The organizers of ISC West have released the line-up of keynote speakers scheduled to appear during the conference, held in Las Vegas at the Venetian Expo, March 28-31. 

This year’s presentations include five high profile individuals who are widely-respected for their professional and lifetime achievements. Following is a brief description of each keynote session and the topics of the discussions, which range from cybersecurity intrigue, securing events at major venues and the art of high impact leadership.

Following are the featured presenters.

Wed., March 29 | 8:45-9:45 a.m. | Venetian Ballroom F
Speaker: Theresa Payton

Cybersecurity expert Theresa Payton, the first female White House CIO, will present “Secure the Future: Cybersecurity Trends & Best Practices for Business.”

This is not your typical “gloom and doom” security talk. Be prepared instead for the fascinating, true-crime style approach @TrackerPayton was known for on the CBS hit show Hunted, with practical, real-world stories that are as entertaining as they are helpful and immediately actionable strategies for keeping your business, your people, and your data secure. 

Payton will brief audience members on the current threat landscape, what to watch out for, how to respond if targeted and what businesses can do today to be prepared for the future.

Thur., March 30 | 8:45-9:45 a.m. | Venetian Ballroom F
Speakers: Jim Mercurio, John Bertsch & Joe Monroe

 In a session titled “Leveraging Technology in Modern Security Operations for Major Events,” a trio of panelists will explore how security technologies are effectively deployed to mitigate risks, improve emergency response, inform decision-making and maintain a safe environment for major sport and entertainment events.

 The featured panelists are:

 Jim Mercurio, executive vice president & general manager of Levi’s Stadium, home of the San Francisco 49ers. In his current role, Mercurio oversees all aspects of stadium & event operations. He additionally manages all police, safety & security services, including 24/7 stadium security operations, and game & event day medical services at Levi’s Stadium.

John Bertsch, executive director, global safety and security for the IRONMAN Group, the world’s preeminent leader in participatory outdoor major sporting events.  Bertsch leads the planning, preparation, response and recovery from disruptive events which may impact IRONMAN Groups employees or global business operations.

 Joe Monroe, chief of police with the University of Kentucky since 2009. Monroe was instrumental in the restructuring of campus safety units at the university where he now oversees the operations of the police, security for UK HealthCare facilities, campus security technology and several other units. Additionally, he serves on the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) advisory board.

Fri., March 31 | 10:10-11 a.m. | The Bridge - Booth #25063
Speaker: Alison Levine

Join the SIA Women in Security Forum for a keynote address from alpinist Alison Levine, a leadership coach who has climbed the highest peak on every continent, served as the team captain of the first American Women’s Everest Expedition, and skied across the Arctic Circle to the geographic North Pole. In January 2008 she made history as the first American to follow a remote route across west Antarctica for 600 miles to the South Pole. Levine will provide insights into “The Art of High-Impact Leadership” as she shares stories and lessons from her mountaineering experience, her New York Times best-selling book “On the Edge” and her role as an adjunct professor at West Point.

For more information about the keynotes, as well as other educational offerings at ISC West, go here.