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The 4th Annual Florida Technology Summit will be held on November 15th, 2023 at the Tampa Marriott Water Street (505 Water Street, Tampa, Florida, 33602) from 8am-4pm.

The theme for this year's event is “Strategically Accelerating our Businesses through IT and Security." This B-B event is targeted for the Technology and Security community.  Attendees consist of IT/IS Executives and Direct reports across all verticals within the state of Florida interested in Networking, Researching/Learning, Career Advancement, and Purchasing. Attend the Florida Technology Summit to get the right tools and make vital connections to best prepare your company for the broad spectrum of ever-changing technology trends.

Governing Body Members

Glen Armes
Old Republic International Corporation

Wilson Bautista Jr.

Keyvan Bohlooli
SVP, Chief Digital & Innovation Officer
Berkshire Hathaway Energy Montana, LLC

Dennis Devlin
Consumer Security Advocate
Gryphon Online Safety, Inc.

James J.J. Farrell
Senior Director of IT and Security Audit
Blue Cross Blue Shield

Rick Granzow
Rock Solid Consulting

Chris Hall
Owner and Principal Consultant
MH3 Consulting, LLC

Russell Haupert
CIO/CTO, Director of Technology & Innovation
City of Tampa

Renata Kobylinkski
VP, IT Infrastructure and Support Services
Generali Global Assistance

Sridhar Kocharlakota
IT Director
Energy Insurance Mutual

Ramin Kouzehkanani
Executive Team Member and Chief Information & Innovation Officer
Hillsborough County Government

Joe Kwo
USF Graduate Mentor
University of South Florida

Ray Moore
Cybersecurity Program Manager
United States Special Operations Command

Charles Payne
Neptune Media

Chris Ramos
VP, Information Security
Publix Employees Federal Credit Union

Marcus Session
VP, Information Technology Services
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Andy Swenson
Delbridge Group

Krizi Trivisani
Former CISO
American Red Cross

Melissa Wykle
Executive Digital Transformation Center
Integris Group

Lisa Young
Senior Metrics Engineer and Board Member
Netflix and (ISC)2


We would like to thank our all of our sponsors for being a part of this year's Florida Technology Summit. From being a sponsor, you will be recognized for the education and mission your company contributes to our tradeshow, panels, and sessions. Many of our sponsors have been a part of our annual summit for many years and we are proud to support them. See below for a list of our present and past sponsors.

Gold Sponsors


Palo Alto Networks is the world’s cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we’re committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It’s what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice. For more information, visit www.paloaltonetworks.com.


ThreatLocker® is a global cybersecurity leader, providing enterprise-level cybersecurity tools to improve the security of servers and endpoints. ThreatLocker’s combined Application Whitelisting, Ringfencing™, Storage Control and Privileged Access Management solutions are leading the cybersecurity market towards a more secure approach of blocking unknown application vulnerabilities. To learn more about ThreatLocker visit: www.threatlocker.com


Unitrends Unified BCDR enables our customers with a platform to address the challenges of today with a complete and agile solution designed to backup, secure, and recover all workloads. The platform encompasses protection for traditional data center infrastructure as well as cloud-based workloads, SaaS data, and the data being generated on endpoint devices such as laptops and remote PCs. Purposeful integrations with security tools provide end-to-end protection against cybercrime and human error, inject automation and artificial intelligence to simplify complex systems and provide a unified experience with visibility across a complete backup infrastructure.

Lunch and Learn Sponsors


Cato provides the world’s most robust single-vendor SASE platform, converging Cato SD-WAN and a complete cloud-native security service edge, Cato SSE 360, including Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA), Secure Web Gateway (SWG), Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB), Data Loss Prevention (DLP), and Firewall as a Service (FWaaS) into a global cloud service. Cato. Ready for Whatever’s Next.


CyberFOX is a global cybersecurity solutions provider focused on identity access management (IAM) for IT professionals. Our two flagship products – Password Boss for password management and AutoElevate for privilege access management – supply two critical elements of a comprehensive IAM security strategy. This ability to monitor, manage and mitigate risks by controlling user access to critical information ensures organizations can tighten security defenses for themselves and their end-users. Built for the unique needs of today’s IT professionals, CyberFOX solutions simplify and improve the end-user experience by providing affordable, practicable security. To learn more about how CyberFOX helps protect businesses in more than 175 countries, visit www.cyberfox.com.


As society redefines risk and opportunity, OneTrust empowers tomorrow’s leaders to succeed through trust and impact with the Trust Intelligence Platform. The market-defining Trust Intelligence Platform from OneTrust connects privacy, GRC, ethics, and ESG teams, data, and processes, so all companies can collaborate seamlessly and put trust at the center of their operations and culture by unlocking their value and potential to thrive by doing what’s good for people and the planet.

Happy Hour Sponsor


Sophos and Data Integrity Services proudly partner to deliver superior cybersecurity outcomes by protecting companies of all sizes from the most advanced cyberthreats. We use industry leading solutions like, managed detection and response (MDR), firewall, email, endpoint, cloud protection and synchronized security. Data Integrity is proud to have received the Sophos North American Partner of the Year award four times, highlighting their steadfast devotion to delivering unrivalled service and innovative solutions.

Silver Sponsors


Blink is the first security hyperautomation copilot, backed by the largest library of pre-built workflows. With generative-AI in Blink, now anyone can generate an automated workflow to handle repetitive tasks or enforce security policies – simply by typing a prompt.


Nasuni® is a file services platform built for the cloud, powered by the world’s only global file system, UniFS®. Nasuni consolidates Network Attached Storage (NAS) and file server silos in cloud storage, delivering infinite scale, built-in backup, global file sharing, and local file server performance, all at half the cost of traditional file infrastructures.


Since 2011, Zadara’s Cloud Platform (ZCP) simplifies operational complexity through automated end-to-end infrastructure provisioning of compute, storage and network resources. Backed by an industry-best NPS rating of 71, Zadara Edge Cloud users are supported by Zadara’s team of battle-tested cloud experts and backed by our 100% SLA guarantee. With solutions available on-premises and through cloud and colocation providers, Zadara’s turnkey hardware/software, combined with its pay-only-for-what-you-use model, helps companies gain agility without sacrificing the features and functionality that enterprise IT teams demand. Zadara operates worldwide, including clouds in hundreds of data centers at public- and private-cloud partners, with an expert team that provides follow-the-sun services and support and is the official cloud supplier of Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN in the Formula One world championship. Zadara is headquartered in Irvine, California with locations in Cirencester (UK), Tokyo, Tel Aviv, Yokneam (Israel), Bangalore and Brazil.

Presentation Sponsors


Cohesity radically simplifies data management. Easily protect, manage, and derive value from data -- across the data center, edge, and cloud. Utilize a suite of services, consolidated on one multicloud data platform, and eliminate mass data fragmentation. Cohesity can be delivered as a service, self-managed, or provided by a Cohesity-powered partner.


Darktrace (DARK:L), a global leader in cyber security AI, delivers world-class technology that protects over 5,000 customers worldwide from advanced threats, including ransomware and cloud and SaaS attacks. The company’s fundamentally different approach applies Self-Learning AI to enable machines to understand the business in order to autonomously defend it. Headquartered in Cambridge, UK, the company has 1,500 employees and over 30 offices worldwide. Darktrace was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘Most Influential Companies’ for 2021.


Deepwatch is securing the digital economy by tenaciously protecting enterprise networks - everywhere, everyday. Our team, many of the most technically astute minds in cybersecurity, serves an impressive list of Fortune 500/Global 2000 companies. Deepwatch’s cloud security platform backed by exceptional engineers, developers and security experts is changing the modern SOC.


Imperium Data is an award-winning provider of IT solutions, talent, and engineering services for businesses, governments, and education. We offer our clients Pre-Sales Engineering, Post-Sales Support, IT Staff Augmentation, and Lifetime Warranties on Network Hardware and as-a-Service offerings that help organizations extend their lifecycle of their IT equipment.


Juniper Networks challenges the inherent complexity that comes with networking in the multicloud era. We do this with products, solutions and services that transform the way people connect, work and live. We simplify the process of transitioning to a secure and automated multicloud environment to enable secure, scalable, AI-driven networks that connect the world.


Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security. The Netskope Intelligent Security Service Edge (SSE) platform secures people, devices, and data anywhere they go.


NIX is a global software development company that delivers services to leading brands from different business verticals. Since 1994, we have created software solutions that boost companies, transforming business capabilities into tangible advantages and measurable values and efficiently addressing present-day business challenges across technologies, data, and processes. Our main differentiating factor is a holistic, detail-oriented approach to product creation, which has evolved into a precise and reliable mechanism over the years of experience. It focuses primarily on achieving clients' strategic goals and contributing to their business growth and prosperity rather than simply performing tasks. In each particular case, we identify the most suitable solution and select the most appropriate technology stacks and approaches to cover the client's needs and requirements.


Scale Computing integrates storage, servers, and virtualization software into an all-in-one appliance based system that is scalable, self-healing and as easy to manage as a single server. The result is a data center solution that reduces operational complexity, allows a faster response to business issues, and dramatically reduces costs.


Splunk helps make organizations more resilient. Leading organizations use our unified security and observability platform to keep their digital systems secure and reliable. Organizations trust Splunk to prevent security, infrastructure, and application issues from becoming major incidents, absorb shocks from digital disruptions and accelerate digital transformation.


TPx (tpx.com) is the premier national managed services provider, offering Unified Communications, Managed IT and security, managed connectivity and more nationwide – all with guaranteed performance.


Veeam® is the leader in backup solutions that deliver Cloud Data Management™. Veeam Availability Platform™ is the most complete backup solution for helping customers on the journey to achieving success in the 5 Stages of Cloud Data Management. Veeam has 355,000+ customers worldwide, including 82% of the Fortune 500 and 67% of the Global 2,000, with customer satisfaction scores at 3.5x the industry 9 average, the highest in the industry. Veeam’s global ecosystem includes 66,000 channel partners; Cisco, HPE, NetApp and Lenovo as exclusive resellers; and 22,500+ cloud and service providers. Headquartered in Baar, Switzerland, Veeam has offices in more than 30 countries.

Florida Technology Summit Agenda

Wednesday, November 15th 2023

Unitrends Unified BCDR: Why Backup Alone is No Longer Enough

Adam Marget, Product Marketing Manager - Unitrends
Sponsored by: Unitrends

Get Your Weekends Back with Scale Computing

Tom Roeder, Senior Systems Engineer - Scale Computing
Sponsored by: Scale Computing

CIO Forum: Leadership Strategies Moving Forward

Larry Blakely, VP/Director of IT
Ramin Kouzehkanani, Executive Team Member and Chief Information & Innovation Officer - Hillsborough County Government

Networking / Tour Exhibits

Zero Trust at the Endpoint: Fighting Ransomware (Lunch Included)

Danny Jenkins, CEO and Co-Founder - ThreatLocker
Sponsored by: ThreatLocker

Cybersecurity is Only as Strong as Its Weakest Link (Lunch Included)

David Hagen, Security Sales Overlay - TPx
Sponsored by: TPx
Presentation Giveaway: $100 Amazon eGift Card

CISO Forum: How to Prepare your Organization for the Future (Lunch Included)

Charles Payne, Cybersecurity Executive, Professor & Speaker - KPMG

Create a Great Wireless End-User Experience with AI-driven WiFi and Bluetooth

Dan LaMay, System Engineer - Mist Systems
Keri Roberts, Regional Sales Manager, Florida - Mist Systems
Sponsored by: Juniper Networks
Presentation Giveaway: Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled in Bond Bourbon

How AI Can Think Like an Attacker

Matthew Bailey, Account Executive - Darktrace
Sponsored by: Darktrace

Securely Leveraging AI for Business Growth: The Role of Security Service Edge (SSE)

Michael Ferguson, Global Director for Security Transformation - Netskope
Sponsored by: Netskope
Presentation Giveaway: Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Prepare for Reliable Ransomware Recovery

Joseph Tucker, Senior Systems Engineer - Veeam
Sponsored by: Veeam
Presentation Giveaway: $100 Amazon Gift Card

Building a Stronger Privilege Access Management (PAM) Practice

Bill Morgan, Senior Sales Engineer - CyberFOX
Sponsored by: CyberFOX

Networking / Tour Exhibits

Vendor Giveaways

Panel Discussion: Attracting, Retaining & Inspiring the Workforce

Angie Rothen, CEO/President - CybrDynamix
Larry Blakely, VP/Director of IT
Sridhar Kocharlakota, IT Director - Energy Insurance Mutual

Vacation Giveaway & Conference Wrap-Up



Supporting Sponsors