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Wielding the Shield: Tech Data’s Security Enforce 2019 Conference

Posted by Julie Wagoner on Dec 3, 2019 2:14:07 PM

Tech Data hosted its inaugural Security Enforce conference, Nov. 13-15 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona. 

The theme of this year’s Security Enforce Conference was “Wielding the Shield of Collaboration.” Many of the sessions focused on providing partners with the connections, offerings and strategies needed to assist in shielding your customers from the evolving threat landscape. 

Enforce attendees were also treated to an exclusive tour in the new Tech Data Cyber Range, which will help partners address the growing cybersecurity skills gap.

Day One

The business partner track began with a Welcome Reception. During the reception, our partners were invited to our expo hall to enjoy refreshments and a live band while meeting 30 of our vendors. Partners who attended were encouraged to visit the different booths to collect shields which were later redeemed for prize drawing tickets.

Day Two

Attendees gathered for a delicious breakfast on the outdoor patio of the Sheraton Grand. Day Two officially kicked off at 8:30am with an introduction to the conference by Marty Bauerlein, Senior Vice President, North American Sales, Tech Data. He shared his thoughts on recent news about Tech Data’s acquisition. Next, Marty introduced Alex Ryals, Vice President, Security Solutions, Tech Data to speak about the Cybersecurity Partner of the Future.

After his presentation, Alex welcomed Tech Data’s own CISO, Dan Lasher, to the stage to reflect on some of his own lessons learned on the job.

Janet Schijns, CEO of the JS Group presented the final keynote of the day sharing nine useful ways for partners to wake up to a digital future.

Thursday afternoon was dedicated to breakout sessions for the three different conference tracks. The business partner track started with an Incident Response Simulation Exercise followed by an excursion to the Tech Data Cyber Range. Brett Scott, Solutions Development Director led the immersive and engaging experience that simulated a cyberattack on a fictitious company and determined how you would respond. The outcome of the exercise was a better understanding of how to help your customers recover from this type of incident.

After the tour, partners were taken back to the Sheraton Grand to get ready for a night at TopGolf.

Day Three

The last day of the conference was highlighted by keynotes and a customer panel. Catherine Cheng, Global Director Distribution from Dell Technologies discussed the importance of Cyber Defense Awareness. She then had the honor of introducing Global Security Advisor, Futurist and NY Times’ best-selling author Marc Goodman, to the Enforce stage to share his presentation, “Cybersecurity in a Connected World.” After Marc’s keynote, Chris DesRosiers, Director of Security  Sales at Tech Data invited three customers on stage to join him for a panel session on our Security Practice Builder, which develops and enhances skillsets that enable a partner’s sales force to sell, deploy and deliver key security solutions and technologies.

Alex Ryals returned to the stage to giveaway prizes and for some final remarks. As attendees departed, they were given a copy of Marc Goodman’s book, Future Crimes, and a Lego kit of the Tech Data Cyber Range.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our 2019 Security Enforce Conference. We look forward to seeing you at our 2020 Security Enforce event!

For more information on Tech Data’s Cyber Range visit: cyberrange@techdata.com

Tags: Cyber Security, Cyber Center, Enforce