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A Short List of the Best CISO, CDO, and CIO Events

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IT leaders who want to succeed in the digital era need to stay up-to-date on current industry trends and best practices, and attending the right events can help. In this post, we look at a list of some of the best CDO, CISO, and CIO events to consider attending.

Top CISO, CDO, and CIO Events

Here are some of the most prominent events, summits, and conferences geared towards IT leaders.


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CISO Forum

CISO Forum, created by Security Week, delivers cutting-edge content and thought leadership on cybersecurity. 

In 2020, the event focused on information security leadership and strategy, featuring CISOs and cybersecurity leaders from major companies such as Gartner, Microsoft, and Deutsche Bank.

The Official Cyber Security Summit

The Official Cyber Security Summit hosts events in cities around the United States. Their summits are held regularly throughout the year, so CISOs across the country will be able to find one nearby.

Currently, the summits are being hosted virtually, making them that much more accessible to IT leaders and security professionals.

Gartner’s IT Summits

Gartner’s security summits are excellent opportunities for cybersecurity professionals who want to stay up-to-date on the latest thought leadership in the security field. 

They also hold summits for CIOs, as well as conferences on specific topics, such as data and analytics, the digital workplace, and more.

For more information, see Gartner’s schedule of conferences on their website.

CDM Media

CDM Media holds ongoing summits for IT leaders, including CIOs and CISOs.

These summits provide an opportunity to network with other executives, learn from other thought leaders, and gain insights into current industry trends. One of the key features of these summits is their one-on-one discussions – timed, structured discussions that allow IT professionals to network and learn from their peers across the country.

Inspired Business Media Summits

Inspired Business Media’s roundtables, summits, and events are held continually throughout the year. They are geared towards CIOs, CISOs, and other C-suite executives.

As with many of the other conferences listed here, theirs are currently being held virtually. However, once it is safe to hold them offline, expect to see conferences held in locations around the world, including the UK, Europe, the USA, and the Middle East.

CISO Leaders Australia Summit

Those located in Australia should consider attending the CISO Leaders Australia Summit, designed for cybersecurity heads, CIOs, and other IT leaders.

The summit includes presentations, workshops, and roundtables, as well as “official networking drinks.”

CISO Executive Network Events

CISO Executive Network is a network of CISOs that boasts over 2500 members. They hold 154 roundtables per year across their 22 chapters, and each meeting has over 16 CISOs in attendance.

Every roundtable presents an opportunity to meet with other cybersecurity leaders and learn about current industry topics. Typically, the content of the discussions revolves around information security, risk management, compliance, and privacy.

CDO Summit

CDO Summit has been hosting events since 2013 in cities around the world, including New York, London, Toronto, and Washington D.C.

Topics for these events naturally focus on subject matter of interest to CDOs and data professionals, such as AI, big data, the cloud, data-driven business, and technology-driven innovation.

Chief Data Officer Exchange

The Chief Data Officer Exchange, currently being hosted virtually, is an opportunity for CDOs to learn from industry leaders about current trends and best practices.

The events are based out of London, so many attendees are from the UK. However, many speakers are from globally recognized brands, making this event an excellent opportunity to hear from CDOs that work at some of the world’s most successful companies.

Analytics Summit, from the Analytics Institute

The Analytics Institute’s Analytics Summit covers topics specifically related to data science, analytics, AI, and related topics. 

This summit is one of the most reputable in the world and includes speakers from well-known companies, such as Disney, IBM, EY, and Microsoft. 

Past topics have included innovation-driven business growth, using analytics to interpret and predict behavior, augmented intelligence, and data-driven storytelling, among many others.

The AI Summit

The AI Summit is created in partnership with many of the world’s leading technology firms, including Microsoft, IBM, Amazon, Google, and PwC, to name just a few. 

They currently hold exhibitions and conferences annually in locations such as Singapore, London, Silicon Valley, and Cape Town. 

Unlike other AI conferences, which tend to be academic in nature, this one is geared towards businesses and working professionals. The AI summits present excellent opportunities to network and learn about current and future AI trends.

WalkMe Realize

WalkMe Realize is a digital adoption conference hosted by WalkMe, the company that pioneered the digital adoption platform (DAP). 

Their 2020 event covered topics such as bridging the gap between humans and technology, how a people-centric strategy can fuel successful digital transformation, “post digital culture shock,” and more.

WalkMe’s conference is an excellent resource for those who want to learn more about maintaining a digitally savvy workforce, streamlining the digital workplace, and implementing technology at scale within the organization.

Microsoft Ignite

Microsoft Ignite is geared towards digital leaders who want to stay up-to-date and learn from one of the world’s largest, most successful tech companies. Many of the sessions focus on Microsoft products, such as Azure, as well as a wide range of other topics of interest to IT professionals. Past sessions, for instance, have covered topics such as digital resilience, improving the customer experience, digital innovation, and more.

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