Viewing Cybersecurity with a New Lens


November 10, 2021

Viewing Cybersecurity with a New Lens:
From Cutting Edge Prevention to Next Level Detection and Response

Cyber criminals not only remain a step ahead… They are widening the gap. Today's global enterprise has to contend with a persistent adversary and an exponentially growing and complex risk landscape.  Building a resilient cybersecurity strategy includes more focus than ever before. You have to put yourself in the shoes of the bad actors to truly see your vulnerabilities in a new way.



Bruce Hembree Palo Alto Networks + Cortex
Bruce Hembree

Field CTO

Palo Alto Networks + Cortex

Cortex Speaker

Field CTO for Cortex - one of the three divisions of Palo Alto Networks and the division responsible for machine learning, automation, endpoint defense, and now incident response. Bruce bridges Cortex to the security community, defense, law enforcement, development, partner and customer executives worldwide. Bruce also leads internal research projects for compelling data points in the information security world and frequently finds himself presenting to the public on current critical security topics in simple terms that encourage even lay people to become security-conscious.

Peter Dentico Omnicom Media Group
Peter Dentico


Omnicom Media Group

Cortex Speaker

Passionate and innovative Information Security leader. Continuous learner and pragmatic strategist, always seeking to balance security with practicality and business process.

Alyssa Miller S&P Global Ratings
Alyssa Miller


S&P Global Ratings

Cortex Speaker

A life-long hacker and highly experienced security executive, Alyssa Miller has a passion for security which she advocates to fellow business leaders and industry audiences both as a high-level cyber security professional and through her presence in the security community. She blends a unique mix of technical expertise and executive experience to bridge the gap that can often form between security practitioners and business leaders. Her goal is to change the way we look at the security of our interconnected way of life and focus attention on defending privacy and cultivating trust.

Alyssa has always had a driving curiosity to understand how technology works and how existing technologies can be hacked to function in new ways. At the young age of 12, Alyssa got her start by taking a job as a paper carrier to save up enough money to buy her first computer. From the time she brought that computer home from Best Buy, she has taught herself new skills and pushed the capabilities of digital technologies.

A native of Milwaukee, Alyssa began her IT career as a programmer for a Wisconsin based provider of financial software and services. Her passion for security quickly shaped her career as she moved into a leadership role within the ethical hacking team, conducting penetration testing and application assessments along with her team.

Later, Alyssa would expand her view of the security industry by moving into consulting. With her programming background, Alyssa was able to focus her efforts on Application Security. Her continued role as a leader in multiple consulting organizations allowed her to work with high level business leaders to address security at a strategic level.

Today, Alyssa directs the security strategy for S&P Global Ratings as Business Information Security Officer (BISO), connecting corporate security objectives to business initiatives. Additionally, she shares her message about evolving the way people think about and approach security, privacy and trust through speaking engagements at various conferences and other events. When not engaged in security research and advocacy, she is also an accomplished soccer referee, guitarist and photographer.

Jeffrey Vinson Harris Health System
Jeffrey Vinson


Harris Health System

Cortex Speaker

Jeffrey M. Vinson, Sr. is the Senior Vice President and Chief Cyber and Information Security Officer (CISO) at Harris Health System.  He is a globally recognized security executive , a retired military officer and a former technical director at NSA (National Security Agency).  He has been involved with information security for over 25 years and has the rare distinction of having expert experience in the military, federal government, financial services and healthcare industries.  He has held positions such as Vice President, Technical Director, and other senior level security management roles.  Jeffrey has led penetration testing exercises while working at NSA (National Security Agency) as a technical director and has created security operations teams and GRC teams for financial services and healthcare organizations. He provides expert security advice and guidance to small and large companies and is a highly sought-after speaker at security conferences throughout the country. Jeff is a member of C|CISO exam writing and events committee for EC-Council and was one of their first C|CISO summit speakers for their inaugural global CISO Executive Summit. He is listed as one of the top influencers in Information Security for Healthcare and most recently was listed as one of the top 100 global CISO’s. Jeffrey earned his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology from Elizabeth City State University and holds numerous internationally recognized security certifications.

VJ Viswanathan TORQE
VJ Viswanathan



Cortex Speaker

VJ Viswanathan is a veteran global technology executive recognized and awarded for technology innovation, capability transformation and inclusive leadership. Most recently, VJ is the founding partner at CYFORIX, a global cybersecurity research, advisory & strategy firm delivering solutions to public and private sectors. He serves as the CEO at TORQE, a specialized due diligence, advisory and technology services firm delivering value through analytics and automation. VJ is also the co-host of ELEVATEINTEL, a podcast series at the nexus of technology, social and defense.

With over 25 years of Enterprise technology, Cyber Security, Privacy, Compliance and Risk Management experience, VJ has a detailed track record of designing, implementing and leading highly successful programs, products & services at multinational brands spanning CPG, Telecom, Media, Supply-chain & Finance segments.
As a strategic thought leader, VJ has delivered the first of its kind "Supply Chain Security" & “Omni-channel Risk management” frameworks. As a published author and featured keynote speaker at global industry events, he approaches disruptive digital paradigms with innovation, creativity and active collaboration with his key industry peers, national & international law enforcement and defense groups.

VJ is an active advisor, investor at select incubators & accelerators groups. As a strategic advisor to VC & PE firms, he specializes in developing market analysis, competitive product road map and guides in opportunity mapping. As a Board member and subject matter advisor to CEOs and Corporate directors, VJ evaluates and audits cyber security program for veracity and operational effectiveness.

VJ is passionate about animal rights and giving back to the technology & security industry. He has created a rescue & foster care group for large breed dogs. He is actively engaged with academic institutions and purpose driven professional groups like ‘Minorities in Cyber security’, where he serves as the Board member and chair of mentorship programs to develop the next generation talent through coaching and facilitating scholarships for cyber security education.

Octavia Howell Equifax
Octavia Howell



Cortex Speaker

Recognized as one of the 2022 Top 20 Women in Canada, Octavia Howell has spent her career protecting some of the world’s largest financial institutions from cyber attacks. Today, she serves as Equifax Canada’s Chief Information Security Officer and is the Founder and CEO of Augustus Redefined, an organization focused on the advise ent of Black Women in Cyber. Octavia believes a security leader should mentor, motivate trust, and lead their teams to act with integrity and transparency. She often says, “A team is only as strong as their leaders and each leader casts a shadow that they will be held accountable for.” Octavia is motivated by the belief that we are placed on this earth to help each other achieve greatness (whatever that may be).

Jason Koehn State of Kansas Department of Human Services & Aging/Disabilities
Jason Koehn


State of Kansas Department of Human Services & Aging/Disabilities

Cortex Speaker

As the Chief Information Officer (CIO) Human Services, Department for Children and Families (DCF) and Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), Jason provides vision and leadership for the development and implementation of information technology initiatives within the agencies including the four State Hospitals. Jason is responsible for the planning and execution of information technology goals and initiatives that support the long-term objectives, mission and vision of DCF and KDADS.

Cheri Glass Baptist Healthcare Systems
Cheri Glass

Vice President Employee Experience

Baptist Healthcare Systems

Cortex Speaker

Cheri Glass, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is vice president of Employee Experience for Baptist Health a full-spectrum health system, which employs more than 23,000 people in Kentucky and surrounding states. Previously, Glass served as vice president of Human Resources for Baptist Health Medical Group, which encompasses the system’s employed providers; Baptist Health Home Care; and Baptist Health Community Care, the system’s value based care arm. Glass has more than 25 years of HR leadership and experience in Louisville, most recently as vice president of Talent Acquisition, Human Resources & Benefits for Signature Healthcare. She also has served as assistant vice president of Employee Benefits for BB&T Insurance Services; as the market practice leader, chief human resources and administrative officer for Fetter Printing Company; and as director of human resources for AAA of Kentucky. Glass holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration/personnel administration and industrial relations from the University of Louisville. She and her husband have been married for 36 years have two children and are currently planning for the marriage of their daughter. Living in Kentucky Cheri and her husband Doug also breed and race thoroughbred horses.

Deepak Chebbi AmerisourceBergen
Deepak Chebbi

Director of Solution Architecture


Cortex Speaker

As Director Business Applications IT (Fortune 10 drug wholesale company with annual revenues of $18) he has established the business technology strategy and provided architectural oversight and solution delivery for approximately $200+ million multi-phase transformation projects with a resulting IRR of approximately 50+% across Supply Chain Management, Finance and Accounting, Customer Management, Human Resources, Marketing, and Business Intelligence and Data Analytics Business Capabilities.

Paul Calatayud Palo Alto Networks + Cortex
Paul Calatayud

Chief Security Officer (Americas)

Palo Alto Networks + Cortex

Cortex Speaker

Paul Calatayud serves as America’s Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks. Prior to his role with Palo Alto Networks, Paul was Chief Technology Officer for FireMon, leading business development, corporate development, and product strategy. Paul is a two-time CISO and lead security strategy for a fortune 5 healthcare company providing cyber technology strategy for over 300K employees. Paul has held progressive roles in information security at the Department of Defense, Medtronic, Comcast, BAE Systems, Best Buy, and Vesta. Paul is also an advisor to half a dozen cyber companies, VC, and private equity firms. Paul holds multiple certifications including: CISSP, CISA, CISM, and GCIH. Paul holds a B.S. in Information Technology, MBA, Masters in Cryptography, and a PhD in Leadership (in progress).

Gavin Grounds Verizon
Gavin Grounds

Executive Director, Information Risk Management and Cybersecurity Strategy


Cortex Speaker

Global leader in cyber security, Risk Quantification, information risk management & compliance, with proven track record of business leadership and transformation in cyber security, information risk management and compliance, security operations, developing and executing business-aligned strategies, and of driving a security business P&L and growth agenda of hundreds of millions of dollars annually. CEng - Chartered Engineer CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional FBCS - Fellow, BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) CITP - Chartered Information Technology Professional - Fellow MIoD - Member of the Institute of Directors Specialties: Enterprise Business & Technology Strategy Development and Alignment; Cloud, Infrastructure, Network, IoT & NextGen Security, Risk & Compliance; Outsourcing; Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures; International development.

Tony Parrillo Schneider Electric
Tony Parrillo

VP Enterprise IT Global Head of Security

Schneider Electric

Cortex Speaker

Experienced and passionate cybersecurity leader. Responsible for all facets of cyber security to Schneider Electric's enterprise IT, encompassing approximately 140,000 employees in 100 countries, including 220 factories, 35 distribution centers, and 1,200 sites

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11:30 AM-12:15 PM
Fireside Chat

Filling the Talent Void

Information Security is a white-hot field. Over the last decade, it has gone from after-thought, to scapegoat, to critical enterprise success factor. As a result, the need for capable and qualified Information Security specialists, whether front-line Analysts, mid-level Managers, or top level CISOs is at an all-time high. However, the availability of personnel with the necessary skills is sinking to an all-time low. There simply is not enough expertise to go around. In this environment, senior Information Security leaders must express creativity in their pursuit of the people, performance, and passion necessary to address this capability shortfall.

12:20 PM-12:35 PM

Entertainment Introduction

12:40 PM-1:30 PM
Keynote Panel

AI and ML: Using Emerging Technologies to Reinforce Security Defense Efforts

The improvements in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are a double edged sword. It has the capability to improve upon security decision making and incident pattern recognition while also enabling hackers to create malware. Thus it is critical for CISOs to adopt these technologies to stay ahead of advanced threats and improve the recognition of exploits and weaknesses within their networks.

1:35 PM-2:05 PM


2:10 PM-3:00 PM
Keynote Panel

The Greatest Fears ... Human or Technology?

The biggest fear is not the technology, it is the potential of human error that could expose your organization to a cyberattack. The majority of CISOs agree that an employee carelessly falling victim to a phishing scam is the most likely cause of a security breach. Most also agree that they will not be able to reduce the level of employee disregard for information security. How do we guard against human error without limiting employee efficiency and productivity?

3:05 PM-3:50 PM
Fireside Chat

Being Effective.... Securely

In the post pandemic era, remote employment is the new status quo. Employers are forced to implement and improve the digital workplace by providing productivity tools and accessibility to company resources. In this session, we will share case studies of successful digital workplace implementations, including how to deal with the inherent security risks of expanded accessibility to company resources. In this session you will learn from real working examples the keys to implementing a successful digital workplace including how to evaluate the potential ROI from the different security strategies available.

3:50 PM-4:00 PM

Closing Remarks

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