardroom

Going Mobile, Securely

The average employee uses at least 3 different mobile devices to access business data. This number has risen and so has the amount of company data that is being stored on each device. Each device represents another endpoint that needs to be secured. While mobile malware threats are low, it's expected that there will be a rise in data breaches directly related to mobile devices. Providing access to company data via a secure web application infrastructure with real-time vulnerability management is one way of reducing risk with mobile devices.

Takeaways;

  • -Mobile devices are generally considered safe means to access business data
  • -Employees use an average of three mobile devices, each is its own security challenge
  • -Data breaches through mobile devices are expected to increase

 

1:10 pm - 1:30 pm

Executive Exchange

 

Think Tank

Data 2021, Fueling AI

This year will offer a wake-up call for many, as the overall cost of getting data wrong will be realized. Chief Data and Analytics Officers (CDAOs) and CIOs focusing on AI will rest assured knowing their teams have what they need when it comes to data. One of the major obstacles is sourcing data from a complex portfolio of applications and convincing gatekeepers to say yes. Effectively using intelligent automation will require compelling efforts in data cleansing, integration, and management that IT will need to support. Correcting previous data issues in legacy systems can be a considerable hurdle to leap, especially for larger enterprises. Top organizations will increase, and possibly double, their data strategy budget. 

Takeaways

  • Mishandling data comes at a huge financial cost 
  • AI offers more predictable means of safeguarding data 
  • IT teams will need to be effective at cleaning and organizing data 

 

1:30 pm - 1:40 pm

Closing Remarks