Contact Us   |   Sign In   |   Join
Technology in the Workplace - Cyber Security: The People Problem HR Can Solve
View Registrations Tell a Friend About This EventTell a Friend

*FREE to HRMAC Members*

When: Thursday, September 20, 2018
7:30-8:30 AM Networking, 8:30-10 AM Program
Where: Alzheimer’s Association
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Floor 18
Chicago, Illinois  60601
United States
Contact: Marguerite Allegretti

Online registration is closed.
« Go to Upcoming Event List  


Cyber security…Isn’t this just an IT worry?  How do we get employees, HR, and our organization on board to understand the real threats that affect our ability to protect our employees, data, systems, and ensure confidentiality?  Impacting organizations large and small, for profit and not, the omnipresence of technology means unwanted visitors have access to our networks from invisible ports of entry that seem to be harder to secure than any old-fashioned window or door.  Join the HR Technology in the Workplace Interest Group as we explore methods to improve the safety and security of our data, hardware, software, cloud, and our business through changing the behaviors of our biggest investment of all – our employees, and create a culture of security.



Special Agent Kenneth (K.C.) Bixby, Chicago FBI

Gary Spirduso, VP Information Technology at Alzheimer’s Association

Gary is the Vice President of IT at the Alzheimer's Association.  Gary has been with the Association since 2001 and leads the 50+ IT team which provides enterprise-wide operational support for Association systems, including: E-mail, Content Management, Constituent Relationship Management as well as the Association’s Financial systems. Gary has over 30 years experience in IT, including several years as Director and Vice President at Aon Corporation.  Gary has extensive experience in merging and supporting enterprise technology and applications in a multi-location organization, including the $400 million and $1.25 billion acquisitions by Aon Corporation. Since joining the Association, Gary has led several Association-wide initiatives, including the Grant Management System, implementing Contact Center systems; the Sage 500 financial applications; installation of Team Approach at several chapters; development of the IT Strategic Plan; and the technical implementation of Personify as well as co-launch Security Awareness Training initiative.  

Michael Aminzade, VP Global Compliance & Risk Services at Trustwave

Michael brings with him over 20 years of experience within the cyber security, governance, risk, and compliance industry.  Michael is responsible for running the global portfolio of consulting services for the compliance business unit within Trustwave. His responsibilities include revenue delivery of the consulting portfolio in excess of $30m with full P&L ownership.  As the global practice owner Michael manages over 150 consultants, the team size is maintained in line with service development, portfolio growth, and revenue value.  Maintaining strong and open partnerships have assisted our customer with cost savings of over $1-5m on their compliance programs, increasing their capabilities whilst managing their risk and exposure.  His LinkedIn profile is

Danielle Vanderzanden, Attorney & Co-Chair – Data Privacy Practice Group at Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak @ Stewart, P.C.

Ms. Vanderzanden is a Shareholder in the Boston and Portland (ME) offices, and Co-Chair of the firm’s Data Privacy Practice Group.  She specializes in the areas of privacy, restrictive covenant, wage and hour, discrimination and labor and employment litigation and counseling.  She devotes her practice to helping employers with employment-related disputes, conducting investigations and providing counsel to clients seeking to reduce their potential for liability to their employees and third parties.  She has personally conducted dozens of investigations, including investigations involving employee allegations of misconduct by company executives and systemic discrimination.

She is CIPP/US certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals and provides advice regarding cybersecurity and privacy matters, including applicable state, federal, and multi-national privacy and information security requirements.  For nearly ten years, she has provided clients with advice regarding written information security policies and all aspects of data breach remediation, response, and notification. 

Debbie Smith, Partner and National Professional Practice Director – Employee Benefit Plans at Grant Thornton LLP

Debbie joined Grant Thornton in July 2002 as a Partner in the Chicago office specializing in the audit of employee benefit plans. In 2005 joined Grant Thornton's national professional standards group. Debbie has over 30 years of experience in auditing benefit plans and has practiced exclusively in this area for the past 23 years. Prior to joining Grant Thornton, she was at Arthur Andersen for 16 years. Debbie currently serves on the executive committee of the AICPA’s Employee Benefit Plan Audit Quality Center (EBPAQC), and she previously chaired the AICPA Employee Benefit Plans Expert Panel (Expert Panel). She was the accounting profession’s appointee to the U.S. Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council in 2014 where she completed her three-year term. During her service on the Council, the Council studied cyber security with respect to employee benefit plans, a topic for which she was a vice-chair. She is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on employee benefit plans, and has spoken nationally on cyber risk management considerations for employee benefit plans.



David Hallstrom, Senior Risk Placement Specialist in the FINEX Cyber and Technology practice at Willis Towers Watson

David has more than 25 years’ experience building successful technology E&O, professional liability, and cyber insurance books of business at the carrier, broker, wholesale, and MGA level. David consults companies across varied industries on Cyber, Media, and Tech E&O risk. David works with clients to determine their renewal strategy, the placement of insurance programs, and provides client service throughout the course of the year.

Immediately prior to joining Willis Towers Watson, David worked for Symantec Corporation, on the development of risk control tools for the cyber insurance market.  David served for eight years as Assistant Vice President, Cyber Line of Business Leader for CNA Financial Corporation, where he was responsible for worldwide Cyber underwriting strategy, appetite, and profitability.  David has previously served in leadership roles at Risk Placement Services, Zurich North America, and Aon.



This program is pending approval for 1.5 credit hours towards PHR/SPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI) as well as 1.5 professional development credits (PDC's) toward SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP certification. 

Did you know you can bring a guest? When you register for this event click, "Send and add another," to enter your guest contact information. Be sure to enter your name in the field marked "I am a guest of HRMAC member," to ensure a successful registration.  This is a member only benefit, so without your name the registration will not be valid.