Educational Session Schedule

Monday, April 03
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

  • Room:   West Hall Foyer
  • Monday, April 03, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Stop by the registration desk to pick up your attendee or exhibitor badge.  We're also here to help with any questions you might have about the conference.

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Monday, April 03
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  WS1
  • Monday, April 03, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Learn how to start with the right goals, support your sales funnel, position yourself as a thought leader, build meaningful connections, and connect the dots between LinkedIn, lead generation, sales acceleration, and closing new customers.
Speaker
Joshua Feinberg

Vice President and Co-Founder
SP Home Run Inc.

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  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  WS2
  • Monday, April 03, 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Tracks: 
Culture is misunderstood and often discounted as a touchy-feely component of business. But it’s not about an intangible vibe, what’s written on the walls or the office furniture. Companies that have great culture attract better talent,  statistically  have better financial growth, attain high employee engagement, build strong teams and have...
Speaker
Dave Gilbert

The high cost of a grumpy workforce. (the ROI of great company culture)
Cavemen Investments LLC
Workshop Leader(s)

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Monday, April 03
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   409AB
  • Monday, April 03, 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Join us for HostingCon’s first-ever Speed Networking event!  In this interactive session, you’ll meet a new colleague every three minutes where you’ll exchange business cards and do a quick introduction.  After those three minutes are up, it’s time to meet someone else in this fast-paced session.  You’ll have the chance...
Speaker
Andy Grider

Marketing Manager
Penton
Speaker

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Monday, April 03
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Room:   Petree Hall C
  • Monday, April 03, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
The first of three Official Networking Events kicks off on Monday with the HostingCon Game Show where everyone plays along to win prizes and have fun!

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Tuesday, April 04
7:30 AM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   West Hall Foyer
  • Tuesday, April 04, 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
Stop by the registration desk to pick up your attendee or exhibitor badge.  We're also here to help with any questions you might have about the conference.

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Tuesday, April 04
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB1
  • Tuesday, April 04, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Channel partners and resellers form a critically important source of revenue for many service providers and in some cases are the basis for all revenue. This panel will address how to catapult your relationships from good to great as you consider both vendor and partner perspectives and the critical components of...
Speakers
Dean Ara

Principal
Total Product Marketing
Panelist

Terry Hedden


Panelist

Nicole Henderson

Editor in Chief
WHIR
Moderator

Scott Lindars

Director of Technology Markets
Merit Mile www.meritmile.com
Panelist

Hartland Ross

President
eBridge Marketing Solutions

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI1
  • Tuesday, April 04, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
You run a hosting company. You've got great *documentation* and a killer *support team*. You know - you just KNOW - that if you could get the two of them talking, great things could happen. They're perfect for each other! They share the same interests! Their kids would be so...
Speaker
Brett Dunst

Vice President, Corporate Communications
DreamHost

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT1
  • Tuesday, April 04, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Many companies aren’t comfortable with using a public cloud service where the only feedback mechanisms are...
Speaker
Ajay Gulati

Co-Founder and CEO
ZeroStack
Speaker

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Tuesday, April 04
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB2
  • Tuesday, April 04, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Interested in eDiscovery and intelligent data storage? Join the roundtable conversation as we discuss emerging technologies like semantic search and what it means to finally find and organize all your unstructured content in an intelligent way.
Speaker
Mike Chadwick

VP of Engineering and Operations
Acronis

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT2
  • Tuesday, April 04, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
The emergence of the Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) disrupts the status quo and brings the favorable economics of broadband to the enterprise, connecting users to applications on any network, anywhere and from any device. SD-WANs are also disrupting the way enterprise networks are deployed, managed and delivered – and...
Speaker
Nav Chander


Silver Peak
Speaker

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI2
  • Tuesday, April 04, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 

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Tuesday, April 04
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Room:   Petree Hall D
  • Session Number:  GS1
  • Tuesday, April 04, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Tracks: 

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Tuesday, April 04
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM

  • Room:   Concourse Hall
  • Tuesday, April 04, 11:45 AM - 1:00 PM
Enjoy a wide selection of lunchtime fare while chatting with fellow attendees.

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Tuesday, April 04
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by:  i2Coalition
  • Room:   Petree C
  • Tuesday, April 04, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Must have a HostingCon All Access Pass to attend. To RSVP click here. Lunch will be provided. Many tech companies today are talking about parental leave, but what impact does this have on your business? In this session, we will outline the business importance of parental leave, sharing GoDaddy’s case study of...
Speaker
Katee Van Horn

VP of Global Engagement & Inclusion
GoDaddy
Speaker

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Tuesday, April 04
1:30 PM - 3:45 PM

  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BBRT
  • Tuesday, April 04, 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speakers
Wynn Corliss

Chief Operating Officer
Sóshlr
Speaker

Mike Riolo

Chief Commercial Officer
Virtuozzo
Speaker

Hartland Ross

President
eBridge Marketing Solutions
Speaker

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SIRT
  • Tuesday, April 04, 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speakers
Dave Gilbert

The high cost of a grumpy workforce. (the ROI of great company culture)
Cavemen Investments LLC
Speaker

Ajay Gulati

Co-Founder and CEO
ZeroStack
Speaker

Jim O'Hara

President
Ecwid, Inc.
Speaker

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TTRT
  • Tuesday, April 04, 1:30 PM - 3:45 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speakers
Sagi Brody

CTO
Webair
Speaker

Mike Chadwick

VP of Engineering and Operations
Acronis
Speaker

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Tuesday, April 04
4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

  • Room:   Petree Hall D
  • Session Number:  KEY1
  • Tuesday, April 04, 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
People are the weakest security link. They can be manipulated or influenced into unknowingly helping hackers break into their organization’s computers. You’ll learn how easily you can be an unsuspecting victim who can be manipulated into handing over the keys the kingdom, if you haven’t done so already. Kevin Mitnick...
Speaker
Kevin Mitnick


Keynote

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Tuesday, April 04
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Room:   Petree Plaza
  • Tuesday, April 04, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Don't miss the Opening Networking Reception in the exhibit hall!  You'll enjoy drinks and appetizers while you chat with fellow attendees and check out the exhibitor booths.  

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Wednesday, April 05
7:30 AM - 6:30 PM

  • Room:   West Hall Foyer
  • Wednesday, April 05, 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Stop by the registration desk to pick up your attendee or exhibitor badge.  We're also here to help with any questions you might have about the conference.

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Wednesday, April 05
9:00 AM - 9:50 AM

  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI3
  • Wednesday, April 05, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Open source technology is a key enabler for hosters worldwide. But, when does it make sense to move to a commercially supported open source solution? There are many factors to consider, including how to get the best performance and efficiency at the lowest TCO, how to leverage intergrated solutions, how...
Speaker
George Karidis

CEO
Virtuozzo

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  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB3
  • Wednesday, April 05, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
How can you increase sales through your WordPress eCommerce site? This session discusses best practices for SMBs to attract more customers, inspire trust in your customers, and increase conversion. A slow loading page is the number one reason customers bounce from eCommerce sites before converting. Starting with basic SEO techniques...
Speaker
Maria Karaivanova

Head of Business Development
Cloudflare

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT3
  • Wednesday, April 05, 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
On-prem infrastructure, private cloud and managed services delivered cost-effectively, securely and easily and without ever touching the internet. Leverage interconnection fabrics and direct network connectivity to CSPs/MSPs to securely expand your ecosystem and future-proof business.
Speaker
Sagi Brody

CTO
Webair

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Wednesday, April 05
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT4
  • Wednesday, April 05, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
As of early 2017, Google Chrome will begin requiring that all websites have encryption, or the search engine will trigger a warning that the site is unsafe. At first, the new rules will only apply to websites that take passwords or credit card information, but over the year, the rules...
Speaker
Tarah Wheeler

Cypersecurity Lead
Symantec

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI4
  • Wednesday, April 05, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Finding the breadth and depth of skills required to successfully serve your customers in a hosting environment is a challenge. Factor in skyrocketing salaries and competition for technical talent within industry saturated markets and hiring can become your worst nightmare. More and more companies are looking at hiring remotely, but...
Speaker
Taryn Smith

Founder & President
Apricity Recruitment & Team Development

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  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB4
  • Wednesday, April 05, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
As technology advances, infrastructure upgrades are made resulting in the need to switch equipment to which customers are accustomed. Join industry experts as they discuss options and challenges customers have when upgrading, why they become frustrated with these upgrades, and what providers can do to satisfy customer needs, increase revenues,...
Speakers
Wouter de Vries

CEO
Patchman B.V.
Panelist

Aaron Phillips


Panelist

Igor Seletskiy

CEO
Cloud Linux Inc

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Wednesday, April 05
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

  • Room:   Petree Hall D
  • Session Number:  GS2
  • Wednesday, April 05, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

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Wednesday, April 05
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Exhibit Hall Education Room
  • Session Number:  EHS1
  • Wednesday, April 05, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
2016 saw a continuation of some cyber-security threats, as well as the emergence of some attack types and trends. Ransom attacks, political hacks, and new dynamics around the accessibility and capability of attack tools have added even more challenges to security. This session will explore some of the latest evolutions...
Speaker
Ron Winward

Security Evangelist
Radware

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Wednesday, April 05
1:30 PM - 2:20 PM

  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI5
  • Wednesday, April 05, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
This session will provide an overview of the current transaction market for hosting and service provider related businesses including valuations and trends in both the private and public transaction markets. The panel will then review the opportunities that actually exist in today’s M&A marketplace, the costs/pricing of the various types/sizes...
Speakers
Andrew Mentges

GM
Deluxe Corporation

Hillary Stiff

Managing Director
Cheval Capital

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  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB5
  • Wednesday, April 05, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
Establish a robust and high margin cloud business with application security services. Tenants are looking for hosting providers to supply Web Application Firewall (WAF) services both for protection against hacking attempts as well as for PCI compliance. Discover proven financial models successfully used in the industry and how to build a...
Speaker
Jim Smith

Director of Cloud Go-To-Market Development
Radware

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT5
  • Wednesday, April 05, 1:30 PM - 2:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
The advantages of OpenStack in the enterprise include agility, flexibility, detachment from specific hardware/software vendors, and a focus on enterprise applications versus infrastructure. Despite great advancements, OpenStack remains challenging for most organizations to implement. While stories of the Fortune 100 adopting OpenStack are aspirational (even inspirational!), most organizations lack the...
Speaker
Grant Kirkwood

CTO and founder
Unitas Global
Speaker

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Wednesday, April 05
2:30 PM - 3:20 PM

  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB6
  • Wednesday, April 05, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
TBA
Speakers
Wilfried Beeck

CEO
ePages
Panelist

Ruslan Fazlyev

Founder & CEO
Ecwid, Inc.
Panelist

Neill Feather

President
SiteLock
Panelist

Gene Geiger

Partner
A-LIGN
Panelist

Brad Wand

Marketing Manager
Cayan
Panelist

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI6
  • Wednesday, April 05, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
Why has the data center industry been late in applying ‘Circular Economy’ disciplines to control their highest expenditure and fastest depreciating IT assets? The prime reason that data centers remained steadfast to the conventional ‘linear economy’ model of ‘make, use & dispose’ of IT systems is a combination of Moore’s...
Speaker
Mike Higgins

VP of Global Sales and Marketing
Wisetek is a global provider of Secure Data-Elimination & Responsible IT Recycling Services to the world’s leading IT Corporations. Wisetek operate from our bases located in Ireland, USA and Thailand.

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT6
  • Wednesday, April 05, 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
TBA

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Wednesday, April 05
3:30 PM - 4:20 PM

  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB7
  • Wednesday, April 05, 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
Hosting companies large and small have discovered that there is a lot more to building a successful sitebuilder proposition than just adding a product to a control panel. In this roundtable discussion, sitebuilder experts will share data about avoiding common mistakes, what's working now and what's going to work in future.
Speakers
Filip Borcov

CEO, Site.pro Website Builder
Profis
Panelist

Russ Jeffery


Panelist

Gordon Plant

VP Product
BaseKit

Chris Sheridan

Head of Channel Sales
Weebly
Panelist

Philbert Shih

Managing Director
Structure Research
Moderator

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT7
  • Wednesday, April 05, 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
For many, IoT invokes thoughts of simple devices that transmit little data individually, but in an increasingly smarter world, the aggregate data can spell trouble for network providers, slowing down connections when smart devices often require a level of speed and accuracy to be kept high in order to function...
Speaker
Steve Orchard

Sr. Vice President and General Manager, Data Center and Network Services
Internap

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI7
  • Wednesday, April 05, 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM
  • Tracks: 
Unfortunately, great products too often don't translate to channel sales success. This session will help VENDORS understand what MSPs and VARs need to succeed and help craft channel programs that result in channel performance.
Speaker
Terry Hedden

CEO
Marketopia

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Wednesday, April 05
4:15 PM - 5:00 PM

  • Room:   Exhibit Hall Education Room
  • Session Number:  EHS4
  • Wednesday, April 05, 4:15 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
Speakers
Jelmer Verkleij

CTO
Patchman B.V.
Panelist

Ron Winward

Security Evangelist
Radware
Panelist

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Wednesday, April 05
4:30 PM - 6:30 PM

  • Room:   Exhibit Hall, West Hall
  • Wednesday, April 05, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Unwind from a day of meetings and educational sessions at the Exhibit Hall Happy Hour!  You'll enjoy drinks and appetizers while you chat with fellow attendees and check out the exhibitor booths.  

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Thursday, April 06
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Room:   West Hall Foyer
  • Thursday, April 06, 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Stop by the registration desk to pick up your attendee or exhibitor badge.  We're also here to help with any questions you might have about the conference.

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Thursday, April 06
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT8
  • Thursday, April 06, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Join security experts from the hosting industry as they discuss security of the hosting environments, the most common ways servers get hacked, and how to best deal with these hacks. The panel will cover: How hackers get in Why hackers hack and what for Tell tale signs of the hack What to do to harden...
Speakers
Melih Abdulhayoglu

CEO
Comodo
Panelist

Steven Ciaburri

CEO
Rack911
Panelist

Igor Seletskiy

CEO
Cloud Linux Inc
Panelist

David Snead


Panelist

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI8
  • Thursday, April 06, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Learn how to enable your business growth with hybrid cloud access and develop IT infrastructure strategies according to market trends and customer needs. Discover how to solve your business problems through information technology with limited access to skilled staff. Understand how to support your customers’ needs on a an international...
Speaker
Martin Wielomski

Manager, Business Development EMEA
PhoenixNAP

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  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB8
  • Thursday, April 06, 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
The $100 billion storage market is being disrupted by software-defined storage. In this session, you will learn how to turn the rapidly evolving and expanding storage market into am immediate business opportunity. We’ll show how software-defined storage opens up new uses for hosters and service providers, including persistent storage for...
Speaker
Stephen Nichols

Senior Director, Sales Engineering, Virtuozzo
Virtuozzo

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Thursday, April 06
11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

  • Room:   408B
  • Session Number:  BB9
  • Thursday, April 06, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Web hosting and cloud services are some of the most competitive verticals. Topics will include: How to attract the right customers in a cost effective way How to properly structure online marketing and analytics to continuously decrease acquisition costs How to leverage your marketing to create a funnel that generates new customers and...
Speaker
Alex Melen

Co-CEO
SmartSites

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  • Room:   409AB
  • Session Number:  TT9
  • Thursday, April 06, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
Dreas van Donselaar, SpamExperts CTO, will present OrangeAssassin, the newest open-source email filtering framework. OrangeAssassin is a collaborative anti-spam development effort aimed at creating a robust, modern, and freely-available source code, implementing tried and true technology of spam filtering. OrangeAssassin software is implemented in modern code, offering resource usage efficiency and...
Speaker
Dreas van Donselaar

CTO
SpamExperts

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  • Room:   408A
  • Session Number:  SI9
  • Thursday, April 06, 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM
  • Tracks: 
TBA
Speaker
Todd Robinson


Speaker

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Thursday, April 06
1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

  • Room:   Exhibit Hall Education Room
  • Session Number:  EHS5
  • Thursday, April 06, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
In light of breaches in which cloud environments played a role, such as the IRS, Target, Yahoo!, the scrutiny in which cloud service providers (CSPs) are under has increased tremendously over the past year. So how can we protect data stored in the cloud? As more technologies move to the...
Speaker
Gene Geiger

Partner
A-LIGN

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Thursday, April 06
2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

  • Room:   Exhibit Hall Education Room
  • Session Number:  EHS6
  • Thursday, April 06, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Tracks: 
2016 marked huge growth for the encrypted web, with new protocols, best practices, and features. But how were web properties affected? Trey Guinn of Cloudflare, a company that touches virtually all of the Internet, will cover these new advancements in encryption. He will provide the audience with insights around the...
Speaker
Trey Guinn

Solution Engineer
CloudFlare

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Thursday, April 06
3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

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