South Florida's Premier Cybersecurity Conference
In-Person & Virtual

Thursday, May 4th, 2023
Florida International University

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Secure Miami has rapidly become South Florida's can't-miss Cybersecurity event of the year - drawing over 350 IT security executives and professionals in its sixth edition in May 2022.

This year's conference theme "Looking over the Horizon: Cybersecurity Trends and Business Outcomes" will explore what developments are on the horizon for cyber security technologies, and how is cybersecurity likely to change in the coming years to keep abreast of threats. Preventing data breaches, safeguarding remote workers and ongoing awareness and education on sophisticated techniques by hackers are among the top security priorities and outcomes organizations want from their security investments.

Join us for a full day of discussions from industry leaders and cyber experts to explore how cybersecurity is changing, and get your business prepared for the inevitable shifts coming your way. Hear from top cybersecurity executives and practitioners as they examine the latest cybersecurity trends and their implications for organizations facing new and emerging cyber risks and threats. And leave armed with hands-on information about critical next steps on “How To” –how to risk mitigate and how to justify cyber investments - for your organization to take those critical steps to safeguard its assets, operations, customers and reputation.

Plus, you won't want to miss out on our Star Wars-themed closing party to celebrate the conclusion of Secure Miami. This fun-filled event will feature music, games, and other exciting activities, making it a great opportunity to unwind and network with fellow IT professionals. The party is exclusively for conference attendees.

May the 4th be with you!

Watch the Secure Miami 2023 Conference Video teaser to learn more about the event.

Earn CPE Credits and meet with local chapters of security associations!

Secure Miami is approved and endorsed by South Florida ISSA and a certificate of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) will be granted for attending Secure Miami Conference.

2023 speakers

Keynote Speakers

Kevin Mandia

Chief Executive Officer at Mandiant

Kevin Mandia is the CEO of Mandiant at Google Cloud. Kevin has served as the company’s CEO since 2016, including through its corporate name change from FireEye, Inc. to Mandiant, Inc. in 2021.


Kevin has spent more than 25 years in information security helping make organizations secure from cyber threats. Kevin has held senior positions in the security consulting divisions of Sytex, acquired by Lockheed Martin, and Foundstone, acquired by McAfee. In the United States Air Force, Kevin served as a computer security officer at the Pentagon, and later a special agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.


He holds a BS in computer science from Lafayette College and an MS in forensic science from The George Washington University.

Nicole Eagan

Chief Strategy Officer, AI Officer at Darktrace

Nicole Eagan is Chief Strategy Officer and AI Officer of Darktrace. Her extensive career in technology spans 30 years working for Oracle and early to late-stage growth companies.


Nicole identifies and shapes Darktrace’s strategic plan, leads the Company’s AI vision with their CTO, and provides product strategy and direction.


A core part of the executive team, during Nicole’s tenure, Darktrace has won more than 100 awards, and the company has been named one of WSJ’s ‘Tech Companies to Watch’, Fast Company’s ‘Most Innovative Companies’, and a CNBC ‘Disruptor 50’. Nicole was named ‘AI Leader of the Year’ and was awarded the top position on The Software Report’s ‘Top 25 Women Leaders in Cybersecurity’ in 2020.

Joseph Kirkpatrick

Founder and President of KirkpatrickPrice

As Founder and President of KirkpatrickPrice, Joseph Kirkpatrick knows that people avoid security audits, yet it’s a very important part of an overall strategy to prepare for cybersecurity and compliance threats. Joseph has delivered almost 20,000 cybersecurity and compliance audit reports by educating, empowering, and inspiring clients to navigate the complex maze of IT standards and regulatory requirements. He holds the CPA, CISSP, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, and QSA certifications.

Featured Speakers

Alex Babar

Director, Product Marketing at Brinqa

Alex Babar leads product marketing at Brinqa, a hyper-growth cybersecurity company that supports companies in orchestrating their entire cyber risk lifecycle. Prior, Alex ran product marketing at Bessemer-backed Legit Security and held product marketing and product management roles at Ping Identity. Outside of geeking out on B2B SaaS, Alex is a lifelong tennis player and a budding “pragmatic home cook” based out of Austin, Texas.

Angela Polania

Principal at Elevate

Angela is the Managing Principal and Founder of Elevate. She is a multifaceted business and technology professional with over twenty years of professional experience in assurance, cyber risk, regulatory compliance, and privacy. The mission of Elevate is to help companies prepare for compliance auditing and defend client profits by implementing strong Information Security and Privacy controls and programs, as well as providing top Cyber talent for clients in need of staff augmentation.
Angela holds several certifications in IT and Cyber Security and has a double degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems.

Andrew Phillips

Senior Director of Engineering at ShareFile

Andrew Phillips is a Senior Director of Engineering at ShareFile, where he leads product, platform, and data engineering and security initiatives. With over 23 years of experience, he has worked as an individual contributor and in technical leadership roles at startups and international banks. Prior to ShareFile, he was Head of Cloud Services at Deutsche Bank, responsible for the front to back cloud platform. He also led Swype’s east coast engineering and stayed on to lead the handset divisions SDK and Cloud efforts after Nuance Communications acquired Swype for $100 million.

Carlos Buenano

Principal Solutions Architect at Armis

Carlos has more than 30 years of progressive experience in the control systems and telecommunications field. Carlos’ history includes positions such as Principal Systems Engineer, Senior ICS Cybersecurity Consultant, Solutions Architect and Technical Account Manager and Principal Solutions Architect around the world. Carlos has been actively involved in several brown and green field industrial control systems projects in Manufacturing, mining and Oil and Gas, from the concept definition to the commissioning stages of the projects. Carlos has spent the last 6 years of his career operationalizing cybersecurity Solutions focusing on industrial networks.

Chris Hatter

Chief Information Security Officer at Quiet AI

Prior to his new role at Qwiet AI, Chris spent 14 years at Nielsen, 6 as Nielsen’s Chief Information Security Officer. He had the unique responsibility of greenfielding a modern, cloud-first security program for Nielsen’s global businesses. Chris focused on strategic planning, aligning security objectives with business objectives, scaling product security by empowering engineering teams and implementing cyber capabilities that support Nielsen’s digital and cloud transformations.

Chris Brown

Senior Network Security Instructor & Cyber SME at Corelight

Chris “BigBiz” Brown is a seasoned instructor and consultant with a passion for training and tactical level infosec consulting. He is currently an InfoSec SME and DoD Academy Instructor for Focal-Point Federal/CDW, specializing in cyber protection and mission defense team training. Prior to joining Corelight, he provided training and professional services for organizations such as Elastic, Exabeam, LogRhythm, Mandiant & FireEye, and more. Chris also has hands-on experience as an Info/Cyber Security Analyst, Threat Hunter, Incident Responder, and Cyber Adversarial Pursuit specialist. 

Chris Usserman

Director of Security Architecture at Infoblox

Chris Usserman is a subject matter expert and Director of Security Architecture at Infoblox, with over 32 years of experience in the U.S. Intelligence Community. He helps clients in the public sector and U.S. government to improve their cybersecurity programs by incorporating cyber business intelligence. Chris has held leadership roles at iSIGHT Partners and Lockheed Martin and served in the U.S. Air Force. He speaks at domestic and international conferences on building more effective cybersecurity programs.

Conan Taylor

Senior Manager, Systems Engineering at Crowdstrike

Conan Taylor is a cybersecurity leader with over 20 years of global technology and security experience. Conan specializes in cloud-based security technologies, with a focus on endpoint and operating system security. Conan is very passionate about helping organizations stay breach frees.

Gary Hutchins

Senior Manager, Systems Engineering at Sysdig

Gary is a passionate technologist who loves leading-edge ideas and methods to help drive business outcomes. Prior to Sysdig, he was a Team Lead at Docker focused on SecDevOps and the Director of Architecture at VeriStor where he led a team helping clients large and small solve technology problems.

Helvetiella Longoria

Chief Information Security Officer at Florida International University

Over her 20 years of experience in the field of information and network security, Helvetiella Longorias’s innovation and leadership have played a critical role in the development and enhancement of FIU’s network. Ms. Longoria is an advocate for spreading cybersecurity awareness, and truly believes that cybersecurity is a shared responsibility.

Ignacio Alvarez

Founder and Managing Partner at Algo Law Firm

Ignacio M. Alvarez is the founder of Algo Law Firm in Miami and New York. He is an experienced high-ranking retired law enforcement officer, specializing in sensitive investigations. He has also trained police officers in modern law enforcement techniques in Central America. Ignacio is a frequent speaker on topics including anti-corruption, money laundering, and police leadership. He is also an expert commentator on police-related news stories for CBS and ABC Miami stations.

Joe Toste

Host of The Public Sector Show by TechTables

Joe Toste is the founder, CEO, and podcaster for TechTables. In the Public Sector, Joe is known for his ability to “make CIO’s look great” while spotlighting the issues that CIOs and technology leaders care about most. What began as a small endeavor at a conference grew into a passion for sharing the community’s stories of success, challenges, and reflections. Joe also coaches basketball and lives in Santa Barbara, California, with his family. He is often referred to as “The Podcast Guy!” at public sector conferences.

Justin Scarpaci

Technical Strategist at Sevco

Justin helps service providers build services around Sevco Asset Intelligence platform. He previously worked at VMware Carbon Black, L-3 Communications, and with the US Marine Corps, and was a contractor for the US Air Force as a Cyber Intelligence Analyst. Justin holds a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security/Information Security and Forensics from Penn State University. In his free time, he enjoys sports and spending time with his family.

Matt Shea

Chief Strategy Officer at MixMode

Matt Shea is the Chief Strategy Officer of MixMode AI, overseeing product strategy and development. Prior to MixMode, Matt was President & CEO, and EVP of Product Development & Technology for WildTangent. He oversaw the development of platforms adopted by companies including AT&T, HP, and Dell which were distributed on 100’s of millions of phones and PCs. Matt holds numerous software patents and was selected for Puget Sound Business Journal’s “40 under 40”.

Morgan Wright

Cybersecurity Advisor at Sentinel One

Morgan is a renowned cybersecurity strategist and national security expert, with extensive experience in law enforcement, intelligence and defense. He serves as a Senior Fellow at The Center for Digital Government, Chief Security Advisor for SentinelOne, and is the chief technology analyst for Fox News and Fox Business. He has also taught behavioral analysis at the National Security Agency and trained the FBI on internet investigations. Morgan’s testimony before Congress on Healthcare.gov changed how the government collected personally identifiable information.

Merav Bahat

Co-founder & CEO at Dazz

Merav Bahat is CEO and co-founder of Dazz, with experience in creating technology products and leading teams. She previously served as General Manager for Microsoft’s cloud security global business, Deputy CEO of Microsoft Israel R&D, and Product Strategy Group Director for the Microsoft Cloud & AI Security business unit. Merav has a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management Engineering from Technion and an MBA from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She was also a fellow in the joint Harvard Business School-Kennedy School of Government program.

Nathan Wenzler

Chief Security Strategist at Tenable

Nathan Wenzler is the Chief Security Strategist at Tenable. He has nearly 25 years of experience in Information Security programs for government agencies and private sector firms. Nathan has served as an executive management consultant and vCISO, optimizing security programs for Fortune 1000, nonprofit, and government organizations. His focus areas include vulnerability and privileged access management, incident response, and human-focused aspects of InfoSec. Nathan helps mature and accelerate security and risk management efforts through process, program, and personnel improvements.

Paul Martini

Chief Executive Officer at iboss

Paul Martini holds over 230 patents in cloud cybersecurity and is a trusted expert on Zero Trust, a modern cybersecurity architecture designed to prevent ransomware, breaches and data loss by making all applications private. Paul has been recognized for his leadership and innovation, receiving the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and being named one of Goldman Sachs’ 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs. Paul has also been published in many scientific journals, including the Journal of Foundations in Computer Science and the Journal of Analytical Biochemistry. Paul is co-founder, CEO and Co-Chair of iboss, a leading Zero Trust cloud security company which protects organizations globally from breaches and data loss.

Robert Grillo

Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Florida International University

Robet Grillo is Vice President & Chief Information Officer at Florida International University and leads a division of more than 300 IT professionals, along with a culturally-diverse leadership team. Recently recognized one of the top 100 most influential Hispanic Professionals in IT by HITEC in 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Ron Nixon

Field CISO at Cohesity

Ron Nixon is an experienced IT and Cybersecurity leader with over 30 years of expertise. He currently works as a CTO and CISO for Cohesity, supporting sales, engineering and product development on the East Coast. He previously held leadership roles at Polyverse and General Dynamics Information Technology where he advised on cybersecurity and communications for the Army, DoD Agencies, and corporate level executives.

Vitra A. Gopee

Chief Operations Officer at DigitalEra Group

Vitra is an experienced executive with over 15 years of financial and operational expertise in Caribbean businesses and governments. She rose from junior salesperson to become the Vice President Sales and Marketing at Infotech Caribbean in Trinidad, and later became the CEO and shareholder of Infotech Jamaica in 2007. Vitra specializes in enterprise sales for regional governments and corporations, implementing IT services, integrated infrastructure, ERP, and custom development solutions built around Microsoft technologies. 










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Join us at our Kick-off Party





Brew Miami, a unique local craft beer and food festival, will be the kick-off event of our annual Secure Miami Conference and is scheduled to take place in-person on Saturday, February 18th, at Riccardo Silva Stadium, located at Florida International University (FIU).



Named by TravelMag as one of the Best Festivals and Fairs in Miami, Brew Miami will gather the hottest local brewers and restaurants to offer amazing bites and craft beer pairings, LIVE music, games, a wine garden, and other fun surprises! Secure Miami conference sponsors will gain VIP admission to Brew Miami which includes a sample cup, early access to the festival starting at 5pm, and access to our exclusive VIP area.



Tickets are limited, email us at [email protected] to get access to your complimentary VIP ticket for Brew Miami.



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Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequent questions and answers

Secure Miami will take place at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus (MMC), Graham Center, on Thursday, May 4th, 2023 from 10am – 5:30pm. 

The conference will also be fully live-streamed for those who prefer to attend virtually. 

Registration for Secure Miami will open soon, stay tuned. 

In order to maintain the integrity of the conference’s purpose, which is to provide a platform for IT Security professionals and Business Executives to connect, share knowledge and insights, and discuss emerging trends and challenges in the industry and within their organizations, we have reserved our limited complimentary admission to the In-Person Conference, exclusively for professionals actively working in IT Security and business related roles in non-vendor Companies…Corporations, SMEs and Governments. 


Secure Miami will grant Complimentary In-person Admission for IT Security professionals and business executives that includes ‘All-In’ access to Panels, Discussions, Lunch & the closing Cocktail Reception.


Any sales or marketing professionals and/or representatives from the vendor community who wish to attend may do so via our virtual registration (complimentary) or will be required to pay a registration fee of US$ 250 p/p to attend In-Person.  

For Sponsorship information please email us at: [email protected] 

Thank you for joining us at



For those who joined us on Saturday, February 18th, for our Kick-off event, Brew Miami, a unique local craft beer and food festival, we deeply thank you! We had an amazing time and hope you did too. 



Named by TravelMag as one of the Best Festivals and Fairs in Miami, Brew Miami gathers the hottest local brewers and restaurants to offer amazing bites and craft beer pairings, LIVE music, games, a wine garden, and other fun surprises! Secure Miami conference sponsors gained VIP admission to Brew Miami which included a sample cup, early access to the festival, and access to our exclusive VIP area.


We hope to see you again at Brew Miami next year!



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Help us make a Difference!

At #SecureMiami2021 we announced our first ever Brew Miami/DigitalEra Group Cybersecurity Scholarship.

This scholarship was created as a way to not only contribute to our FIU community but to support our students. Students who are registered full-time and majoring in areas of cybersecurity are eligible. We encourage eligible students to apply at scholarships.fiu.edu.

Help us make a difference and donate to our scholarship at go.fiu.edu/fiucyber.

No amount is too small. Thank you for your continued support and your contribution.

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