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AI & Cybersecurity Define the Future of IT

AI and cybersecurity need to work together to create flexible, secure operating environments. As civilian and defense agencies modernize their networks and IT systems, they're interfacing with industry to harmonize best cyber practices with emerging technologies for total, secure digital transformation. IT leaders from CISA, CMS, DISA, the Defense Department and U.S. Special Operations Command consider how AI can improve cybersecurity and vice versa to develop the infrastructure of the future.

Inside, read insights from:

  • DOD Deputy Under Secretary Heidi Shyu on her ambitions for a new, all-in-one cyber sensor that can perform multiple security tasks
  • DISA CIO Roger Greenwell on the critical nature of improving user experience with cybersecurity & DISA CTO Steve Wallace on how DOD's Thunderdome prototype is the first step in this process
  • Fortinet Federal Senior Director Felipe Fernandez on AI's role in alleviating pressure on the cyber workforce
  • CISA Branch Chief Martin Stanley on how CISA is leveraging AI to decrease response time to cyberattacks

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Roger Greenwell
Roger Greenwell
Chief Information Officer, DISA

As a direct report to the Commander, Mr. Kenney is the Chief Data Officer/Director of SOF AI for U.S. Special Operations Command. His primary duty is to accelerate digital capabilities for the entire SOF enterprise through collaborative efforts with Industry, Academia, DoD, and other Government Agencies. Mr. Kenney is a serial entrepreneur as both a Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer, with deep experience in start-ups and turnarounds. Over the past 20 years, he served on or led senior executive teams and corporate boards that have delivered nearly $3B in value to investors and shareholders through multiple exits via acquisition by private equity and Fortune 100 enterprises. Most recently, Mr. Kenney led companies and teams to develop advanced cloud computing applications that employ AI and machine learning techniques for systems that measure in the hundreds of millions of users worldwide. Mr. Kenney has over two decades of enlisted and officer experience in the Army Reserve and National Guard, including multiple combat deployments to Afghanistan and Africa as a Civil Affairs officer. He has participated in several multi-national exercises and taught civil-military techniques to foreign partners in Hungary and Poland as a part of NATO education programs. Mr. Kenney also serves as a technical advisor and board member within the DOD and industry focusing on developing cloud, data, and AI capabilities.

Chief Data Officer, U.S. Special Operations Command

Martin Stanley, CISSP, is the Branch Chief for Strategic Technology at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Martin previously led the Cybersecurity Assurance Program at CISA and the Enterprise Cybersecurity Program at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Prior to his federal service Martin held executive leadership positions at Vonage and UUNET Technologies. Martin is co-author of Digital Health: Understanding the Benefit-Risk Patient-Provider Framework, published by Oxford University Press (March, 2021).

Branch Chief, Strategic Technology, CISA

Mr. Stephen Wallace has served as Chief Technology Officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) since October, 2021.

Prior to that, Mr. Wallace served as Systems Innovation Scientist for the Emerging Technologies (EM) Directorate. Wallace focuses on delivering innovative processes, services, and capabilities across the agency. The EM Directorate develops, executes, prioritizes, and collaborates EM-based needs such as browser isolation, Software Defined Networking and Assured Identity.  

Previously, Mr. Wallace served as the Technical Director of DISA’s Development and Business Center. In this role, he worked on integrating commercial and government-owned technologies in support of the Agency’s emerging technologies, such as Software Defined Networking and Assured Identity. Wallace’s other former roles within DISA include Chief of Cyber Innovation and chief engineer for DoD Enterprise Email.  

Prior to joining DISA, Mr. Wallace was an employee of Computer Sciences Corporation as a government contractor. During this time he worked to build a variety of enterprise class collaboration, identity management, and authentication systems for the Federal Government.  

Wallace holds a Master of Science degree in Cyber Security, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications, both from Capitol College. He holds a CISSP certification, and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Senior Executive Program. 

Chief Technology Officer, DISA
Rob Wood
Rob Wood
Chief Information Security Officer, CMS
Felipe Fernandez
Felipe Fernandez
Senior Director of System Engineering, Fortinet Federal
Michael Hoffman
Michael Hoffman
President, GovCIO Media & Research

Kate Macri is a staff writer/researcher for GovernmentCIO Media & Research, where she primarily covers the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to joining the team in June 2020, she covered the video game industry and small businesses for Zenger News. She also covered banking and finance news for Banking Dive, a B2B media publication based in Washington D.C., and reported logistics, supply chain and shipping news for Supply Chain Dive.

If she isn't boxing or walking her boxer, you can find Kate with her nose in a Stephen King novel, slaying monsters in the world of Final Fantasy or waiting for a blue public call box to land in her front yard.

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