Bala Venkat, Cenzic

November 24, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Bala Venkat, Cenzic 

Venkat_BalaBala Venkat
Chief Marketing Officer

Bala joined Cenzic in 2012, bringing more than 25 years of technology industry leadership and executive management experience to his role with the company. As the Chief Marketing Officer, he oversees the marketing direction for Cenzic including strategy, branding,go-to-market programs, the cloud business and channels management.tian xiao cheng

Recognized as a visionary, Bala brings the unique talent to blend business, technology, and market trends into compelling value proposition. His career is marked with valuable contributions in the enterprise software, internet security, data center, mobility, analytics, and the cloud computing domain.

Most recently, Bala co-founded a mobility software company, successfully grew it from 5 to 100 + employees, and oversaw a successful acquisition by private investors. Prior to that, he championed marketing efforts to drive SAP AG into the SME segment. Before his career at SAP AG, he led the global sales and marketing at Trend Micro where he built the SMB business ground-up and grew it over 75% in a year. Bala also held solutions management, technical, sales, business development, branding, and marketing leadership roles at Sprint Wireless, Exodus Communications, and Procter & Gamble; and managed P & L for various business units delivering over $ 500 M in revenues. At Trend Micro and Sprint, he spearheaded the channel strategy, developed the VAR, OEM, SI, Affiliate, Private Label, and Distributor partnerships and doubled channel coverage rapidly.sumo wrestling suits for sale


Bala earned his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from IIT Bombay, India, and Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Wesley Simpson,Turner Broadcasting System

November 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Wesley Simpson,Turner Broadcasting System 

Wesley SimpsonWesley Simpson
Vice President, Media Asset Management
Turner Broadcasting System

Wesley Simpson is a VP with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., (TBS Inc.) working in the field of Media Asset Management since 2000. During that time, he has worked in the media and entertainment industry building solutions for the global media supply chain to deliver content digitally. Wesley partners with the various broadcast networks on creating and implementing file based digital library solutions around open technologies for the media production workflows from ingest to play-out to archive. Within the Turner organization, Wesley represents the initiatives on various working teams including content management, search, transport, metadata management, file-based workflows, storage initiatives, media standards, enterprise media services, planning and strategy.Inflatable Happy Clown Bouncer

Prior to joining Turner, Wesley has worked at Delta Air Lines, Bank of America and IBM managing and developing web based software for the airline and banking industries.

Ralph Echemendia, Red-E Digital

November 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Ralph Echemendia, Red-E Digital 

Raplh Echemendia - Red-eDigitalRalph Echemendia, Ethical Hacker
Chief Executive Officer
Red-E Digital

Ralph Echemendia has been involved in the research and development of internationally recognized courseware and certifications as well as key security technologies currently powering some of the most powerful e-commerce sites on the Internet.

He often collaborates with other well-known industry professionals on many different areas of information security and has been a freelance technical editor for Pearson Education, EC Council, Jones & Bartlett and Cisco Press. Mr. Echemendia has appeared on KTLA, CNN, Fox News, Animal Planet, USA Today and Forbes magazine.

Mr. Echemendia has applied his knowledge and experience in digital security to the entertainment industry as Information Security Executive for Terremark Worldwide, which was acquired in early 2011 by Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ).

For over 20 years, he has conducted secure infrastructure deployments, security audits and penetration tests, managed numerous technology teams and budgets as well as consulted for multiple organizations around the world, including the United Nations, various hospitals and financial institutions. Over the last 10 years he has written and delivered training on Hacking and other information security topics to the US Marines Corps, NASA, Army, Navy, SPAWAR, Bristol Meyer Squibb, Google, Oracle, AMEX, Boeing, Intel, Microsoft, Symantec and IBM.Inflatable Dream Castle

Mr. Echemendia has handled some of the largest breaches and cases in the entertainment industry and has successfully provided corporations and law enforcement the necessary evidence to prosecute. Recently he has joined forces with some Hollywood’s most influential names to address operational security, intellectual property and piracy issues.

Jean-Michel Masson, Civolution

November 22, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Jean-Michel Masson, Civolution 

Jean-Michel Masson - CivolutionJean-Michel Masson
Senior Vice President Watermarking Solutions

Jean-Michel is managing R&D and Operations for Civolution watermarking products. Prior to his current position, he was general manager of the Thomson STS business unit, which was acquired by Civolution in July 2009. Jean-Michel has been in the broadcast industry since the beginning of his career, with a focus since the late 90’s on watermarking technologies and associated markets. He founded Nextamp in 2002, a company funded by VCs to develop and commercialize watermarking solutions. He joined Thomson in 2005, as Nextamp was acquired and consolidated in the Thomson STS business unit.

Ted Johnson, Variety

November 21, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Ted Johnson, Variety 

Ted Johnson - VarietyTed Johnson
Senior Editor

Francisco Artes, NSS Labs

November 18, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Francisco Artes, NSS Labs 

Frank Artes - NSSLabs x300Francisco Artes
Chief Technology Architect
NSS Labs

Chief Technology Architect Francisco Artes is a recognized information security executive who has helped form many of the best practices for securing intellectual property within the computer gaming, motion picture, and television industries. Mr. Artes is also known for his work on cybercrime, hacking, and forensic security with various federal, state and local government organizations as well as law enforcement agencies such as the US Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI, Texas Rangers, and US Marshals.

Prior to joining NSS Labs, Mr. Artes served as Vice President, Chief Architect / Content Protection for Trace3, and as Vice President, Security Worldwide for Deluxe Entertainment Services Group. Mr Artes has presented on six of the seven continents and serves on several boards.

Bill Frack, L.E.K. Consulting

November 15, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Bill Frack, L.E.K. Consulting 

Bill Frack - LEK x300Bill Frack
Managing Director
L.E.K. Consulting

Bill is a Managing Director and Partner in L.E.K.’s Media and Entertainment practice. Bill has 25 years of experience in strategy, organization and mergers & acquisitions and has overseen a wide range of content protection projects.

Example engagements include:

-Estimation of movie piracy impact in 22 countries
-Anti-piracy assessment and strategy for two leading studios
-Multiple evaluations of providers of anti-piracy countermeasures
-Anti-piracy strategy for leading international ISP
-Assessment of the impact of digital transition on home video windows for a major studio
-Assessment of impact of over-the-top TV viewership on consumer behavior and traditional channels of distribution
-Cross-industry study of anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy best practices

Bill originally joined L.E.K. in 1987 as an Associate.

Bill was awarded a Master of Business Administration from the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD). He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Princeton University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Ian Hamilton, Signiant

November 15, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Ian Hamilton, Signiant 

Ian HamiltonIan Hamilton
Chief Technology Officer and Engineering

Ian Hamilton has been an innovator and entrepreneur in Internetworking infrastructure and applications for more than 20 years. As a founding member of Signiant, he has led the development of innovative software solutions to address the challenges of fast, secure content distribution over the public Internet and private intranets for many of the media and entertainment industries’ largest companies. Prior to Signiant, Ian was Chairman and Vice President of Product Development at ISOTRO Network Management. He was responsible for launching ISOTRO’s software business unit and created the NetID product suite before the company was successfully acquired by Bay Networks. Ian held senior management positions at Bay Networks and subsequently Nortel Networks, from which Signiant emerged. Previously Ian was a Member of Scientific Staff at Bell Northern Research performing applied research and development in the areas of Internetworking and security.Mission

Michael Smith, Akamai

November 7, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Michael Smith, Akamai 

Mike Smith - Akamai

Michael Smith
CSIRT Director

Mike Smith serves as the Director for Akamai’s Customer Security Incident Response Team and is responsible for leading a team of web security incident responders and researchers that study the tactics, techniques, and procedures of web attackers and apply that knowledge to help protect Akamai customers during events such as site defacements, data breaches, and distributed denial of service.  Prior to his current role, Mr Smith served as Akamai’s Security Evangelist and as the customer-facing ambassador for the Information Security Team, helping customers to understand both the internal security program and the unique security features and capabilities of the Akamai product portfolio and cloud-based solutions.


Ryan Kalember, WatchDox

November 7, 2013 · Posted in Speaker Bios · Comments Off on Ryan Kalember, WatchDox 

Ryan Kalember_6803_pvRyan Kalember
Chief Product Officer

Ryan is responsible for WatchDox’s products and marketing. He focuses on making sure as many organizations as possible know how WatchDox can protect their most sensitive information. With 14 years of experience in a variety of roles in the US and EMEA, Ryan has an extensive background in information security. Prior to WatchDox, Ryan ran solutions across HP’s portfolio of security products. Before its acquisition by HP, Ryan was director of products at ArcSight. Previously with VeriSign, Ryan held a variety of positions, including EMEA regional manager and senior product manager. Prior to its acquisition by VeriSign, Kalember was one of the founding members of Guardent’s consulting practice, helping clients build many of the world’s leading security organizations. Before joining Guardent, Ryan co-founded a company that created authentication and encryption tools, working with financial institutions and government agencies before contributing the technology to the open source community.

Ryan received his bachelor’s degree from Stanford University, where he studied fault tolerance, cryptography, and authentication algorithms.

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