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September 27 Newsletter


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Upcoming SIMCAC Event - Major Cybersecurity Trends for 2019
October 1st from 05:00 PM - 08:00 PM in Arlington, VA

Organizations, public and private, as well as consumers across the world will face no shortage of cybersecurity challenges in 2019. Ransomware and social engineering cyber threats continue to be at the forefront as they exploit basic human behavior. Many companies have failed to prepare for GDPR and the continued rise of state-sponsored attacks will erode our trust in institutions, enterprises and services. Join us for an evening of lessons learned and insights into what’s down the road as we bring to you cybersecurity subject matter experts in a lively panel discussion. Are you prepared for the cyber threats of tomorrow?

SIMCAC welcomes all current and eligible prospective members to join us for an evening of networking, cocktails, heavy appetizers, and a lively panel discussion. Event attendance is complimentary for members in good standing.

                                            Register Now!


Event underwritten by Sirius, IBM QRadar, and special thanks to the Virginia Tech Research Center Arlington for hosting.

Meet the Event Moderator and Panelists

Our Moderator:


Laszlo Gonc - Mr. Gonc is a recognized senior executive with thirty years of progressive experience in business and information technology. He is responsible for helping organizations – corporate and nonprofit alike – navigate the digital frontier, advising clients on issues such as cybersecurity, IT risk mitigation, and building digital technology strategies that drive both performance and business value. He has experience across several industries, consulting for senior executives and boards, developing cybersecurity strategies, evaluating IT risk, and spearheading critical security and transformation projects for senior leadership – including, but not limited to, healthcare, manufacturing, mining, legal, insurance, and banking.

Laszlo is a member of the Forbes Technology Council, PEER150, and sits on a number of nonprofit boards and committees. He served as Chair of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Chicagoland Executive Council for a number of years, currently serves as Executive Vice President for the Chicago chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), and is a Board Member for the Society for Information Management (SIM) Chicago. He is also a member of FBI Infragard, ISSA and ISACA.

In early 2016, he helped form the SIM International Cybersecurity SIG for senior technology leaders and continues to serve as Director of Strategic Programming and Content, collaborating to launch their first national virtual Cybersecurity Conference in 2017.

He is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, invited at professional associations, industry conferences and universities providing thought leadership on the state of cybersecurity, mitigating technology risk, and helping companies “Go Digital.”

Providing coaching and mentoring in Chicago’s technology incubation and innovation areas, he has experience with business model generation, design thinking, and blue ocean workshops. Laszlo holds a Bachelor of Science Commerce degree in Operations Management from DePaul University and is a certified CISSP security professional [Cert#: 392959].

Our Panelists:


John Brady - Mr. Brady is Vice President, Cybersecurity, Chief Information Security Officer at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).  As CISO, Mr. Brady has overall responsibility for all aspects of FINRA’s cyber and information security program including policies, standards, compliance, technical controls, insider risk, and incident response and recovery.

Before FINRA, Mr. Brady was responsible for networks and network security at VeriSign, built and operated Citibank’s Internet web and email services, and at Sun Microsystems created integrated network systems for prominent customers.  He began his career at The Aerospace Corporation designing satellite systems and command and control networks.

Mr. Brady holds a BS in Computer and Electrical Engineering from Purdue University and a MS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley.  He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).


Michael Dent - Mr. Dent is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia. A veteran public servant, Michael joined the County in 2002 after managing the security program for information technology at the Virginia Department of Corrections.  Michael is also a military veteran having served in the US Army for 9 years.  

Since joining the County, Michael has been the catalyst for establishing the enterprise-wide IT risk management program, by developing a county-wide comprehensive IT security risk and privacy program, He proactively works with business units to implement practices that meet the defined policies and standards for information security; advises Executive Management on risk and other matters related to IT security to determine acceptable levels of risk; conducting incident investigations and IT forensics, and proactively conducting audits, monitoring and reporting on system-wide status, threat analysis and new vulnerabilities; developing regular county-wide communication and awareness programs; and, addressing system and people compliance issues through a structured enforcement process.  He is one of the founding members of the County’s Architecture Review Board.

Michael is currently serving his eighth term as Chairman of the Council of Governments (COG) Chief Information Security Officers group within the National Capital Region (NCR).  Under Michael leadership the NCR Interoperable Communications Infrastructure (NCRICI) support team was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Technology Award for Cross-Boundary Collaboration for its Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS).

Most recently Michael’s Next Generation Cyber Security Program was awarded a 2018 VACO Achievement Award, 2018 Public Technology Institute Solutions Award, the very first 2016 Visionary Award from Splunk in the state and local sector.  He also received the 2016 Cyber Award from Symantec. He was honored as the North American Information Security Executive of the Year Award for 2015 from The Executive Network in the Academic/Public Sector Category.

Michael’s diligent efforts, strategic and visionary leadership has earned national recognition for Fairfax County’s Information Security Program as one of the leading local government programs in the country.  The County’s Next Generation Security Program and IT Security Awareness Day program, has been nationally recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACO).


David Simpson - Admiral Simpson has influenced National Defense and Homeland Security policy and provided cutting edge Information, Communications Technology and Cybersecurity solutions for over thirty years. He previously served as Chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau from 2013 to 2017.

As Bureau Chief, he oversaw public safety, homeland security, and cybersecurity activities for over 30,000 commercial companies in the telecommunications sector.  Admiral Simpson served as the vice director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) from 2011 to 2013.  In that capacity, he helped lead an organization responsible for planning, developing and providing interoperable global communications for the Defense community.  He also served as a senior delegate to the 2012 ITU World Radio Telecommunications Conference and to the World Conference on International Telecom (WCIT). Simpson’s extensive career includes assignments with responsibility for networks, IT, and crisis communications for afloat and other deployed forces in the United States, Europe, Africa, Asia, and South America.

Simpson is a native of Burbank, California and a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy.  He earned a master’s degree in systems technology from the Naval Postgraduate School.  Recipient of the Navy’s Copernicus Award, Federal Computing Weekly’s RED 100 Award and the Next Generation 911 Institute’s 2017 Government Leader Award.

As a visiting faculty Professor at Virginia Tech, Simpson is involved in cybersecurity course and program development in VT’s Master’s of Information Technology and the Master’s of Business Administration programs. He is working with other Pamplin and Virginia Tech faculty to produce a curriculum design consisting of multiple courses in cybersecurity, leveraging the particular strengths and capabilities of Pamplin and Virginia Tech. In addition to teaching, Simpson represents Pamplin and identifies opportunities with partners, industry, and external stakeholders to promote VT’s programs.
Upcoming Event Announcement!
The SIMCAC Executive Women Leadership Breakfast

07:30 AM - 09:30 AM
Washington, DC

Topic:  Identifying and Living Out Your Brand!

In today’s workplace, women are leaders, empowered and making a difference in the environment.  Yet still, many women do have challenges being heard, standing in the power of their role, and defining exactly who or what they want to become.

This SIMCAC Executive Women Leadership Breakfast will focus on how a female leader can define her position of leadership in her organization and stand tall amid challenges and negative stereotypes.

Conversations will surround:

  • Career enhancement and advancement
  • A seat at the Exec table
  • Posture for power

Join your peers to enjoy a time of fulfilling and inspiring discussions, stories and guidance.  Attendees are encouraged to attend with their direct reports to take advantage of this development opportunity.  Leadership Coach and Corporate Culture Strategist, Tiffany Houser, will be on hand to deliver some key points to empower this part of your career journey.   

As your gift for attending this leadership event, Tiffany is offering a 15-minute complimentary coaching session with her, over the phone, to dive deeper into your leadership goals. Sign-up for time during the breakfast.

Our Speaker:


Tiffany Houser - As a leadership coach and culture strategist, Tiffany Houser has over 18 years experience working with tech companies and tech professionals. Her work allows aspiring leaders and professionals to step into their professional purpose so they can fully engage in the work they passionately love while creating an impact and elevating their leadership. The work includes breaking through your mindsets that are holding you back to clear the way for you to become and inspiring leader in tech. With her culture transformation work, Tiffany and her team of inspiring and empowering coaches and leaders collaborate with your senior leadership to define your thriving culture and bring it to life with the 4 cornerstones of her work - insight, emotional intelligence, inspirational leadership and impact. Tiffany and her team also produce and facilitate corporate retreats and workshops, and are available for speaking engagements. To find out more about Tiffany Houser, please check out her site and her LinkedIn profile.

Register Now!

Fellow SIM Capital Area Chapter Members:

One of the most valuable programs within SIM is the Regional Leadership Forum (RLF).  Below is a message from Madeline Weiss, Mid-Atlantic RLF leader. We encourage all to read this message and give serious consideration to identifying a high potential member of your team to attend RLF.
As leader of the Mid-Atlantic RLF, I’ve had the pleasure of working with over 500 IT leaders who have been enrolled in the program. Participants regularly come from such Mid-Atlantic organizations as Armstrong World Industries, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Chubb Insurance, Carestream Health, Constellation Brands, Aetna, Bristol-Myers Squibb, International Monetary Fund, InterAmerican Development Bank, Johnson & Johnson, FINRA, NASA, Computer Aid, Air Products, Dollar Financial Corp, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Campbell Soup, AARP, and Arkema. 
The 2019 program begins February 19-20. For the more than 20 years I’ve been leading the program, sponsors have raved about the growth of their participants - high-potential IT vice presidents, directors and managers.  I hope you will take advantage of this program and send us at least one high-potential IT director or manager from your organization.  Here are some comments from recent participants:
  •         "Thank you for an amazing class."
  •         "You have been a great guide for us along this journey. I am so grateful to have had this opportunity to meet my fellow RLF classmates, to learn from the guest speakers, and to forge relationships with them both.  This has been a life-changing experience for me personally and professionally, and I thank you for that.  I am no longer afraid to take a seat at the table."
  •         "I have grown measurably in my ability to look at my strengths, abilities, and even weaknesses, to become a better husband, father, manager, co-worker - and most importantly - leader!"
  •         "Thank you for the opportunity to stretch, dive deeper into who I am, and sharing your wisdom and feedback.  This journey has truly helped me with balance and I'm in a very happy place in my life."
  •         "The RLF program has opened up my way of thinking and helped me grow professionally.  I always want to be challenged and this class has given me that opportunity. I now have 26 new friends and a great network of new people."
  •         "You have been phenomenal in leading all these sessions.  Very thought provoking and engaging. I learned a lot in the process."
  •         "Thank you so much for leading us on this wonderful journey.  One of my key learnings is that I can have a positive impact on those coming behind.  It's been a truly fabulous experience."
  •         "You truly inspired me to be better and accomplish more."
  •         "One of the many things I learned during RLF that will stay with me is to never be afraid to try something new.  By trying, we stretch our minds and open ourselves to new possibilities and realities."
A description of the program is in the attachment to this email. You can register participants for the Mid-Atlantic RLF at:  If you register now, you can take advantage of the early bird discount ($500) and the SIM member discount ($600). Although the program doesn't begin for a few months, the Mid-Atlantic RLF fills quickly.
Please call with questions.
Very best regards,
Madeline Weiss
Mid-Atlantic RLF leader
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