Executive Alliance’s “Security Leaders Summit Boston” was held on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel. The perfect weather put everyone in a great mood and that energy continued throughout Summit, which was packed with great session content and highly engaging interaction throughout the day. The Summit Hosts, representing companies across a diversity of industries and sizes, shared 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 Boston Summit a success, Thank You!


What attendees are saying about Boston 2017: 

“I was very impressed by the Summit. The overall organization is of the highest level including speakers, and a wide variety of companies within the industry.
The atmosphere was warm and casual and encouraged open, honest discussions.”
Rosa Feygin, Vice President, Software Security Assurance, Fidelity Investments
“A great mix of varied minds, all working on a hard set of problems. Great opportunity to connect with Security professionals. ”
Jim Lemieux, Senior Director Information SecurityTravelers

“Right decision makers in the room.”

Andrew Verderame, Enterprise Account Manager, Zix


“It was a great experience and the interaction with customers was great and of immediate value to IBM.”

Gary Meshell, Sr. Executive Leader Cloud & Security, IBM


Pre-Summit Host Dinner

The Host Dinner was held the evening before the Summit, on 9/13 for the Summit Hosts, Platinum and Gold Sponsors, and invited guests to enjoy getting to know each other in advance of the Summit.


Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Security Leaders Summit Boston 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.


Summit Keynote – “Global Risks 2017”

The Summit kicked off with Keynote speaker Tom Fuhrman, head of the Cybersecurity Consulting and Advisory Services Practice at Marsh, presenting on the findings from the World Economic Forum held in Davos, and sharing insights into key global risks, specific to cybersecurity and disruptive technologies. One of the areas Tom brought to light is how societal institutions are gearing up (Bend Influencers), how they have been growing steadily and are now starting to have recognizable impact.

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The Expanding Footprint of Executive Responsibilities

Brian McGowan, Director IT Security and Compliance at Hasbro, Inc. and Christina Mazzone, Information Security Officer at Brigham Health, Partners Healthcare discussed the new roles and responsibilities they are taking on and their impact to their organizations, how they are managing legacy responsibilities as the processes mature and how they envision the new roles/responsibilities they will be taking on in the future.


A Risk-based Approach to Protecting Information in the Cloud – "Achieving Visibility and Control Across the Apps, Users and Data

In this presentation Marty Weiss with Symantec, Platinum Sponsor, discussed the critical question on how organizations are going to ensure that employees make appropriate use of and interact safely with applications from cloud service providers. Marty shared insights into cloud governance, visibility and control while leveraging the cloud.

Break and Networking

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.


Navigating the Threat Landscape – The Knowns and Unknowns

Pietr Lindahl, Head of Cyber Threat Reduction and Strategic Analysis at Philips, spoke during the interview session on some of the innovative strategies he has deployed, what he believes are the industry’s most vulnerable areas in terms of the “known” threat landscape and the challenges he still sees facing the industry in terms of defending against the “unknowns.”

Collaboration Without Constraints – “Securing Content and Workflows to Create the Limitless Enterprise

Andy Feit, Chief Marketing Officer at Accellion, Gold Sponsor, spoke on how enterprises can leave existing content where it lives today and extend it outside the firewall without having to migrate content or disrupt their business workflows.

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Top of Mind

After lunch, attendees engaged with Summit Moderator, Richard Warner, for an interactive polling session on the fallout from the Equifax breach.

Cloud Security and Regulatory Compliance in the Financial Services Industry

Gary Meshell, Global Sales and Business Development Leader at IBM Security, Gold Sponsor, presented his point of view on the Industry and how organizations can meet their regulatory obligations while maintaining a robust security posture. He reported on IBM findings on attacks against the Financial Services industry and the continuing regulatory and security concerns.

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"Leadership During Challenging Times"

In this interview session, Ashley O’Conner, VP of Cyber Security Engineering at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, shared insights into how she is facing the challenges today and leading her organization into the future.





Lunch and Networking

The lunch break provided great opportunities for the conversations to continue from the morning sessions.




Metrics of Effectiveness for CISOs

Mike Ruiz Sales Engineer, Emerging Technology/ZPA Specialist at Zscaler Inc., Silver Sponsor, discussed how CISOs are building more effective strategies, increasing their ability to monitor global threats and trends, and how they can measure their success and effectiveness in today’s security organizations.


Afternoon Reception

The Summit closed with an afternoon reception where attendees and sponsors had the chance to relax and have some fun.


The Enterprise Immune System: Using Machine Learning for Next-Generation Cyber Defense

Andrew Finkelstein, Regional Manager at Darktrace, Silver Sponsor, showcased how new machine learning and mathematics are automating advanced cyber defense, how network visibility allows the detection of threats as they happen, or before they happen, how smart prioritization and visualization of threats allows for better resource allocation and lower risk and showed real-world examples of unknown threats detected by ‘immune system’ technology.



The Future of Privacy

Trevor Hughes, President and CEO, of The International Association of Privacy Professionals, provided a unique presentation leveraging “art masterpieces” as visuals to discuss the history of privacy, the changing privacy policy landscape and what companies should be focusing on to stay complaint with the latest laws and regulations. The session looked at how new laws and policies are (or are not) keeping up with the privacy implications in the everchanging technology landscape.



Executive Roundtables

For the closing Summit session, attendees had the opportunity to break out into lively peer-to-peer roundtable discussions on topics chosen during their registration. 





Networking and Prize Giveaway

Be sure to visit the Gallery Tab with photos of the Summit.

Boston 2017 Sponsors

Symantec - Platinum Sponsor
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 www.symantec.com or contact Marty Weiss at marty_weiss@symantec.com

Accellion - Gold Sponsor

Accellion, Inc. enables enterprise organizations to collaborate on content with external partners securely via private cloud. Enterprises can leave existing content where it lives today, and extend it outside the firewall without having to migrate content or disrupt their business workflows. Accellion’s solutions are used by more than 15 million users and 2,500 of the world’s leading corporations and government agencies including Procter & Gamble; KPMG; Kaiser Permanente; Latham & Watkins; National Park Service; Pacific Life Insurance; Cargill; and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST). For more information please visit: www.accellion.com

IBM - Gold Sponsor

The volume of security incidents and available threat data far exceed the capacity of even the most skilled security professional. Over the past year, IBM Watson has been trained on the language of cybersecurity, ingesting over 1 million security documents. Watson can now help security analysts parse thousands of natural language research reports that have never before been accessible to modern security tools. 

Watson for Cyber Security is integrated into IBM’s new Cognitive SOC platform, bringing together advanced cognitive technologies with security operations and providing the ability to respond to threats across endpoint, network, users and cloud. The centerpiece of this platform is IBM QRadar Advisor with Watson, a new app available in the IBM Security App Exchange, which is the first tool that taps into Watson’s corpus of cybersecurity insights 

For More information, you can also visit us at: www.ibm.com/security


DarkTrace - Silver Sponsor

Darktrace is the world’s leading machine learning company for cyber security, having developed AI algorithms that mimic the human immune system to defend enterprise networks of all types and sizes. Created by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Darktrace’s Enterprise Immune System is the first non-consumer application of machine learning to work at scale, across all network types, from physical, virtualized, and cloud, through to IoT and industrial control systems. Installed as a self-configuring cyber defense platform, Darktrace continuously learns what is ‘normal’ for all devices and users, updating its understanding as the environment changes.

By applying its unique, unsupervised machine learning, Darktrace has identified 30,000 previously unknown threats in over 2,4000 networks, including zero-days, insider threats and subtle, stealthy attacks. The company has experienced 600% year-on-year revenue growth. With 500 employees in 24 offices and dual headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge UK, Darktrace was named ‘Most Innovative Security Company of the Year 2017,’ ‘Bloomberg Innovator,’ and ‘GSN Homeland Security’ award winner. The company’s valuation is $.5 billion and its investors include KKR, Softbank, Summit, Invoke Capital, and Samsung.

For more information, please visit www.darktrace.com. Or contact Andrew Finkelstein andrew.finkelstein@darktrace.com


Zscaler - Silver Sponsor

Zscaler builds and operates the world's largest 100% cloud-delivered security platform, helping leading organizations transform securely to the cloud. 

Not long ago, you couldn’t find many “cloud-first” organizations — those that primarily use cloud applications and infrastructure and rely on the Internet as their default transport network. But today, according to IDG, 70 percent of organizations have at least one application in the cloud — or at least some of their computing infrastructure — and the other 30 percent are moving quickly in that direction. They’re thriving on the improved speed, agility, productivity, and cost containment enabled by the cloud. And since 2008, Zscaler has provided the security architecture, built 100% in the cloud, needed to secure their IT transformation journeys. For more information, please visit www.zscaler.com/.

For more information contact:  Jamie MacDonald jmacdonald@zscaler.com or Rob Klouda rklouda@zscaler.com


Alert Logic - Bronze Sponsor

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. 

Visit: www.alertlogic.com, or contact Bill Whidden Territory Manager, bwhidden@alertlogic.com

Security Innovation - Bronze Sponsor

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 contact Colleen Rudisill at cmrudisill@securityinnovation.com or visit:  https://www.securityinnovation.com/



Zix Corporation - Bronze Sponsor

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 www.zixcorp.com or contact Andrew Verderame, Regional Sales Manager (averderame@zixcorp.com) with any questions.

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