NEF Cloud Symposium 2018

Lessons learned through cloud migrations -- how to create a secure, cost-effective and robust network in an uncertain workplace

Northeastern University
Wednesday, March 28th

Join NEF and business technology leaders within security, networking and cloud industries for a formal discussion of the actual state of affairs around cloud today -- no hype, just the facts.

Attendees will come away with real-life case study examples of how to build an effective cloud strategy or how to pivot on an existing implementation, and most importantly what pitfalls to avoid.

Panelists will include subject matter experts within cloud, security, network architecture and end-user industries.

Panel discussion topics include:

  • What is the actual state of affairs around the cloud today?
  • I don't have an unlimited budget -- where do I start with security?
  • Who is responsible for security measures -- the end-user or cloud provider?
  • Where are your packets actually traveling on route to the cloud?
  • Lessons learned through cloud migrations -- how to create a secure, cost-effective and robust network in an uncertain workplace

Get to know our panelists:

Brian Harris
CISO and Head of Technical Operations

Brian Harris joined DraftKings in December 2014 as the Director of IT.  In his current role as CISO and Head of Technical Operations, Brian has architected DraftKings' OnPrem and Cloud Security for all of DraftKings' infrastructure and oversees security operations, including strategy, policy, design and InfoSec risk assessments.

Prior to DraftKings, Brian was head of Global IT and IT Security at TripAdvisor and Vice President of Technology at G4S Technology Software Solutions.

Brian holds CISSP, CISM & CCNA +Sec security credentials and has multiple years of AWS cloud experience.

Dana Conneally, Esq.
Chief Strategy Officer

Prior to joining Evidox, Mr. Conneally was National Manager of Litigation Technology, Goodwin Procter LLP.  He began managing complex litigation discovery projects in 2000.  Mr. Conneally's experience includes digital forensic investigations, electronic data preservation and collection, and drafting discovery motions  He is also an Encase Certified Examiner.  At Evidox, Mr. Conneally is responsible for identifying developing technologies that can be utilized to mitigate risk, increase productivity, and reduce costs related to the discovery process.  He received his J.D. from Suffolk University School of Law, his B.A. from Gordon College, and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.

Bill Fistori
Co-Founder & CEO

Bill Fistori is a strategy leader and technology entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in business development, operations and strategic partnerships.  Bill has helped shape numerous technology companies, driving above-market revenue growth and invigorating corporate cultures and organizations.  He played a pivotal role in transforming two commodity technology companies into specialized and highly-profitable technology leaders.  Bill holds a B.S. from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Charlton School of Business and completed the Entrepreneurial Master's Program sponsored by MIT.

Vlad Friedman

Vlad is a seasoned IT veteran with over 25 years of mission-critical IT experience.  Vald joined the DataBank management team as CTO in September 2017 with the acquisition of Edge Hosting.  In his role as DataBank's Chief Technology Officer, Vlad guides the direction for development, implementation and management of the company's overall technology strategies.  Prior to DataBank, Vlad founded Edge Hosting, a compliance-driven IaaS and PaaS Managed Cloud Hosting service provider, in 1998 as a spin-off from his first IT venture ACS, which was started in 1991 while he was still a student at the University of Maryland.  Under Vlad's direction, the company flourished to thousands of servers in geographically diverse data centers, hosting highly secure, mission-critical hosting for web and line-of-business applications.

Craig Macfarlane
CTO & Co-Founder

For more than 30 years, Craig has been a chief technology officer and/or managed large IT projects including Internet systems at a number of Boston-area companies.  Prior to co-founding TDS, Craig directed the technology strategy and execution at Student Advantage and iCAST.  Before iCAST, Craig was vice president of advanced media development at Strategic Interactive Group (now called Digitas), a Boston-based direct marketer and interactive agency firm.  He led teams that designed and built websites and content management systems for IBM, AT&T, Kraft, LL Bean and other companies.


3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Arrival & Networking
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm - Panel Discussion
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm - Cocktails & Hors d'Oeuvres

Directions & Parking:

Northeastern University Alumni Center
716 Columbus Avenue
6th Floor (Pavilion)
Boston, Massachusetts

Parking:  Visitor parking is available at the Renaissance Parking Garage down the street from the event at 835 Columbus Avenue.  (*Please note that the Columbus Parking Area across the street from the event is for monthly pass holders only.)  

Public transportation:  The venue is a short walk from a few MBTA stops, including the Ruggles stop on the Orange Line, the Northeastern University stop on the Green E Line, and the Mass Ave @ Columbus Ave stop on the 1 Bus.

Click here for a full campus map.
Click here for directions to visitor parking.
Click here for the MBTA Trip Planner.

For more information, please contact NEF Marketing Manager Sarah Johnson at or at 617-597-6799.