The National Security Leaders Symposium
“Where Industry Leaders Shape the Future”

Hosted by Executive Alliance, the 2016 National Security Leaders Symposium was held October 23-25, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton in Naples, FL 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 National Symposium a success, Thank You!

Attendee feedback about National 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


“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 


Symposium Recap


Saturday Evening, October 22nd Reception and Dinner Cruise


With fantastic Florida weather, Symposium attendees and their guests, along with our sponsors cruised the Intracoastal Waterway enjoying beach music, beverages, a great dinner and a gorgeous sunset.


Sunday Morning, October 23rd Golf


The foursomes teed off on a perfect Sunday morning at one of the finest golf resorts in Naples, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort. It was a competitive group with Brian Lawhorn, CISO of the Kroger Co. winning the longest putt (21 ft), Peter Schumacher with BeyondTrust winning closest to the pin (8 ft.), and the foursome of Patrick Enyart, Sr. Director of Security with McKesson, Baxter Byerly, VP of Privacy & Security at Adheris Health, Michael Frazee, VP of Global IT Infrastructure at Lend Lease Corp., and Brian Henger of Malwarebytes, taking home the team prize.


Sunday Evening, October 23rd – Welcome Reception and Dinner


The National Security Leaders Symposium formally opened up on Sunday evening with an outdoor reception and a delicious low country boil dinner provided by the Ritz Carlton. Attendees and sponsors had the chance to reconnect and start forming new friendships.


SYMPOSIUM RECAP – Monday, October 24th


Scott Frost, Chief Security Officer and Vice President of Benefitfocus, opened up the Symposium as the Monday morning keynote. Scott focused on key factors to his organization’s success in dealing with senior management, relationships with the business units, third parties and employees. Scott shared stories on preparations for Hurricane Matthew and the company communication plans that let their employees and customers know they were being taken care of.



In the interview “Conversations with Execs in the Corner Office,” Bernie Cowens, VP and Chief Security Officer of Pacific Gas & Electric, and Brian Lawhorn, Corporate Vice President and CISO of the Kroger Co., rocked the house with the insights they shared into discussions with the board, challenges they see down the road, how they are positioning their organizations for success, and the development and retention of talent. The security organization at Kroger’s has only had one person move to another company in the last fifteen years!



Dena Bauckman, Director of Product Marketing at ZixCorp, Gold Sponsor presented on “The Criticality of Email Security.” Dena shared some of the latest statistics on email data protection, the increase in data breaches and the rise in external threats.



Attendees had the chance to continue the morning discussions with our Symposium sponsors and their peers during the morning break.



In “Game Changers – A Focus on Innovation,” Joe Adornetto, CISO at Quest Diagnostics and Sanju Misra, CISO at Praxair, discussed areas most critical to their organizations, strategies for building capabilities for an agile infrastructure for the future, the most difficult obstacles in their way to being innovative and what excites them down the road.



Deena Thomchick, Senior Director Cloud Security at Symantec + Blue Coat, Gold Sponsor, presented on “The Industry Need for Cloud Generation Security.” In her presentation, Deena spoke on the unprecedented power of cloud applications and the new risk factors coming to light for security organizations.



“Insights into Vendor Management” from Tom Gancarski, Americas Infrastructure Compliance Officer at a major international bank, proved to be a very interactive session as Tom shared his experience with the “gotchas” in contracts, negotiation techniques, and setting a security organization up for success in dealing with vendors.



Attendees and sponsors had the opportunity to enjoy lunch outside with temperatures in the low eighties on a beautiful October day.



Scott Foote, Cybersecurity Expert and Industry Speaker took the stage after lunch and presented on “Developing Cyber Situation Awareness with Comprehensive Security Intelligence.” Scott spoke on how our information now survives in a contested infrastructure, awareness is contextual understanding built on intelligence, and shared his insights into the seven vectors of cybersecurity intelligence.

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The session, “Connected Cars – How Secure Are They … Really?” with Peter Samson, SVP & GM of Embedded Unit at Security Innovation, Bronze sponsor, was an eye opener and a great closing session for the day! Peter highlighted the security challenges being dealt with as new cars have over 130 million lines of code, 10 operating systems, multiple networks and many access points.



Attendees, their guests, and sponsors enjoyed “Cocktail Hour and a Half” on Monday evening with views of another gorgeous sunset.


SYMPOSIUM RECAP – Tuesday, October 25th


Steve Arrington, Chief Information Security Officer at Genesco, opened up the Tuesday sessions with his insights into what it takes from a security organization to keep abreast when innovation is underway at a company. Entertaining and using props, Steve pointed out the many roles and skills a security professional must have to interface with employees, business units, marketing, third parties, and customers.



In an interview setting focused on “Business Technologies for the Future,” Mary Dickerson, Chief Information Security Officer at the University of Houston, gave her perspective on the technologies she believes are the most successful in what they do to protect her business, new technologies she thinks have promise for the future, and where there are opportunities for vendors to create technologies to help solve her problems.


Morey Haber, VP of Technology, Office of the CTO for BeyondTrust, Gold Sponsor, presented on “Are Privilege Accounts a Vulnerability Risk?” Morey spoke on the challenges in being able to identify all types of privileged accounts in organization, how they being used, who are using them, and where there are opportunities to identify the appropriate measures to properly secure privileged accounts.



Yorgen Edholm, President and Chief Executive Officer at Accellion, Platinum Sponsor, wove stories on the industry, shared insights into private cloud and the need for collaboration with secure file sharing.



In the presentation “Talent Development and Retention,” Richard Warner, Symposium Moderator, provided facts and trends on hiring, developing and retaining talent in an industry with less than 2% unemployment.



Brian Henger, Regional Vice President at Malwarebytes, Gold Sponsor, discussed “The Hidden Enemy: Malvertising and Ransomware.” Brian brought home how malvertising is becoming more sophisticated and the biggest misconceptions of these attacks, how they are delivered, and where companies are at risk.



Attendees and sponsors had the opportunity to enjoy lunch outside with temperatures in the low eighties on a beautiful October day.



After lunch, attendees had a chance to grab an ice cold beer and head outside to participate in Executive Roundtable discussions with their peers. The roundtables were facilitated by June Burgett, VP of Business and Supplier Management Services at Kaiser Permanente, Walt Carter, Chief Information Officer at Primary Capital Mortgage, Chuck Deaton, Deputy CISO at Humana, Danny Hollon, AVP of Network Security at Protective Life Corporation and Tim Searcy, Chief Information Security Officer at Protective Life Corporation.


Tuesday night’s evening reception, on the outside terrace of the Ritz Carlton, closed the 2016 National Security Leaders Symposium. 


Thank You to our National 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.

Discover how to securely enable a mobile workforce:
1. kiteworks Security Overview Whitepaper 
2. kiteworks End User Demo

Gold Sponsors


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 Steve Geng



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 us at

Additional resources:
1. How to Protect Your Business from Ransomware Infographic 
2. Malwarebytes Endpoint Security Datasheet


Symantec + Blue Coat Systems

symantec.jpgSymantec + Blue Coat Systems
Blue Coat was acquired by Symantec in June 2016. Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC) is the global leader in cyber security. Operating one of the world’s largest cyber intelligence networks, we see more threats, and protect more customers from the next generation of attacks. We help companies, governments and individuals secure their most important data wherever it lives. For more information, please visit
For additional information, please

• 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.



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, visit or contact Brandt Nelson, at or Jeff Hall at or (781) 993-6140.

Also access: Zix Corporation e Book – The Risks of Email and the Rewards of Innovative Encryption


Bronze Sponsors


alert.jpgAlert 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


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 visit: or contact Derek Reed