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Panel Discussion: The Growing Security Challenges of Voice Interfaces

The last three years have seen tremendous growth of Amazon Alexa and other voicefirst platforms such as Google Home and Siri. As of January 2019, more than 66 million adults in the U.S. have at least one smart speaker installed, representing 40% growth over the prior year. However, there’s a BIG issue developers face when building compelling skills—the lack of real identity assurance native to these platforms.

Philadelphia cybersecurity startup, Privakey, will moderate a panel discussion on the growing security challenges of these emerging voice platforms. Panelists from a diverse variety of industries will provide insights on how they are balancing voice innovation with consumer security. They will discuss their plans for implementing voice technology throughout the customer experience, and their vision for voice interfaces in the years to come. Morgan Lewis, a renowned law firm, is co-hosting the panel discussion with Privakey at their offices in Center City.


3:00-3:15 Check-In

3:15-4:45 Panel Discussion

4:45-6:00 Networking Reception

The panel will include the following participants:

Ezra Church, Partner, Morgan Lewis

Ezra D. Church focuses his practice on class action lawsuits and complex commercial and product-related litigation, with particular emphasis on the unique issues facing retail, ecommerce, and other consumer-facing companies. Ezra also focuses on privacy and data security matters, and regularly advises and represents clients in connection with these issues. He is co-chair of Morgan Lewis’s Class Action Working Group.

Jim Lewis, Director, Solutions Strategy & Development, SEI Investments

Jim is responsible for the strategic direction, design, and development of SEI’s technology platform used for providing back and middle office services to traditional and alternative investment manager clients. . Serving as head of innovation for the Investment Manager Services division (IMS), Jim seeks to ensure that SEI and its clients are primed to benefit from the newest technological innovations while using best practices in the industry. Jim is tasked with researching and testing technology by developing proof of concepts, with a focus on increasing automation and process improvement.

Sanjeev Surati, CEO, Whetstone Technologies

Sanjeev Surati is the CEO of Whetstone Technologies and has a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Willamette University. An over 30 year career in the software industry has provided highlights such as ibeing a Lead Developer on Windows 2000 and WIndows XP (WMI Team); writting the first POC for an instant messaging application on Windows 95 that became MSN Messenger; Overseeing the first implementation of Internet Explorer clients using SPNEGO and Kerberos to automatically authenticate to an Apache Web Server running on Unix; Architecting and implementing a software licensing DRM solution for both on-premise Windows servers and clients running on Windows PC and, iOS and Android devices.

Ian Lebbern, VP, Technology, Engine Room Technologies

Ian Lebbern has a wide range of Information Security experience across multiple lines of business. His 15 years of experience includes both web application and mobile application development for large clients including Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Wawa, JP Morgan Chase, and Barclays. Ian has specialized in application security assurance and is well versed in securing an organization's SDLC and cloud infrastructure, and has frequently consulted on enterprise risk management and regulatory compliance projects. In 2014 Ian graduated from the University of Delaware with an M.S. in Management Information Systems.

Nate Davis, VP, Healthcare Experience Transformation, Digitas Health

Nate directs innovative and award-winning digital experiences for Fortune 50 companies. For 20 years, he’s led creative and development teams, driving digital for some of the world's most iconic brands including Pfizer, Heineken, Johnson & Johnson, Abercrombie & Fitch, Campbell's Soup Company, CoverGirl, Subaru, and the NFL. Nate is a rare blend of technical savvy, strategic insight, and razor-sharp UX design. He thrives in the sunny spaces between business objectives and creative execution.

Michael Gould, Clinical Data Architect, Independence Blue Cross

Michael Gould is a Clinical Data Architect at Independence Blue Cross (IBC). In this role, he leads efforts to integrate clinical data with claims data and he has primary technical responsibility for Independence’s relationship with HealthShare Exchange, the regional platform for health information exchange, population health, and interoperability based in Philadelphia and serving patients, providers, payers, and others throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and beyond. Michael is a graduate of Iona College and Drexel University. He is a certified professional in health information management systems by the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

For more information on Privakey’s security solution for voice interfaces visit their website.

For more information about Morgan Lewis visit their website.

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