2019 Kansas City Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange

    Effectively Communicating Cyber Strategy


    The Leadership Board represents the region’s most prominent organizations and thought leadership. Board members recommend and vet topics, speakers and industry partners, ensuring each Exchange addresses the region’s most significant concerns.

    Leadership Board


    Rodney Blunt, CISO, Information Security Office, Kansas State Government
    John Godfrey, CISO & Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Information Security, The University of Kansas Medical Center
    Scott Harris, VP & CISO, Lockton Companies
    Don Kleoppel, CSO, Cerner


    Jill Brungardt, Director, Information Security, Commerce Bank
    Sherry Callahan, CISO, Dairy Farmers of America
    Eric Ervin, Director, Security, KCP&L and Westar, Evergy Companies
    Steve Hannah, Director, Information Security, Polsinelli
    Kirk Hay, CIO, Jack Cooper Holdings Corp.
    Britney Hommertzheim, Director, Information Security, AMC Theatres
    Geoff Jenista, Cybersecurity Advisor, Department of Homeland Security
    Saadia Mahmood, Dir. Enterprise Risk/CISO, NBH Bank
    Katie McGuire, CISO, Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.
    Michael Nixon, Director, Information Security, Stormont Vail Health
    Monica Rowe, CISO, Mazuma Credit Union
    Shawn Scott, Head of Global Cyber Security, Garmin International
    Eric Walters, CISO, Burns & McDonnell
    James Waters, CISO, Black & Veatch
    Rich Whyrick, Information Security Manager, UnitedLex Corporation

    Kicking off with tapas and signature cocktails, attendees can connect with peers across industries.
    Note: Please arrive on time for pre-event hors d’oeuvres.

    Effectively Communicating Cyber Strategy Across the Enterprise

    Good communication is crucial for creating a culture that prioritizes security. More often, this is where a breakdown can originate. Meet the information security experts who have figured out seamless stakeholder communication at all levels. This panel discussion brings together leadership perspectives and strategies from across sectors to address:

    C-Suite & Executive Board

    • Aligning with business and speaking the same language
    • Effectively relaying what information security teams are trying to solve, why and the resources needed to solve it
    • What Board members and Executive teams need to hear in order to buy-in

    All Enterprise Stakeholders

    • Strategies to create internal alliances to send a cohesive and clear security message
    • Creating a culture that connects security risk to business and personal risk, and the responsibility of all stakeholders in risk mitigation


    John Godfrey, Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Security & CISO, University of Kansas Medical Center
    Chase Hymel, Deputy Director, Information Security, Statewide Security Architecture & Operations, State of Louisiana

    Now comes your turn to share ideas. Each table is headed by a Discussion Leader, ready with questions based on the keynote panel topic. Tables will collectively brainstorm opportunities to address challenges addressed by the panel. Attendees will then switch tables twice to discuss a new set of challenges and questions with a different group of peers. This allows attendees to connect and have in-depth conversations with more peers bringing unique perspectives from across different disciplines and industries.

    Discussions will continue to percolate across the entire space as attendees have the opportunity to refresh drinks and tapas.

    The program closes by wrapping up the evening’s conversation into tangible takeaways to implement into your own organization.

    Associate Vice Chancellor, Information Security & CISO, University of Kansas Medical Center
    Deputy Director, Information Security, Statewide Security Architecture & Operations, State of Louisiana

    Solutions providers are vetted to include only the organizations bringing the most successful and innovative solutions to market. Sponsors must be approved by the Leadership Board.

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    To learn more about the Kansas City Cybersecurity Best Practice Exchange or to answer any questions, please contact:

    Dennis Robinson, Executive Director
    Direct: 503.342.7669
    [email protected]

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