The Executive Alliance “Security Leaders Summit Chicago” was held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Sheraton Grand. The gorgeous views and electricity of the city spilled over into the Summit, which was packed with great session content and highly engaging interaction throughout the day. The Summit Hosts, represented companies across a diversity of industries and sizes, and 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 Chicago Summit a success, Thank You!


What attendees are saying about Chicago 2017: 

“The caliber of security professionals here is fantastic and there has been some great networking so far.”
Daniel Blanco, Business Risk, Information Security and Compliance OfficerFIS 

“Insightful and down to the point!!! -The round tables allowed for more interaction with peers and discussions on interesting topics.”
Roberto Gutierrez, IT Audit ManagerTate & Lyle PLC

“Engaging presentations providing a good overview of the security issues facing organizations today.”
Jeff Tschiltsch, CIO, ComPsych

“Very informative to find out others are having similar issues and concerns. This was a very open & comfortable setting to share common concerns and strategies. Very informative and made great contacts.”
Frank Vassios, Director IT Operations & Support, Dart Container Corp.


Pre-Summit Host Dinner

The Host Dinner was held the evening before the Summit, on 5/10 for the Summit Hosts, Platinum and Gold Sponsors, and invited guests to enjoy getting to know each other in advance of the Summit.


Opening Remarks

The Security Leaders Summit Chicago 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 – The Global Threat Landscape

Keynote Jarrett Kolthoff, President, CEO and Founder of SpearTip, received outstanding attendee survey results on his insights into the Global Threat Landscape.  Jarrett set the stage with providing information on who’s behind the breaches and tactics being used, and wrapped up with use cases; the threats and how they were solved.   Attendees can gain access to Jarrett’s presentation by reaching out to him at

Navigating the Threat Landscape-The Knowns and Unknowns

In the interview session, “Navigating the Threat Landscape – The Knowns and Unknowns,” John Germain, VP, Infrastructure and Security Services at Xylem Inc., and Fawaz Rasheed, CISO and VP at Trustmark Corporation shared insights into their bank of technologies for the “knowns” and their future focus on more analysis behind behaviors, endpoints, and malware to better understand the “unknowns.”


Cloudy with a Chance of … Visibility, Accountability, Security.

Bob Hansmann, Director of Security Technologies at Forcepoint, Platinum Sponsor, spoke on understanding user intent and the need for better tools to reveal intent in his presentation on “Cloudy with a Chance of … Visibility, Accountability, Security.”  Attendees can gain access to Bob’s presentation by reaching out to him at

Break and Networking

Attendees had the chance to meet with their peers and Summit Sponsors during the morning networking break.


Engaging Employees- A Snapshot of the Future

Summit moderator Richard Warner presented guidance for engaging employees in cyber security, including a video that demonstrated how social engineering is used to get past even experienced and well trained employees.

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.


Lunch and Networking

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

Interactive Polling

After lunch, attendees engaged with Summit Moderator, Richard Warner, for an interactive polling session including questions on who CISOs think they should report to in the future (the CEO), insider threats being their highest concern, and their biggest challenge being keeping up with the threat 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.



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


Chicago 2017 Sponsors


Forcepoint - Platinum Sponsor

Forcepoint is transforming cybersecurity by focusing on what matters most: understanding people’s intent as they interact with critical data wherever it resides. Our uncompromising systems enable companies to empower employees with unobstructed access to confidential data while protecting intellectual property and simplifying compliance. Based in Austin, Texas, Forcepoint supports more than 20,000 organizations worldwide. For more information, please visit

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 or call (650) 485-4300. Follow Accellion’s Blog, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Additional Resources:
kiteworks Security Overview Whitepaper


AlertLogic - 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.

Zixcorp - 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 or contact Lindsey Thoreson, Regional Sales Manager (  More information is also available online at:

The Risks of Email and the rewards of Innovative Encryption

Microsoft 365 and Zix Email: A Natural Fit