CXO Tech Forum: The State of Cyber

CXO Tech Forum: The State of Cyber

The State of Cyber
The State of Cyber
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GovernmentCIO Media's CXO Tech Forum: The State of Cyber at the CEB Tower Observation Deck gathered government and industry leaders to discuss current issues and challenges in cybersecurity. Speakers and panelists involved experts from Defense Information Systems Agency, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, and U.S. Digital Service.

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As the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) transitions to the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Director Chris Krebs explains the transition as well as next steps for election security. Ahead of the midterm elections, his team is reaching out to state and local officials to get ahead of potential threats. He also discusses the 2016 election, a “galvanizing moment” for the United States and cybersecurity that has led to focusing on a whole of nation effort to protect against network intrusions and other…

In this one-on-one chat, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge discusses the past, present and future of DHS. Its next challenges come from not only the changing nature and intensity of our adversaries, he says, but also our preparedness to respond to all nature of attacks in a constantly evolving digital landscape. He also talks about the public-private partnerships necessary to muster an effort to defend networks and other critical infrastructure.

“Building a national strategy and bringing…

In this chat, ID Technologies CTO Dylan Conner discusses how to best leverage expertise surrounding emerging technologies in the private sector and in government. He also discusses ways for government to use those emerging technologies, like AI and machine learning, to address the information security workforce gap and secure its networks. Finally, he addresses way that industry can help government agencies get the most value out of their cybersecurity funding to reduce their risk.

In 2014, the Obama Administration established the United States Digital Service as a team to jumpstart IT transformation throughout the government. Former Deputy CTO of the United States Nick Sinai, Executive Director of USDS at DHS Stephanie Neill, Executive Director of USDS at VA Marcy Jacobs, and Digital Service Expert at USDS for Defense Alex Romero discuss the successes USDS has had since its inception as well as what the program has done to improve the security of federal systems and networks against new threats. They also discuss efforts to…

NSA Deputy CIO Mark Hakun, NGA Risk Management Division Chief Eric Sanders, DISA Cyber Development Executive Lisa Belt, and HHS Deputy CIO and Executive Director for Enterprise Services Amy Haseltine share their perspectives on current and future risks and opportunities. The agency leads discuss minimizing risk, utilizing emerging technologies and building a culture of awareness in their offices. Finally, they talk about ensuring advancements in security further enable their agencies’ respective missions.

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Opening remarks


Fireside Chat: Christopher Krebs, DHS Undersecretary

Summary: Krebs, who leads the National Protection and Programs Directorate, recently announced the stand up of the National Risk Management Center at the DHS National Cybersecurity Summit. He will sit down for a fireside chat with the hosts of our CyberCast podcast, Kiersten Todt and Roger Cressey.


One-on-One with Tom Ridge, Former DHS Secretary and Pennsylvania Governor

Summary: Ridge stood up the Homeland Security Department following the 9/11 attacks. President George W. Bush selected him for the role while he was serving as the Pennsylvania governor. Ridge now works with multiple companies on security issues to include cybersecurity threats. He will discuss his perspective of cybersecurity issues of the past and how they have changed over the years.


A How-To: Replicating White House's Swat Team’s Security Best Practices

Summary: Since its 2014 launch, the U.S. Digital Service has ushered in a new era of digital modernization -- and a fresh way of delivering modern-day government services. Drawing from tech best practices from innovation hubs across the country, digital service teams across agencies have, in their own words, built a more awesome government. Team leaders at DHS, VA and DOD will talk about how USDS continues to solve big problems through tech and design with a security-first mindset, whether it’s streamlining access to veterans services, hacking the Pentagon, or overhauling an immigration benefits system.

Stephanie Neill, Executive Director, U.S. Digital Service, DHS
Marcy Jacobs, Executive Director, U.S. Digital Service, Veterans Affairs
Alexander Romero, Digital Service Expert, U.S. Defense Digital Service
Nick Sinai, Venture Partner at Insight Venture Partners and Former Deputy CTO for the United States


Industry Perspective: Dylan Conner, CTO, ID Technologies

Summary: Conner challenges the status quo on emerging technologies shaping security and modern infrastructure.



CXO’s Cyber State of Mind

Summary: How do CXOs across the intelligence community, defense and civilian agencies develop the best strategies to implement new emerging technologies? How do considerations differ from a health-focused agency housing and managing tens of millions of Americans’ most sensitive data to an intelligence agency responsible for protecting federal communications and IT systems? And how do CXOs stay ahead of cyber adversaries that seem to become more sophisticated, more relentless every day. Leaders will share their lessons learned, the dos and don’ts and perspectives from across the tech and policy spaces -- from Silicon Valley and the uniformed services to IT strategy and space-based communications.

Mark Hakun, Deputy CIO, NSA
Eric Sanders, Chief, Risk Management Division, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Lisa Belt, Cyber Development Executive, DISA
Amy Haseltine, Deputy Chief Information Officer and Executive Director for Enterprise Services, HHS


Closing Remarks




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