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Accenture joins Target and P&G as keynote speaker at cybersecurity summit

Accenture has signed on as the title sponsor for the Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit, which will be held in Chicago, October 3 - 4, 2017. The event is sponsored by the Retail Cyber Intelligence Sharing Center (R-CISC).Registration of retailer participants is up 17% last year, according to a R-CISC spokesperson.

Kelly Bissell, managing director of Accenture Security will be the opening keynote speaker at the conference, with an addressed entitled The True Cost of Cybercrime. Vikram Desai, managing director, Accenture Security will lead a breakout session titled, Driving Security Operations Efficiency Through Orchestration and Automation.

Another keynote speaker, Rich Agostino, chief information security officer at Target Corp, will lead a session titled, "Stepping into Leadership: Staying Ahead of Today's Threats and the Evolving CISO Role." For a Q&A with Agostino on his approach to strategic leadership, how he is addressing the threat landscape and advice for up-and-coming leaders in the industry, click here.

Additional keynoters at the summit include Kostas Georgakopoulos, CISO at Procter & Gamble, who will lead a discussion on the next evolution of information security.

The event will also include a panel discussion entitled, "The Importance of Women in Cybersecurity." Panelists include Deborah Dixon, senior VP, information security & risk, Best Buy Co.; Roseann Larson, VP and CISO at VF Corporation; and Lauren Dana Rosenblatt, executive director and global head of cyber threat management at Estée Lauder Companies.

Other speakers at the upcoming event include:

• Greg Alexander, VP, Global Security Advisor, The Priceline Group Inc.;

• Scott Howitt, senior VP & CISO, MGM Resorts International;

• Becky Janutis, VP, Info. Security, Kohl's;

• Grant Sewell, Mgr., Global Information Security, Scotts Miracle-Gro Company;

• Adam Solomon, Associate, Hunton & Williams LLC;

• Don Yeager, New York Times Best-Selling Author; and

• Carson Zimmerman, Author, Cybersecurity Engineer.

The 2017 Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit will bring together 200 CISOs and their teams from the greater retail and consumer services industries — including restaurants, hospitality, gaming properties, consumer product manufacturers and more — to share best practices, gain insights and, most importantly, network with other information security professionals to build trust.

“Our annual Summit provides the perfect opportunity to continue to develop and build solid peer-to-peer relationships within our community, with the government and cross-sector relationships, helping to expand the real-time sharing of cyber threat intelligence and better protect the industry as a whole,” said Suzie Squier, executive director of R-CISC, the trusted cybersecurity community for retailers, consumer product manufacturers, grocers, hotels, restaurants, and cybersecurity industry partners worldwide.

More Information on the 2017 Retail Cyber Intelligence Summit can be found on To register, click here.
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