Conference Keynote: Sean McGurk, Director for Physical Security for Amazon Web Services


We are excited to announce our second keynote for this year’s conference. Former Director, DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) and current Director for Physical Security for Amazon Web Services Global Data Center Operations, Sean McGurk.

Prior to joining Amazon Mr. McGurk was the Global Managing Principal for Verizon with extensive experience in Industrial Control System (ICS) Cybersecurity, Critical Infrastructure and Key Resource Sector Protection (CIKR) and National Security Operations Center management. He has over 36 years of experience in advanced systems operation and information systems security. Mr. McGurk served over 28 years in the United States Navy. For several years he worked as an arms control inspector for the Department of Defense where he conducted numerous inspections throughout the Soviet Union and subsequent Commonwealth of Independent States in accordance with the Intermediate Nuclear Forces (INF), the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and the Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaties. Since leaving the Navy, Mr. McGurk has managed many significant system development and IT security programs in the private sector supporting the Department of Defense and the Intelligence Community.

Welcoming Gold Sponsor: Darktrace

We are pleased to announce that security software company Darktrace will be a gold sponsor for this year’s conference.

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 2,400 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.

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Welcoming Silver Sponsor: Carbon Black

We are pleased to announce that security software company Carbon Black will be a silver sponsor for this year’s conference.

Carbon Black is the leading provider of a next-generation endpoint-security platform designed to enable organizations to stop the most attacks, see every threat, close security gaps, and evolve their defenses. The Cb Endpoint Security Platform helps organizations of all sizes replace legacy antivirus technology, lock down systems, and arm incident response teams with advanced tools to proactively hunt down threats. Today, Carbon Black has approximately 3,000 worldwide customers, including 30 of the Fortune 100 and protects more than 9 million global endpoints.

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First Round of Speakers Announced

We are very pleased to announce the speakers selected from the first round of submissions. We are excited to bring a wealth of topics from industry experts from all over North America. Topics include: incident response, user awareness programs, development of security policies, Internet of things, extending advisory services to internal audit, and much more. Click to see our first round speakers and their topics.