CXO Tech Forum: Next-Generation National Security

CXO Tech Forum: Next-Generation National Security

 
Next Gen National Security
Next Gen National Security
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AUSA Conference & Event Center
Arlington, VA

Join us July 17 for candid conversations on how the U.S. government can best prepare for a new era in national security and the key role emerging technologies play in bolstering U.S. security.

What does next-gen warfare look like? And how can today's national security officials safeguard the homeland while keeping an eye toward the threats coming next?

We'll discuss artificial intelligence, automation, security, defense vs. offensive cyber capabilities and how to best protect critical infrastructure with leaders from the Defense Department, Homeland Security Department, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, FBI, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, U.S. Cyber Command, Justice Department, and more!

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Securing the nation’s critical infrastructures, all 16 of them, involves cross-sector collaboration between state, local and federal government, and industry partners. That’s why bidirectional information sharing is crucial to Homeland Security Department’s Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience division

Sabra Horne, director of SECIR, says her division is working to understand the interconnectedness of the critical infrastructures most at risk — the…

Today's agency chief information officers face a multitude of challenges, but most of them know technology has the power to address many of those hurdles. 

"We're pushing as fast as we can to the cloud . . . and we're running up against latency issues," says Robert Adams, CIO at the State Department. "You can't exceed the speed of light, so trying to deliver these cloud solutions abroad and being able to give our customers what they need to be able to get out from behind their desk and into their field and be more productive, those are the big challenges…

Lumina Analytics executives Morten Middelfart and Kris Smeage talks about their company's approach to uncover threats with the help of artificial intelligence and data analytics. The company was a sponsor of the CXO Tech Forum: Next-Generation National Security.

It was simply through trial and error the U.S. Army Cyber Command discovered what worked in spurring innovation — and what didn't. The long-held convention had been to push innovation down from headquarters to lower levels. However, when subordinate levels were allowed to develop innovation programs on their own, the effort was successful, says Lt. Col. Chris Cline, director of strategic plans in the U.S. Army. 

"It's when you believe in the ingenuity of the soldiers, things happen, and what's exactly where you want it to be," Cline says.

The Army…

One of Defense Department's top senior IT officials laid out the Pentagon's cybersecurity priorities and one theme going forward was risk management.

"We need to recognize, especially in cyber, that we accept risk every day," says Thomas Michelli, acting deputy chief information officer of cybersecurity at DOD. "There are already folks in our networks and systems . . . We have to learn to understand the risk, be risk aware, manage the risk and fight through the risk."

In the next few weeks, DOD is going to publish its cyber strategy, followed by the…

When it comes to adopting the shiniest, newest technologies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Regulatory Audit Systems and Innovation can’t always be on the “bleeding edge of things,” its Director Anil Chaudhry says.

“At least until we know the market has proven the technologies and that the government has the capacity to absorb that model in a secure manner,” he says.

Chaudhry’s organization is in the “post-entry space,” meaning a container has already cleared the port and products have already been sold and…

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DOD's Acting Principal Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity Thomas Michelli lays out the department’s cyberpriorities and how industry can help.
Cross-sector bidirectional information sharing will help DHS address critical infrastructure risk.

Speakers

 
Principal Deputy CIO, State Department
Assistant Director for IT Infrastructure Division, FBI
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Director, Regulatory Audit Systems and Innovation
U.S. Army, Director of Strategic Plans
CTO, ID Technologies
Identity, Records and National Security Division Chief, USCIS
President, GovernmentCIO Media
Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience, DHS
CEO, Trust Networks and Former Senior Executive, DoD & White House OSTP
Principal Deputy CIO, Defense Department
Principal, Office of the CTO for U.S. Public Sector, Pure Storage
Senior Vice President of Operations, Lumina Analytics
Deputy Associate Director for Capabilities, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
DARPA, Program Manager
Director for Strategic Engagement, Northrop Grumman

Agenda

 
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CIO Panel

Summary: The role of the CIO in national security has changed drastically over the past two decades. The CIOs speaking on the panel will discuss the challenges they face and their priorities as emerging technologies continue to transform their agencies.

Speakers:
David Shive – CIO, GSA
Robert Adams – Principal Deputy CIO, State Department
Frontis Wiggins – Director for Strategic Engagement, Northrop Grumman

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Fireside Chat: Pentagon Meets Silicon Valley

Summary:The Defense Department has made a strong push to improve it's relationship with Silicon Valley and new emerging technology companies. Two leaders from both government and industry will discuss the possibilities and the many roadblocks that still lie ahead.

Speakers
Lt. Col. Chris Cline - Director of Strategic Plans, U.S. Army
Simon Meachem - CEO - Trusted Networks and Former Senior Executive, White House OSTP
Michael Hoffman - President, GovernmentCIO Media

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Man vs. Machine: Is Automation National Security's Silver Bullet?

Summary: Today's agencies face a plethora of cyberthreats, not only spearheaded by human attackers but by automated bots, making it more challenging than ever to secure federal IT systems and infrastructure. To fight fire with fire, more agencies are deploying automation to thwart incoming threats, and agencies like DIA, NGA and DHS are leading the way in using automation to fortify systems. Experts from these agencies will discuss the best examples of automation today and the future demands of federal cyberwarriors.

Speakers:
Kristin St. Peter – Deputy Associate Director for Capabilities, NGA
Sarah Fahden – Identity, Records and National Security Division Chief, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS
Anil Chaudhry – Director, Regulatory Audit Systems and Innovation, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS
Nick Psaki – Principal, Office of the CTO for U.S. Public Sector, Pure Storage

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Keynote speech: Thomas Michelli -- Acting Principal Deputy CIO, Cybersecurity, Department of Defense

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Industry Perspective: Data Analytics (Sponsored)

Summary:
National security agencies are awash with data. How can the the intelligence community improve its ability to identify threats with AI analysis tools using internal and external data?

Speakers:
Morten Middelfart – Co-founder and Chief Data Scientist, Lumina Analytics
Kris Smeage – Senior Vice President of Operations, Lumina Analytics
Michael Hoffman – President, GovernmentCIO Media

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Defending the Homeland: Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

Summary: The U.S. electric grid, the financial systems and the IT sectors are key components of the nation's critical infrastructure, and their impairment or destruction would have devastating impacts on national security and public safety. How do agencies keep those safe in an cat-and mouse race against adversaries looking to disrupt these systems and processes? Hear the best use cases from across government directly from the tech leaders safeguarding these critical sectors.

Speakers:
Sabra Horne – Director, Stakeholder Engagement and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience, DHS
W.L Scott Bean – Assistant Director for IT Infrastructure Division, FBI
Jacob Torrey – Program Manager, DARPA
Dylan Conner – CTO, ID Technologies