Cyber Security

Cybersecurity impacts everyone in the Digital Dallas community. Whether they are from big brands, agencies, startups, or small business entrepreneurs, data security touches each part of the customer experience, from marketing to service delivery to payments, to much more.

The threats are real, gaining the information needed to understand these threats and protect their business is left to our individuals and companies they represent. They know this is an important issue, but also know they don’t know enough to feel safe with their business.

Digital Dallas will convene a panel of data security experts who represent a cross section of our membership (startups, agencies, brands, solopreneuers). The panel will be charged with walking through an examination of the threats posed to our members, and information they need to protect their business.

A secondary result from this panel event should be the formation of a Cybersecurity group, within Digital Dallas, that works to curate and publish content relevant to our members on a regular basis. The purpose of which is to keep them informed, educated, and better prepared to help grow their business in the wake of increasing security threats.


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The Panelists


Mike Saylor

Executive Director, Cyber Defense Labs

mike-saylor.jpgAccomplished, outcome-driven Technology professional with 14+ years of Cyber Security-specific experience (20+ years of total IT experience) and year-over-year success in leading complex, challenging IT Security and Risk Management initiatives. Uniquely qualified as a leader with a solid knowledge of operations, strategy and management who has enjoyed repeated success guiding highly skilled, cross functional teams in areas of security, audit, and compliance. Highly competitive, passionate, persuasive and articulate, able to forge solid relationships with upper-level executives and build consensus across multiple organization levels. Experienced public speaker and writer on topics of technology, security, and cyber crime. Stays current with changes in the industry through professional affiliations and continuing professional development.



Director Information Security and Risk management, Thomson Reuters

Girish-Chiruvolu.jpgA strategic out-of-box thinker, passionate hi-tech executive and a management professional with a passion for solving real problems that add value to customers, and mankind in general. As a well-rounded Techno-MBA with years of experience, he balances the technology and business aspects; an expert in building business and marketing plans, innovative products launch and their lifecycle management, team management and handling P&L. Accumulated deep market insights into several verticals such as Telecom, E-commerce, Finance, Healthcare and Enterprise.

As a Founder and CEO of Truesigna, he has been instrumental and passionate about bringing change in the Cyber security and online fraud by addressing the fundamental issues such as smart authentication and ID management, payments, banking (online/mobile), Enterprise (Microsoft), and cloud computing exceeding some of the industry standards such as FFIEC, HIPAA, PCI DSS and SOX. He is spearheading the efforts on both R&D and Marketing/Business development setting traction in motion.

A speaker at several selected conferences and workshops, with over 17+ patents and several publications has also been an adjunct faculty at UT Dallas, SMU, U Dallas, and UNT Dallas.


Jeff Schilling

Chief Security Officer, Firehost

jeff-schilling.jpgjoined FireHost as the chief security officer and is responsible for the cyber and physical security programs for the corporate environment and customer hosted capabilities. Previous to joining FireHost, Jeff was the Director of the Global Incident Response practice for Dell SecureWorks where his team supported over 300 customers with incident response planning, capabilities development, digital forensics investigations and active incident management. Jeff retired from the US Army after 24 years of service in July of 2012. In his last assignment, Jeff was the Director of the Army’s global Security Operations Center under US Army Cyber Command. In this position, Jeff was responsible for synchronizing the global security operations/monitoring and incident response for over 1 million computer systems, on 350 wide area networks, supporting all Army organizations in over 2500 locations. Previous to this position, Jeff was the Director of the Department of Defense’s (DOD) global Security Operations Center with Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, where he managed security operations and global incident management for over 4 million globally connected computer systems.

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