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Security in the spotlight for Ottawa area IT executives

IT executives in the Ottawa area can now mark their calendars for a stimulating and informative discussion on security. Top Canadian IT-management event producer, The IT Media Group, will be hosting one of its highly interactive Strategic Insights breakfast sessions on Thursday, February 26, in downtown Ottawa.

“Securing Information in an Unsecure World” will offer up a wealth of insights from industry experts as they engage in candid conversation with nationally renowned IT media personality, John Pickett, Head of Executive Programs for The IT Media Group. The invitation-only audience of IT executive peers will be given plenty of opportunity to get their security questions answered by some of the best minds in the industry.


Montreal ‘Strategic Insights’ session puts IT security under the microscope

The IT Media Group (ITMG) hosted a diverse group of senior IT and security executives from the private and public sectors on November 20 at W Montreal, one of the city’s trendiest hotels. A dozen leading brands from a variety of industries were represented in this very engaging ‘Strategic Insights’ session.

John Pickett, popular IT media personality and Head of CIO Programs for ITMG, chaired the Tonight Show-style discussion, interviewing three security experts on a variety of issues related to ‘Securing Information in an Unsecure World’. The event was sponsored by Symantec Canada.


CIOs explore Cloud issues, innovation

One of the best Canadian conversations around Cloud this year took place on August 21 in Toronto when The IT Media Group hosted another of its popular CIO Master Series roundtables, this time focusing on “Innovation in the Cloud”. The private, invitation-only event was attended by 13 IT executives from a cross section of industries and the public sector. It was sponsored by Hitachi Data Systems Canada, with CTO Paul Lewis at the table, sharing his considerable expertise on the subject.

With respect to innovation, several participants talked about how Cloud is enabling their organizations to experiment with new business models without tying up IT resources. One CIO noted that he is using Cloud to support skunk works projects, saying, “It’s a great way to encourage people to try things.” Added another, “Cloud enables users to ‘play’ without the need for big investment.”


Toronto and Calgary IT execs share security insights

Twenty-seven CIOs and CISOs in Toronto and Calgary took a deep dive into security recently at two CIO Master Series roundtables hosted by The IT Media Group, a Canadian leader in producing events for IT executives. The sponsor for both sessions was Symantec Canada.

On May 16 in Toronto, the discussion revolved around “Securing Information in a Mobile World”. BYOD was a top-of-mind concern for all participants at the table, and it was clear that everyone struggles with this issue. Responses differ greatly from company to company and industry to industry. Some, like the financial services industry, are focussed on tight control of the IT environment, with an emphasis on locking and blocking. Other industries, perhaps less sensitive to security breaches, are opting for a more user-centric approach, with as much accommodation of user needs as possible while maintaining a fairly robust security posture. [See also: Why BYOD has CIOs pining for a security blanket].


Calgary CIO roundtable uncovers strategies to future-proof IT

On March 4, 2014, a group of senior IT executives gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Calgary to participate in an interactive roundtable to share strategies for “Roundtable: Future-proofing the IT organization”. This is one of the latest CIO Master Series roundtables produced by The IT Media Group (ITMG), one of Canada’s leading producers of events for IT executives.

Sponsored by IBM Global Services Canada, this private event attracted top IT executives from a variety of organizations. Key industry segments were represented at the table, including energy, manufacturing, retail and technology.


Toronto CIO roundtable explores ways to enhance business value

Over a dozen senior IT executives gathered in Toronto on March 5 to discuss ways and means of Putting Business Value Creation on Steroids”, the latest CIO Master Series roundtable, produced by The IT Media Group (ITMG), one of Canada’s leading producers of events for IT executives.

The private event, sponsored by IBM Global Services Canada, attracted top IT executives from a variety of public and private organizations. Various industry segments were represented at the table, including financial services, automotive, healthcare, transportation, retail, building and real estate.

“The conversation was excellent. Participants drilled into some very interesting issues, such as fostering innovation in their organizations and creating the right conditions for IT to help drive business value,” said John Pickett, the event moderator and ITMG’s Principal and VP, Executive Programs.


Packed house for IT security roundtable

Not a chair was empty at The IT Media Group’s latest CIO Master Series roundtable, “Securing Information in an Unsecure World”, held December 6 in Toronto. In fact a little last minute reshuffling had to be done to add another seat to the table, as all 20 CIOs and CISOs expected for the event showed up for the peer discussion.

“It’s normal for there to be at least two or three last minute cancellations for these types of events, so we were quite surprised and delighted that every confirmed attendee was able to take their seat at the table,” said roundtable moderator John Pickett, VP Executive Programs for The IT Media Group. “It shows what an interest there is in events that consistently bring together true IT executive peers, and it also shows the interest that organizations of all types are taking in security issues.”


CIO roundtables explore future directions for enterprise IT

Many of Canada’s leading IT executives will be gathering in Toronto and Calgary this March to discuss new and evolving models for IT delivery, collaboration and innovation.

These events are part of The IT Media Group’s CIO Master Series Roundtables, one of the most successful event programs for IT executives in Canada, bringing together scores of CIOs from across the country for thoughtful and penetrating private discussions around the top issues facing enterprise IT.

The sponsor for both CIO Master Series Roundtables is IBM Canada Ltd.


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