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The 4th Annual Florida Technology Summit was 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.
Founder & CEO
Jün Cyber

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

Surendra Reddy Challapalli
Vice President - Technology

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
Information System Security Manager
Invictus International Consulting

Rick Rampersad
Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Marcus Session
VP, Information Technology Services
Hillsborough County Aviation Authority

Andy Swenson
Delbridge Group

Rex Tolman
CISO - VP Enterprise Security
Kforce Inc.

Krizi Trivisani
Former CISO
American Red Cross

Melissa Wykle
Executive Digital Transformation Center
Integris Group

Lisa Young
Senior GRC Metrics Engineer
Netflix and ISC2 Board Member


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.

Beverage Sponsor


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.

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.


"Simply put, our vision is to build a more helpful Google for everyone, no matter who you are, where you live, or what you’re hoping to accomplish.” Pixel for Business. Empowering businesses to reimagine work. With its advanced security features, long-term software support, and seamless collaboration capabilities, Pixel for Business can help your business stay productive and secure.


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.


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


Cloudflare, Inc. is on a mission to help build a better Internet. Cloudflare’s suite of products protect and accelerate any Internet application online without adding hardware, installing software, or changing a line of code. Internet properties powered by Cloudflare have all web traffic routed through its intelligent global network, which gets smarter with every request.



Darktrace (DARK.L), a global leader in cyber security artificial intelligence, delivers complete AI-powered solutions in its mission to free the world of cyber disruption. Breakthrough innovations from the Darktrace Cyber AI Research Centre in Cambridge, UK and its R&D centre in The Hague, The Netherlands have resulted in over 145 patent applications filed and significant research published to contribute to the cyber security community. Darktrace’s technology continuously learns and updates its knowledge of 'you' for an organization and applies that understanding to achieve an optimal state of cyber security. It is delivering the first ever Cyber AI Loop, fuelling a continuous end-to-end security capability that can autonomously prevent, detect, and respond to novel, in-progress threats in real time. Darktrace employs over 2,200 people around the world and protects c.8,800 organizations globally from advanced cyber-threats. It was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘Most Influential Companies’ in 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.


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.


Mainline is an IT solution provider serving clients across the United States and across industries. With a national team of 400+ resources, we act as an independent advisor to find the best solution for your business needs and strategy. 30+ Years of experience; 1000+ customers, 280+ IT professionals. Partnerships with best of breed solution providers. Accredited by the International Enterprise Architecture Institute (iEAi). Awards from top technology companies including IBM, Dell Technologies, NetApp, Infinidat, Red Hat, and Broadcom, and industry accolades including CRN Tech Elite 250, CRN MSP 500 Elite 150, Florida Trends Best Company, CIO Review Top Company, and more. Recipient of the State of Florida Governor’s Business Ambassador Award for creating jobs and providing opportunities for Florida families..


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.


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.


SUSE is a global leader in innovative, reliable, secure enterprise-grade open source solutions, relied upon by more than 60% of the Fortune 500 to power their mission-critical workloads. We specialize in Business-critical Linux, Enterprise Container Management and Edge solutions, and collaborate with partners and communities to empower our customers to innovate everywhere – from the data center, to the cloud, to the edge and beyond. SUSE puts the “open” back in open source, giving customers the agility to tackle innovation challenges today and the freedom to evolve their strategy and solutions tomorrow.

Florida Technology Summit Agenda

Wednesday, November 15th 2023

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Tech Theater I

Closing the Cyber AI Loop: Darktrace HEAL

Ryan Schuler, Senior Cyber Technology Specialist - Darktrace
Sponsored by: Darktrace

9:00 - 10:00 AM

Tech Theater II

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: Wonderbooms Portable Bluetooth Speaker

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Main Stage

LIVE Hack: How to Protect Yourself Against Cyberattacks

Craig Stevenson, Director - ThreatLocker
Sponsored by: ThreatLocker

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Tech Theater I

Cyber Resiliency and the Data Problem: Cutting Down the Noise While Solving the Resource-Poor, Data-Rich Challenge

Brian Magner, VP, Security Strategy - Deepwatch

Joshua Ohana, Senior Security Advisor - Splunk
Sponsored by: Deepwatch & Splunk

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Tech Theater II

11:00 - 11:30 AM

Exhibit Hall

Networking / Tour Exhibits

11:30 - 12:30 PM

Main Stage

Best of Both Worlds: Privileged Access Management (Lunch Included)

Mark Sokol, Vice President - CyberFOX
Sponsored by: CyberFOX

Presentation Giveaway: $250 Gift Card

11:30 - 12:30 PM

Tech Theater I

SASE is the Future...and the Future is Now! (Lunch Included)

Christopher Rudolph, Product Marketing Manager - Cato Networks
Sponsored by: Cato Networks

11:30 - 12:30 PM

Tech Theater II

Future Proofing AI Systems with Data Governance (Lunch Included)

Sam Parker, Senior Engineer Manager - OneTrust
Sponsored by: OneTrust

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Main Stage

Manage Your Unmanaged Cloud with Xpanse and Prisma Cloud

Andrew Cassera, Architect - Prisma Cloud

Alyssa Ramella, Technical Engineer - Cortex
Sponsored by: Palo Alto Networks

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Tech Theater I

12:30 - 1:30 PM

Tech Theater II

CISO Forum: Today's Risks, and Ways to Solve Them

Wilson Bautista, Founder & CEO - Jun Cyber

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Main Stage

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Tech Theater I

AI in Action! Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Next Generation Wireless

Rich Korb, Mist Systems Engineer Director - East
Sponsored by: Juniper Networks

Presentation Giveaway: Heaven Hill Bottled in Bond 7 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon

1:30 - 2:30 PM

Tech Theater II

Securing Your Digital Enterprise

Tony MacDonald, Security Executive - SUSE
Noe Ortega, Engineer - SUSE
Matthew Likes, Security Architect - Mainline Information Systems
Sponsored by: SUSE & Mainline Information Systems

2:30 - 3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Networking / Tour Exhibits

2:50 - 3:00 PM

Exhibit Hall

Vendor Giveaways

3:00 - 4:00 PM

Main Stage

Panel Discussion: Success Stories Shared

Sridhar Kocharlakota, IT Director - Energy Insurance Mutual
Surendra Reddy Challapalli, VP of Technology - Citi
Russell Haupert, CIO/CTO, Director of Technology & Innovation - City of Tampa
Charles Payne, CISO/CTO - Neptune Media
Rick Rampersad, CIO - Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

4:00 PM

Main Stage

Vacation Giveaway & Conference Wrap-Up



Supporting Sponsors