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General Session Agenda
Westin South Coast Plaza

Times are rounded approximates and subject to change. Times in PT.


8:30 AM | Nth Generation


Dwayne Gilliam | EVP Sales


8:45 AM | Nth Generation

Latest IT & Cyber Trends & Technology Solutions at Nth Symposium 2022

Dan Molina | Co-President, Chief Technology Officer

IT and Cybersecurity professionals and executives are facing a “perfect storm” that has been forming for several years.  Considering long-lasting supply-chain constraints, major inflation, global unrest leading to increased cyber threats, a truly distributed workforce that has further stretched the attack surface, hybrid clouds, modern application development, and the ever-expanding number of workloads and applications, how can we help our organizations stay resilient and agile?


This session will share some of the latest statistics and survey results on these challenging trends, as well as an overview of the technologies and solutions represented at this year’s Nth Symposium which can help get you define a strong roadmap to resilience for your organization.


9:10 AM | Intel

Investing for Sustainability and Supply Chain Stability

Tim Wood | Director, US Mid-Market

See where Intel is investing to ensure supply chain stability through bold investments, while taking aggressive goals to lead in corporate responsibility.  This keynote will also share how Intel is investing in new manufacturing plants to increase the overall chip manufacturing in the USA.


9:25 AM | Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Raising the bar with GreenLake: The Open and Secure Edge to Cloud Experience You Always Wanted

Mac Avancena Jr. | VP, GreenLake Worldwide Solutions

Robert Christiansen | VP, Office of the CTO

From edge to cloud, IT systems are more diversified and complex.  Every department wants solutions faster, to only pay for what they use, and at a higher SLA.   The bar seems to keep rising.  Come join Robert Christiansen, VP in the Office of the CTO at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, dive deep into HPE GreenLake and the unique opportunity every IT leader has to raise the bar. Robert will then be joined on stage with Mac Avancena, former Kern County CIO turned HPE Worldwide Solutions Vice President. Learn from a practical lens, how HPE GreenLake helped Mac as CIO, “raise the bar” to accelerate business transformation and impact outcomes. 


9:50 AM | Veeam

Resilience of Data: Your Roadmap to More 

Rick Vanover | Sr Director, Product Strategy 

In uncertain times, one thing is certain: criticality for data resiliency to run your organization. In this session you’ll gain expert tips from Veeam’s Rick Vanover on enhancing your resiliency. From backup modernization and why it's critical to keeping your data resilient to the various levels you need, cloud technologies and how they can help you keep the resilience you need, and finally ransomware protection to complete the resilience strategy.


10:10 AM | Nth Generation

Staying Resilient in a Hybrid IT World

Jim Russ | VP, Enterprise Technology

Hybrid IT can mean different things to different people.  The pandemic and work-from-home model created a whole new paradigm shift in how IT does business.  Which of your workloads are better suited to run in Public Cloud and which ones may be best to keep on-premises?  How can I maintain the performance that I need while decreasing my overall infrastructure management overhead?  What about security and resilience in a Hybrid model? What can Hybrid IT do for me?  This session will cover the value and flexibility from Edge to the Cloud of what Hybrid IT brings to the table. Through real world examples and practical experiences, you will get a better understanding of why Hybrid IT is the wave of the future.


10:45 AM | Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Nth vCISOs

Expert Advice from US Government and Senior Cybersecurity Practitioners

Jeromie Jackson | Director Security & Analytics
Joseph Smith | Sr Information Security Consultant
Cameron Matthews | Sr Security Consultant

Joseph Oregón | Chief of Cybersecurity for CISA (Region 9)
Todd Munoz | FBI Special Agent


Back by popular demand! Don’t miss this annual expert cybersecurity panel. Hear complementing perspectives straight from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and from senior security practitioners/vCISO’s. This panel will discuss some of the most up-to-date critical cybersecurity topics, such as:

• Who are some of the most targeted companies or sectors by cyber criminals?

• As global unrest continues to unfold, what are some of the top cyber threats coming from foreign nation states that US organizations (both Public and Private) should be aware of?

• Is it still a best practice to NOT pay the ransom? Are there exceptions?

• Why is cybercrime so prevalent globally and increasingly harder to stop?


11:15 AM | Nth Generation

Cyber Insurance, Purple Teaming and Ransomware Readiness

Jeromie Jackson | Director Security & Analytics

Todd Cope | IT Security Engineer

Incidents continue to rise. Insurance carriers are denying coverages at an alarming rate. Organizations are seeking to detect, mitigate, and recover from events more effectively. We will discuss the top actions organizations are taking to acquire cyber insurance, improve their ability to thwart attacks, and tune their countermeasures. 

This session will also include an interview with one of Nth’s cybersecurity engineers on specific tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) used by some of the most destructive ransomware malware; and how through Nth’s Ransomware Readiness AssessmentSM, IT & Cybersecurity teams can gain invaluable insights to better tune their existing cyber technology investments to more effectively fight ransomware attacks.


11:30 AM | Arctic Wolf

Key Security Trends: Learning from the past to prepare for the future

Christopher Fielder | Field CTO

Cybersecurity is unpredictable, but that does not mean we can’t prepare for the future may hold. Arctic Wolf conducted research to identify key security trends from a range of enterprises. This session will review some key findings and how we can use this data to help us plan for the future. 


11:45 AM | Fortinet

A new approach to Cybersecurity

Pete Lujan | Director of Systems Engineering

The Fortinet Security Fabric brings together the concepts of convergence and consolidation to provide comprehensive cybersecurity protection for all users, devices, and applications and across all network edges.
Cybersecurity Mesh Architecture (CSMA) is an architectural approach that promotes interoperability between distinct security products to achieve a more consolidated security posture. The Fortinet Security Fabric reduces operational complexity while ensuring compliance, emphasizes interoperability as well as analytics, intelligence, centralized management, and automation, and integrates with a broad ecosystem of technologies and vendors.


12:00 PM | Darktrace

How AI Can Think Like an Attacker

Brianna Leddy | Director of Analysis

In the face of skyrocketing cyber risk, detecting and responding to attacks is no longer enough. Organizations must take proactive steps to prevent threats before they happen, and to recover if compromised. In this session, Darktrace unveil an ambitious new approach to security, with core engines powering AI technologies to prevent, detect, respond, and ultimately heal from attacks. Together, these engines combine to strengthen organizations’ security posture in a virtuous AI feedback ‘loop,’ which provides powerful end-to-end, bespoke, and self-learning solutions unique to each organization.

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