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Chicago Virtual Event | An Ounce of Prevention – Stopping Ransomware Attacks Before They Occur
Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CST
Category: Chicago


01:30 PM - 02:30 PM (Pacific)
02:30 PM - 03:30 PM (Mountain)
03:30 PM - 04:30 PM (Central)
04:30 PM - 05:30 PM (Eastern)

Zoom invitation will be shared the day before the event.


Ransomware threats are consistently cited as the top cyber concern for board members, and rightfully so.  Significant attention is typically paid to response strategies – what to do after a ransomware attack has occurred.  However, there are many opportunities to take steps to reduce the chances of a successful attack and to reduce the damage from such an attack should it occur.  A diverse panel of technology, risk and legal experts will explore those preventive strategies.

Thank you to our National Sponsors!



Reena Bajowala
Chair, Data and Privacy Practice
Ice Miller, LLP

Reena R. Bajowala is a Partner and Chair of the Data Security and Privacy practice at Ice Miller LLP.  She has deep experience with data security, information technology and privacy law issues, and a broad practice including counseling and advice, and litigation. She is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), a Certified Information Privacy Professional – US (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).

Clients turn to Reena to investigate, remediate and comply with legal obligations when faced with a data breach, including in business email compromise, ransomware or wire transfer fraud scenarios.  She has deep experience with conducting risk assessments, developing privacy and information security compliance programs, and doing proactive planning for potential data security incidents.  Reena has extensive litigation and trial experience. from filing of complaint to settlement or verdict.


Kyle Jekot
Security Expert
PNC Enterprise Technology & Security Business Partners

Mr. Jekot joined PNC Financial Services in 2017 and is currently a member of the Enterprise Technology & Security Business Partners. Prior to this role, Mr. Jekot managed the Insider Threat Investigations team and worked as the primary fraud representative for PNC’s Operational Risk Management group. In addition to his time at PNC, Mr. Jekot also worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as a Senior Risk Analyst and for approximately 6 years as a Counterterrorism Intelligence Analyst with the FBI in Washington, D.C. Mr. Jekot is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Blockchain Security Professional, and a published author. 


Valerie Nielsen
Managing Director
Longview Leader Corporation

Risk Executive with expertise across Incident Response, Fraud Investigations, Financial Crimes, Board Level Communications, Training and Development, Sarbanes Oxley, SOC1 and SOC2, Unstructured Data Sets, Data Protection, Identity Access Management, Information Security Awareness, GDPR, and Privacy. Created and led Risk Management for $2B and $5B business units at Aon. Chief Audit Executive at Household Finance. As a Director at PwC LLP, was responsible for business development and service delivery for internal audit co-sourcing, risk and compliance, SOX 404, and market assessment for new products. Created and led an Internal Audit Function for GE Capital’s Auto Financing Business. Led global teams of 30+ individuals. Focus on operations scaling with growth and product development/feasibility. Works with start-up/incubator companies at the University of Chicago’s Polsky Center. She mentors entrepreneurs from growing companies $10M+ at SCORE and Chicago Innovation. Professional Designations CPA (Certified Public Accountant), CIA (Certified Internal Auditor), CTA (Certified Trust Auditor), GE Six Sigma Greenbelt.



Bryant Wallace
WallScott Solutions

Focused on providing cyber security solutions for small business protection in high data breach risk industries such as Financial Services, Healthcare Services, Legal Services, Retail Operations, and Food services. WallScott Solutions' primary focus is implementing compliance-based solutions for high-risk industries in both network and data security. With over 20 years of experience in the industry, has successfully helped companies keep their business and client data protected with cutting-edge technologies using Artificial Intelligence, Threat Detection and Management, Innovative Algorithms with human intelligence, and the latest security awareness training. Extensive knowledge in compliance requirements and accountability related to the NFA, CFTC, FINRA, HIPAA, PII, and PCI.