Executive Alliance’s Security Leaders Summit New York Fall was held on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The heat on the streets mirrored the glowing hot issues of the current state of the industry. From recent breaches to best practice success stories, the day was packed with exclusive insights from the top minds in security today. The Summit Hosts and Speakers, representing companies across a diversity of industries and sizes, offered the latest take-aways about the challenges facing C-Level executives and gave their predictions about where the future of security will be going. To all our amazing attendees and sponsors that made the New York Fall Summit a success, Thank You!

Why executives attended New York Fall 2017:
“Get security perspectives from outside my firm.”
“Networking with peers and of course hear the latest on security from the speakers and vendors.”
Tony Butcher, Vice President, and Bernadette Gleason, VP, Business Information Security Officer,

Fortune 50 Financial Institution 

“Learn industry relevant issues and meet companies on the cutting edge of security technology and approaches.
Learn more about data security and insider threats.”
Ozlem Coskun, AVP - Office of the CIO, Personal Risk Services, The Chubb Corporation
“Look up and around about advances in security tools and chance to discuss key issues with peers.”
Christine Whalley, Director, Global Security - Information Security, Pfizer
“The group is more intimate and there is no sales pressure so participants aren't avoiding the sponsors.
Ironically because there is no sales pressure participants are more willing to speak with the sponsors.”
Tyrone Paige, General Manager IT - Enterprise Infrastructure Architecture, IT Security, JetBlue Airways

Pre-Summit Host Dinner

The Host Dinner was held the evening before the Summit, on 9/25 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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Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Security Leaders Summit New York Fall opened up with networking and breakfast in the Sponsor Pavilion and Welcome Remarks by Mary Lou Heastings, CEO of Executive Alliance.

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Turbulent Times

Richard Warner, TV and Radio personality, delved into the unprecedented amount of risks and threats facing the information security community. Richard provided powerful insights into what is happening and why - and what can be done to protect infrastructures in the future.

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The Expanding Footprint of Executive Responsibilities

Keith Donnelly, VP, Global Head of Risk & Compliance at Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. discussed the new responsibilities he is taking on as information security executives roles continue to expand and the impact to organizations like his own. Keith discussed his focus on moving more mature tasks to line operations, allowing his team to focus on more strategic challenges such as predictive analysis.

Cloudy with a Chance of Visibility, Accountability and Security

In this presentation David Pogemiller VP of Strategy at ForcePoint, Platinum Sponsor, spoke on understanding user intent and the ways organizations can delve deeper into their intent in order to mitigate future incidents.

Morning 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.

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Top of Mind – The Equifax Breach

A series of questions conducted in a live polling format had some very revealing answers about the attitudes and lessons learned from the Equifax Breach. Driven by attendee participation, this session gave genuine insight into perceptions about the expected fallout and next steps.

Transformation’s Impact on CIOs and CISOs

Jason Georgi, Director of Zscaler's Value management Office, Zscaler, Gold Sponsor spoke about how transformation is forcing an evolution of the IT C-suite.  The demands of digital business and IT transformation are forcing IT leaders to evolve in order to stay relevant and Jason conveyed the mindset and focus needed to shift to enablement, growth and risk.

Navigating the Threat Landscape – The Knowns and Unknowns

Joel Rosenblatt, Director of Network and Computer Security, Columbia University, spoke during the interview session on some of the innovative strategies he has deployed, and 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.”

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

Chantelle LaPorte, Cybersecurity Executive at Darktrace, Silver Sponsor, spoke on how new machine learning and mathematics are automating advanced cyber defense.  Chantelle presented facts on how increased network visibility allows the detection of threats through smart prioritization and visualization.


Lunch and Networking

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




Why Audit Teams are Turning Towards Collaborative Solutions Combining Data Segregation and a Forensic Chain of Custody

In this presentation, Julia Mason, North America Cybersecurity Business Director at Cryptobox by Ercom , Silver Sponsor, spoke on the scalable advanced methods of collaboration, sharing and synchronization, and data encryption on devices and during data transfers…all geared towards a higher level of security.


Trends, Impacts and Drivers – Interactive Discussions

This interactive polling session brought to light many of the latest trends, the drivers behind these trends and expected impact to organizations. Attendees engaged in lively debates, with conflicting schools of thought.



Executive Roundtables

For the closing Summit session, attendees had the opportunity to break out into lively peer-to-peer roundtable discussions on a variety of timely topics.  The roundtables were facilitated by Tyrone Paige, General Manager IT, Enterprise Infrastructure Architecture, IT Security at JetBlue Airways, Brian Carini, IT Risk & Information Security at American Express Company, Bernadette Gleason, Vice President, Business Information Security Officer at Fortune 50 Financial Institution, Phyllis Bouldin-Ingram, Chief Security Officer at Informa Investment Solutions, Inc., Christine Whalley, Director, Global Security, Information Security at Pfizer Inc., and Ozlem Coskun, Office of the CIO – Personal Risk Services, Chubb Insurance.



Afternoon Reception

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

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New York Fall 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  www.forcepoint.com or contact Ken Kreitzer, ken.kreitzer@forcepoint.com

Zscaler - Gold 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:  Mike DeGaetano, mdegaetano@zscaler.com

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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 Chantelle LaPorte, chantelle.laporte@darktrace.com


Cryptobox by Ercom - Silver Sponsor

Ercom has been developing its leadership in the communications, data and security industry for 30 years. Cryptobox from Ercom provides businesses and organizations with sharing and collaboration solutions to secure internal and external exchanges, using end-to-end encryption. 

Cryptobox allows customers to get the advantages of cloud-based (on-premise or public cloud) data storage without any risk to their security or privacy. Our collaborative work platform ensures that sensitive data stay under the exclusive control of its rightful owner, protecting it against interception, theft and unauthorized access. Only the CryptoBox end-user can access his/her files and decide who, when and from which devices the files can be accessible; the IT department or the cloud owner cannot access the information. Typical users are finance, legal, audit, HR, boards… teams. 

Cryptobox is natively compatible with blockchain for forensic chain of custody; End-to-end secure instant messaging is also available. The “restricted” certification by ANSSI is pending along with the EAL 3+ certification.

For more information, please visit www.cryptobox.com  or contact sebastien.baret@ercomusa.com


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.


Visit: www.alertlogic.com, or contact Ben Masino, bmasino@alertlogic.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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