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Web 3.0 Security: What’s Now, Next, and Needed

February 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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Join us on Tuesday, February 21st at 3:00pm for a panel discussion with leading cyber experts to discuss the state of Web 3.0 Security, and what this means to consumers and the enterprise. Following the panel discussion, Softeq will host a happy hour at Station from 4:45pm to 6:00pm.

3:00pm – 3:30pm: Registration
3:30pm – 4:30pm: Panel Discussion
4:30pm – 4:45pm: Q&A
4:45pm – 6:00pm: Happy Hour @ Station Houston

The next phase of the Web 3.0 evolution is already in progress, driving a more integrated web experience where machines are able to understand, catalog and respond in ways similar to humans. Therefore, pace and scale of the rapidly evolving threat environment means new capabilities and functionalities are needed to deliver safe and secure solutions to support how we work, live and drive greater convergence to our digital identities. Through this panel of experts, we’ll explore the current state of the security landscape, trends and directions on what’s to come and perhaps most importantly, what problems need to be solved to support the growth of the Web 3.0 evolution.

Who should attend:

  • Startups focussed on cyber, payments, and IoT
  • CIOs and CISOs
  • Technology executives
  • Innovators seeking problem sets

Why you should attend:

  • Understand current trends, concerns, and problems
  • Learn where startups are innovating, and where large corporations have need
  • Network with executives, experts, and innovators focused on Web 3.0 Security


Christopher Bronk, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of computer and information systems and associate director of the Center for Information Security Research and Education. He holds additional appointments in Rice University’s Department of Computer Science and the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs. His research is focused in the area of cyber geopolitics with additional work in organizational innovation, knowledge management, and intelligence studies.

Bronk has provided commentary and opinion for a variety of news outlets, including the New York Times, Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, the BBC and the Houston Chronicle. Holding a Ph.D. from The Maxwell School of Syracuse University, Bronk also studied international relations at Oxford University and received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jack Jania serves as SVP Strategic Alliances for the financial services group of Gemalto North America. Mr. Jania consults with and advises the financial industry on the best business strategies to employ mobile, smart card payments and data security solutions. Previously, Mr. Jania worked in the mobile communication division, and was involved in the launch of smart cards supporting 3G wireless networks and NFC smart card technology. He has extensive component engineering, high speed microprocessor functional test and computer system level architecture design experience. Additionally he is the elected Co-chairman of the Smart Card Alliance payments council.

Christopher Maus, Chairman Founder of uQontrol, has 25 years experience in healthcare, IT, and consumer product startups. A holder of numerous patents, Mr. Maus was founder, Chairman and CEO of Lifenexus, Inc. and creator of the Personal Health Card for which he raised over $14 million including investments from VISA and MasterCard. Mr. Maus also founded Lifestream which he took public on the American Stock Exchange. He steered the company to a 6846% five-year revenue growth and received the prestigious Deloitte Technology “Fast Five Hundred” award, placing 24th.

Ross A. Leo has worked in Information Systems for 35 years, and has been an Information Security professional for over 30 years. He has worked internationally as a Systems Analyst/Engineer, and as a Security and Privacy Consultant. His past employers include IBM, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, Computer Sciences Corporation, and Rockwell International. A NASA contractor for 22 years, Mr. Leo was Director of Security Engineering and Chief Security Architect for Mission Control at the Johnson Space Center. More recently, Mr. Leo was the Director of Information Systems, and Chief Information Security Officer for the Managed Care Division of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Mr. Leo is a Past Member on the Editorial Boards for Auerbach Publishing and Homeland Security Magazine (ACFEI), and the Senior Advisory Panel for eWeek Publications. His industry guide “The HIPAA Program Reference Handbook”, was published in January 2005. Mr. Leo is currently Principal, IT Security & Governance with Nivola Healthcare Solutions, a company focused on delivering compliance, technology and training solutions to their clients.

Joe Alapat, CISSP, is the President and Co-founder of Liongard, a cybersecurity software company that addresses security at scale with a focus on continuously identifying security weaknesses prior to the incident.  Joe Alapat graduated with honors from Trinity University with a B.S. degree in Computer Science.  He started his technology career at Exxon and went on to own and operate an IT Service Provider that managed technology for SMB, Mid-market, and Enterprise environments.  After the sale of this business, he founded Liongard to address the growing cybersecurity challenge he observed personally.  He has industry expertise in Defense, Banking, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Oil & Gas, and Healthcare.  He has 20+ years of experience in IT infrastructure management, IT Security, application development, and analytics with a focus in the consulting and IT Service Provider space.

This event is powered by Softeq Development Corporation.


Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Softeq is a full-stack software development provider specializing in creating tech-intensive and research-driven solutions for a variety of leading technology firms globally. The company specializes in advanced web applications, mobile app solutions and low-level embedded programming which are the fabric of today’s wearables, the Internet of Things and cloud-based solutions. Softeq was founded in 1997 and is now celebrating its 20th anniversary in business.
In 2008, the company opened a branch in MinskBelarus, which now serves as the primary development center with over 200 full-time employees. Softeq is a resident of High Tech Park, a scientific and business cluster with one of the most technically advanced workforces in Europe. Softeq also serves as the parent company for zGames, a mobile casual game developer, and Durateq, which specializes in assistive listening and closed caption technology.  For more information visit www.softeq.com


February 21, 2017
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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