The Executive Alliance “Security Leaders Summit Dallas” was held on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the InterContinental Hotel in Dallas Texas. The Dallas energy spilled over into the conference as the Summit was packed with great session content and highly engaging interaction from attendees 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.


What attendees are saying about Dallas 2017: 

“One of the best events in DFW. I am consistently able to increase my security and risk awareness.”
Robert Pace, Vice President Information Security & Compliance, First American Payment Systems
“I find the Security Leaders Summit, contacts and content very valuable.”
Glenn Schmidt, SVP, Business Support Executive, Bank of America
“A day well spent collaborating with experienced security thought leaders.
Joel Wolfe, Vice President, Information Services, J-W Energy Company

Pre-Summit Host Dinner

The Host Dinner was held the evening before the Summit, on 3/15 for the Summit Hosts, Platinum and Gold Sponsors, and invited guests to enjoy getting to know each other in advance of the Summit.

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Opening Remarks

The Security Leaders Summit Dallas 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 Dallas 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.

“Navigating the Threat Landscape-The Knowns and Unknowns"

Richard Dorough, CISO of Norwegian Cruise Line and Anil Varghese, CISO of Service King, provided insights into the innovative strategies they are employing,  what they believe are the industry’s most vulnerable areas in terms of the “known” threat landscape and the challenges they are still facing in terms of defending against the “unknowns.”


“Cloudy with a Chance of… Visibility, Accountability & Security.”

Ken Bell, Deputy CISO of Forcepoint, Platinum Sponsor, spoke on how the latest cloud security platforms and their solutions can improve visibility and information risk management, while enabling organizations to safely adopt those transformative technologies.

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.


“Resiliency in the Face of Emerging Threats”

Eric Fisch, SVP of Information Security and Steve French, VP of Information at Texas Capital Bank, discussed how they are building more effective strategies, increasing their ability to monitor global threats and trends, and their impact on infrastructure resiliency.

“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.


“Engaging Employees – A Snapshot of the Future.”

Richard Warner, Summit Moderator, provided insights into some of the most innovative ways companies are working with their employees on building awareness of cyber security threats.

“The Security Immune System”

Michael Melore, Cyber Security Architect for IBM, Gold Sponsor, discussed how organizations are building layered defenses that have the ability to dynamically protect, defend, and respond against threats and incidents at various control layers.



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

Executive Roundtables

Always highly rated by attendees, the breakout executive roundtables covered a variety of topics for the afternoon sessions. The roundtables were facilitated by Stan Foreman, Director of Enterprise Information Security, Architecture & Strategy at Marriott International, Cecil Pineda, Chief Information Security Officer at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Jim Desmond, Chief Security Officer at Elevate, David Stanowick, Chief Information Security Officer with Amedisys, Brenton McKinney, Vice President, Security at Medecision, Inc., Ashok Jayaramulu, Director, Security Monitoring Toolset with AIG, and Eric Yancy, Information Security Officer, GetThere at Sabre Corporation.

Dallas 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

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, please visit


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:, or contact Brian Howard ( or Derrick McBreairty (

Fidelis Security - Bronze Sponsor

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). To learn more about Fidelis Cybersecurity products and incident response services, visit

Contact Tamara Martin at: :  – 301-652-7190
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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 Michael St Martin at or visit:

Wombat Security Technologies - Bronze Sponsor

Wombat Security Technologies provides information security awareness and training software to help organizations teach their employees secure behavior. Their SaaS cyber-security education solution includes an integrated platform containing broad assessments, a library of simulated attacks and brief interactive training modules, to reduce employee susceptibility to attack, even phishing attacks, up to 90%.

Contact Us at:;
Or reach out to the regional account executive, Shea Garber,

Security Awareness and Training with proven results.  Read our Case Studies and Proofs of Concept.


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 or contact Darren Reinstein, Regional Sales Manager ( with any questions.

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