Press Release


 ISACA’s 2018 North America CACS Conference Focuses on Innovation, Trends in Information Security Audit, Cybersecurity and Governance 

Rolling Meadows, IL, USA (12 April 2018) — With cloud security, blockchain technology and cybersecurity auditing becoming mainstream topics in recent business and technology headlines, this year’s North America CACS Conference sessions on these and other topics are gaining strong registration numbers for the information systems audit, assurance, control, governance and security professionals who attend the event.

Special focus will be paid to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); with North America CACS taking place 30 April-2 May 2018 in Chicago, Illinois at the Hilton Chicago, attendees will be in the final stages of preparing for the GDPR enactment on 25 May 2018. Presentations focused on how enterprises can enhance their GDPR programs and what impact the regulation has already had on the international public policy landscape will be offered, as well as a panel discussion featuring legal experts and information technology and audit leaders from Fortune 500 companies.

The conference will offer more than 100 sessions in nine educational tracks that include big data, risk management, cybersecurity, information security audit and assurance, and industry trends and insights. Attendees can gain up to 39 continuing professional education (CPE) hours while examining fast-evolving trends, technologies and career strategies.

The most popular sessions to date focus on cloud security, blockchain technology, auditing network devices, penetration tests, risk assessment and management, cybersecurity audits, and effective information technology governance. Special focus is being paid to the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will be enacted 25 May 2018; presentations, a panel discussion, and a leadership brief on the GDPR will explore how enterprises can enhance their GDPR programs and what impact the regulation has already had on the international public policy landscape.

Speakers at North America CACS include Robert Stroud, ISACA Past Chair and Chief Product Officer of XebiaLabs, who will discuss “Bringing Security – The Missing Link in Delivering on the Promise of Business Velocity and Quality to DevOps,” and Leonard Ong, ISACA Board Director and Associate Director at Merck & Co Inc., who will speak on “Cyber Resilience for the Changing World.” ISACA Vice-Chair Rob Clyde, CISM, Managing Director at Clyde Consulting LLC, will present “Board Director Concerns about Cyber & Technology Risk.”

North America CACS will offer new ways for attendees to connect with other professionals; two speed networking sessions will use smart-matching technology to pair attendees by expertise and topic, meeting in a strategic and structured event. Attendees can also participate in evening activities like exploring Chicago landmarks via the trolley shuttle service, complimentary with conference registration, or the “Mission Impossible” Scavenger Hunt.

Keynote speakers for North America CACS include Erik Wahl, TED speaker, best-seller author and former graffiti artist, discussing the discipline of creativity and turning ideas into action; and Shara Evans, a futurist whose background in engineering helps inform her understanding of how society is likely to respond to new technologies and who will discuss the challenges of security, privacy and ethics in an increasingly digital world.

There are several two-day pre-conference workshops and one-day post-conference workshops to provide additional education and CPE hours. The COBIT 5 Foundation pre-conference workshop will prepare attendees to take the COBIT 5 Foundation Exam, held on-site the first day of the conference. Attendees can also prepare for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certification by attending the CISA Cram Course as a pre-conference workshop. Other workshops focus on cybersecurity fundamentals, cybersecurity for auditors, PCI data security standard, and more.

Additional information and registration for North America CACS is available at


Nearing its 50th year, ISACA ( is a global association helping individuals and enterprises achieve the positive potential of technology. Today’s world is powered by technology, and ISACA equips professionals with the knowledge, credentials, education and community to advance their careers and transform their organizations. ISACA leverages the expertise of its 450,000 engaged professionals in information and cybersecurity, governance, assurance, risk and innovation, as well as its enterprise performance subsidiary, CMMI Institute, to help advance innovation through technology. ISACA has a presence in more than 188 countries, including 217 chapters worldwide and offices in both the United States and China.



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