EDGE2016 now seeking sponsors for annual cybersecurity conference

National cybersecurity conference extends partnership opportunities for first fall event in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE, TN (July 22, 2016)EDGE2016 Security Conference, an emerging, world-class conference where complex business security problems meet real-world solutions, is now expanding strategic partnership opportunities for companies and organizations for their inaugural conference October 18-19 at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Keynote speakers at the conference include Theresa Payton, former White House CIO, cybersecurity authority and expert on identity theft and the Internet of Things (IoT); and Kevin Poulsen, a former hacker once wanted by the FBI turned cyber security expert and currently the editor at Wired magazine.

“We are in a unique position to offer a world-class IT security conference, not just for IT professionals, but for C-level executives and business owners who have the authority to institute change within their organization,” said John McNeely, president of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, the IT security firm hosting EDGE2016. “Cyber security is on everyone’s mind, and if it isn’t, it should be. We want to take the conversation of data security and move it toward action. To do that, we are looking to partner with companies who want to advance the IT security industry through innovation and collaboration.”

Current sponsors for EDGE2016 include Avnet, Barracuda, CHATECH, Forcepoint, Kaspersky Lab, Tenable Network Security, and Trend Micro.

Premium sponsorships packages offer a variety of options, including speaking opportunities in the general sessions, complimentary EDGE2016 passes, and brand recognition and awareness before, during and after the conference. Additionally, sponsors will receive a 10 percent discount on EDGE2016 passes that can be distributed to their customers and prospects.

“There are opportunities for every price point to get involved with EDGE2016,” said McNeely. “From our exclusive After Hours ‘Create-Your-Own-Event’ reception to lunch and industry panel sponsorships, we’re providing as many options as possible for our sponsors to network, engage and interact with attendees.”

Booth space at the conference is included in each premium sponsorship package, and there are a limited number of sponsorships available.

For more information about EDGE2016 sponsorship opportunities, visit:

About Sword & Shield Enterprise Security

Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. assists clients in all aspects of the security and compliance lifecycle, from managed security services and threat analysis to compliance assessments in PCI, HIPAA and more. Protecting critical data since 1997, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. is the premier holistic information security provider. With solutions designed to meet the needs of a dynamic security and compliance landscape, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security delivers evaluation, remediation, and ongoing monitoring and management to ensure businesses maintain the most comprehensive security posture possible. For more information about Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, visit

About EDGE2016

EDGE2016 Security Conference is the inaugural offering of the annual EDGE Security Conferences presented by Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. EDGE2016 is focused on exploring real-world solutions to today’s toughest cybersecurity challenges. Dedicated to advancing the security industry through comprehensive world-class sessions, EDGE2016 is designed to educate business professionals and encourage information security professionals to openly discuss the issues that are facing their industry to foster a community of creative problem solvers.

Early registration discounts are going on now through August 15. Educators and students discounts are also available. For more information about EDGE2016 and to register, visit


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