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Monthly TLA Networking

March 10, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

TLA Friday, March 10th Morning Meeting

Technology Leaders Association (TLA) was established in 2002 to help senior level IT executives develop and manage their careers. As part of this effort, we hold monthly meetings to network, share ideas, and learn from featured guest speakers in the strategy, information technology, and career management fields.

Our speaker for March is Jeffrey Wheatman, SVP, Cyber Risk Evangelist, Black Kite who will present “Can We Teach an AI to Speak Fluent Cybersecurity?

How do you know if your AI really understands cybersecurity? Too many compliance tools claim that they use AI for text processing but fail to deliver on their promises. Can we really give an AI a CISSP? Can we trust AI with our cybersecurity? Yes, AI is useful and valuable, but it won’t fix everything. We need to be clear about what AI can and cannot do. One thing we can say for sure (well, pretty sure) – AI will never replace the human element of cybersecurity. Is the future of cybersecurity people being replaced by AI?

This presentation will delve into the three elements to AI that need to be explored:

  • Business systems are using AI; What are the implications to your cybersecurity defenses?
  • AI is being used by attackers too!
  • The market is filled with companies, platforms and tools that all have AI, ML, and other terms sprinkled throughout their marketing literature – but what does it all mean?

We will explore how smart (or dumb) are AIs in cybersecurity in today’s AI-centric world.

Date:  Friday, March 10th

Where:  Zoom Meeting

Cost:  No charge

For reservations – please reply to Pat Moroney with your name and telephone number no later than noon on Thursday, March 9th with the first 20 reservations accepted for Zoom roundtable networking. Beyond 20 reservations, due to time constraints, you are welcome to attend both the roundtable and speaker presentations as a viewer only.

Once you have reserved, the night before the meeting, you will be sent the Zoom link for the meeting. Please do not share or publish this link.

We have allowed for 60 minutes for facilitated Zoom roundtable networking. Depending upon the size of the group, each participant will receive up to 3 minutes to give their pitch/overview and what we can do to help (such as target contacts or job leads).

If you have a contact, advice, or lead for a roundtable member, please use the Zoom chat feature to supply this information. This will allow the roundtable member to follow up with you afterwards in more detail. Or you are encouraged to contact the Zoom roundtable member directly using the attendee list which will be sent out to all meeting attendees afterwards.

If you have reserved but are unable to attend, as a courtesy to our host, please send a note to Pat Moroney. 


7:30am – 8:30am                    Structured Zoom networking (first 20)

8:30am – 9:30am                    Jeffrey Wheatman

9:30am                                  Adjourn

 Structured Networking

Structured networking is a technique used at most major executive transition groups. It is meant to be a powerful method of generating ideas that might help each of our searches. During this process, we will quickly brainstorm potential job lead ideas, gain networking contacts at desired companies, and generate advice from the members by sharing our backgrounds as well as our career objectives. It is designed to generate ideas, but given the time constraints, not get into immediate detailed discussions. You should plan on following up with anybody who may have had an interesting idea or a good contact.

 Speaker Bio

Jeffrey Wheatman, SVP, Cyber Risk Evangelist, Black Kite

A strategic thought leader with extensive expertise in security and cyber risk management,

Jeffrey Wheatman is regarded as a foremost expert in guiding public sector clients and Fortune 500 companies in connection with their cybersecurity and risk management programs. Jeffrey’s history of working with clients to plan, grow, and transform their cyber risk management programs has been instrumental in ensuring organizations continued viability and health as they define short- and long-term expansion plans. Under Jeffrey’s guidance, board and C-level leaders are fortified with the best practice solutions to realize exceptional performance outcomes.

In his current capacity as SVP, Cyber Risk Evangelist at Black Kite, Jeffrey has been tasked with raising awareness of the enterprise-wide risk impacts of third party risk, both in the digital and traditional supply chain and supporting the strategic vision of the executive leadership team and investors.

Most recently, Jeffrey acted as a VP, Advisor with Gartner, the global strategic advisory firm, where he worked with clients to build and improve their security programs, assess risk, focus on reporting on program status, metrics, performance management, stakeholder engagement, executive communication, and bridging the connection between technology and security risk.

Jeffrey guided leaders in selecting frameworks to run cyber programs in compliance with regulatory requirements and expectations of auditors and partners. Jeffrey has extensive experience engaging with executive leaders and board members. Jeffrey has prepared security and risk leaders to present before a board; he has reviewed and advised on upwards of 500 board presentations and briefed 60+ boards of directors to understand their role in managing cyber risk.

For four years, Jeffrey served as the Chair of the North America Security and Risk Management Summit, Gartner’s 2nd largest conference with 4000+ annual attendees. As part of this high- profile effort, he guided the creation of the conference agenda comprising more than 150 presentations, 20 case studies, external keynote speakers, and 50 vendor sessions.


March 10, 2023
7:30 am - 9:30 am


Zoom Video Meeting
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