We’ve Got Your Back: Meet Our Cybersecurity Panel

One July 22nd at the Dallas Entrepreneur Center, we will present a panel of experts discussing Cybersecurity and why it matters to your business.

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Everyone from our panel is local, has been working in cybersecurity for a long time, and holds esteemed credentials among their peers. But don't take our word for it, check out more about our panel below.


Mike Saylor

Executive Director, Cyber Defense Labs

Professor, University of Texas-Dallas


What he does:

    • Leads a national cyber security and research organization that helps corporations improve security to become technology resilient
    • Leverages his 14+ years of cyber security-specific experience
    • 20+ years of total IT experience

Cybersecurity cred includes: 

    • Worked as a personal bodyguard
    • Wrote a chapter for a digital crime and digital terrorism textbook
    • Member of the Cyber Crime Committee for the North Texas Crime Commission




Girish Chiruvolu

Dir. Information Security and Risk Management, Thomson Reuters

Former Vice President of Information Security, Citi


What he does:

    • Integrates technology muscle into the business environment
    • Helps build and maintain secure and robust IT infrastructures
    • Blends his Ph.D. in computer science with his MBA to solve cybersecurity problems in the real world

Cybersecurity cred includes: 

    • Holds more than 17 technology patents
    • Launched his own company built on his patented disruptive technology that provides on demand, one-time disposable access codes
    • Serves on the adjunct faculty at University of Texas-Dallas, Southern Methodist University, the University of Dallas and University of North Texas-Dallas




Jeff Schilling

Chief Security Officer, FireHost

Former Director, U.S. Army Global Security Ops Center


What he does:

    • Supervises cyber and physical security programs for a global provider of secure cloud hosting
    • Leads efforts that have blocked more than 60 million cyber attacks on customers since 2012

Cybersecurity cred includes: 

    • Synchronized global security ops, monitoring and response for more than 1 million computer systems, on 350 wide area networks, in more than 2,500 global locations
    • Directed the Department of Defense Global Security Ops Center and managing security for more than 4 million globally connected computer systems
    • Retired after 24 years of service in the U.S. Army




Our moderator: Danielle Abril

Technology Editor, Dallas Business Journal


What she does:

Covers corporate and startup technology news across the Metroplex and across mediums including print, online and on social mediaReports and writes breaking technology news in a digital-first newsroom

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  • Casey Miller
    Instant info access! Excellent panel of experts.