Qualys Security Conference

Qualys Security Conference

QSC Chicago

May 25-26, 2022

Get More Security

Explore the security impacts of the digital journey and how to build in security automation from endpoints to the data center to the cloud. Join us in person to scale your capability and meet the challenges of ever-growing attack surfaces. Hear from industry experts, learn strategies and tactics to secure your organization, and network with your peers and other Qualys experts to accelerate your career.

Featured Speakers

Sumedh Thakar
President and CEO, Qualys

Eran Livne
Director of Product Management, Endpoint Remediation, Qualys

Samuel Robison
Sr. Director Cyber Fusion and Operations, Equifax

Akshay Borla
Cybersecurity Engineer, Vulnerability Management, Children's Mercy Hospital

Jon Cook
Principle Cyber Security Engineer, Discover Financial Services

Kong Yew Chan
Director, Product Management, Container Security, Qualys

Colton Pepper
Solution Architect, VM SME

Companies Attending

Network with your peers. Below is a sample of companies attending:

  • CUNA Mutual Group
  • DeVry University
  • DFS Services LLC
  • Discover
  • Ecolab Inc.
  • Abbott Labratories
  • Anthem, Inc
  • Bank of America
  • Allen & Overy
  • Ashworth
  • Blue Health Intelligence
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Federal Reserve Bank
  • GATX Corporation
  • Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • J. J. Keller
  • Children's Mercy Hospital
  • Illinois State University
  • Brookfield Properties
  • CITGO
  • Deloitte
  • Financial Ombudsman Service
  • Kellogg Company
  • Plex
  • Securian Financial Group
  • State of Ohio - Office of Information Technology
  • The University of Chicago
  • DeVry University
  • United Airlines
  • Optum
  • Rust-Oleum
  • SoftwareONE
  • TransUnion
  • United Continental Holdings, Inc.
  • University Of Wisconsin
  • Moffitt Cancer Center
  • St. Jude Medical
  • UBS
  • United Continental Holdings
  • University of Kentucky
  • UW Health
  • State of Ohio

Agenda

Kick off QSC on the Road on Thursday, May 26. Meet old friends, make new ones, enjoy cocktails, and connect with Qualys experts and peers.

Training Sessions

Conference Sessions

8:00 – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00 AM Security Automation for the Digital Journey
Sumedh Thakar, President and CEO, Qualys

Sumedh Thakar's bio

10:00 – 11:00 AM Bringing the Unified Power of the Qualys Cloud Platform To Address Today’s Security Challenges
Eran Livne, Director of Product Management, Endpoint Remediation, Qualys

Eran Livne's bio

11:00 – 11:30 AM Break and Q&A Bar
11:30 AM – 12:15 PM Operationalizing Threat Centric Vulnerability Management
Samuel Robison, Sr. Director Cyber Fusion and Operations, Equifax

Samuel Robison's bio

12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch and Q&A Bar
1:30 – 2:30 PM Playbook for Combating Threats From Log4Shell to Ransomware and More
Colton Pepper, Solution Architect, VM SME

Colton Pepper’s bio

2:30 – 3:15 PM Protecting Sensitive Patient Data from Serious Cyber Threats
Akshay Borla, Cybersecurity Engineer, Vulnerability Management, Children's Mercy Hospital

Akshay Borla's bio

3:15 – 3:30 PM Break
3:30 – 4:15 PM Guarding Against Risk at Discover Financial Services
Jon Cook, Principle Cyber Security Engineer, Discover Financial Services

Jon Cook's bio

4:15 – 5:00 PM Start and Stay Secure Throughout Your Cloud and Container Journey
Kong Yew Chan, Director, Product Management, Container Security, Qualys

Kong Yew Chan's bio

5:00 – 6:30 PM Cocktail Reception
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Conference Highlights

Explore and secure the digital journey.

Dive into the profound impact of the digital journey and explore how to build in security automation from the data center to the cloud. Industry experts and Qualys leaders discuss automation strategies, preview product roadmaps, listen to your challenges, and answer your questions.

Get inspired.

Engage with Qualys’ customer-facing teams and your peers around best practices and user case studies for applying security automation to real-world challenges.

Sharpen your expertise.

Two days of free training covers forward-looking strategies, best practices to improve effectiveness and productivity, and core and expanded product features to up-level your security program.

Who Should Attend

CIOs, CSOs and CTOs; directors and managers of network, security and cloud; developers and DevSecOps practitioners; Qualys partners and consultants; or any forward-thinking security professionals.

Swissôtel

Qualys Security Conference will be held at Swissôtel in Chicago.

323 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601-9722
T: (312) 565-0565
Swissôtel


Conference Pricing

Attendance at QSC is complimentary. This includes access to all general sessions, breakfast, lunch, breaks, and training.

Travel and hotel accommodations are not included with QSC or pre-conference training.

Register Today.

Join us to learn how to effectively secure your hybrid IT environment, streamline your security and compliance initiatives and enable digital transformation. There is no cost to attend this event.

Samuel Robison

Samuel Robison

Sr. Director Cyber Fusion and Operations, Equifax

Sam Robison is the Senior Director of Fusion and Operations for Equifax in Alpharetta, GA. He is married to the former Blythe Myers of Atlanta, GA. They have one son, McClure (7), and one daughter, Naomi (3). Sam holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from Adrian College and a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Defense Intelligence College.

Sam, born in Midland, MI, enlisted in the U.S. Army upon graduation from Adrian College in 2000 as an All Source Military Intelligence Analyst. He was commissioned in the Infantry as Second Lieutenant from Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning GA in 2001. He began his career as combat platoon leader, executive officer and Support Platoon Leader in the Republic of Korea. As a first lieutenant, he served as aide de camp for the Deputy Commanding General Fort Carson, CO.

After serving in the Infantry, Sam transferred to Military Intelligence, was promoted to Captain, and served as the Battalion Intelligence Officer and Military Intelligence detachment commander for 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne). He deployed on three tours to Iraq and earned two Bronze Stars during his assignment with 10th SFG(A). After Iraq, he was then assigned company commander for HHC, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), Fort Bragg NC. He then attended the National Defense Intelligence College at the Defense Intelligence Agency in Washington DC. Sam was promoted to Major and was assigned to the 513th MI Brigade, where he immediately deployed to Kuwait to serve as Commander of the 513th MI Detachment. Returning from deployment, he served as the S3 for the 297th MI Battalion.

After serving on active duty for 13 years, Sam decided to leave active duty in 2014 and take a commission in the Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel. Concurrently, Sam started his career in Information Security as a Business Information Security Officer (BISO) with CitiGroup. As a BISO he supported the Information Security (IS) program in Retail Services and Branded Cards Operations. Provide advice and oversight to ensure that IS policy is complied with for internal applications, third parties, decision management, and business practices.

In January 2017, Sam took an opportunity to become the Cyber Intelligence Senior Analyst at Equifax and establish a Cyber Threat Intelligence program. Since then Sam and his team of analysts have developed a world class Cyber Threat Intelligence program that identifies and analyzes indicators of compromise, and threat actor Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTPs) that are used for early detection of future cyber-attacks on Equifax and its subsidiaries.

In 2018, Sam added the Insider Threat Program to his responsibilities and has incorporated that team in the threat intelligence program while developing user behavior analytics to proactively identify potential insider threats.

In 2021, Sam added the role of Fusion director to his responsibilities in order to lead Equifax intelligence driven defense strategy.

Sumedh Thakar

Sumedh Thakar

President and CEO, Qualys

As President and CEO, Sumedh leads the company’s vision, strategic direction and implementation. He joined Qualys in 2003 in engineering and grew within the company, taking various leadership roles focused on helping Qualys deliver on its platform vision. From 2014 to 2021, he served as Qualys’ Chief Product Officer, where he oversaw all things product, including engineering, development, product management, cloud operations, DevOps, and customer support. A product fanatic and engineer at heart, he is a driving force behind expanding the platform from Vulnerability Management into broader areas of security and compliance, helping customers consolidate their security stack. This includes the rollout of the game-changing VMDR (Vulnerability Management, Detection and Response) that continually detects and prevents risk to their systems, Multi-Vector EDR, which focuses on protecting endpoints as well as Container Security, Compliance and Web Application Security solutions. Sumedh was also instrumental in the build-up of multiple Qualys sites resulting in a global 24x7 follow-the-sun product team.

Sumedh is a long-time proponent of SaaS and cloud computing. He previously worked at Intacct, a cloud-based financial and accounting software provider. He also worked at Northwest Airlines developing complex algorithms for its yield and revenue management reservation system. Sumedh has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering with distinction from the University of Pune.

Brian Penn

Brian Penn

Manager Security Posture, Aflac

Brian Penn has over 25+ years of cyber security experience mostly in Vulnerability Management and Compliance. In his current role at Aflac, he is the Security Posture Manager helping to detect vulnerabilities in the network. Prior to joining Aflac, he spent 21 years at InterCall in a similar capacity. He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham in Management Information Systems and Cyber Security.

Shailesh Athalye

Shailesh Athalye

Senior Vice President, Product Management, Qualys Inc.

As Senior Vice President of Product Management, Shailesh leads the product management team and drives the Qualys product vision helping customers assess and improve their IT, security and compliance posture. Since joining Qualys in 2012, he has worked in various security and compliance roles driving innovative solutions, including remote endpoint protection, endpoint detection and response, and SaaS security. In addition, Shailesh headed engineering, research and product management for Qualys Policy Compliance and File Integrity Monitoring, where he helped customers go beyond compliance to drive their IT GRC objectives. Before Qualys, he focused on security research for Symantec ESM and Compliance solutions. Shailesh holds a master’s in computer applications (MCA) from the Vishwakarma Institute of Technology and has various security certifications including CISA, CRISC, CISM. He is also a regular speaker at industry conferences.

Colton Pepper

Colton Pepper

Solution Architect, VM SME

Colton Pepper has over 10 years of experience in cybersecurity and is a subject matter expert (SME) in Vulnerability and Asset Management and Asset Tagging. As a member of the SME team, he works directly with customers and provides consultation to improve their use of the Qualys Vulnerability Management tool. Colton provides guidance to customers at all levels of maturity levels of their VM program to ensure their needs and requirements are met, while adhering to best practices. Prior to joining Qualys, Colton built the VM program for a privately held multinational corporation from the ground up and managed the program until coming to Qualys.

Akshay Borla

Akshay Borla

Cybersecurity Engineer, Vulnerability Management, Children's Mercy Hospital

Akshay Borla is the Cybersecurity Engineer of Vulnerability Management for Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. He began his career in Information Security as a Cybersecurity Analyst working for Macys Technology in the Threat Monitoring & Response team. Later he he joined Delta Air Lines as a Cybersecurity Analyst working in the Threat & Vulnerability Management team.

In 2020, Akshay took an opportunity to become the Cybersecurity Engineer at Children’s Mercy Hospital and was tasked with establishing a mature Vulnerability Management program. Since then, the Vulnerability Management program has evolved with continuous scanning of IT/IoT infrastructure and web applications, prioritization of vulnerabilities, efficient patching program, integration capabilities and automation.

He holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Computer Information Systems and a Master’s of Science in Information Systems – Cybersecurity from Georgia State University.

Mehul Revankar

Mehul Revankar

Vice President, Product Management and Engineering, Qualys

Mehul Revankar is a cybersecurity professional with more than 15 years of experience in Vulnerability Management, Policy Compliance and Security Operations. He leads Product Management and Vulnerability Research at Qualys for VMDR. Before joining Qualys, Mehul led the development of vulnerability and patch management products at SaltStack, and prior to that he led multiple research teams at Tenable. Mehul has a bachelor’s degree in electronics from the University of Mumbai and a master’s degree in computer engineering from George Mason University.

Eran Livne

Eran Livne

Director of Product Management, Endpoint Remediation, Qualys

Eran Livne is director of Product Management for Endpoint Remediation at Qualys, leading a team tasked with helping customers improve their security posture through cross-platform vulnerability remediation. He has more than 20-years of product management and computer science experience working in diverse IT and security markets. In 2014, Eran founded mobile security company, LetMobile, acquired by Ivanti. Following the acquisition, he drove Ivanti’s enterprise security and endpoint security and management solutions. Eran holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Tel Aviv University and an MBA in high-tech business administration from Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.

Kong Yew Chan

Kong Yew Chan

Director, Product Management, Container Security, Qualys

Kong Yew Chan is director of Product Management at Qualys, leading the container security solution. Prior to Qualys, Kong worked on multiple Kubernetes platforms at VMware and Pivotal. He has over 10 years of experience working on security solutions at Hewlett Packard and TrendMicro. Kong holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and an MBA from Babson College.

Jon Cook

Jon Cook

Principle Cyber Security Engineer, Discover Financial Services

Jon Cook has 32 years of experience in Information Technology, with 22 years in the Financial Industry, 18 years in CyberSecurity Vulnerability Management, and over 15 years using Qualys as a primary vulnerability management scanning product.

In his current role at Discover Financial Services, he is product owner of the Scanning and Detection product line for the Vulnerability Management team. One of the major highlights of Jon’s career was when he spoke at Interpol for the 1st Underground Economy Conference in 2008 on Botnets. Jon considers himself privileged to be working with an amazing group of people on Discover’s CyberSecurity team who are driving the Vulnerability Management program to the next level.