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Common-sense Cyber Security

Ben Schommer, Chief Information Security Officer at Proxios

At our next CxO Connect event you will hear from Ben Schommer, who will be talking about the importance of cyber security and how you can ensure your assets are safe. With over 20 years of experience and awards from the US government, you can bet that Ben has some trade secrets to share. Please fill out the form below to RSVP for a rich night of networking, beverages, and hors d’oeuvres.  

Event details

October 5th, 5-7pm
Federal Reserve Building
701 E. Byrd St., 23rd Floor
Richmond, VA

Ben Schommer

Ben Schommer

As Chief Information Security Officer for Proxios, Ben brings over 20 years of experience in both technical and policy-driven security. He has extensive international experience managing security programs that span the globe. Ben was the lead for all NSA/US Government compliancy initiatives as the Deputy CISO, Corporate Security International for Tata Communications, a global communications and enterprise IT service provider.

During his time at Tata, Ben worked to streamline and harden the security policies and architecture of all international components (Asia, Europe, North America, Australia) and personally implemented a global governance procedure for over 5K network devices. He has received multiple awards and commendations from the U.S. government, and was personally commended by the Department of U.S. Navy for exceptional direct on-site technical and design support for Japanese Earthquake Relief, Operation Tomodachi. His work for both Tata Communications and the Department of Defense have provided him with the knowledge and skills to effectively adapt to many types of security initiatives, but the NIST framework is where he focuses his efforts. He’s a volunteer junior soccer coach every year in the Spring and Fall and a full-time golf caddy year round.  

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April 6, 2017

CxO Connect One Day: Digital Transformation

This day-long event was dedicated to understanding digital transformation and how it is impacting your organization's landscape. Collaborating with us were local C-suite Executives and nationwide IT professionals.

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Oct 26th, 2016

CxO Connects Launch: Networking at a Higher Level

During this premiere event, Richmond CxOs came together to talk business: no salespeople, no sponsors, no speeches.

Feb 2nd, 2016

CxO Connects: Round Two

Richmond CxOs and business leaders gathered at the Federal Reserve Building for another night of networking with their peers. Drinks and hors d'oeuvre are always a must.