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2023 Cybersecurity Community Holiday Celebration

Joint event with AITP-LA, ISSA-LA, CyberJutsu

AITP Los Angeles is proud to partner with Information Systems Security Association Los Angeles (ISSA-LA) and Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu (WSC)

Come network with your friends, make new friends, hear an amazing speaker, and celebrate the end of a tumultuous but exciting year. A buffet dinner and drinks will be served. Many prizes will be given away!

Topic: Balancing Innovation and Risk in Today’s Ever-Expanding Technical Ecosystem
In today’s rapidly evolving business landscape, the expansion of our technical ecosystems pose both unprecedented opportunities and considerable challenges. The proliferation of interconnected systems, emerging technologies, and the increasing interdependence among them have given rise to multifaceted system risks that organizations must navigate. These risks encompass cybersecurity threats, regulatory compliance (old and new), data privacy concerns, interoperability issues, and the potential for disruptive system failures.

Through collaborative insights and shared experiences, this discussion aims to equip the attendees with proven actionable strategies to include:

Understanding the dynamic nature of these risks
Aligning technological initiatives with overarching business objectives.
Blending innovation with a comprehensive understanding of organizational goals and market demand
Real world case studies highlighting successful alignment between business objectives and our InfoSec programs.

Speaker: Demetrios ‘Laz’ Lazarikos Career CISO, Technical Advisor and Strategist
A recognized authority for building cybersecurity, fraud, and data analytics solutions, Laz has decades of executive experience leading and supporting some of the largest InfoSec programs in financial services, technology, retail, hospitality, and transportation verticals.

As a Boardroom Certified Qualified Technology Expert (QTE), Laz is no stranger to working with and advising Boards of Directors, exec staff, individuals, emerging tech companies, venture capitalists, and regulator communities about technology and cybersecurity trends.

Past roles include: Founder, Blue Lava (acquired by Zyston), CISO at vArmour, CISO at Sears, CISO at Silver Tail Systems (acquired by RSA/EMC), VP of Strategic Initiatives at ReddShell Corporation (acquired by TrustWave), Director of Technology at SGI, Director of Technology at EDS (acquired by HP), and the United States Air Force (USAF).

Laz is a twice-decorated USAF veteran, inventor of several patents, open-source contributor, published author, keynote speaker, an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management, and an Adjunct Professor at Chapman University. He holds several industry certifications, a Master’s degree in Computer Information Security from the University of Denver, and a MBA from Pepperdine University.

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2023

Time: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM (Pacific)
Place: In person — Accenture office
1003 E 4th Place, 8th floor, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Registration in advance IS REQUIRED.
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About AITP-LA:
AITP-LA is about technology
bringing experts in their field to share cutting-edge ideas with members. Helping members connect the dots, take the next steps, grow in their ability to apply technologies to competitive advantage.
AITP-LA is part of a national organization that provides leadership, professional development, certification and personal growth opportunities to IT managers and technologists. The core of the AITP experience is the chapter network, with 400 professional and student chapters throughout the country.
For more information, call the chapter telephone at 562-928-5353 or contact Roger Lux at 562-964-1888.

AITP-LA website:

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Twitter: @AITP_LA



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