Cybersecurity with a Splash of Bourbon

Virtual Happy Hour

Black Button Distilling


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What to Expect

When it comes to protecting your Cybersecurity Posture, Alacrinet has you covered.

The cybersecurity landscape is ever-changing and staying on top of the latest solutions and features is critical. We invite you to join this virtual event to learn more about the latest features of industry-leading solutions and hear from IT security experts on the latest trends in our industry.

We have partnered with rThreat and IBM to break down the latest trends and solutions.

During this happy hour you'll hear from leaders in cybersecurity discuss in a round table format, some of the latest trends in security and how different solutions can mitigate these attacks.

Since this isn't your average webinar, you'll also meet Black Button Distilling and hear about their process, tasting notes, and have a chance to ask questions about the Bourbon during the call.

Once you are registered (below), we will ship you a bottle of Bespoke Bourbon Cream and surprise tasting features to enjoy during the virtual event.


  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Introduction to Black Button Distilling
  • The latest AI solutions IBM has on the market
  • rThreat Security
  • Round table discussion with Cybersecurity leaders
  • ‎Q&A

Event Date:

March 2, 2023

Event Time:

4:30 EST

Event Location:

Zoom Meeting

Event Sponsors

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Event Hosts & Speakers

Nicholas Gonzalez

Alacrinet Sr. Client Executive - East Coast Team Leader

Nicholas is an experienced business leader with skills in the delivery of IBM technology in the United States and Caribbean by identifying, qualifying, procuring and project-managing the successful implementation of software and hardware solutions across multiple IBM brands including: Cyber Security, Analytics, Data Governance, Portal, Social, Storage and Cloud software solutions.

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Nicholas has established strong relationships with our clients’ IT leaders, becoming a trusted IT partner, not a one-time implementation provider. Fully understanding a client’s IT and business needs enables Nicholas to coordinate and offer customized solutions that maximize the benefits our clients realize from IBM solutions. Nicholas also strengthened the IBM-Business Partner relationship, which has grown opportunities for services, software and hardware. Nicholas is also very involved in pre-delivery technical work, often leading or assisting in proof-of-concept and pilot projects with customers to highlight the business value and ROI with the solutions we sell.

Mike Pena

VP of Cyber Risk Services

Mike’s experience in cyber security includes consulting work with local, state, and federal agencies. Mike has consulted in various cyber security capacities for police departments, correctional facilities, and private security details over the course of his career. Additionally, Mike’s clientele in the private sector include Fortune 500 companies and represent industries such as manufacturing, logistics, retail, e-commerce, industrial chemicals, and agriculture.

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Mike began his career as an equity trader and worked in the financial services industry for almost a decade.  He held executive positions at several VC backed SaaS companies including AutoRef, Inc. Circe Software, and Themis Technologies.  

Mike holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics with an emphasis in Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Mike is a national scholar of the acclaimed Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans which includes members such as; Condoleezza Rice, Michael Bloomberg, and Howard Schultz.  Mike is an alumnus of Pittsburgh’s Alpha Lab Incubator class of 2013. His life and career was featured in a documentary by The Kauffman Foundation and in several publications including; U.S. News & World Report, TechCrunch, Los Angeles Business Journal, and The Wall Street Journal’s Marketwatch.

Rick Smudin

IBM Threat Domain Lead

Rick is a Threat Management SME for IBM’s Northeast Market (New England & Ohio Valley).

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Rick is a Threat Management SME for IBM’s Northeast Market (New England & Ohio Valley).  While at IBM and other companies, he’s been helping customers identify and secure their most critical assets in a variety of Solutions Engineering and Sales roles.  Rick has had the opportunity to work with both government and commercial organizations across a range of technologies including SIEM, Vulnerability Management, Application Scanning, Automation, Intrusion Prevention.

Michael T Harr

Threat Management Specialist

Mike has been with IBM Security for 8 years and specifically working with IBM's Threat Management portfolio (QRadar, SOAR/Resilient, XForce, Reaqta, Randori) for 6.

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Mike has been with IBM Security for 8 years and specifically working with IBM's Threat Management portfolio (QRadar, SOAR/Resilient, XForce, Reaqta, Randori) for 6. He is currently a Threat Management SME/Sales Leader for IBM's Northeast Market (NY, NJ, CT). Working to help clients (small, medium, large) to build out next generation Security Operations Centers and provide subject matter expertise in the areas of threat detection and response. Topics include XDR, SIEM, SOAR, Network Security, Cloud Security, Attack Surface Management, EDR, UBA and Threat Hunting.

Todd Rembe

Director, Strategic Accounts

Todd Rembe is the Vice President of Sales for rThreat, a Washington state-based company. When rThreat introduced itself at Black Hat 2020 Todd kicked off sales efforts soon thereafter.

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Over the course of the past two plus years, rThreat has grown revenue around the world, introducing itself at a next generation BAS (breach and attack emulation) platform.  Analysts call rThreat a BAE (breach and attack emulation) platform.  Prior to rThreat, Todd spent years representing Verizon and British Telecom globally developing largely outsourced solutions.  He especially appreciates the Alacrinet relationship which has become rThreat's champion and chief evangelist.

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Cybersecurity with a Splash of Bourbon, March 2, 2022


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