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Sanjay Poonen

CEO and President, Cohesity

Sanjay Poonen

CEO and President, Cohesity

As CEO and President, Sanjay Poonen leads Cohesity in its mission to radically simplify how organizations secure and manage their data. Sanjay is a proven business executive with over 25 years of experience in scaling multi-billion dollar businesses and building strong teams. Most recently, Sanjay was COO at VMware, where he oversaw sales, marketing, services and alliances, doubling VMware from approximately $6B to $12B in revenue. Poonen played a vital role in architecting multiple successful cloud partnerships, including AWS, Microsoft, Google, and Oracle. He also led the company’s security and end-user computing businesses, including the acquisition of AirWatch and Carbon Black. Prior to VMware, Poonen served as President of SAP where he led SAP's Applications, Industries and Platform teams, serving in engineering and sales roles that helped double SAP from approximately $10B to $20B in revenue. He began his career as a software engineer at Microsoft and Apple. Sanjay has an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he graduated a Baker Scholar which designates his position in the top 5% of his graduating class, a master’s degree in management science and engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor's degree in computer science, math and engineering from Dartmouth College, where he graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Sanjay holds two patents. Poonen serves on the Supervisory Board of Philips, and Board of Snyk.

Kevin Mandia

CEO Mandiant, Cohesity Security Advisory Council

Kevin Mandia

CEO Mandiant, Cohesity Security Advisory Council

Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Mandiant, Inc. Kevin also leads the Cohesity Security Advisory Council and sits on the Cohesity board of directors. One of the world’s foremost cybersecurity experts, Kevin is sought after by the U.S. government and Fortune 100 companies to lead the response when cybercriminals strike. He has testified in hearings before the U.S. House and Senate committees and has served as a member of the Cybersecurity Advisory Committee for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency since December 2021. Kevin began his cybersecurity career in the United States Air Force, serving as a computer security officer in the 7th Communications Group at the Pentagon and later as a special agent and cyber crime investigator in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. In the private sector, Kevin held senior positions in the security consulting divisions of Sytex, acquired by Lockheed Martin, and Foundstone, acquired by McAfee. Kevin holds a B.S. in computer science from Lafayette College and a M.S. in forensic science from The George Washington University. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner/President Management Program.

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Lee Klarich

Chief Product Officer, Palo Alto Networks

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Lee Klarich

Chief Product Officer, Palo Alto Networks

Since early product inception in 2006, Lee Klarich has served as the head of product management at Palo Alto Networks, overseeing the product strategy and roadmap and playing a key role in delivering our Next-Generation Security Platform. In August 2017, he became chief product officer with responsibility for both engineering and product management for the company.

Prior to Palo Alto Networks, he was the director of product management for Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for firewall/VPN platforms and software. He joined Juniper Networks through the NetScreen Technologies acquisition, where he managed the same product line. Previously, he held various positions at Excite@Home and Packard Bell-NEC. He holds a bachelor's degree in engineering from Cornell University

Kelly Bissel

Kelly Bissell

Corporate Vice President of Security Services, Microsoft

Kelly Bissel
Kelly Bissell

Corporate Vice President of Security Services, Microsoft

Kelly Bissell leads Microsoft’s Services group globally. He has more than 28 years of Cybersecurity.

Kelly has been working hundreds of clients for 30+ years to help them be compliant and secure. At Microsoft, the goal is to work with clients and Security Engineering to transform the cyber security market to make the world safer and more secure. Doing so will drive more product adoption and enhance the Microsoft brand. Work with clients, regulators, and law enforcement to reduce cyber-crime.

Before Microsoft, Kelly led Accenture Security, before that, he built and led Deloitte Cyber Risk Services and held various leadership positions with Arthur Andersen, AT&T, and others. Kelly has held the role of CIO and CTO of two different companies and CISO for a global bank.

Kelly is involved in several industry and technology groups recently authoring various articles and by-lines in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Executive, USA Today, and many others.

Currently, Kelly is working with national security for several counties in the Five Eyes and NATO. Kelly is tightly aligned with several cyber and law enforcement agencies around the world. He is working to secure the nations of Ukraine, Albania, and a few others.

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Kristie Cummings

Senior Director of IT Infrastructure, NRG Energy

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Kristie Cummings

Senior Director of IT Infrastructure, NRG Energy

Kristie Cummings is the Sr. Director of IT Infrastructure at NRG Energy, Inc., based at its headquarters in Houston, TX, covering Help Desk, End User Computing, and all Data Center Operations, including Servers, Storage, Network, Telecom, etc. She has been with the company for 20+ years, holding various positions within Infrastructure.

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Director, Healthcare Security, Amazon

Mike Higgins
Mike Higgins

Director, Healthcare Security, Amazon

Mike Higgins is a veteran security executive with more than 30 years of experience in corporate and Federal Government roles. Today, Mike serves as the lead for technology security and privacy for healthcare operations at Amazon. Previously, Mike has held global executive security positions at Haven (the Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase healthcare initiative), NBCUniversal, NYTimes, and LexisNexis. For more than a three decades, Mike has been a trusted executive security advisor inside and outside Global Fortune 1000 companies in Finance, Healthcare, Technology, and Media and Entertainment. For the last 25 years Mike has been an Adjunct Professor at the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia and the Masters’ Program for Information Security at Northeastern University. Mike holds dual certifications as a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) and a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) and has been awarded the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Director’s Medal and Federal Computer Week’s Federal 100 Awards. Mike received his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Masters’ from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California.

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Amol Kulkarni

Chief Product & Engineering Officer, CrowdStrike

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Amol Kulkarni

Chief Product & Engineering Officer, CrowdStrike

Amol Kulkarni leads CrowdStrike’s product and engineering, with responsibility for the definition and delivery of CrowdStrike’s product and platform vision and roadmap. With this vision as their foundation, Kulkarni and his global team develop and deliver cutting-edge and user-friendly products to protect customers and stay ahead of adversaries.

The long list of industry-leading innovations under Kulkarni spans the company’s highly rated Falcon Prevent next-gen AV, the integration of intelligence into CROWDSTRIKE FALCON® INTELLIGENCE, the CrowdStrike Store opening trusted third-party applications to customers, and Falcon Fusion, a foundational workflow platform.

Kulkarni’s dedication to building a culture based on bottom-up innovation and collaboration across geographical and organizational boundaries results in a true “one team” approach to cybersecurity. He also developed CrowdStrike’s Software Development Lifecycle to spur customer-focused innovations while ensuring adherence to long-term architecture and design parameters.

Kulkarni also serves as a member of the board of directors of build.security.

Mohit Aron

Founder and Chief Technology and Product Officer, Cohesity

Mohit Aron

Founder and Chief Technology and Product Officer, Cohesity

As Chief Technology and Product Officer, Mohit Aron leads the company’s R&D, support and services as well as the Office of the CTO. Mohit has over 20 years of experience in building scalable, high- performance distributed systems, and has been attributed as the father of hyperconvergence. Mohit founded Cohesity in 2013 and has grown the company into a leading provider of next-gen data management. He also co-founded Nutanix as the CTO, now a public company and leader in hyperconverged technology, in 2009. Prior to co-founding Nutanix, Mohit was at Google as a lead developer on the Google File System, the software that manages data on Google’s large scale clusters. Aron graduated with a Ph.D. in computer science from Rice University with a focus on distributed systems. He also holds a bachelor of science in computer science from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi India. In 2018, he received the “Outstanding Engineering Alumni Award” from Rice University and also received the Distinguished Alumni Award from IIT Delhi in 2019.

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Ray Komar

VP Technology & Cloud Alliances, Tenable

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Ray Komar

VP Technology & Cloud Alliances, Tenable

Ray is currently the Vice President of Cloud and Technology Alliances for Tenable, a public cyber security company focused on vulnerability and exposure management. He has spent the last 25 years in various leadership and executive positions at cyber security organizations driving consulting practices or strategic partnership teams globally. He started his career in cyber with Deloitte and has including stops at other global companies such as Internet Security Systems, McAfee, Symantec and CrowdStrike.

Ray graduated from SUNY Fredonia with a BS in Finance and then earned his MBA from UC Irvine with a focus on information systems. He resides in Huntington Beach California, along with his two teenage daughters and three legged tortoise named Lightning.

Patrick Coughlin

Patrick Coughlin

Vice President, GTM Strategy & Specialization, Splunk

Patrick Coughlin
Patrick Coughlin

Vice President, GTM Strategy & Specialization, Splunk

Patrick Coughlin is the Head of global Go-to-Market Strategy at Splunk. Patrick was the Co-founder and CEO of TruSTAR, a cyber intelligence management platform that was acquired by Splunk. Prior to TruSTAR, Patrick led cybersecurity and counterterrorism analyst teams for the US government and private sector clients in the US and EMEA.

Lynn Lucas

Lynn Lucas

Chief Marketing Officer, Cohesity

Lynn Lucas
Lynn Lucas

Chief Marketing Officer, Cohesity

As Chief Marketing Officer, Lynn leads the global marketing function driving customer experience and accelerating adoption of Cohesity’s solutions. Lynn brings 25 years of marketing experience for high technology B2B organizations. Prior to joining us, Lynn was CMO at Veritas where she led the new branding and successful repositioning as a multi-cloud data management company after separation from Symantec. Before Veritas, Lynn served as CMO at Good Technology where she led global marketing, culminating in a sale to Blackberry to establish their mobile security software platform. Prior to Veritas, Lynn was with Cisco Systems, where she served in various executive roles, most recently as Vice President, Global Collaboration Marketing leading marketing for the $5B collaboration business encompassing telepresence, unified communications and WebEx. Lynn holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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John Murphy

Senior Director of Information Technology, Conagra

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John Murphy

Senior Director of Information Technology, Conagra

John Murphy leads the IT Infrastructure and Operations teams for Conagra Brands. In this role he oversees IT infrastructure for both the data center, corporate headquarters and manufacturing operations leveraging a mix of on premise and cloud solutions. In his tenure at Conagra, he has led efforts that span both application and infrastructure transformations including transitioning to a managed services support model. In addition to leading the infrastructure services functions for Conagra he also oversees the Cloud COE ensuring Conagra is positioned to leverage public cloud.

John holds an MBA in Management Information Systems from Iowa State University and a BS in Management from the Wayne State College.

Theresa Miller

Director, Technical Advocacy Group, Cohesity

Theresa Miller is a Principal Technologist at Cohesity. She is an IT professional that has been working as a technical expert in IT for over 20 years and has her MBA. She is uniquely industry recognized as a Microsoft MVP, Citrix CTP, VMware vExpert. Her areas of expertise are in Cloud, Hybrid-cloud, Office 365, VMware and Citrix. She is also the founder of the community blog https://24x7itconnection.com.

Matt Waxman

Chief Solutions Officer, Cohesity

Matt is currently Chief Solutions Officer at Cohesity. Matt works with our top customers to help them achieve their strategic objectives around data management and data security. He has been deeply involved in product development for over 20 years, always working on the cutting edge of technology in a range of executive roles. At Cohesity, he was previously Head of Product, and in prior roles was Head of Product at Puppet and for the Data Protection Division at DellEMC. Matt holds over 20 patents and has degrees from Clark University and Northeastern University.

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Dale "Dr. Z" Zabriskie

Field CISO, Cohesity

Known for his ability to communicate both technically and conceptually in an authoritative yet entertaining style, Dale “Dr. Z” Zabriskie has consulted with IT professionals across the globe, advising on implementing effective cyber security strategies. He is a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and certified in Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK).

In his 20-year cybersecurity career, Dr. Z has advised major healthcare, public sector, finance, retail, entertainment, and manufacturing organizations in over fifty countries. He has also been a popular moderator and participant in numerous industry panels. His expertise is supported by career experience in information technology, regulatory compliance, research and development, marketing, and sales.

Chip Regan
Chip Regan

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer, Autonation

Chip Regan is the AutoNation Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).

AutoNation a Fortune 500© company with 26,000 Associates, over 300 locations across 18 states and is America’s largest and most recognized automotive retailer. Chip is responsible for the Information Security Program, including strategy, architecture, program management, operations, threat management, access management and training. Through his leadership, he is implementing a multi-year roadmap resulting in elevated levels of security and significantly reduced vulnerabilities to systems, applications, and customer data. Chip was most recently Vice President, CISO at JM Family Enterprises, the parent company of South East Toyota Distributors (SET).

Prior to JM Family, Chip was CISO at United Shore Financial Services, Global CyberSecurity Operations Manager at General Motors, and served in the United States Air Force where he commanded an Information Warfare unit and was the Chief of the Information Assurance division at Air Force Space Command. Chip is a retired Major with 23 years of service.

Chip has more than 35 years’ experience in Information Technology, with 22 years focused on leading Information Security teams.

Jeff Kaden
Jeff Kaden

Chief Information Security Office, Clearsense

Jeff Kaden MSIT, CISM, CISSP is the Chief Information Security Officer for Clearsense, healthcare data platform company based in Jacksonville, FL. He has been in healthcare technology for over 13 years. Additionally, Jeff is an Assistant Clinical Professor, Stony Brook Medicine where he developed and teaches the advanced healthcare analytics elective concentration.

Agenda

Leading the Next Era in Data Security and Management

Don’t miss CEO Sanjay Poonen’s keynote on strategically aligning data security and management. A panel of cybersecurity experts will join him to explore pressing ransomware challenges and solutions.

Organizations are under daily threats from hackers, cybercriminals, and nation-state actors intent on doing harm. Data must be properly secured, but businesses also must digitally transform. This new era requires a bold, new vision. In his keynote, Sanjay lays out this vision. It’s one where infrastructure has built-in, not bolted-on, security. Where ransomware protection and rapid recovery are a given. And where game-changing AI brings data and security together. You’ll hear from a panel of cybersecurity leaders from Palo Alto Networks, Crowdstrike, Splunk, and Tenable, and learn how Cohesity’s powerful partner coalition strengthens your data security and the core of your business itself.

Sanjay Poonen

Sanjay Poonen

CEO and President

Cohesity

Lee Klarich

Lee Klarich

Chief Product Officer

Palo Alto Networks

Ray Komar

Ray Komar

VP Technology & Cloud Alliances

Tenable

Patrick Coughlin

Patrick Coughlin

Vice President, GTM Strategy & Specialization

Splunk

Amol Kulkarni

Amol Kulkarni

Chief Product & Engineering Officer

CrowdStrike

Supercharging Your Cyber Resiliency

Be the first to hear about Cohesity’s new game changing vision, and major new data security announcements.

Join Mohit Aron, Cohesity’s Founder and Chief Technology & Product Officer, as he dives into the future of data security and management. He’ll dive into new innovations and make major new data security announcements that help you defend your data, detect anomalies with AI-powered forensics and threat scanning, and ultimately, recover your data in the event of an attack.

Mohit Aron

Mohit Aron

Founder and Chief Technology and Product Officer

Cohesity

Demo: Boost your Cyber Resilience: Before, During, and After an Attack

Watch Cohesity data security and data management solutions in action.

Watch Cohesity data security and data management solutions in action. This session will walk you through a demo of Cohesity’s data security, data isolation, and ransomware detection and recovery capabilities all managed through a single UI. Learn how to quickly secure and protect your data, detect anomalies and potential threats, and rapidly recover clean data with confidence when the inevitable attack occurs.

Theresa Miller

Theresa Miller

Director, Technical Advocacy Group

Cohesity

The Next Wave of Cyber Attacks: The Threat Landscape in 5 Years

Sanjay Poonen, CEO and President of Cohesity, sits down with cyber security expert, Kevin Mandia, CEO and Founder of Mandiant, to talk about how the threat landscape will look in the next 5 years.

There’s a ransomware attack every 11 seconds and statistics show that every organization, large or small, will likely be hit. But how will the threat landscape change and more importantly, how can we all get out ahead of the next big wave of attacks. Join industry luminary, Kevin Mandia, as he shares his vision for the future and what steps organizations can take to tackle threats head on.

Sanjay Poonen

Sanjay Poonen

CEO and President

Cohesity

Kevin Mandia

Kevin Mandia

CEO Mandiant, Cohesity Security Advisory Council

Mandiant

What’s Next: CISOs on the Front Lines

How are CISOs making cyber resilience a foundational part of their strategy? Hear how they’re fighting back and focusing on recovery and resilience.

CISOs are on the front line dealing with the onslaught and proliferation of ransomware attacks. How are they making cyber resilience a foundational part of their strategy? Join this panel to hear real-world examples about how CISOs are focusing their strategies on recovery and resilience, all centered around their data. You’ll gain insights from a select group of CISOs across multiple industries.

Matt Waxman

Matt Waxman

Chief Solutions Officer

Cohesity

Mike Higgins

Mike Higgins

Director, Healthcare Security

Amazon

Chip Regan

Chip Regan

Vice President, Chief Information Security Officer

Autonation

Jeff Kaden

Jeff Kaden

Chief Information Security Office

Clearsense

The Evolution of Cyber Attacks: Preparing for the Future

Sanjay Poonen, CEO and President of Cohesity, sits down with Kelly Bissell of Microsoft to talk about the future of ransomware attacks. What’s next and how can organizations (regardless of size) be prepared?

Join Sanjay Poonen, CEO and President of Cohesity, as he sits down with Kelly Bissell, Corporate VP of Microsoft Security Services, to talk about the future of ransomware attacks. How can organizations battle nation-state threats? What are best practices that can be put in place to recover from an attack? And what does the future of these attacks look like?

Sanjay Poonen

Sanjay Poonen

CEO and President

Cohesity

Kelly Bissell

Kelly Bissell

Chief Vice President of Microsoft Security Services

Microsoft

Spotlight on Security: A View from IT

How do today’s IT leaders balance the constant tension between transforming the business with data while keeping it safe? How do you build resiliency into your organization and IT culture? Gain practical advice from Fortune 500 IT leaders on lessons learned.

No organization today can stand still when it comes to using data to power their business. Today ITs is being called on to empower the business with data, all while keeping it safe and out of the wrong hands. Hear Kristie Cummings, Senior Director of IT at NRG Energy and John Murphy, Senior Director of IT at ConAgra in an engaging conversation on how they work to balance these demands.

Lynn Lucas

Lynn Lucas

Chief Marketing Officer

Cohesity

Kristie Cummings

Kristie Cummings

Senior Director of IT Infrastructure

NRG Energy

John Murphy

John Murphy

Senior Director of Information Technology

Conagra

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