ElevateIT: Houston Technology Summit 2020

NRG Center
October 14, 2020
1 NRG Park Houston, TX 77054

Disruptive Innovation in Technology

Join us for the 2nd Annual ElevateIT: Houston Technology Summit and learn why South Texas has long been a hot bed for innovation and disruption. Fueled by the oil and gas, medical, and manufacturing industries, Houston has become home to a vast numbers of IT & Security firms, who have successfully transformed the landscape into a Technology Mecca. As other states are seeing a mass business exodus, Houston's technology sector has continued to expand. We know that with ever changing markets and technologies, it is imperative that organizations can adapt with speed and skill. There must be a shift in IT strategies to ensure that the right steps are taken to power the global digital transformation. The ElevateIT: Houston Technology Summit is designed with your goals in mind, and we are excited to connect you with local experts and resources to assist with your IT & Security needs. Join us for a full day of Peer-to-Peer Networking, Educational Presentations, and 50+ vendors to evaluate. Be sure to attend to be eligible for Vendor Giveaways, Door Prizes and a $2500 Pre-Paid Visa Grand Prize.


Keynote Speaker Christopher Ward
CISSP, C | CISO, InfreGard Houston Board of Directors






Christopher Ward
CISSP, C | CISO
InfraGard Houston
Board of Directors
Christopher Ward is on the Board of Directors for the FBI InfraGard Houston Chapter and Deputy Chief of the FBI InfraGard Legal Special Interest Group.

Chris is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (C|CISO) combining a Master’s Degree in cryptography with decades of experience with leading-edge information security systems as well as secure IT infrastructure design, analysis and implementation.

He started his security career as a teenager doing top secret development for the Department of Defense and has led security efforts at a number of three letter agencies as well as Fortune 500 companies like Texas Instruments, MGM Mirage, Bank of America, Advance PCS, BG Group, Marathon and HP.

Chris founded and was the past president of the Houston Chapter of the (ISC)2 security professionals group for many years. He is a frequent speaker for the FBI InfraGard and recipient of several national and regional awards for information security thought leadership.

Title: Looking to the Future of Information Security with 2020 Vision

Tech Theater I | 8am - 9am







THE ElevateIT
ADVANTAGE


ElevateIT inspires and empowers idea creation through a disruptive transformational culture by attracting the finest speakers and vendors imparting solid strategies able to quickly be implemented within Enterprises and Start-Ups alike.

We strive to bring together the ever-changing multi-facets of the Technology Industry in a fun, safe and informative atmosphere and feel fortunate to have good friends, good partners and a priceless reputation with our industry community. See what we mean for yourself by watching our summit videos.



View our most recent 2019 Houston Event below to see whats in store for 2020!

Gold Sponsors



Code42 is the leader in data loss protection. Native to the cloud, the Code42 Next-Gen Data Loss Protection solution rapidly detects insider threats, helps satisfy regulatory compliance requirements and speeds incident response – all without lengthy deployments, complex policy management or blocking user productivity. Because the solution collects and indexes every version of every file, it offe .... rs total visibility and recovery of data – wherever it lives and moves. Security, IT and compliance professionals can protect endpoint and cloud data from loss, leak and theft while maintaining an open and collaborative culture for employees. Backed by security best practices and control requirements, Code42 Next-Gen Data Loss Protection preserves files for compliance and can be configured for GDPR, HIPAA, PCI and other regulatory frameworks.
Protecting corporate networks, cloud and virtualized environments, IoT and industrial control systems, Darktrace autonomously detects and fights back against emerging cyber-threats across the enterprise.
Unitrends increases uptime, productivity and confidence in a world in which IT professionals must do more with less. Unitrends leverages high-availability hardware and software engineering, cloud economics, enterprise power with consumer-grade design, and customer-obsessed support to natively provide all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity. The result is a “one throat to choke” set of offe .... rings that allow our customers to focus on their business rather than backup.



Breakfast Sessions
7:30 am - 8:00 am VIP Room Breakfast Included




The Dallas/Fort Worth Technology Prayer Breakfast was created to connect the Technology Leaders in North Texas to the convictions and passions they share with so many others here in the Metroplex. It’s also a time that we can share our faith with coworkers by inviting them to come and enjoy a great breakfast and the speaker we have handpicked for this day. We are a volunteer-led organization, an .... d will be at the ElevateIT: Houston Technology Summit to share our message over breakfast with the attendees of the event.


Lunch & Learn Sponsors



Lastline’s Network Detection and Response platform detects and contains sophisticated threats before they disrupt your business, on premises and in the cloud. We offer the industry’s most accurate detection of threats entering and operating within your network, unmatched visibility across the complete attack chain and automated remediation.


Breakout Presentation Sponsors



Through the industry-leading Concierge Security™ Team, Arctic Wolf provides the 24x7 managed cybersecurity protection IT-constrained companies need to keep their valuable business data safe. Personal, predictable protection – it’s the Arctic Wolf difference.
Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives.
Barracuda’s first spam and virus firewall product became the world's most widely-deployed solution for on-premises email security. Today, we continue to offer easy, comprehensive and affordable solutions for email protection, data protection and network and application security. More than 150,000 global customers put their trust in Barracuda to help safeguard their employees, data and applicatio .... ns.
AI-based security is a powerful force multiplier. BlackBerry Cylance focuses the power of artificial intelligence on autonomous security decision making that is designed to stay ahead of attackers—years ahead. Our native AI solutions deliver the threat prevention, detection, and response capabilities security teams need to maximize their own expertise with better insight —and in turn drive bet .... ter informed strategic security decisions.
DataCore software gives IT departments the essential ingredients for digital transformation: dramatic performance improvements, highly available data, and maximum efficiency.
Datrium is on a mission to simplify the multi-cloud data lifecycle. Our platform provides you with unprecedented speed, agility and efficiency by converging the data lifecycle across on-prem and hyperscalar clouds in a single, secure platform.
ExaGrid provides intelligent hyperconverged storage for backup, a unique Landing Zone, and scale-out architecture. ExaGrid’s landing zone provides for the fastest backups, restores, and instant VM recoveries. Its scale-out architecture includes full appliances in a scale-out system and ensures a fixed-length backup window as data grows, eliminating expensive forklift upgrades.
Extreme Networks builds software-driven solutions from the enterprise edge to the cloud that are agile, adaptive, and secure to enable digital transformation. Our services and support are rated #1 in the industry because we respond swiftly to ensure customer and partner success. We call this the Customer-Driven Networking(tm).
IronEdge is an IT services company that gives clients an EDGE by managing their technology experience. For complex, multi-site clients that value IT, we provide enterprise-class Managed Services, Professional Services and Business Intelligence and Automation Services.
Okta is the Identity Standard. The Okta Identity Cloud is an independent and neutral platform that securely connects the right people to the right technologies at the right time.
Zerto helps customers accelerate IT transformation by eliminating the risk and complexity of modernization and cloud adoption. By replacing multiple legacy solutions with a single IT Resilience Platform™, Zerto combines disaster recovery, backup and cloud mobility in a simple, converged platform.
Founded in the heart of San Francisco, Remediant leads with innovation, delivering enterprise-class cybersecurity solutions that enable real-time monitoring, zero trust protection of privileged accounts and Just-In-Time Administration (JITA) across IT/Security ecosystems. We protect organizations from stolen credentials being used to take their data, which is the #1 attack vector across all breach .... es. While the threat landscape continues to evolve significantly, the provider landscape has not. Remediant was created by Tim Keeler and Paul Lanzi in response to changing security needs. SecureONE was developed because available security solutions offered insufficient protection against the increasing threat of state-sponsored attacks. Because most data breaches involve a compromised privilege account at some point in the attack chain, Remediant understands the crucial role privilege access plays in security. Since 1996, every Privileged Access Management solution on the market has been built on top of the concept of a password vault. SecureONE is the first PAM solution to bring the ease of an agent-less and vault-less approach, while also delivering continuous detection of new privileged access across the enterprise. Based on a Zero-trust model, SecureONE ensures privileged access is precisely allocated and continuously inventoried by granting privileged access on a Just-In-Time, Just-Enough basis using two-factor authentication. Remediant strives to bring a new level of control and insight over the distribution, usage, and protection of privileged access in enterprise environments.


Event Agenda
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C-Suite Forum
Connected Communities - Transforming the Enterprise for the Evolution of Smart Cities, Counties, and Airports



Ken Piddington
CIO
US Silica Company

Moderator: Robin Austin
CTO
Collier Group

Mike Davis
CISO
alliantgroup

Happy Hour Reception Sponsors



Jazz Networks simplifies insider threat detection and breach prevention. The platform automates employee training the instant they make a mistake, applies policies while data is in motion to prevent data loss, and provides the fastest threat hunting and forensic capabilities for investigations.


Conference Exhibitors


Advisory Board




Diego Souza
Diego Souza
Managing Director - Cyber Security
United Airlines
Ernie Neumann
Ernie Neumann
VP of IT & Infrastructure Operations
Six Foot, LLC
Hector Paredes
Hector Paredes
CIO
YAS Partners Corporation
James Watson
James Watson
CIO
Total Safety US, Inc
Jeff Roberts
Jeff Roberts
Executive Managing Director, IT
JLL Capital Markets
Jim O'Brien
Jim O'Brien
US Business Unit Cyber Security Officer
CGI
Jerich Beason
Jerich Beason
Global Director, Information Security Strategy & Governance
AECOM
Leticia Huerta
Leticia Huerta
Cybersecurity and Integrated Risk Management
ENGIE North America Inc
Mahendra Nambiar
Mahendra Nambiar
CIO
Johnson Law Group
Mark Lynd
Mark Lynd
Top 10 Global AI & Cybersecurity Professional
Relevant Track
Mike Till
Mike Till
CTO
Treverity
Michael S. Oberlaender
Michael S. Oberlaender
Global Security Thought Leader & CISO
Company Strictly Confidential
Ross A. Leo
Ross A. Leo
CISO
ObserveSmart Invisalert Solutions, Inc
Reid Wisa
Reid Wisa
Enterprise Security Lead
GE Oil & Gas
Robert Harris
Robert Harris
Director of Information and Technology
Driven Inc
Sada Krishnan
Sada Krishnan
AVP of IT
Situs
Robin Austin
Robin Austin
CTO
Colliers Group
Sindhu Menon
Sindhu Menon
CIO
City of College Station
Stephen Webster
Stephen Webster
MRE Consulting
CTO
Worth Davis
Worth Davis
EVP/Chief Technology Officer
Computex
Xiaoying Hu
Xiaoying Hu
CISO
City of College Station

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