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CSO Perspectives Conference and my New Business Contacts

Mar 21, 20072 mins
CareersIdentity Management SolutionsIT Leadership

I just attended the CSO Perspectives Conference in Colorado Springs. It was an excellent conference with plenty of good material. Still, the best part for me were the new business contacts.

The CSO Editors have written about many excellent presentations that took place in Colorado Springs.

Besides enjoying the weather over the weekend, the beautiful surroundings, and the facility (the Broadmoor was incredible), the networking with other security executives was a unique experience.

While I know this blog won’t surprise anyone, the conference attendees did surprise me. The helpful ladies at the registration table said there were around 200 attendees, which isn’t huge. Still, just about everyone I met at one of  breaks or meals was a top security exec.  From Starbucks to large financial firms, from high tech companies like Sun and Cisco to our nation’s largest health organizations, the breadth of knowledge and expertise was truly different.

Even on the government side, the list of attendees was just as notable – with the IRS and TSA to name just a few. I’ve attended quite a few security conferences around the country, but this one had the most senior security people that I can remember. Everyone I met was very approachable and open to sharing real-life stories. I found that refreshing. 

Oh yeah, and I finally met Derek Slater and Bob Bragdon, along with many of the CXO writers and staff. I can report that they do exist beyond the “blogosphere.”  They’re as witty and interesting in person as in their CSO columns.   

What did we talk about? Sorry, you don’t have a “need to know” (smile). Actually, that topic is for another blog.

In interest of full-disclosure, I did receive a Compass Award on Monday. That was very nice as well. I was humbled to be on that panel – what an outstanding group of professionals!

But the one thing that will benefit me most from Colorado Springs and the 2007 CSO Perspectives Conference is my new stack of business cards. I’m sure I’ll use them.


Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist and author. During his distinguished career, Dan has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, including enterprise-wide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan State Government. Dan was named: "CSO of the Year," "Public Official of the Year," and a Computerworld "Premier 100 IT Leader." Dan is the co-author of the Wiley book, “Cyber Mayday and the Day After: A Leader’s Guide to Preparing, Managing and Recovering From Inevitable Business Disruptions.” Dan Lohrmann joined Presidio in November 2021 as an advisory CISO supporting mainly public sector clients. He formerly served as the Chief Strategist and Chief Security Officer for Security Mentor, Inc. Dan started his career at the National Security Agency (NSA). He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US / UK military facility. Lohrmann is on the advisory board for four university information assurance (IA) programs, including Norwich University, University of Detroit Mercy (UDM), Valparaiso University and Walsh College. Earlier in his career he authored two books - Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD For You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. Mr. Lohrmann holds a Master's Degree in Computer Science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelor's Degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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