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Google's Brian Katz to keynote TechSec 2015

Google's Brian Katz to keynote TechSec 2015 TechSec 2015 educational program line up, speakers announced

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Safety in the cloud, the battle for decision-making with video surveillance and the affect of retail-focused security technology on other vertical markets are among the topics that will be examined and debated at TechSec 2015, the security industry's premier new and emerging technology conference.

TechSec organizers today announced the keynote speaker and the educational program line up for the conference, which will take place Feb. 3-4 at the Delray Beach Marriott.

Brian Katz, Global Investigations & Intelligence Manager for Google, will kick off the event as keynote speaker. In an address entitled “Security shouldn't be evil either: Building Google's secure culture,” Katz will discuss the challenges of securing the $17 billion global enterprise.

Katz leads a team that investigates and analyzes wide-ranging issues that affect the safety, security and integrity of each Googler's work environment as well as the company's buildings, information and operations worldwide. His team manages threats and supports the Google business through Google's 24/7 global security operations center.

Below is a list of educational sessions and speakers. Please visit for more information about these educational sessions and the conference.

Get off of my cloud: Key questions about cloud-based security systems
The movement to cloud-based security systems has been accompanied by much ballyhoo about the benefits: RMR opportunities for integrators, cost-savings and quick deployment for end users, less equipment onsite and more security. Not all cloud-based systems are created equal, however. In this session, Diebold's VP of Technology, Jeremy Brecher, moderates a discussion among leading cloud experts and a security practitioner who uses cloud technology. He'll explore key questions when considering a cloud solution such as: Is your data safe? What are the lessons learned from the breaches at JPMorganChase, Target and Home Depot? Where might vulnerabilities exist? How do public, private and hybrid cloud solutions differ? What can integrators, end users and manufacturers do to avoid problems with cloud-based systems?

Christian Morin, Vice President Cloud Services, Genetec

Dean Drako, CEO and Founder, Eagle Eye Networks

Moderated by Jeremy Brecher, VP of Technology, Diebold

Student innovation: Young minds with fresh ideas
Innovation often comes from those who can take a fresh look at a product or problem. In an effort to tap bright young minds for innovative ideas, HID Global this fall teamed up with Chapman University MBA students to create a “technology incubation environment” for students. HID challenged the students from Chapman's New Product Development and Entrepreneurship courses to identify key market opportunities and develop an action plan to expand the influence of HID's Trusted Tag Services within the Internet of Things space. What did the students come up with? Come to TechSec to hear from the students themselves about their ideas and innovations.

Mark Robinton, Manager Technology Innovation, Strategic Innovation Team, HID Global

Four Chapman MBA students

Moderated by Martha Entwistle, Editor, Security Systems News

Who's the boss of video surveillance? IT vs. physical security
Since its founding in 2005, TechSec Solutions has explored many facets of the relationship between physical security departments and IT departments. This year, we'll explore a new trend in this decade-old topic: the emergence of the IT department as the decision-maker on questions of video surveillance. A recent study showed IT departments are involved in 91 percent of video surveillance deployments, and 47 percent of IT directors say they make the final video surveillance purchase decisions. Moderated by Axis Communications' Fredrik Nilsson, this session brings together an IT director who oversees a physical security department, a security director who oversees an IT department, and a security professional who is in charge of both. Who's the boss? We'll find out.

Kelly S. Klatt, Area Director of Safety & Security, Loews Hotels at Universal Orlando

Moderated by Fredrik Nilsson, GM Americas Axis Communications

Is PSIM ready for prime time?
PSIM (Physical security information management) may have different definitions, depending on the audience or the supplier. How does PSIM differ from situational awareness, or does it? Does PSIM work? Is it too costly? Is it only for large installations? This panel of knowledgeable security professionals with differing, and possibly conflicting, points of view will address these questions and more. They'll provide a clear understanding of PSIM technology, application areas, pitfalls and guidelines.

Rob Hile, Director Strategic Accounts, Sureview Systems

Richard Beard, President, KapLogic

Bob Banerjee, Senior Director, Consultants, A&Es, NICE

Moderated by Ray Coulombe, founder,

Proprietary jail: Is the industry bailing on open systems?
In the past couple of years, we've seen video surveillance manufacturers get into access control, access control manufacturers get into video and one video company buying another. Hear from two leading integrators and two leading consultants about their experiences and how they believe this kind of M&A and expansion activity affects the "openness" of security technology and work on standards. What does this trend mean for integrators and end users? Does it signal progress or foreshadow a return to proprietary systems?

Jeanine Lovejoy, Principal/Owner, The Consulting Group

Moderated by Chris Peckham, Senior VP, Chief Technology Officer and Special Projects KRATOS|HBE

Next-Gen security series: Talking tech with leading young end users and integrators

Security practitioners' perspective
Each year Security Director News honors 20 young security professionals who've displayed leadership qualities and promise for success. This panel discussion features four honorees from this year's SDN "20 under 40" Class. Speakers representing different vertical markets such as high tech, health care and critical infrastructure will discuss their experience with new security technology on the job.

David Avedikian, Supervisor Project Development, Southwest Airlines

John Victorine, Senior Associate Director of Administrative Services, UMass Lowell

Two more "20 under 40" panelists

Moderated by Amy Canfield, Managing Editor, Security Systems News

Security integrators' perspective
This session features four honorees from Security Systems News' "20 under 40" Class of 2014. Speakers are chosen for their technical savvy and depth of experience with systems integration.

SarahJennings, COO, QuickPass

David Sime, VP of Engineering and Delivery, CONTAVA

Jim Lash, Director of Advanced IT Installation, Diebold

Sharon Shaw, Client Development Manager, Tech Systems

Moderated by Martha Entwistle, Editor, Security Systems News

Central station transformation
What will the successful central station of the future look like? Will centrals be monitoring networks, social media, home appliances? Some central monitoring stations are already hiring software engineers to develop unique applications for integrators and end users. Where is that trend going? What kind of cyber threats are central stations dealing with now? Find out where central station technology is going and what opportunities the central station transformation may present integrators and end users.

Morgan Hertel, VP Operations, Rapid Response Monitoring Services

Brett Springall, CEO, Security Central

Moderated by Don Childers, COO, Security Central

Want business intelligence? Ask the retailers
Business intelligence derived from physical security data is in its infancy in most vertical markets, but retail is ahead of the curve. Hear what retail security professionals are doing and how other security sectors can adapt retail's approach for their own needs and benefit.

Paul McGinley, Director of Loss Prevention U.S., Dollar Financial Corp.

Jon Shimp, VP of Asset Protection, Louis Vuitton, Americas

Brad Reeves, Director of Loss Prevention, A&P

Moderated by Amy Canfield, Managing Editor, Security Systems News


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