The rate at which companies are innovating and adopting new technologies has outpaced the security features necessary to ensure a resilient digital economy. As a result, the world’s governments, businesses, and societies are at higher risk of new forms of digitally based criminal activity. With cyber risks becoming increasingly difficult to assess and mitigate, with disruption intensifying, and with competition increasing, how is your board evaluating and overseeing cyber risk?
Join NACD, Accenture, and a select group of directors from the country’s leading companies to explore how you—as a director—can help ensure that your organization successfully adapts to accelerating change and builds its cyber resilience from the inside out.
Explore three key imperatives:
Bringing the best of emerging technologies to your risk solutions
Ensuring that all players in the business ecosystem are cyber resilient
Creating new forms of collective governance that embody common oversight principles
Topics and Agenda
11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Registration, Networking, and Light Lunch
12:00 p.m.–12:15 p.m. Program Welcome and Introductions
12:15 p.m.–2:15 p.m. Roundtable Discussion
2:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. Lightning Round and Roundtable Summations
2:30 p.m. Program Adjourns
Robert (Bob) Kress is a managing director and the global quality and risk officer for Accenture Security. Kress is also responsible for Accenture Security’s offerings to boards of directors, and he is the Midwest Region Security lead, as well. Kress has also served as the managing director of Global IT Audit in Accenture’s Internal Audit organization and as the COO of Accenture’s Internal IT organization. Previously, Kress worked in Accenture’s Management Consulting and Software Products organizations. He has published two books: Running IT Like a Business (2009) and IT Governance to Drive High Performance (2010). His most recently published articles are Digitizing Internal Audit, Analytics Transforming Internal Audit for a Digital Future, and Innovation in Continuous Risk Assessment. Kress chairs the board of i.c.stars and the advisory board for the College of Engineering at the University of Iowa. He cochairs the technology committee of The Executives Club of Chicago.
Global Managing Director
Vikram (Vik) Desai is managing director and global lead of Accenture Security’s Products Operating Group, which focuses on the creation and delivery of comprehensive solutions that accelerate business operations while mitigating cyber risk for clients within five industry groups: health and life sciences, consumer goods and services, retail, automotive and industrial equipment, and transportation and travel services. Desai has more than 25 years of executive experience, with recognized expertise in cybersecurity, data analytics, IT infrastructure, application networking, communications, and managed services. Prior to joining Accenture, Desai served as CEO/chief Operating Officer or president of several technology pioneers, including Radware, Kavado, Liquid Computing, and Global Crossing.
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