CISO Houston Summit | Sept. 7, 2023 | Houston, TX, USA


Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Opening Panel: The Future of Work: Navigating Remote and Hybrid Teams

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
As organizations continue to adopt more flexible work arrangements, CIOs must develop new approaches to managing and securing distributed workforces. This session will explore the latest trends in remote and hybrid work, and provide practical guidance for building a resilient and productive digital workplace. Key takeaways: - How to develop and implement a secure and scalable remote work strategy - Best practices for managing and engaging remote and hybrid teams - Strategies for leveraging technology to foster collaboration, communication, and innovation in a distributed workforce

Pedro Buhigas


Kodiak Gas

Sean Barnes

VP, Coporate Operations

Nine Energy Service

Ad Ghauri

Director, Enterprise Architecture

Baker Hughes

Keynote: Stretching IT Dollars in a Challenging Economy: The Power of Cloud Cost Optimization

9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Leveraging cloud cost optimization and Cloud FinOps/Economic practices to find dollars for business      innovation during challenging times.
  • Utilizing cloud strategy, cloud governance and cloud economics to improve workflow processes and achieve      operational excellence.
  • Understanding the role of cloud cost optimization in building a resilient business.
  • Case study: Real-world examples on how companies are improving cloud financial operations, minimizing cloud sprawl, and reinvesting in innovation and the core business.

Brian Becker

Vice President, Cloud Advisory Solutions, Digital Advisory and Innovation



10:15 AM - 10:25 AM

Think Tank: Cultural Transformation across a Super Major Energy company – the wins and the learnings

10:25 AM - 10:50 AM
This session will explore practical strategies for leveraging emerging technologies to drive meaningful business outcomes. CIOs will learn how to identify the most promising technologies, how to build a business case for investment, and how to create a roadmap for implementation. Key takeaways: - How to assess the potential value of emerging technologies for your organization - Best practices for building a business case and securing funding for digital transformation initiatives - Strategies for creating a roadmap that aligns with business objectives and delivers measurable outcomes"

Ismail Dandia

Global Information Technology Director


Executive Boardroom: Why Your Cybersecurity Budget is a Horse’s Behind

10:55 AM - 11:20 AM

The engineering of most modern transportation systems tracks back to the size of a horse’s behind. Basically, the most convenient way to move goods until recent times was by horse-drawn carts, which were based on the width of two horses' rumps. Wheelbases had to be standardized due to ruts in dirt roads. This wheelbase influenced railcar axle sizing, which in turn influenced sizing of countless other infrastructure components, and this sizing just became accepted, with few people realizing the origins. This is in large part how cybersecurity programs are managed and budgeted today.

Current year cybersecurity budgets are based on the previous year, which are based on the previous year, and so on. Your current cybersecurity budgets are just incremental improvements over budgets from long ago, with little logic, unless there is some disruptive event, such as a major incident or regulatory change. Budgets are not reevaluated to determine what they should be if defined from a clean slate, based on current circumstances. This presentation will identify how to apply optimized risk management and other business principles to cybersecurity budgets to determine an optimal cybersecurity program, and then define a path to get you there.

Key Takeaways:

  •  What the historical weaknesses of current cybersecurity budgeting practices are.
  • Understanding the concept of optimized risk management over basic risk quantification, along with the implementation of machine learning and advanced mathematics.
  • How to define your own optimized cybersecurity program making the most of available budget, and being able to justify that budget to the board.

Ira Winkler

VP - Solutions Architecture USA & Field CISO


Executive Boardroom: Driving open innovation with opinionated application platforms across the cloud

10:55 AM - 11:20 AM
Using opinionated application platforms to build, deploy, and run applications at scale in the cloud, on-prem, and at the edge is critical to dev and ops productivity, helping your dollar go further with your IT investment. The guardrails and abstractions of application platforms unlock the power of technologies like containers and kubernetes while simplifying or even hiding the complexity of these technologies so your teams can focus on what matters most to you -- getting applications in front of your customers at speed and at quality, all while being resilient for an exceptional experience. Learn how you can stay competitive amongst your peers by being first to market and best in market with your applications on an opinionated application platform.

Chuck Svoboda

Senior Director Cloud Services GTM, Americas

Red Hat

E.G. Nadhan

Global Chief Architect Leader, CTO Organization

Red Hat

Executive Boardroom: Into the Deep with Generative AI: Go where no other business has gone before

11:25 AM - 11:50 AM

With generative AI as the new buzzword, how will you      level up your innovation with this latest technology? Join us where we explore the transformative potential of generative AI technologies in the manufacturing and transportation sectors. 

Through an interactive session, you'll gain insights into:

  • The latest trends and emerging opportunities in      generative AI for manufacturing and transportation
  • Real-world case studies showcasing how organizations      have leveraged AWS to unlock operational efficiencies, optimize supply      chains, and enhance customer experiences.
  • How Generative AI is revolutionizing product design,      customer interactions, quality control and defect detection, and logistics      optimization in the manufacturing and transportation sectors
  • The ethical implications and considerations of using Generative AI

Jordan Milushev

Cloud Data Arhitect/Solution Architect


Think Tank: Reskilling and Upskilling

11:55 AM - 12:20 PM
Low-code platforms promise to streamline software development and delivery, but what are the implications for IT operations and governance? In this session, CIOs will learn how to evaluate low-code platforms, how to manage risk and compliance, and how to leverage low-code to drive innovation and agility. Key takeaways: - How to evaluate the potential benefits and risks of low-code development platforms - Strategies for managing compliance and security in a low-code environment - Best practices for leveraging low-code to drive innovation and speed-to-market

Alexis Collins


Norton Rose Fullbright


12:25 PM - 12:50 PM

Pick a topic below and dive in to these interactive open-forum discussions:

Topic A: Managing Risk in Geopolitical Crisis - Moderated by Charity Wright, Intelligence Consultant, Recorded Future

Topic B: The Identity Security Challenge: MFA and Service Account Blind Spots in your OT/Air Gapped Domain - Moderated by Jonathan Davis, Director of Global Strategy, Silverfort

Topic C: Balancing Reactive security activities with proactive hygiene and exposure management in the Energy Sector - Moderated by Allen Rogers, Co-Founder & Chief Product Officer, Noetic Cyber

Allen Rogers

Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder

Noetic Cyber

Charity Wright

Intelligence Consultant

Recorded Future

Jonathan Davis

Director of Global Strategy


Networking Lunch

12:55 PM - 1:55 PM

Fireside Discussion: IoT and the Impact on Business Outcomes

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM

Join us for an engaging fireside discussion as we delve into the transformative realm of the Internet of Things (IoT) and its profound influence on contemporary business outcomes. In an increasingly interconnected world, IoT has emerged as a driving force behind innovation, operational efficiency, and strategic decision-making.  guest will share Pedro Buhigas will join our own J.D. Miller to share insights and experiences gained from navigating the complex landscape of IoT implementation within their organization. Through real-world examples and practical anecdotes, we will explore:

  • Strategic Integration: Discover how IoT technologies are strategically integrated into business processes, enabling companies to gain a competitive edge by harnessing the      power of data-driven decision-making.
  • Data Security and Privacy: Delve into the crucial considerations and best practices for      ensuring data security and privacy in an IoT-driven ecosystem, including      the management of vast amounts of sensitive information.


  • Emerging Trends and      Challenges: Gain insights into the latest trends and emerging technologies      in the IoT landscape, as well as the challenges and opportunities they      present for organizations.


This fireside discussion promises to be an enlightening exploration of how IoT is reshaping business strategies, impacting bottom-line results, and paving the way for a more connected and data-driven future.  Don't miss this chance to join us for a thought-provoking conversation that will undoubtedly inspire fresh perspectives and innovative approaches to IoT adoption within your own organization.

Pedro Buhigas


Kodiak Gas

Think Tank: Product Data Management, Control, and Collaboration

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM
This session will explore practical strategies for leveraging emerging technologies to drive meaningful business outcomes. CIOs will learn how to identify the most promising technologies, how to build a business case for investment, and how to create a roadmap for implementation. Key takeaways: - How to assess the potential value of emerging technologies for your organization - Best practices for building a business case and securing funding for digital transformation initiatives - Strategies for creating a roadmap that aligns with business objectives and delivers measurable outcomes

Ad Ghauri

Director, Enterprise Architecture

Baker Hughes


3:00 PM - 3:25 PM

Topic #1: The Future Of AI-ML In A ChatGPT World

  • Discuss the data privacy and security concerns.
  • What are the ethical considerations?
  • How are you approaching regulatory compliance?


Topic #2: Hiring/Staffing 

  • What is your biggest hiring challenge today?
  • Talk about your challenge in Upskill/Reskill/Outsourcing
  • Is the great resignation ending?

Fireside Chat: Best Practices of the CISO

3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Innovation is a critical driver of business success, but how do you create a culture that fosters creativity and experimentation? In this session, CIOs will learn how to build an innovation culture that supports continuous improvement and drives long-term growth. Key takeaways: - Strategies for fostering creativity and experimentation within your organization - Best practices for developing and implementing an innovation framework - How to measure and optimize the impact of innovation initiatives

Marc Crudgington


The Howard Hughes Corporation

PM Break

3:55 PM - 4:10 PM

Fireside Chat: Acquiring and Retaining Top Talent in IT

4:15 PM - 4:40 PM
As technology becomes a core driver of business innovation, CIOs must develop new approaches to digital product management. In this session, we'll explore best practices for developing and delivering successful digital products, including product strategy, user experience design, and agile development methodologies. Key takeaways: - How to develop a product strategy that aligns with business goals and user needs - Best practices for user experience design and agile development methodologies - Strategies for measuring and optimizing the performance of digital products

Sean Barnes

VP, Coporate Operations

Nine Energy Service

Closing Panel: Creating a Culture of Belonging: Nurturing Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

4:35 PM - 5:00 PM

In today's diverse and dynamic workforce, organizations recognize the importance of fostering a culture of belonging that celebrates and embraces diversity and inclusion.

We'll explore the critical steps towards creating an inclusive workplace where every employee feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their best. Through insightful discussions, real-world examples, and practical strategies, we will delve into the key elements necessary for nurturing diversity and inclusion. Gain actionable insights to drive positive change, enhance employee engagement, and create a workplace where everyone feels a strong sense of belonging.

Key Takeaways:

  • The value of diversity and inclusion: Understand the tangible benefits of nurturing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, including increased innovation, enhanced problem-solving, and improved business performance.
  • Cultivating an inclusive culture: Learn strategies and best practices for building an inclusive culture that fosters belonging, promotes collaboration, and leverages the unique perspectives and experiences of a diverse workforce.
  • Empowering employees: Discover effective approaches for empowering employees from all backgrounds, ensuring they have equal opportunities for growth, development, and advancement within the organization.
  • Creating an inclusive environment: Explore practical initiatives and policies that support diversity and inclusion, such as unconscious bias training, mentorship programs, and employee resource groups, and understand their impact on fostering a sense of belonging.

Jeff Green



Closing Remarks

5:00 PM - 5:10 PM

Summit Happy Hour

5:10 PM - 6:10 PM