Hear from the Speakers!

Peter Keenan, Chief Information Security Officer, Lazard


How did you become a Chief Information Security Officer? Was this area of the business something you always hoped to become involved in?

My path to CISO was, as it is for most in the industry a bit of a twisting one. I started with traditional IT admins roles back in the early 90's before security positions really existed. I then owned an ISP for a while which made me have to understand all aspects of the technology stack. My focus on security took off in earnest when I was running the ISP and I got hit with a DOS attack, then one of my clients got hacked and I realized this was going to be a huge problem going forward.

How important is it that firms prepare for possible data breaches or cyber threats?

Data breaches and Cyber threats are like all other operational risks at their core. They key difference is they are very new and poorly understood by the vast majority of risk managers. It is our job as IS professionals to help bridge that gap. In order to do that I think IS needs to understand traditional risk better also.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Getting to speak at this conference of course, a close second is becoming the CISO for a prestigious organization like Lazard.

This is your first year speaking at the Buy Side Technology Summit. What attracted you to this event?

It's a great way to help bridge the gap between IS, technology and business in an open setting.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?

I am a competitive obstacle course racer, I have eaten McDonalds in 46 countries!


Lisa Sotto, Partner, HUNTON & WILLIAMS


You've been rated the "No. 1 privacy expert" in all surveys by Computerworld Magazine, and you're recognized as a leading lawyer by The Legal 500 United States for cyber crime, data protection and privacy. What first attracted you to working in cybersecurity and data protection?

My entry into the field was purely serendipitous. I started doing privacy work in 1999 after having been an environmental lawyer for a number of years. I thought the Internet was cool so I expressed interest to the head of my firm's technology practice. He pointed me in the direction of privacy, noting that it was an area of complex regulatory law similar to environmental law. He was right. From there, the pivot to cybersecurity work was obvious. This area of the law was essentially a clean slate back then.

How important is it that firms prepare for possible data breaches or cyber threats?

Data breaches are now ubiquitous. Every organization will suffer a cyber event but not every entity will be sufficiently prepared to manage it. Preparation is key. There is no question that engaging in cyber readiness activities will serve to mitigate risk when the big breach hits.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Getting in on the ground floor of a new area of the law has been thrilling. It is particularly gratifying to have the opportunity to manage massive security incidents for clients and to succeed in minimizing reputational harm to the business.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?

A few years ago, I was sponsored by U.S. AID to assist the Serbian data protection commissioner. I wrote two draft information security laws while in Belgrade. Last year, on behalf of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, I travelled to Indonesia to help educate the government on privacy issues. And I've had the pleasure of teaching privacy and security law to government groups from Thailand, Myanmar and China.

Petal Walker, Chief Counsel to Commissioner Bowen, U.S. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION


Can you tell us a little about your work background? What attracted you to working for the CFTC?

Prior to joining the CFTC, I worked as a Senior Associate at Wilmer Hale, aiding domestic and international clients. I have also co-written several client guides and articles, including those published in the Futures and Derivatives Law Report, World Securities Law Report, and Journal of Investment Compliance. Through facing the Commission as an outside counsel for many years, I gained a great appreciation for the thoughtfulness and dedication of the staff. I also realized that the CFTC is at the heart of financial regulation - overseeing the derivative markets which play such a critical role in the stability of our economy. I was very excited to have the opportunity to work here, especially for a Commissioner that had such a strong, and lengthy background in the markets.

How important is it that firms take note of new regulations and have a technology infrastructure in place to accommodate these?

It is imperative that they do, since it is so easy for a firm to not have its regulatory requirements penetrate to its technology. It is essential that the technology infrastructure serve as a means to facilitate the firm's compliance, not the other way around.

What has been the highlight of your career?

Honestly, the highlight of my career is working in my current position. I have amazing opportunities here to speak with regulators and industry leaders here in the US and abroad, to discuss critical questions confronting our markets - including cybersecurity, CCP default management, and liquidity. I consider it a great privilege to work with such a knowledgeable, dynamic Commissioner and to get the benefit of working through these essential issues with such thoughtful and dedicated individuals.

This is your first year speaking at the Buy Side Technology Summit. What attracted you to this event?

I am both very interested in the role of the buyside in our evolving market structure, and in learning how firms are approaching establishing and/or refining their technology infrastructure. I am as much interested in learning, as I am in sharing, at this conference.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?

People may not know that law is my second career - I used to be an educator. I had a successful career as a teacher and History Department Chairperson in an inner city school, winning several awards for instruction, including from The New York Times and the University of Chicago. I also hold a doctorate in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.



Can you tell us a little about your work background?

I have been involved in the financial services market for about 25 years now, primarily brokerage, trading and financial technology solutions. Over the the past 3+ years, my focus has been almost exclusively digital currencies/digital assets, and their intersection with the world of Wall Street and financial services.

What made you set up the Wall Street Blockchain Alliance?
How did you find out about Bitcoin and Blockchain?

The Wall Street Blockchain Alliance seemed to almost naturally evolve out of our extensive interactions with senior executives at banks, broker dealers, hedge funds, institutional investors and so on. We all came to rapidly realize that the financial services industry needed a unified voice and presence in the emerging world of what I often call "Finance 2.0", and advocate on behalf of industry participants to chart the best, most effective path forward to leverage the benefits of digital currencies and blockchain technologies for the industry.

How important is it that firms educate themselves on Bitcoin and Blockchain?

Digital currencies and Blockchain technologies in our view represent a true paradigm shift in how markets interact. Firms absolutely need to have teams across business, product and technology understand these capabilities at a fundamental level, since what we are rapidly seeing is true industry disruption. As with all major evolutions in technology and commerce, those firms who have not educated themselves about digital currencies and blockchain technologies I suspect will find themselves displaced or disintermediated in the future.

What has been the highlight of your career?

That's a tough one, there have been many! I would have to say that being at the forefront of a major technology shift like this over the past few years, and leveraging my experience to work with both exciting new startups, as well as some of the most esteemed financial markets veterans certainly has been a major highlight.

This is your first year speaking at the Buy Side Technology Summit. What attracted you to this event?

I have always been very keen that the convergence of blockchain technologies and the world of financial markets and Wall Street would occur when we discussed and advocated for the technology in forums that the industry in comfortable with, and through which much new information and innovation is shared with the community. Financial markets events for me have always been the way to go, and the Buy Side Technology Summit is for me one of the premier events to participate in.

What is an interesting fact about yourself that others may not know?

When I am not advocating for digital currencies in our industry (or enjoying a good glass of wine), I teach the Japanese martial art of Aikido, which I have been practicing for about 20 years, particularly to young people through organizations such as the YMCA.

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