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Cofense Announces Keynote Speakers for Virtual Submerge 2020

Over 1,000 people are already registered for the global phishing defense event of the year, which will feature insights from top industry speakers on the latest phishing threat landscape and best practices for defense

Leesburg, Va. – Aug. 20Cofense®, the global leader in intelligent phishing defense solutions, today released its speaker lineup and agenda details for Virtual Submerge 2020, the Global Phishing Defense Event of the Year. Set to take place virtually Sept. 22-23, Submerge will feature on-demand content focused on the latest trends in phishing attacks and phishing defense, specifically developed for individuals with security leadership, incident response, threat intelligence and security awareness responsibilities.

Featured keynote speaker Dmitri Alperovitch, Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator and Co-Founder of Crowdstrike Inc., will join Cofense speakers Rohyt Belani, CEO and Co-Founder, Aaron Higbee, CTO and Co-Founder, and Keith Ibarguen, Chief Product Officer, to deliver thought-provoking keynote sessions. The Virtual Submerge 2020 agenda offers a variety of educational sessions and presentations that will examine the state of the industry’s phishing detection and response.

“On behalf of Cofense, I would like to thank our many speakers who each bring extremely valuable experience to share with our attendees – Virtual Submerge promises deeper, more hands-on content than ever before,” said Belani. “Sessions will arm attendees with the latest insights on how combining technology and human intelligence creates a network effect that can be leveraged to defend against threats and avoid a breach, while raising awareness of the ways malicious actors are actively targeting organizations every day.”

During the two-day event, Virtual Submerge will showcase information that security professionals can use to influence strategic planning and improve security operations. This includes the latest in phishing defense best practices, insights from global thought leaders on the current phishing threat landscape, and regionally focused snapshots into active threats that are targeting global businesses.

The following industry luminaries will also present during Virtual Submerge:

  • Nick Adams, GuideWire
  • Peter Crumpton, NFU Mutual
  • Jason Bohr and Ryan Praskovitch, Nationwide Insurance
  • Tony Fachaux, National Bank of Canada
  • JJ Hodges, Community Health Systems
  • Lisa Plaggemier, Media Pro
  • Susan Rassas, Shell Information Technology
  • Lori Temples & Elizabeth McConnell, GreenSky
  • Peter Vu, NRI Secure
  • Jeff Van Wingerden (CRISC), Sound Transit

“As the global phishing defense event of the year, it is our mission to bring the security community together for two days to emphasize the threat of phishing attacks. Whether you are a security executive, awareness professional or analyst, Virtual Submerge has breakout sessions designed specifically for you,” added Higbee. “Our team is committed to promoting unique perspectives on the evolving phishing threat landscape, and the most effective tools, techniques, and intelligence to stop phishing attacks in their tracks.”

Cofense’s network of over 20 million human sensors around the world empowers organizations with intelligence to rapidly stop phishing attacks, even after they have evaded Secure Email Gateway (SEG) technologies. To learn more about Virtual Submerge and to register, please visit

About Cofense
Cofense®, the leading provider of intelligent phishing defense solutions worldwide, is uniting humanity against phishing. The Cofense suite of products combines timely attack intelligence on phishing threats that have evaded perimeter controls and were reported by employees, with best-in-class security operations technologies to stop attacks faster and stay ahead of breaches. Cofense customers include Global 1000 organizations in defense, energy, financial services, healthcare and manufacturing sectors that understand how changing user behavior will improve security, aid incident response and reduce the risk of compromise. For additional information, please visit or connect with us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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