The Security Leaders Summit Atlanta
“Where Industry Leaders Shape the Future”

The Security Leaders Summit Atlanta was held on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at the InterContinental Buckhead. The Summit brought together a community of senior IT executives for engaging peer-level interaction, discussions on new approaches to managing complexities in Information Security, and provided opportunities to collaborate with leaders in the industry. Throughout the day, the Summit Hosts, representing companies across a diversity of industries and sizes, will share their insights and knowledge with the distinguished group of attendees through their presentations, interviews and breakout roundtable discussions. To all of our amazing attendees and sponsors that made the Atlanta Summit a success, Thank You!


Attendee feedback about Atlanta 2016: 

“Top notch information sharing with the best of the best industry leaders!”
Steve Roach, Vice President of IT – FOCUS Brands

“Great summit.”
Paul Cornwell, Cyber Security Advisor – Delta Air Lines

“Always a first class event from moderator to presentations.”
Dan Webber, Chief Information Officer – Monocle Health


The Security Leaders Summit Atlanta opened up with networking and breakfast in the Sponsor Pavilion and Welcome Remarks by Mary Lou Heastings, CEO of Executive Alliance and Richard Warner, Summit Moderator.
The Morning Keynote, Jamey Cummings, Senior Client Partner, Co-Leader Global Cybersecurity Practice at Korn Ferry opened up the Summit with a compelling case of the talent shortage in the market place by providing a view into the hiring landscape, what areas are driving the demand for talent, key trends, and key success factors used in hiring broken out into “what you do” and “who you are.”
Security Roles – Downloads from Korn Ferry Institute
 Lael Bellamy, Chief Privacy Officer at the Weather Company and Katherine Fithen, Chief Privacy Officer from The Coca-Cola Company, were interviewed in the session, “Conversations with Execs in the Corner Office.” In the interview, they brought to light how they are delivering increasing value to their organizations, their data privacy concerns as they move forward, and the increasing importance of partnerships within their own companies and third parties.
Cheryl D’Asti, Regional Sales Manager at Accellion, Gold Sponsor, spoke on “Securing Rogue File Sharing – Your Most Vulnerable Data Leak Threat Vector.” Cheryl shared the latest advancements in secure file sharing and collaboration, best practices for providing security without compromising productivity and how to leverage investments in existing content systems.
During the morning break, there was high energy as attendees had the chance to talk with their peers and meet with sponsors to discuss their products and services.
In the interview session, “Game Changers – A Focus on Innovation,” Scott Barronton, Chief Information Security Officer at D+H, and Paul Cornwell, Cyber Security Advisor at Delta Air Lines, shed light on the most critical areas of their organizations where they need to be innovative, what is driving the need now more than ever, and the impact they believe they can make to their companies.
Alex Chiu, Senior Pre-Sales Systems Engineer at ZixCorp, Gold Sponsor, shared insights into “The Criticality of Email Security.” With the increase in data breaches and the rise in external threats, Alex discussed the secure email challenges of balancing productivity while mitigating risk.
The lunch break provided great opportunities for the conversations to continue from the morning sessions.
Richard Warner, Summit Moderator, presented on “The Talent Shortage – Steps Leaders. are Taking.” Richard highlighted the creativity, innovation and new strategies being used for hiring and retention of top talent.
Wesley Rhodes, Chief Technology Officer, Security Architecture Specialist, & Industry Advisor with IBM, Gold Sponsor, discussed the sophistication of an attack purposed to thwart normal countermeasures that lived inside an enterprise undetected for years. In his presentation, “How I Met your Data – A Case from the X-FILES,” Wesley shared what security organizations are up against and the new era of cognitive solutions that generate not just answers, but hypotheses, evidence-based reasoning and recommendations for better decision making in real time.
The last session of the day, the Executive Roundtable discussions, closed the Summit on a high note as guests rotated through two topics of peer-to-peer discussions. Executives facilitating these breakout topics included Sam Bruce , Chief Information Security Officer at Medac, Ray Griffin , Global Security Director at Equifax, Marian Reed , Director of Information Security and Risk Management at McKesson Corporation, Joshua Sorenson , Security Advisor at Delta Air Lines, Deena Swatzie , IT Security & Compliance Risk Steward with SunTrust Bank, and Dr. Todd Watson , Information Security Officer with the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
The Summit closed with the afternoon reception outside in the courtyard on a beautiful Atlanta day.
Be sure to visit the Summit photos on the Gallery tab.
Atlanta Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Accellion, Inc. provides secure access to enterprise content wherever it is stored to enable increased enterprise productivity and ensure data security and compliance. Accellion, Inc. is the leading provider of private cloud solutions offering enterprise organizations the scalability, flexibility, control and security to enable a global workforce with the tools they need to securely create, access and share information, wherever work takes them. Accellion solutions are used by more than 12 million users and 2,000 of the world’s leading corporations and government agencies including Procter & Gamble; Indiana University Health; Kaiser Permanente; Hogan Lovells; Bridgestone; Harvard University; US Securities and Exchange Commission; and NASA. For more information, please visit or call 650-485-4300.

Additional Resources:
kiteworks Security Overview Whitepaper 
kiteworks End User Demo


Gold Sponsors


IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world’s most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits. Innovation is at the core of IBM’s strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services. Today, IBM is focused on four growth initiatives – business analytics, cloud computing, growth markets and Smarter Planet. IBMers are working with customers around the world to apply the company’s business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to build systems that enable dynamic and efficient organizations, better transportation, safer food, cleaner water and healthier populations. For more information on IBM GTS Mobility Services, please visit


ZixCorp is a leader in email data protection. ZixCorp offers industry-leading email encryption, a unique email DLP solution and an innovative email BYOD solution to meet your company’s data protection and compliance needs. ZixCorp is trusted by the nation’s most influential institutions in healthcare, finance and government for easy to use secure email solutions. ZixCorp is publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market under the symbol ZIXI, and its headquarters are in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit or contact Alex Chiu ,at Zix Corporation.
Ebook: The Risks of Email and the Rewards of Innovative Encryption


Bronze Sponsors

Alert Logic

Alert Logic, the leader in security and compliance solutions for the cloud, provides Security-as-a-Service for on-premises, cloud, and hybrid infrastructures, delivering deep security insight and continuous protection for customers at a lower cost than traditional security solutions. Fully managed by a team of experts, the Alert Logic Security-as-a-Service solution provides network, system and web application protection immediately, wherever your IT infrastructure resides. Alert Logic partners with the leading cloud platforms and hosting providers to protect over 3,000 organizations worldwide. Built for cloud scale, our patented platform stores petabytes of data, analyzes over 450 million events and identifies over 60,000 security incidents each month, which are managed by our 24×7 Security Operations Center. Alert Logic, founded in 2002, is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Seattle, Dallas, Cardiff, Belfast and London. For more information, please visit or contact :Steve Soto


BeyondTrust is a global cyber security company that believes preventing data breaches requires the right visibility to enable control over internal and external risks. We give you the visibility to confidently reduce risks and the control to take proactive, informed action against data breach threats. And because threats can come from anywhere, we built a platform that unifies the most effective technologies for addressing both internal and external risk: Privileged Account Management and Vulnerability Management. Our solutions grow with your needs, making sure you maintain control no matter where your company goes. BeyondTrust’s security solutions are trusted by over 4,000 customers worldwide, including half of the Fortune 100. To learn more about BeyondTrust, please visit or contact Rich Pace or Steve Geng

Cloud Passage

CloudPassage Halo® is the world’s leading agile security platform that empowers our customers to take full advantage of cloud infrastructure with the confidence that their critical business assets are protected. Halo delivers a comprehensive set of continuous security and compliance functions right where it counts — at the workload. Our platform orchestrates security on-demand, at any scale and works in any cloud or virtual infrastructure (private, public, hybrid or virtual data center). For more information, please visit or contact Paul Thomas or Greg Stein


Forcepoint safeguards users, data and networks against the most determined adversaries, from accidental or malicious insider threats to outside attackers, across the entire threat lifecycle. Forcepoint protects data everywhere – in the cloud, on the road, in the office – simplifying compliance and enabling better decision-making and more efficient remediation. Forcepoint empowers organizations to concentrate on what’s most important to them while automating routine security tasks. More than 22,000 organizations around the world rely on Forcepoint. Based in Austin, Texas, with worldwide sales, service, security laboratories and product development, Forcepoint is a joint venture of the Raytheon Company and Vista Equity Partners. For more information, please visit or contact Russ Meyer or David Crook .

Whitepaper available: Forcepoint Sureview Insider Threat DataSheet

Security Innovation

Security Innovation focuses on the most difficult IT Security problem, and the root cause of most data breaches — insecure software applications. For more than a decade, we’ve helped organizations build internal expertise, uncover critical vulnerabilities, and improve the process by which applications are built. The company’s solutions are based on the three pillars of a secure Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC), which feed into one another to create an ecosystem of repeatable, secure software development: Standards, Education, and Assessment. Our flagship products include TeamProfessor, the industry’s largest library of application security eLearning courses, and TeamMentor, “out of the box” secure development standards. For more information, please contact Derek Reed or visit


Thales e-Security is a leading global provider of trusted cryptographic solutions with a 40-year track record of protecting the world’s most sensitive applications and information. Thales solutions enhance privacy, trusted identities, and secure payments with certified, high performance encryption and digital signature technology for customers in a wide range of markets including financial services, high technology, manufacturing, and government. Thales e-Security has a worldwide support capability, with regional headquarters in the United States, United Kingdom, and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit or contact Cortne Pappas



Varonis is the leading provider of software solutions for unstructured, human-generated enterprise data. Varonis provides an innovative software platform that allows enterprises to map, analyze, manage and migrate their unstructured data. Varonis specializes in human-generated data, a type of unstructured data that includes an enterprise’s spreadsheets, word processing documents, presentations, audio files, video files, emails, text messages and any other data created by employees. This data often contains an enterprise’s financial information, product plans, strategic initiatives, intellectual property and numerous other forms of vital information. IT and business personnel deploy Varonis software for a variety of use cases, including data governance, data security, archiving, file synchronization, enhanced mobile data accessibility and information collaboration. For more information, please visit or view the Boston University Case Study.