Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit

November 16 – 18, 2021 | Americas | Virtual

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit is going virtual

After careful consideration and input from our clients, Gartner has made the decision to deliver this year’s conference virtually. While we were looking forward to bringing people together in person, given the uncertainty associated with the Delta variant and potential travel and safety challenges we believe at this time a virtual conference experience will provide the best opportunity to learn, engage and be inspired.

Enabling Innovation:
Secure the Future. Manage Risk.
Build Resiliency.

Recent global events have shown that innovation is essential for enterprises to survive and flourish. But accelerating digital innovation brings new complexity and risk.

As a security and risk management leader, you can enable your enterprise to embrace the technologies of tomorrow, today — and do it in the safest possible manner. You can help your colleagues understand the risks inherent in digital initiatives so that they can realize the benefits of innovation securely. And you play a key role in making sure that security resilience is built-in from the start.

Join Gartner experts and your peers virtually at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit 2021, November 16 – 18, to share valuable insights and get a comprehensive update on cybersecurity threats and solutions, vulnerability management, ransomware and learn new best practices for cloud security and more.

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Leadership & Strategy

Advance your leadership skills and learn how to develop a security strategy for agility and resilience in uncertain times.


Unlock the potential of new and emerging technologies, and meet the providers changing the security and risk landscape.

Critical Insights

Explore the latest trends in cloud security, privacy, threat management, infrastructure protection, application security, cybersecurity mesh and more. 

In this time of extraordinary turmoil, it’s even more important to come together as a community. At Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit, we explore the latest Gartner insights and recommendations, exchange new ideas and best practices, and help one another to be resilient in the new normal.

Jeffrey Wheatman

VP Analyst and Conference Chair

Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Circle

The CISO Circle is an exclusive program within the overall agenda designed for Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) to explore new strategies, share innovative ideas and grow their community of peers.

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    Join a global community of CISOs and security and risk executives

    Whether you’re a chief information security officer (CISO) looking to improve your leadership skills, a security professional who needs practical advice to accelerate progress on your next initiative or a risk management leader trying to optimize the value of risk management investment, you’ll find your program, peers and strategic partners at this virtual conference.

    Define your strategy for agility and resilience in uncertain times
    • Effectively balance the increasing volume, variety, and speed of security and risk decisions 
    • Successfully communicate security risks, challenges, and opportunities to senior executives
    • Assess and transform security programs to become digital business enablers
    • Prepare for continuous change in the technology and threat landscape
    • Overcome the barriers of organizational culture, resources and talent to grow and scale your digital initiatives
    Sessions of interest include: 
    • CISO Circle Exclusive: Who’s In Charge: Creating an Effective Activation and Execution Crisis Management Team  
    • A Security View of the 2021 CIO and CEO Agenda
    • DE&I for CISOs: Look Within & Look Around for the Opportunities Beyond Your Security Posture

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    Develop security programs to respond to emerging threats and advanced attacks
    • Balance real-world risks with business drivers such as speed, agility, flexibility, and performance
    • Develop and maintain effective security governance across the organization
    • Establish key metrics and indicators to measure effectiveness of security programs
    • Anticipate the emergence of advanced attacks that evade traditional security
    Sessions of interest include: 
    • Outlook for Cyber and IT Risk 
    • Best Practices in Communicating the Business Value of Cybersecurity
    • Top Security Trends for 2021

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    Target the risks that matter most in the race to the digital future
    • Build an effective risk management program when investing in digital business
    • Evolve your risk management practices to stay on top of emerging and enterprise risks
    • Successfully align risk appetite with business objectives
    • Use metrics effectively to understand changes in risk exposure
    • Effectively manage third-party risk
    Sessions of interest include: 
    • Research Discussion: The Risk-Enabled Enterprise: ERM's Role in Risk-Informed Decision Making  
    • Outlook for Privacy, 2022
    • Top 5 Priorities for Managing AI Risk Within Gartner’s MOST Framework 

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    Select and architect effective security and risk solutions
    • Understand how the characteristics of digital business impact security architecture practices
    • Enable a tighter alignment between security and business
    • Develop security architecture frameworks to address compliance demands and evolving IT
    • Gain insight into the increasingly complex market for security and risk management technologies and services
    Sessions of interest include: 
    • Introduction to the Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture
    • Top Lessons Learned From the SolarWinds Attack
    • Garbage In, Garbage Forever — Top 5 Blockchain Security Threats

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    Protect critical assets
    • Develop new best practices to secure new enterprise network edges
    • Keep pace with the changing technology application landscape and evolving data protection regulations
    • Balance the imperative to rapidly modernize applications with the requirement to protect them
    • Respond to the challenges of securing sensitive data while expanding the use of cloud services
    Sessions of interest include: 
    • Strategic Architecture Roadmap to Composable Future of Applications
    • Enabling Cloud Native DevSecOps
    • How to Achieve Success in Data Loss Prevention

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    Tracks at a Glance

    Access the latest Gartner research specifically designed to help security and risk management leaders improve resilience, accelerate innovation and drive business growth. Each track has a particular area of focus to help you deliver on what matters most to you and your organization.

    Track A

    CISO Circle*

    The CISO Circle is an exclusive forum for chief information security officers and their peers that provides targeted research, workshops and networking opportunities. Join us to gain cutting-edge advice from Gartner and industry experts. (*Application is required.)

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    Track B

    Management & Leadership

    Prioritizing decisions related to unknown risks and known exposures is a constant challenge. This track discusses top security and risk management trends in 2021, leadership vision for actionable change and practical use cases for risk decision making.

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    Track C

    Digital Risk Management

    New risk assessment models are designed to address two critical aspects of digital business: speed and scalability. This track offers ideas and tools for you, a risk leader, to innovate risk management practices and optimize the value of your risk management investment.

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    Track D

    Security Technology & Architecture

    The number of security product and service solutions in the market is staggering and is complicated by the evolving range of delivery models. This track provides insights into the security markets and best practices in adopting and using technology solutions.

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    Spotlight Track

    Infrastructure Protection Strategies

    This track provides fresh, practical strategies to address the most significant future risks: transformation to location-independent enterprise, employee workspaces and server workloads migrating to cloud-delivered and cloud-secured solutions, and securing the remote enterprise.

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    Spotlight Track

    Business Enablement

    As organizations accelerate digital transformation, risk and compliance issues slow progress. This track focuses on the protection of the core infrastructure of digitalization, which will enable managers to embrace digital initiatives faster and with greater confidence.

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    Spotlight Track

    Market Dynamics & Evolution

    This track provides insights to help security technology providers, investors and the media understand trends and dynamics in the marketplace. Learn how to create differentiated value, identify future growth opportunities and understand the mindset of security buyers.

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    Spotlight Track

    Technical Insights: Architecture

    This track builds on Gartner for Technical Professionals research to deliver actionable, technical insights into security best practices, methodologies and tools that ensure deployment success. Learn how to architect effectively the scalability of security controls.

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    Spotlight Track

    Midsize Enterprise

    Midsize enterprises (MSEs) are resource-limited for people, budget and time. These limitations require creative, rightsized approaches to security and risk management. MSE sessions provide pragmatic advice addressing resource obstacles and risk management level.

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    Spotlight Track

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

    Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) have become priorities for workplace performance and culture. Security and risk management (SRM) leaders must integrate DEI into the strategy, governance and management of the SRM workplace to achieve true acceptance across teams.

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