Summit Recap


Keynote - "State of the Industry" 

David West, Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, spoke about the relationship between the FBI and companies that have been victims of cyber crime and gave examples of de-classified outcomes that illustrated the reach of the FBI and what to expect when organizations interact with the FBI in investigations. Truly enlightening.



Guiding Information Security into the Future

This interview session with Octavia Howell, Corporate VP of Data Networks and Security Operations at New York Life, provided insights on key skills needed, what sets security executives apart , and her plans to overcome some of the biggest challenges facing the industry in the future.



TLS 1.3 and What It Means for Data Center Visibility

Chris Abella, Senior Sales Engineer at ExtraHop Networks, Platinum Sponsor delved into the pros and cons of various PFS decryption strategies and offered an alternative to endpoint monitoring and man in the middle decryption that is more secure and cost-effective. 



Top of Mind

Richard Warner, Summit Moderator led the Interactive polling session with executives discussing some of their top issues of the day and how their industry peers respond. As seen in previous polling sessions, different viewpoints from attendees got the conversation heated!



Leadership During Challenging Times

Mark Gelhardt, VP, Global Technology Governance, Elavon discussed how leadership can be handled during the most stressful situations and shared his insights into the challenges faced, overcoming obstacles, and key traits that will be needed by leaders of the future in order to be successful. His story of humble beginnings to lofty accomplishments was truly inspiring and an attendee favorite.



No Silver Bullets – Cybersecurity in the AI Era

Doug Lhotka, Executive Security Architect, IBM, Gold Sponsor spoke about the growing migration from compliance to risk-focused security, how security is fundamentally an information management problem and investigated how AI is being applied in real organizations today.



The X Factor in an “A” Team

Megan Underwood, Information Assurance Leader, Delta Air Lines shared her insights into the traits that make up “A” team members, why they are great problem solvers, and how to keep these employees motivated and challenged.



Autonomous Cyber Defense: AI and the Immune System Approach

AJ Greenway, Regional Director for Darktrace, Silver Sponsor led a riveting discussion about why autonomous response and machine learning is the future of defense and how the ‘immune system’ approach to cyber security provides complete network visibility and the ability to prioritize threats in order to better allocate time and resources.



Lunch and Networking

Attendees and sponsors continued to engage in discussions and get to know each other over lunch.



Senior Management’s Toughest Questions 

In this Interview session with Michael Marsilio, Chief Information Security Officer with Paradies Lagardere, offered his expertise on accountability to senior management and how they are responding.



 Breakout Executive Roundtable Discussions with Debriefs

Facilitated by executives from a diversity of industries across five different topics, the highly rated Executive Roundtables wrapped up the Summit session.

Executives facilitating the roundtables included:

Sabastian High, Executive Security Consultant

Tamika B. Puckett, Director, Office of Enterprise Risk Management City of Atlanta – Department of Finance

Hari Krishna, Head of IT Enterprise Data Services - IT Integration, Enterprise Architecture & Innovation, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals

Abe Manasrah, VP, Data and Analytics Officer, Tanner Health System

Sven Bamford, Information Assurance Leader, Delta Air Lines



 Reception and Networking with Prize Drawings

Executive Alliance, our strategic partners and the Atlanta attendees closed out the summit with laughs, new friendships and looking forward to a great 2019! Thank you all so much for a great year and stay tuned for details for the upcoming summits and National Symposium. 

Thank You to our 2018 Atlanta Summit Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor


Using real-time wire data analytics and machine-learning behavioral detection, Reveal(x) enables security operations teams to automate investigations, get full packets for forensic evidence in a few clicks, and confidently orchestrate responses against urgent threats. With decryption, powerful security-focused workflows, and a rich integration ecosystem, Reveal(x) delivers unprecedented visibility, definitive insights, and immediate answers so security operations teams can act with confidence. 

For more information, please visit www.extrahop.com or contact Matt Field m.field@extrahop.com or Brent Johnston brent@extrahop.com

ExtraHop Revealx Datasheet



Gold Sponsor


Cybercriminals are growing in number and sophistication, rendering traditional solutions powerless against today’s advanced threats. IBM Security, with 7,500 security professionals worldwide, helps more than 12,000 clients address their most critical needs: transforming their security programs; optimizing security operations and response systems; and protecting critical information.

Over the past decade, IBM has invested more than $2 billion in security research and development, resulting in 3,700+ security-related patents, and acquired 19 security companies to grow its portfolio. Today, IBM Security delivers next-generation security technology and services, including cognitive and Watson analytics, automated incident response, cloud-based solutions and state-of-the-art security operations centers. For more information, please visit www.ibm.com/us-en/.

For more information contact: Joe Campbell, jcampbell@ibm.com




Silver Sponsor


Darktrace is the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense. With over 7,000 deployments worldwide, the Enterprise Immune System is relied on to detect and fight back against cyber-attacks in real time. The self-learning AI takes one hour to install, works across the cloud, SaaS, corporate networks, IoT and industrial systems, and protects against the full range of cyber-threats and vulnerabilities, from insider threats and ransomware, to stealthy and silent attackers. Darktrace has 800 employees and 33 offices worldwide, with headquarters in San Francisco, and Cambridge, UK.  https://www.darktrace.com/

Contact us:  AJ Greenway at aj.greenway@darktrace.com & Micah Cotton at micah.cotton@darktrace.com

Cyber AI & Darktrace Cloud



Bronze Sponsors


Established in 1996, Allot is a leading global provider of innovative network intelligence and security solutions for service providers and enterprises worldwide, enhancing value to their customers. Our solutions are deployed globally for network and application analytics, traffic control and shaping, and network-based security services. 

With over 20 years’ experience empowering service providers and enterprises to get more out of their networks and to manage them more efficiently, we enable network operators to clearly see and understand their networks from within. Allot provides its customers with the tools to optimize, innovate, and capitalize on every opportunity; to learn about users and network behaviors; to improve quality of service and reduce costs; and to detect security breaches to protect their own networks and their users from attacks. All of this is achieved while increasing value to customers and deploying new services more quickly than ever before.

For more information, visit www.allot.com or contact Steve Smith at ssmith@allot.com




Are you looking for a better way to manage privileged access?  BeyondTrust can provide control and visibility over privileged accounts and users by helping you:

  • Discover and inventory your privileged accounts (check out this free tool)
  • Eliminate the sharing of privileged accounts by delegating permissions without exposing credentials
  • Monitor and record privileged user, session, and file activities for unauthorized access and/or changes
  • Analyze behaviors to detect suspect or malicious activities by insiders and/or compromised accounts.

This approach has been recognized by top analysts from Gartner and other experts as leaving fewer gaps in privileged account coverage.  BeyondTrust is also trusted by more than 4,000 customers worldwide, including over half of the Fortune 100.

If you have an upcoming project or are currently evaluating PAM solutions, please contact Dave Herman,  dherman@beyondtrust.com

Additional Resources: 



Garrison has developed patented isolation technology to provide hardware-enforced secure remote browsing for enterprise customers. Garrison’s unique approach ensures a great user experience is maintained even when deployed across the largest of enterprises, whilst delivering unparalleled security. Click on every link, browse the web with confidence.

Remote browsing promises a massive risk reduction in the face of threats such as phishing, drive-by-downloads and watering hole attacks. But real-world experience shows that many implementations of remote browsing fall short either on the underlying security model, or on the user experience delivered. Garrison’s unique Silicon Assured Video Isolation technology (Garrison SAVI®) provides a game-changing platform for secure remote browsing: security so strong that it is trusted for use by governments at the highest security levels, but at a price point and with a level of usability that makes it suitable for deployment at scale across mainstream enterprises.

For more information, visit www.garrison.com or contact Bob Usher at bob.usher@garrison.com





  • Gigamon is leading the convergence of networking and security operations to help organizations reduce complexity and increase efficiency of their security stack. Our GigaSECURE® Security Delivery Platform is a next-generation network packet broker that helps customers make threats more visible across cloud, hybrid and on-premises environments, deploy resources faster and maximize the performance of their security tools.

    Global 2000 companies and government agencies rely on Gigamon solutions to make them more agile and cut costs. 

    For more information, visit www.gigamon.com




We prevent intrusions. And we do it relentlessly. Whether attackers are trying to gain a foothold in your network or accessing sensitive data on your laptops and servers, Fidelis detects it. Then, we tell you everything you need to find them and stop them in minutes (not days or weeks).

For more information, visit www.fidelissecurity.com/ or contact Delonte Wellington at delonte.wellington@fidelissecurity.com

Fidelis_Automating_Threat_Detection 2018




Rapid7 delivers the visibility, analytics, and automation needed to monitor, investigate, and resolve the vulnerabilities, threats, and performance issues that put organizations at risk. By automating routine tasks and providing deep intelligence, we amplify productivity and free people to innovate, advance, and transform our world.

Our technology, services, and research drive vulnerability management, application security, incident detection and response, and log management for more than 7,000 organizations across 125 countries, including 52% of the Fortune 100.

For more information, visit www.rapid7.com




Varonis is a pioneer in data security and analytics, fighting a different battle than conventional cybersecurity companies. Varonis focuses on protecting enterprise data: sensitive files and emails; confidential customer, patient and employee data; financial records; strategic and product plans; and other intellectual property. The Varonis Data Security Platform detects insider threats and cyberattacks by analyzing data, account activity and user behavior; prevents and limits disaster by locking down sensitive and stale data; and efficiently sustains a secure state with automation. With a focus on data security, Varonis serves a variety of use cases including governance, compliance, classification, and threat analytics. Varonis started operations in 2005 and, as of September 30, 2018, had approximately 6,350 customers worldwide - comprised of industry leaders in many sectors including financial services, healthcare, public, industrial, insurance, energy and utilities, consumer and retail, education, media and entertainment and technology.

Visit: https://www.varonis.com/company/