Another successful Boston CIO Forum held March 19-20

Submitted by Dennis Ravenelle, Harvard University
Last Tuesday’s highly successful Boston CIO Forum, produced by one of SIM Boston’s longtime partners Premier Connects, Inc., brought together a couple hundred local IT leaders with industry authorities and representatives from around the country.

The opening keynote featured a fireside chat with Kevin Neifert, Raytheon CIO, interviewed by Brian Watson, co-author of Confessions of a Successful CIO (with SIM Boston member Dan Roberts). Kevin gave examples of navigating disruption and delivering business value in new and faster ways for this Massachusetts technology icon born in the shadow of MIT in 1922.

Karen Waltermire from the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST) gave a very informative briefing on the agency’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) and the many resources freely available.

Dr. Shawn P. Murray, Principle Scientist assigned to the United States Missile Defense Agency, evoked gasps and chuckles as he took us through examples of Artificial Intelligence & Cybersecurity ranging from Alexa, killer drones, a Roomba deciding it could sweep the dirt under the rug, and sexbots.

Aetna Chief Security Officer Jim Routh closed the day’s sessions with a look at The Rise of Unconventional Security Controls. The premise of his presentation: are you more concerned with compliance or with resilience and protecting your enterprise from the threat actors? He offered excellent guidance on the trade-off decisions CIOs and CISOs must make between investing in conventional and unconventional controls.

This event is a great complement to SIM Boston’s Technology Leadership Series, which culminates in our flagship event the SIM Boston Technology Leadership Summit, October 23rd at Gillette Stadium.

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~ Dennis Ravenelle, Senior Project Manager, InfoSec, Harvard University