The Future of Cybersecurity

October 19, 2023
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Virtual Event

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Financial services firms know all too well that cybersecurity threats are continually growing in power and sophistication. To counter those threats, cybersecurity teams and initiatives need to stay continually focused on the future: Only by putting in place forwardlooking defenses can they stay protected.

Session Details

This event focuses on the cybersecurity strategies, technologies, and practices that will help financial firms fight the “next war” in cybersecurity—the one that’s just over the horizon.

Presentation Topics Covered
  • Zero Trust Security
  • Quantum computing and cryptography
  • Blockchain protection
  • Protecting the Metaverse
  • Cybersecurity automation, ML, AI
  • Advanced predictive analytics
  • Mobile protection
  • Third-party risk management
  • Cloud workload protection
  • Application security testing
  • Collaboration security
  • Data protection
  • API Security
Panel Abstract

This panel of industry experts discusses how the threat landscape (and regulatory environment) is growing and changing, and shares best practices on how to adapt to these changing environments. We discuss emerging cybersecurity technologies and their potential impact on financial services firms, as well as how SecOps needs to adapt to help firms confront emerging challenges.

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10:00am – 10:05am

WSTA Introductions

Swamy Kocherlakota | EVP & Chief Information Officer, S&P Global

Swamy Kocherlakota is the Chief Information Officer for S&P Global and is responsible for driving the digital transformation and delivering productivity improvements for our customers and employees.

Prior to S&P Global, Mr. Kocherlakota was SVP, Global Head of Technology Operations & Infrastructure at Visa, Inc. where he oversaw global infrastructure and applications that processed over 130 billion transactions annually. Before VISA, he was at BNY Mellon as the head of Global Infrastructure Engineering and Architecture and led their infrastructure transformation. Mr. Kocherlakota holds the recognition of being a distinguished engineer at Lucent Bell Labs where he managed technology for Lucent and its ventures.

Mr. Kocherlakota is a NASD registered representative and has a PhD in Computer Science from the Michigan State University.

10:05 AM - 10:20 AM

Industry Perspectives | Ready or Not: Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Threats and You

Johna Till Johnson | CEO and Founder, Nemertes

Johna Till Johnson, CEO of Nemertes and content committee chair for the WSTA, is known for her roles as an Engineer, Adventurer, Researcher, and Storyteller. Johna holds a BS/EE from The Johns Hopkins University and conducted research in the PhD program in particle physics at the University of Rochester. She has designed embedded security systems for banks, run the lab testing program at Data Communications Magazine, and led research and development as Chief Technology Officer at Greenwich Technology Partners, a global engineering firm. At Nemertes, the research-advisory firm she founded in 2002, her focus includes cybersecurity, AI, quantum computing, and emerging technologies. Johna is widely-published at organizations including the Defense Tactical Information Center (DTIC), Business Communications Review, Electronic Design, and TechTarget. A long-time adventurer, she has completed several 300-mile solo kayak and sailing expeditions and sea races. 


Is your organization ready for the cybersecurity threats of 2024 and beyond? What fundamental challenges should cybersecurity professionals anticipate, plan for, and address—before they impact the business? How will AI, quantum computing, nation-state actors and other forces evolve to create a never-before seen threat universe, and what should cybersecurity professionals do about them?

This presentation provides a “playbook for the future” for cybersecurity professionals seeking to raise their organizations’ maturity levels and prepare effectively for what’s to come.

10:20am – 10:40am

Premier Sponsor Presentation by Fortinet

10:40am – 11:00am


Eddie Doyle | Cyber Security Evangelist, Check Point

Eddie communicates with international leaders in cyber security, cyber forensics and cyber law enforcement, across the world & is an active delegate of the World Economic Forum’s Trusted Digital Agency committee. Taking best-practices for threat mitigation from the industry’s finest CISOs and from police and military cyber command, Eddie’s responsibilities include sharing cyber defense tactics with media, government agencies and enterprise corporations, via keynotes, panel discussions & as the editor of the blog

Eddie’s unconventional background in education allows him to clearly explain technical topics to a diverse audience. With over 20 years of cyber security experience, Eddie holds a unique understanding of the security risks and challenges that organizations must overcome.

11:00am – 11:20am

Presentation by Rubrik

11:20am – 11:40am

Presentation by Cohesity

11:40am – 12:00pm

Break – Visit the Resource Rooms and Network with Attendees

12:00pm – 1:00pm

The Future of Cybersecurity: Protecting Against Tomorrow’s Threats, Today

Panel Abstract

This panel of industry experts discusses how the threat landscape (and regulatory environment) is growing and changing, and shares best practices on how to adapt to these changing environments. We discuss emerging cybersecurity technologies and their potential impact on financial services firms, as well as how SecOps needs to adapt to help firms confront emerging challenges.

(Moderator) Johna Till Johnson | CEO and Founder, Nemertes

Johna Till Johnson is the CEO & Founder of Nemertes Research, an 18-year old research-advisory firm specializing in the business impact of emerging technologies. Ms. Johnson spearheads Nemertes’ security and risk management practice, where she works with Fortune 200 financial services, manufacturing, utility, and other leading organizations.

Ms. Johnson’s career in information security began more than 25 years ago when, as a young engineer, she developed security products for Mosler Security Systems. In the early 1990s, she ran the lab-testing program at Data Communications Magazine, which uncovered vulnerabilities in the then-novel RSA two-factor authentication system. In the mid-1990s, Ms. Johnson ran the Global Networking Strategies Service at the META Group, which included META’s security and risk management offering. Subsequently, she served as the Chief Technology Officer overseeing the security practice for Greenwich Technology Corp., a global consulting and engineering firm that developed and implemented leading-edge security architectures for financial services firms and other global organizations.

Marika Curiale | Director Cyber Resilience Program, UBS

Marika is Director of UBS Wealth Management America, leading their Cybersecurity Operational Resilience Program.

With over 24 years of experience delivering large complex IT and Security transformations, Marika has developed a unique blend of expertise spanning from Security Architecture, Threat intelligence, Cybersecurity Risk and Programme management.

She is passionate about helping companies resolve complex Cybersecurity posture issues to enable holistic and secure growth of their business supporting IT ecosystems.

She currently live in Westchester Co. NY where she uses all her spare time to hike and explore the waterways on SUP.

Guruprasad Ramamoorthy | VP, Global Head of Network Architecture, Engineering & Operations, S&P Global

Guruprasad Ramamoorthy is the Global Head of Network Architecture, Engineering & Operations at S&P Global. He has been with the company since 2017 and is a hands-on technology executive with a unique blend of Product Development, Digital Infrastructure, End User Computing and Cybersecurity experience.

Guruprasad is responsible for plan-build-run functions of the global network that spans across 80+ offices, 10+ on-premises Data Centers and 4+ multi-cloud environments. He also leads various enterprise-wide initiatives to rapidly transform S&P Global’s core infrastructure to software-defined, re-imagine the edge infrastructure and strengthen the cybersecurity.

Guruprasad represents the company’s commitment to develop talent to deliver new insights, accelerate the speed of operations and value delivery for customers while establishing S&P Global as the most innovative company. To achieve this, he works closely with the global leaders to enable S&P Global’s product and systems with the help of 1000 + technology associates.

In his previous role, Mr. Guruprasad was responsible for building S&P Global’s Technology center of excellence in India from ground-up while attracting the best talent in the region. The site in India was purpose-built to facilitate innovation by providing employees with access to latest technologies and infrastructure, as well as physical spaces that enable highly collaborative teams.

Guruprasad has about 18 years of experience. He was previously associated with companies such as Visa, BNY Mellon and Sify Technologies. He has a Master’s in Business Administration and Bachelor’s in Information Technology.

1:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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