Sights and Sounds from Centrify Connect 2016 Day One

Hundreds of Centrify customers descended this week on NYC at the Park Central Hotel to meet up with peers across dozens of industries and geographies. Customers of Centrify hail from some of the largest banks and financial institutions to the most sensitive areas of the government, from the most premium brands of retail to some of the largest healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. All of these customershamilton centrify connect have gathered with a common goal of improving identity security across their respective organizations.

Day one started with a bang with a special performance from actors who performed a Centrify-themed Hamilton act.

After that was time for the first keynote, which was given by retired four-star general Michael Hayden, the first and only director of both the CIA and the NSA. He discussed the shift in danger from just rogue nation states to gangs and individuals when it comes to security. He described how attacks are evolving from theft and invasion of privacy to truly existential threats to companies, infrastructure and even nations.

Following the general was Tom Kemp, CEO and co-founder of Centrify. He presented on “The New Perimeter: Identity Security,” which was live streamed on Centrify’s YouTube channel:

After Tom, the day continued with business and technical tracks covering everything from the ROI of identity security to the anatomy of a cyberattack, from the testimonies of Centrify customers to a panel on securing your big data rollout. All of these sessions were well attended and well received.

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Before the day finished we also heard a third keynote from Andras Cser, vice president and principal analyst for security and identity at Forrester research. He discussed Privileged Identity Management (PIM) with a focus on security risk and the impact of mobile & cloud on business realities. He also shared Forrester’s market predictions and data on PIM in the extended enterprise.

Day one wrapped up with a great reception with leading mixologist Greg Seider. Greg is the author of “Alchemy in a Glass: The Essential Guide to Handcrafted Cocktails.” He is founder of New York’s award-winning The Summit Bar, co-owner of the Manhattan Cricket Club and has developed cocktail programs for the three-Michelin-starred restaurants, Le Bernadin and Minetta Tavern. (Needless to say, drinks were mixed, stories were swapped and the weight of the world was momentarily lifted from all those that attended).

It was a great start to #CentrifyConnect! Who is ready for Day Two?