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    Texas Technology Summit

    Strategically Accelerating our Businesses through IT and Security

    March 19th, 2024
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The 15th Annual Texas Technology Summit will be held on Tuesday, March 19th, 2024 at the Norris Conference Center - Houston/CityCentre (816 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 210, Houston, TX 77024) from 8am-4pm.

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 Texas interested in Networking, Researching/Learning, Career Advancement, and Purchasing. Attend the Texas 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

Mark Combs
Director of Security and Facilities
Harris County Clerk

Marc Crudgington
MBA, Founder, CEO, vCISO
CyberFore Systems

Randy Frazier
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County

Karen Fuller
Director of Technology Innovation

Sebastian T. Gass
Chief Technology Officer
Quantum Energy Partners

Jessica Getz
AXIA Partners

Brooke Grammier
Principal, CIO

Bruce High
Former CIO & Executive Director of ITC
Harris Country ITC

Gene Janiszewski
Paradigm Group, Inc.

Mark Lennon
Chief Information Officer & Vice President

Carolyn Lightfoot
CIO Information Technology Division
Lee College

Robert Lindemann
Education Service Center, Region 6

Rodney Lisembee
Chief Technology Officer
The John Cooper School

David Mosley
Vice President Information Technology
Waukesha-Pearce Industries

Michael Oberlaender
Board Member ISACA Greater Houston Chapter

Luis Oliveira
Vice President of Applications Development
Howard Hughes Holdings Inc.

Hellmut Ometzberger
Senior Director Information Technology
MRC Global

Mike Prochaska
VP of IT
Allied Group

Alexander Rosca
Director of IT

Mark Sakowitz
Sr. IT Project Manager
City of Houston

Dee Singh
VP of IT
Cimarron Energy, Inc.

Boyan Vukicevich
Senior Director Information Technology
The Shaw Group

Mike Wangsmo
Director of Operations
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Kathy Welch
Alvarez & Marsal

Jason Williams
Executive Director Global Infrastructure & Operations
JB Poindexter & Co

Troy Williams
Director, ISD Business Solutions
Memorial Hermann Health Systems


We would like to thank our all of our sponsors for being a part of this year's Texas 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.

Diamond Sponsors


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.

Gold Sponsors


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

Lunch & Learn Sponsors


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.

Happy Hour & Beverage Sponsors


Element Critical owns and operates data centers in Northern Virginia, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Houston, and Austin. Our Tier III, hybrid IT-ready facilities are network-rich and concurrently maintainable. Element Critical cares as much about the people we serve as the servers we house. Our local teams offer robust colocation with highly customizable deployment space in a variety of deployment sizes and densities. We offer a data center experience that brings solutions engineering and customer service out of the shadows and into the spotlight.


ScienceLogic is a leader in IT Operations Management, providing modern IT operations with actionable insights to predict and resolve problems faster in a digital, ephemeral world. Its IT infrastructure monitoring and AIOps solution sees everything across cloud and distributed architectures, contextualizes data through relationship mapping, and acts on this insight through integration and automation.

Silver Sponsors


Accedian is the leader in performance analytics, cybersecurity threat detection, and end user experience solutions, dedicated to providing our customers with the ability to assure and secure their digital infrastructure, while helping them to unlock the full productivity of their users. We are committed to empowering our customers with the ability to see far and wide across their IT and network infrastructure and a microscopic ability to dive deep and understand the experience and security of every user, helping them to delight and protect their own customers each and every time. Accedian has been delivering solutions to high profile customers globally for over 15 years.


Infoblox is the leader in cloud-first networking and cybersecurity services. Its solutions empower organizations to take full advantage of the cloud to deliver network experiences that are inherently simple, scalable and reliable for everyone, while maximizing existing infrastructure investments. Infoblox customers are among the largest enterprises in the world and include 70% of the Fortune 500.


InNet partners with customers to design, deploy, and support a full suite of advanced technology solutions focusing upon enterprise and mid-market IT organizations and assisting in regards to networks, information security, business continuity, storage, cloud migration, virtualization and performance monitoring. As one of the most trusted solution providers in the Central and Eastern USA, InNet brings many years of valuable experience from a myriad of customer perspectives working with leading enterprise and corporate customers to deliver technology that meets business objectives.


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


Arctic Wolf® is a global leader in security operations, delivering the first cloud-native security operations platform to end cyber risk. Powered by threat telemetry spanning endpoint, network, and cloud sources, the Arctic Wolf® Security Operations Cloud ingests and analyzes more than 1.9 trillion security events a week across the globe, enabling critical outcomes for most security use cases and optimizing customers’ disparate security solutions.


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.


nonPareil (nP) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, dedicated to providing technical and work-readiness training to post-high school adults who have autism spectrum disorder. Over the past 12 years, nonPareil has grown to currently serve over 225 adults with autism at four training sites. Those training and working at nonPareil have built market competitive products, while also gaining the work-readiness skills to become more independent, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community. As nonPareil expands to new cities across the nation, our program continues to evolve as well, always engaging market demands and seeking to meet the needs of those we serve.

2024 Texas Technology Summit Agenda

Tuesday, March 19th 2024

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Main Stage

Treat your Data like it's Currency

Dale "Dr. Z" Zabriskie CISSP CCSK, Field CISO - Cohesity
Sponsored by: Cohesity
Presentation Giveaway: Yeti Hopper Flip Soft Cooler

10:00 - 11:00 AM

Tech Theater I

Houston Employment Market and 7 Tips to a Successful Interview

James Del Monte CPC CERS, President - JDA Professional Services

10:00 - 11:00 PM

VIP Theater

CISO Roundtable Discussion: How to Prepare your Organization for the Future

**For IT Executives with VIP Badges**
Michael Oberlaender, CISO & Board Member - ISACA Greater Houston Chapter

11:00 - 12:00 PM

Main Stage

Keynote Address: Ransomware Readiness – Don’t Assume You Can Recover. Know You Can.

Adam Marget, Product Marketing Manager - Unitrends
Sponsored by: Unitrends
Presentation Giveaway: $250 Amazon Gift Card

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Main Stage

The Purpose of Endpoint Security: Stopping cyber threats or making you feel good? (Lunch Included)

Chad Maskill, Cyber Hero - ThreatLocker
Sponsored by: ThreatLocker

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Tech Theater I

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

Mark Sokol, Vice President - CyberFOX
Sponsored by: CyberFOX

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Main Stage

How AI Can Think Like an Attacker

Connor Scheffler, Cyber Security Specialist - Darktrace
Sponsored by: Darktrace

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Tech Theater I

Cybersecurity Operational Approach vs Tools-Based Approach

Jim Johnson, Director, Systems Engineering - Arctic Wolf
Sponsored by: Arctic Wolf

1:00 - 2:00 PM

VIP Theater

CIO Roundtable Discussion: Leadership Strategies Moving Forward

**For IT Executives with VIP Badges**
Moderator: Lindsay Rash, CGCIO - Harris County Appraisal District

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Main Stage

Panel Discussion: Current Cybersecurity Issues, Risks, and Opportunities

Moderated By: Harvey Nusz, Data Protection & Privacy Architect - Capgemini
Panelists: David Sledge, Director Of Information Technology - APQC | Ricky Allen, Field CISO - CyberOne Security | Chris Nicolaou, CISO - Cloudspace USA

2:00 - 3:00 PM

Tech Theater I

PowerSourcing: Putting Autism to Work®

Tonya Spell, Director Of Business Development - nonPareil
John Aboud, CIO - nonPareil

3:00 - 3:30 PM

Exhibit Hall

Networking / Tour Exhibits / Happy Hour / Vendor Giveaways

3:30 - 4:30 PM

Main Stage

Panel Discussion: Key Trends in Data Strategy & Data Privacy

Moderated By: Harvey Nusz, Data Protection & Privacy Architect - Capgemini
Panelists: Al Lindseth, Principal - CI5O Advisory Services | Clif Triplett, Executive Director Cybersecurity & Risk Management - Kearney | Brian Engle, CISO - Apollo Information Systems | Sarit Williams, Manager - 360 Adept

4:30 PM

Main Stage

Vacation Giveaway & Conference Wrap-Up



Supporting Sponsors