June 22nd, 2023
Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

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Physical & Information Security

HBS proudly announces the debut of the Secure Illinois conference. A day of social networking and continuing education in cybersecurity, physical security, and IT risk management. This conference delivers a unique opportunity for business leaders and security, IT, and audit professionals to gather without traveling out of state. Every session includes compelling information to help you strengthen your organizations security posture. 


Business Transformation



Microsoft 365

Power Apps

Cloud Technologies


Disaster Recovery

Strategic & Sustainable Technology

Document Management

BI & Analytics


7:30am -
8:00am -
Breakfast and Vendor Expo
9:00-9:45am -
Navigating the Evolving Cybersecurity Landscape: Partnering with the FBI to Safegaurd Your Business Against New Threats

The cybersecurity landscape is evolving rapidly with the threat of criminal cyber intrusions and nation state threat activity becoming less distinguishable. Supervisory Special Agent Kory Bakken will discuss the nature of some of these new threats, the importance of being prepared for a cyber intrusion, and how to partner with the FBI to put your business in the best position to respond to such a threat.

Kory Bakken
Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
Kory Bakken is a Supervisory Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Chicago, where he has served for the last 18 years. Kory has specialized in cyber and national security investigations for the last decade, and he also has experience investigating white collar crime, public corruption, and organized crime. Prior to working at the FBI, he was an IT Consultant at Accenture, and he is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).
10:00-10:45am -
Panel Discussion: How (and Why) A Formalized Information Security Plan Enables Corporate Strategy

Whether your goal is to grow your revenue, protect or grow your bottom line or occupy either end of the buy-sell spectrum in M & A, a formal approach to Cybersecurity provides a platform from which strategy can be built and launched. In this session, we’ll hear from an IT Executive and a Chief Information Security Officer about how a fast-growing company manages strategy, expectations, compliance and growth – using information security as a cornerstone and a key enabler of the business, on both strategic and tactical levels.

Patricia Dawson
VP of Technology, Mittera
With more than 25 years of industry experience, Patricia Dawson leads the strategic planning, portfolio management, and technology development and implementation for one of the nation’s largest privately held commercial printers that specializes in providing integrated mailing, creative, marketing, tech, and data solutions to many Fortune 500 clients.
As Vice President of Technology at Mittera, head quartered in Des Moines, Iowa, Patricia oversees enterprise IT shared services, technology strategy and development for client solutions and system and cyber security, engaging, supporting, and designing solutions for various business units spanning over 20 locations across the country. With a growth by acquisition strategy, Mittera continues to be efficient and effective by aiming to keep technology innovation and workflow automation solutions at the forefront to protect and simplify complex business challenges for clients in various industries that yield high process improvements and meaningful results.
Patricia is PMP-certified and has vast experience in building and leading high-performance teams, managing technology implementations that range from large enterprise companies to start-ups and post-acquisition business integrations within the SaaS and manufacturing industries and designing client support models that deliver value and foster strong partnerships. Before joining Mittera, Patricia managed enterprise operations and implementation strategies for Pageflex, led program management initiatives for over 500 clients at Consolidated Graphics, providing strategic solutions while aiding in over $1MM of new business through cross promotional selling. 

Matthew McGill 
Virtual CISO, Heartland Business Systems
As an vCISO and Information Security Consultant at HBS, Matthew helps clients establish thorough risk management programs and strong security postures within the Financial, Software-as-a-Service, Manufacturing, and Healthcare industry sectors. A computer engineering graduate from Iowa State, Matthew guides clients on technical details, policy creation, and overall business considerations related to cybersecurity.

Steve Heston - Moderator
Steve Heston is a career “growth guy,” having led companies and divisions of companies large and small, private and public to grow revenue, profits, market share and operating efficiencies. In his role as a Solutions Consultant for HBS, he works with a select group of Clients to grow by establishing and executing Information Security and IT strategies and solutions. With experience across multiple industries ranging from consumer packaged goods to broadcasting to banking technology, Steve is a “Why First” leader who helps clients challenge the status quo as a means of creating positive impact on their businesses and the teams they employ.
11:00-11:45am -
Future of Physical Security: A Digital Transformation

Niva Kinikini
Hybrid Cloud Security, Verkada
Niva Kinikini is a highly accomplished speaker, college graduate from Cornell, and former Division 1 football player. With a wealth of professional experience in the tech world, he has worked at renowned companies like Oracle and DOMO, honing his skills in various domains. Currently, Niva serves as a valued professional at Verkada, an organization dedicated to creating safer environments for schools and cities throughout Illinois.
12:00-1:00pm -
1:00-1:45pm -
Defending Against Ransomware with a Layered Approach

Ransomware isn’t going away, but you can do something about it. Many organizations are discovering they do not currently have the resources and tools to identify, detect and prevent such attacks. In this session, we quiet the noise to help you focus on a layered security approach to defending against ransomware and other cyber threats. This presentation will provide insight into some of the tactics that cyber criminals use and it will deliver practical tips, security steps, and risk mitigation techniques you can implement to send the bad guys looking for easier targets.

Ben Hall
Senior Information Security Consultant, Heartland Business Systems

Ben is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and a Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) with 15 years of Governance, Risk, Compliance, Information Security and Information Technology experience in the Banking, Financial, Insurance and Healthcare sectors. As a Senior Information Security Consultant for HBS, he works with clients to support their information security, risk management and compliance efforts.
2:00-3:30pm -
Save the Data Incident Response Tabletop Exercise

It’s the middle of the night. Your phone rings. Your heart sinks as the person on the other end reads you the ransom note. All your data is encrypted—even your backups—and they want $1 million. Luckily, it’s all part of the incident response tabletop exercise…

Join Rubrik to see what happens behind the scenes during a ransomware attack and run through what you might do if faced with a similar situation. From playing the part of a CIO to joining active board meetings, you'll leave with a new and more comprehensive understanding of what really takes place when an organization is hit by ransomware.

3:30-4:30pm -
Social Hour


Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel

1551 N. Thoreau Dr.
Schaumburg, Illinois, 60173

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