The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) announced that high-tech venture capitalist Ted Schlein will be the keynote speaker at the Center’s fourth annual cybersecurity conference, Networking the Solution, on October 27 at the Tampa Convention Center.

A 30-year industry veteran, Schlein is a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), where he focuses on early-stage technology companies in the enterprise software and infrastructure markets, including the networking and consumer security arenas. He has led KPCB’s involvement in such successful investment ventures as Mandiant, Chegg, LifeLock, ArcSight, Corio, and others.

“Mr. Schlein has been an influential force in cybersecurity since he helped launch the first commercial antivirus software at Symantec in the early 1990s,” said Sri Sridharan, director of the Florida Center for Cybersecurity. “His technical background and renowned entrepreneurial expertise have made him a thought leader in the industry, and we look forward to a deeply insightful and enlightening address.”

The conference is supported in part by Tampa-based information security firm and Presenting Sponsor ReliaQuest with additional support from Abacode and other partners. The keynote address is presented by USF and The SunTrust Foundation Lecture Series.

About Ted Schlein

Schlein is currently #90 on The Midas List, Forbes magazine’s list of top tech investors. He has been with KPCB since 1996, overseeing a variety of successful investments. Before joining KPCB, Schlein served as vice president, Enterprise Solutions at Symantec. He is the former chair of the National Venture Capital Association and sits on the board of directors of 3VR, Area 1 Security, Alien Vault, Chegg, FullStory, Inspirato, Ionic Security, IronNet Cybersecurity, IronPlanet, Phantom Security,, Shape Security, Synack, and Trusona. Schlein also sits on the board of trustees at InQTel, a nonprofit strategic investment firm that supports the Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies. He is frequently called upon by the media to comment on emerging trends in cybersecurity.

About Networking the Future

Networking the Future is the Florida Center for Cybersecurity’s fourth annual conference and will host hundreds of cybersecurity technical and non-technical stakeholders from industry, government, the military, and academia for a comprehensive exploration of emerging threats, best practices, research, workforce development, and today’s hottest cyber trends. To register for the conference, visit

About the Florida Center for Cybersecurity

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) is a statewide resource for cybersecurity education, community engagement, and innovative interdisciplinary research. The Center fosters collaboration between diverse stakeholders and serves as a clearinghouse for partners in academia, government, defense, and industry to share knowledge, resources, and best practices to mitigate cybersecurity threats, capitalize on opportunities, and develop new solutions. Located on the Tampa campus of the University of South Florida, FC2 supports the development of a talented workforce, encourages new research and creative collaborations, and positions Florida as a national leader in cybersecurity. For more information, call 813-974-2604 or email

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