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

Hosted by Executive Alliance, the 2016 National Security Leaders Symposium was held March 23, 2016 at the InterContinental Dallas and focused on the key drivers to successful leadership. As the industry continues to undergo fast-paced change, attendees had the opportunity to engage with their peers on the most pressing challenges, issues, and future trends that need to be understood in order to successfully navigate into the future. During the Symposium, attendees gained insights from presentations from industry leaders, interview discussions, and breakout sessions. For sponsorship information, please contact us

To all of our amazing attendees and sponsors that made the Dallas Summit a success, Thank You!

Attendee feedback about Dallas 2016:

This was a fantastic use of my very busy schedule. The content was concise, contemporary and provided by innovative leaders in information security.

I look forward to the next opportunity to discuss and collaborate with those I met at the symposium.

Ed Hudson, CISM, Director, Information Security, California State University

“The Executive Alliance does an excellent job of bringing IT leaders together to discuss topics that are top of mind.

Their conferences provide a tremendous amount of value to those who are looking to understand best practices in IT.”

Will Alexander, Vice President of IS, Special Projects, Supply Chain, RaceTrac Petroleum

“I believe that this is the one of the best events for IT leaders and CIOs going. The themes and topics, which are relevant to today's CIO, are discussed with leading CIOs and solution vendors to provide unique perspectives, experiences, and solutions.  A good investment of a few days.”

Ed Anderson, Global CIO, World Vision International

Summit Recap


Sarath Geethakumar, Head of Security Architecture and Engineering at The Home Depot, kicked off the Dallas Summit with insights into the state of the information security industry and the challenges facing the industry. Sareth shared The Home Depot’s vision on where they need to take their organization to ensure their company brand is protected in the future, where they expect success, and how they expect to achieve their vision.


Sami Laine, Principal Technologist at CloudPassage, Silver Sponsor, provided an executive briefing on the “Speed Of Business Is Breaking Security – Automate Or Die.” During his briefing, Sami highlighted that a new approach is needed to deliver security in any application hosting environment, on demand and at any scale, due to the way today’s business requirements for speed and agility are rapidly transforming delivery of IT. His presentation focused on approaches to the key challenges around visibility, threat isolation, compliance and automation.

In the interview session, “Conversations with Execs in the Corner Office,” Paul Horn, CISO of HD Vest Financial Services, Gary Toretti, CISO and VP of Risk & Security at Sabre Corporation and Carol Weaver, VP of IT Security at GM Financial, discussed the critical challenges facing them today as leaders, how they are measuring success and their plans to deliver increasing value to their organizations, and what it will take to get there.


Brian Keynon, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer at Blue Coat Systems, Platinum Sponsor, provided insight into the unprecedented power that cloud applications have opened up. With the rapid pace of adoption of the cloud, many security and compliance teams are being left behind while users, devices and data are now interacting with a variety of new cloud services and entirely circumventing the control of the organization. Brian discussed these challenges and provided practical advice on how these issues can be safely overcome. 


Attendees had the chance to catch up with each other during the morning break and continue the conversations.


After the morning break, the Summit kicked back into high gear with the interview session, “Game Changers.” During this session, Harvey Ewing, CISO at G6 Hospitality and Robert Pace, VP of Information Security and Compliance at First American Payment Systems, provided insight into what they are doing to drive innovation at their organizations to help move their businesses forward and how they are approaching building an innovative culture to execute on their vision. 


Ed Adams, Chief Executive Officer & Ponemon Institute Fellow, Security Innovation, Platinum Sponsor received high marks on the survey responses with his presentation on “Connected Cars – What Possibly Could Go Wrong?” Ed spoke on the planned benefits of Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications and the serious concerns about safety and privacy. Ed discussed the challenges of developing such a massive system, the risks of software and infotainment systems in cars and privacy concerns (the big brother and NSA worries).


During lunch, guests and sponsors had the opportunity to spend a relaxing hour meeting new people and catching up.


In the session, “Securing Rogue File Sharing – Your Most Vulnerable Data Leak Threat Vector,” Brian Winter, Regional Sales Manager at Accellion, Gold Sponsor, discussed best practices for secure file sharing. Brian shared insights into 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.


In the interview session, “Business Technologies for the Future,” Scott Bonneau, VP of IT, Security & Corporate Functions at Dr Pepper Snapple Group, and Scot Miller, VP and Chief Information Security Officer at HMS, shared what they are doing to ensure they are positioned for success in the future by having the right technologies in place. This discussion focused on existing technologies that are viewed as being on the critical path to success and new technologies that have promise for the future.


Brian Henger, Regional Vice President at Malwarebytes, Gold Sponsor, spoke on “Psychological Warfare: How Cyber Criminals Mess With People’s Minds.” Brian discussed current attacks used by cyber criminals that employ both the latest in threat tech and social engineering tactics and why cyber criminals have put more stock in advertising and psychology than innovations in tech.


The session, Executive Roundtables, received great feedback on the breakout topics and the executives facilitating the topics in these peer-to-peer discussions. The roundtables were led by Mary Dickerson, Chief Information Security Officer of University of Houston and the University of Houston System, Randall Mills, Chief Technology Officerat Netcare Now/24 Hour Physicans, Eric Yancy, Information Security Officer at GetThere, Amyn Gilani, Vice President of Cyber Threat at Goldman Sachs, and Parrish Gunnels, CISOat Invitation Homes.


Tom Moore, Consulting Systems Engineer with OpenDNS now part of Cisco, Silver Sponsor, provided an executive briefing on “Security Beyond the Firewall.” Tom discussed the need for a predictive security intelligence program in order that CISOs can prevent, contain and be informed of targeted attacks. Tom shared insights into identifying adversarial patterns once they’ve entered the network and how security approaches can leverage data to prevent attacks before they happen.


In the last session of the day, “Cyber-Security, Trends in Human Capital,” Matt Comyns, Global Head of the Cyber Security Practice at Russell Reynolds Associates, provided the latest trends in compensation for the security industry, which areas in security are becoming increasingly important to the C-Suite, and where he sees opportunity in the future. Matt highlighted the growth in international opportunities as a stepping stone for careers back in the States. For Matt’s presentation or questions, please email Matt at


At the end of the day, guests had the chance to unwind and enjoy the afternoon reception and prize drawings by our Sponsors. 


Thank You to our Dallas Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor Blue Coat Systems


Blue Coat empowers enterprises to safely and securely choose the best applications, services, devices, data sources, and content the world has to offer, so they can create, communicate, collaborate, innovate, execute, compete and win in their markets. Blue Coat has a long history of protecting organizations, their data and their employees and is the trusted brand to 15,000 customers worldwide, including 86 percent of the FORTUNE Global 500. With a robust portfolio of intellectual property anchored by more than 200 patents and patents pending, the company continues to drive innovations that assure business continuity, agility and governance. For additional information, please visit

• A new study from ESG describing the growth of encryption and strategies for protection. Read the report, “Network Encryption and its Impact on Network Security” to get the facts and figures about the nature of the threat and the actions you can take now to deepen your defenses.


Gold Sponsor Accellion


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


Silver Sponsor CloudPassage


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


Bronze Sponsor 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 David McBreairty and David Hillock.


Bronze Sponsor Exabeam


Exabeam is a user behavior analytics solution that leverages existing log data to quickly detect modern cyber attacks, prioritize security incidents, and accelerate effective response. Unique among UBA products, Exabeam’s Stateful User Tracking™ automatically creates a complete timeline of every event and anomaly tied to an attack — across devices, IP addresses, and credentials — and uses that timeline to assess risk and automate many tasks of incident response. As a result, Exabeam not only improves security, but also transforms SOC efficiency and productivity. By operating on existing data and requiring no agents or network taps, Exabeam delivers value within hours, not weeks.To learn more about Exabeam, please visit

Platinum Sponsor 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 visit:


Gold Sponsor Malwarebytes


Malwarebytes protects businesses against malicious threats that escape detection by traditional antivirus solutions. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, the company’s flagship product, has a highly advanced heuristic detection engine that has removed more than five billion malicious threats from computers worldwide. SMBs and enterprise businesses worldwide trust Malwarebytes to protect their data. Founded in 2008, the company is headquartered in California with offices in Europe, and a global team of researchers and experts. For more information, please visit

Download a copy of the Malwarebytes Research Brief: Operation Fingerprint to get a look into several Angler Exploit Kit malvertising campaigns.


Silver Sponsor OpenDNS


OpenDNS is a leading provider of network security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. The Umbrella cloud-delivered network security service blocks advanced attacks, as well as malware, botnets and phishing threats regardless of port, protocol or application. Its predictive intelligence uses machine learning to automate protection against emergent threats before they can reach customers. OpenDNS protects all devices globally without hardware to install or software to maintain. For more information, please contact Patrick Merchant or visit

Whitepaper available: Automated Protection Against Advanced Attacks


Bronze Sponsor BeyondTrust


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 us at: Kurt Neurauter; (602) 734-1398 and Josh Yarbrough; (978) 206-3620.


Bronze Sponsor Fidelis Cybersecurity


Fidelis Cybersecurity protects the world’s most sensitive data by equipping organizations to detect, investigate and stop advanced cyber attacks. Our products, services and proprietary threat intelligence enable customers to proactively face advanced threats and prevent data theft with immediate detection, monitoring and response capabilities. With our Fidelis XPS and Resolution1 Platform, customers can get one step ahead of any attacker before a major breach hits. To learn more, please visit and follow us on Twitter @FidelisCyber.


Bronze Sponsor Forcepoint


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