This web page has been placed in an archived state.  This event was held Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Hilton Garden Inn Downtown in Sioux Falls, S.D.


2019 Keynotes

Xigent takes pride in our long-lasting partner relationships, which is why we were thrilled to announce our speaker lineup for the 2019 Siouxland Cybersecurity Forum - and they sure delivered! Some of the IT industry's most well respected names joined us in Sioux Falls and divulged industry knowledge and share business-driven insights. Learn more about them below. 


If you weren't able to attend the 2019 event, we hope to see you in 2020!




Director, Global Incident Response



Sean Mason is the Director of Global Incident Response Practice. After serving his commitment to the US Air Force, Sean spent his career with Fortune 500 companies (Cisco, GE, Monsanto & Harris). Sean served as the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) representative for Harris from 2009-2011, helping to design and implement their SOC and IRT; also notable is that Sean was the Director of Incident Response for GE for a number of years, which included designing and leading the build outs of their SOC and Cyber Crime IR Teams. Sean also holds a number of industry certifications and dedicates time to ISC2, helping to design and develop certifications and exams such as the CISSP, CSSLP, and ISSMP. Sean resides in Orlando, Fla.

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Coley Burke is part of Zerto's executive leadership team and leads their America's sales efforts, focusing on growing existing and new customer account penetration within the region. Prior to joining Zerto, he spent more than ten years in key sales and business development roles at Dell EMC. Coley is a 26-year sales veteran in the IT industry; having worked previously for EMC, Kashya, IBM, Quantum and Arrow Electronics, with a background in storage and BCDR products and solutions. Coley holds a Bachelor of Science from Siena College. Coley resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.


VP Americas






Chief Technology Officer

State of South Dakota


Pat is responsible for the strategic vision and tactical planning of technical solutions for the State of South Dakota. In addition, serving also as Director of the State’s telecommunications division, Pat is responsible for all data, voice, video and radio tower communications, as well as operational security and endpoint computer support. Pat has worked for the state of South Dakota Bureau of Information and Telecommunications since 1996. Pat is the Immediate Past President of the National Association of State Technology Directors.     ⇒ Read full article


John Harmon is an alum of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and has more than ten years of business leadership and IT industry experience. Since joining FRSecure in 2012, John has worked with clients and partners to further their world class mission of building better security programs. As President, John has developed an affinity for information security regulation. His primary focus is helping our clients clarify requirements and start working toward an effective security strategy. John lives in Minneapolis.      ⇒ Read full article






Director of Sales Engineering



Jason is a cybersecurity expert with two decades of experience in the industry. Jason started his career in the United States Marine Corps as a Tactical Network Specialist. Since then, he has worked for various companies including Symantec, ArcSight and Hewlett-Packard. After spending the better part of the 2010's as a Sales Engineer, Jason became Director of Sales Engineering as Sophos. Jason resides in the Philadelphia area.    ⇒ Read full article


Born in Oakridge, TN – "The Secret City" – James Cabe spent the early years of his career in Cambridge MA working for BBN Planet (Autonomous System 1 on the internet). After being sold to the carrier GTE and spun off during the making of Verizon, James set course for New York and private network consulting and data security for legal firms, commodities trading networks and large global retail. In 2003, James moved to Houston, TX and began a career in oil and gas. The large independent E&P company formed an internal international consultancy to handle companies outside the scope of typical American IT operations. Operations in deep water and international made up the better part of the next decade. In the last three years James has worked for Fortinet as an SME and Evangelist for mega-corporation security architecture, encryption, authentication, and next generation security.   ⇒ Read full article


Sr. Security Strategist





Chief Security Officer

Xigent Solutions



Amos Aesoph leads Xigent Solutions’ Security Services and advises clients on security trends and best practices enabling policies, procedures and technologies to minimize vulnerabilities and business risk. As Solution Architect he works to understand the needs of the business and provide technical guidance to ensure that the system design will deliver the desired business outcomes. He enjoys working with people and feels one of his strengths is conveying complex and technical information in a way that "even my mother can understand." Amos uses these skills during a bi-weekly call-in radio show, where he and his colleagues answer questions on all things technology related. Amos makes his home in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Andy joins the Xigent team with experience that is built on the foundation of #PutYourNameOnIt. His background includes operating multi-state networks to architecting large scale nationwide solutions. In the off hours, Andy enjoys spending time with his family, farming and launching rockets. Andy calls Alexandria, Minn. his home. 


Director of Secure Network Solutions

Xigent Solutions