Award-winning conference for identity-first security practitioners to host the world’s foremost Active Directory (AD) and Azure AD security experts August 23-24 at the Microsoft Conference Center in New York’s Times Square  

HOBOKEN, NJ — April 4, 2023 — Semperis, a pioneer in identity-driven cyber resilience, today announced that Alex Weinert, Microsoft Vice President of Identity Security, will headline the global Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) conference, returning to New York City from August 23-24, 2023. HIP Global is the flagship event in Semperis’ HIP conference and podcast series for practitioners charged with securing Active Directory (AD) and Azure AD identity systems, which are used in over 90% of enterprises and coming under sustained attack.

At Microsoft, Alex Weinert leads the team responsible for protecting the billions of users signing into Microsoft-supported apps every day from unauthorized access, account takeover, and abuse by attackers.

“Advanced actors are attacking on-premises identity deployments to effect systemic breach and bridge to cloud admin access,” said Weinert. “Organizations in hybrid Active Directory environments need identity-first security to protect their AD and Azure AD systems from attack. This requires continuous monitoring and assessment of AD and Azure AD security posture to defend against identity-based attacks in partnership with traditional security teams. Join us at the 2023 global HIP conference in NYC to learn how advancements in Microsoft identity security are shaping the future of cybersecurity while maintaining compliance and enabling digital collaboration.”

This year’s HIP Global event is focused on the Gartner “top-trending” category of identity threat detection and response (ITDR). Gartner notes that credential misuse is a primary method attackers use to access systems and achieve their goals. The two-day live HIP Global event in NYC brings together experts working at the intersection of identity and security to deliver technical presentations, participate in panel discussions, and network with attendees. Participants can expect to walk away with actionable guidance to improve AD resiliency on-premises and in the cloud.

HIP Global speakers include prominent Microsoft identity security experts and cybersecurity industry luminaries:

  • Alex Weinert, Vice President of Identity Security at Microsoft
  • Brian Desmond, Principal at Ravenswood Technology (15-time Microsoft MVP)
  • Chris Roberts, CISO & Senior Director at Boom Supersonic
  • Francesco Chiarini, SVP – Global Head, Resilience & Architecture at Standard Chartered Bank
  • Gil Kirkpatrick, Chief Architect at Semperis (18-time Microsoft MVP)
  • Guido Grillenmeier, Principal Technologist EMEA at Semperis (11-time Microsoft MVP)
  • Joe Kaplan, Architecture and Strategy Lead for Identity at Accenture (15-time Microsoft MVP)
  • Pamela Dingle, Director of Identity Standards at Microsoft
  • Sander Berkouwer, CTO at SCCT (14-time Microsoft MVP)
  • Sean Deuby, Principal Technologist North America at Semperis (15-time Microsoft MVP)

This year’s event features 20+ expert presenters over the course of two days. To view the latest list of confirmed speakers, visit:

“Active Directory is exploited in nine out of 10 cyberattacks, and attackers are constantly coming up with new ways to compromise this 20-plus-year-old technology,” said HIP founding member Gil Kirkpatrick, Chief Architect at Semperis. “As the AD attack surface expands in parallel with digital transformation, identity-related breaches escalate. Organizations need measurable ways to improve their defenses against AD-related attacks. We are delighted to have Alex [Weinert], Pam [Dingle], and so many other Microsoft identity security experts setting the stage for a lively discussion about what it takes for organizations to stay ahead of attacks on identity systems. The HIP conference has always attracted an impressive community of identity experts, and we’re looking forward to a collaborative conversation that provides practical value as well as a look into the future of identity security.”

The HIP Global event will take place August 23-24 at the Microsoft Conference Center, 11 Times Sq., New York, NY 10036. For more information about the HIP Global 2023 and to register for the free event, visit

Semperis’ user conference (August 22)

Semperis is hosting a user conference August 22, 2023, a day before HIP Global (August 24-24). Customers are encouraged to join both the user conference and HIP Global. For more information about Semperis’ user conference, get in touch with us at

About the Hybrid Identity Protection Conference

Mobile workforces, cloud applications, and digitalization are changing every aspect of the modern enterprise. And with radical transformation come new business risks. Hybrid Identity Protection (HIP) is the premier educational forum for identity-centric practitioners. Whatever industry sector or job function, HIP strives to provide its community with the insights and relationships needed to enable and protect today’s digitally driven organizations.


About Semperis

For security teams charged with defending hybrid and multi-cloud environments, Semperis ensures the integrity and availability of critical enterprise directory services at every step in the cyber kill chain and cuts recovery time by 90%. Purpose-built for securing hybrid Active Directory environments, Semperis’ patented technology protects over 50 million identities from cyberattacks, data breaches, and operational errors. The world’s leading organizations trust Semperis to spot directory vulnerabilities, intercept cyberattacks in progress, and quickly recover from ransomware and other data integrity emergencies. Semperis is headquartered in Hoboken, New Jersey, and operates internationally, with its research and development team distributed throughout the United States, Canada, and Israel.

Semperis hosts the award-winning Hybrid Identity Protection conference and podcast series ( and built the community hybrid Active Directory cyber defender tools, Purple Knight ( and Forest Druid. The company has received the highest level of industry accolades, recently named to Inc. Magazine’s list of best workplaces for 2022 and ranked the fastest-growing cybersecurity company in America by the Financial Times. Semperis is a Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance and Co-Sell partner.