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What challenges and opportunities exist to modernize agency systems to secure the nation’s most critical IT operations amid COVID-19? Hear from cybersecurity leaders from the Department of Health and Human Services, Veterans Affairs, Defense Health Administration and more about how their agencies are strategically ramping up and scaling IT capabilities to monitor, meet and successfully prevent cyber threats.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
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Hear from Tom Hines (DHA) and La Monte Yarborough (HHS OIG) as they discuss health infosec with moderator Amy Kluber, managing editor at GovernmentCIO Media & Research. Also, Katie Arrington (DOD), Jothi Dugar (NIH), Venice Goodwine (USDA) and Leslie Harlien (Dell Technologies) participated in a panel on Women in Cyber Leadership, moderated by Jackie Medina, from GovernmentCIO. In addition, Timothy Amerson (VA), Sean Connelly (CISA, John Fanguy (Micro Focus) and Ronald Ross (NIST) shared ideas about cyber resiliency, on a panel moderated by…

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Mr. Amerson has over 20 years of proven technical experience and leadership in both Information Technology (IT) and Cybersecurity for the Federal Government. His last seven years have been with the Department of Veterans Affairs, where he currently serves as the Director of Cybersecurity Management. Previously he served there as the Acting Director of the National Data Center Operations and Logistics program office and the Director of Infrastructure Technology Architecture Management. He has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information Science and has achieved over 16 professional certifications in IT and Cybersecurity.

He began his career in IT with the Department of Information Management in the Texas National Guard Joint Force Headquarters and served in various positions, from the Customer Support Desk to Chief Technology Officer, over the course of his career there. Furthermore, Mr. Amerson’s professional career with the National Guard encompassed a variety of cybersecurity responsibilities, including Deputy of the Computer Emergency Response Team to his last position with the military as the Deputy of the Defense Cyberspace Operations Element. In June 2018, Mr. Amerson retired from the Army National Guard, with over 32 years with the Army and National Guard serving in various primary leadership positions, both deployed in combat and stateside. In addition, Mr. Amerson is also a graduate of the Army Cyber Center of Excellence.

Outside of work, he volunteers as a coach and technical mentor for Cyber Patriots, educating high school students in the art and science of cybersecurity. The Cyber Patriots compete at the national level, where his teams have received Congressional recognition, national and state awards, college scholarships, grants, and a Cedar Park City, Texas, proclamation.

Director, Infrastructure Operations Security Management, VA

Katherine “Katie” Arrington currently is the Chief Information Security Officer, CISO(A) to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, ASD(A). In this position, she serves as the central hub and integrator within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, OUSD(A&S), to align acquisition cyber strategy. 

As the CISO (A), Ms. Arrington is responsible to ensure the incorporation of integrated security/cyber efforts within USD(A&S) with the purpose of providing a focused and streamlined governance approach and to provide a central coordination point and common compliance standard that serves to synchronize the various existing disparate cyber security efforts and standards across the Department and Industry as it relates to A&S equities. 

Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that will help to ensure a robust Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM), establish Defense Industrial Base Security and Resilience, and establish a common standard in Cyber Security Standards. She also meets with key Cyber personnel (across both DoD and Federal Agencies) as well as legislators to ensure that changes made in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) are supportive in reaching the goals of decreased spending and increased compliance with current and future standards. 

Before assuming her position in OUSD(A&S), Ms. Arrington had an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive. Ms. Arrington was a candidate for South Carolina US House of Representative 2018 and a South Carolina State Representative for 2 terms. She has substantial experience and capabilities in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of domains, including DoD, Federal, Healthcare and State. She acquired her experience in cyber over the past 15 years with Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation and Dispersive Networks. This has given her the unique experience of working at a large business, small business and non-traditional contractor for the government. She attended Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.


CISO, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, DOD

Sean Connelly is a Senior Cybersecurity Architect at the Office of the Chief Technology Officer within the Department of Homeland Security at CISA.

Sean has 20 years of IT experience, with 15 years in the Federal space. For the last 6 years, Sean has been at DHS, where he has helped lead the TIC Initiative, including the recent updates towards TIC 3. In 2017, Sean assisted in crafting the White House’s IT Modernization Report, which gave direction to update the TIC Initiative. Sean has also been involved with DHS’s CDM Program since its inception and helped lead the rollout of their latest sensor’s deployment, known as EINSTEIN 3A. Before his time at DHS, Sean was a contractor for the State Department, where he helped lead State’s involvement with the initial TIC activities, all the way back to TIC 1, in 2007.

Outside of work, Sean has a Master’s in Information Systems Technology from George Washington University. Considered one of the hardest certifications in the industry, Sean holds two Cisco CCIE’s – one CCIE in Routing and a second CCIE in Security.

TIC Program Manager, CISA
Chief Information Security Officer, Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health

John Fanguy is a former Federal technology executive and has spent 30 years at Federal and Fortune 1000 organizations. During his 14 years at Accenture, he served clients globally designing, developing, and operating innovative solutions in customer care, infrastructure operations, financial systems, and logistics. John has more than a decade of helping deliver innovative Federal programs to agencies throughout the Federal government including DoD, DHS, Commerce, and HHS. John received his Bachelor and Master of Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech. He is an active mentor to early stage, leading-edge software technology companies.

CTO, Federal, Micro Focus Government Solutions

Venice M. Goodwine serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the US Department of Agriculture.  She has over 26 years of Information Technology experience spanning private industry, contracting, active and reserve military service, and the federal government.  Her experience includes leading large IT organizations, developing agency-wide strategy and policy, establishing governance, overseeing cybersecurity operations, executing IT acquisition, and program management.

Prior to her current position, Goodwine served as a cyber advisor to the Marine Corps Systems Command leadership responsible for delivering capabilities to the USMC warfighter.  Her diverse roles include Commander of an Air Force Cyber Squadron, Lead Cyber Policy Analyst at Headquarters Air Force, Pacific Region Communications Planner, and USMC Program Manager/Regional Contracting Officer Representative.

Goodwine received numerous awards and decorations for her leadership, innovation, technical expertise and creative problem solving skills.  

Goodwine earned a Masters of Business Administration from William Carey University, Bachelor of Science in Computer and Information Science from University of Maryland, a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) from ISC2, Project Management Professional (PMP) from Project Management Institute (PMI), and DAWIA Level 3 Certification in Information Technology from Defense Acquisition University (DAU).

Goodwine is married to Air Force Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Rod Goodwine; together they have six children and one grandchild.

Chief Information Security Officer, USDA

Leslie Harlien is vice president of Public Sector strategy and business development teams for North America at Dell Technologies. With a career spanning 25 years at Dell, her experience includes numerous sales and leadership positions across the company. Leslie joined Dell in 1995, where she began her career in several account management roles. In 2006, she became a regional sales director, responsible for Dell’s large public sector customers in the Central United States. In 2013, Leslie became the executive sales director for commercial customers in the Central and Eastern United States. Leslie’s most recent position was vice president of sales, serving corporate customers as well as education, healthcare and state and local government customers and their respective Dell teams in the South Central United States.

Prior to joining Dell, Leslie started her career as an area director for Extend-A-Care in Austin, Texas. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Business School at the University of Incarnate Word and is involved in her community as a wish granter for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Texas. 

She received a B.A. from the University of Texas in Austin. Leslie resides in Lago Vista, Texas, with her husband and two children. She enjoys traveling, sports, and spending time outdoors.

Vice President, Public Sector Strategy and Business Development, Dell Technologies
Director of Engineering & Technology Transformation and Senior Advisor to the CIO, DHA

Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. His focus areas include cybersecurity, systems security engineering, and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical infrastructure. His publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 199 (security categorization), FIPS 200 (security requirements), and NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-39 (enterprise risk management), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls), SP 800-53A (security assessment), SP 800-37 (Risk Management Framework), SP 800-30 (risk assessment), SP 800-160 Volumes 1 and 2 (systems security engineering and cyber resiliency), SP 800-171 (security requirements for nonfederal systems and organizations), and SP 800-171A (security assessments for nonfederal organizations). Dr. Ross leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency group that includes the Department of Defense, Office of the Director National Intelligence, U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems, with responsibility for developing a Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors.

Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. He also supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for cybersecurity and critical infrastructure protection. Dr. Ross has lectured at many universities and colleges including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Naval Postgraduate School, and George Washington University. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on a national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal. Dr. Ross is a five-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to cybersecurity projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Presidential Rank Award. He has received the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards and has been inducted into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. Dr. Ross has been selected as an (ISC)2 Fellow and inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame receiving its highest honor of Distinguished Fellow.

During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. He is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.

Fellow, NIST

Mr. La Monte Yarborough is currently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG). La Monte has held former roles as the CISO at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Headquarters, as well as the CISO at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). He was involved in standing up HQ DHS’ information security organization from the ground up. Prior to his work at DHS, La Monte served as a consultant and spent over 20 years in the U.S. Army specializing in information technology. He holds Master's of Science degrees in cybersecurity and information assurance, and is also a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP).

Chief Information Security Officer, HHS OIG

Raymond Lo Presti brings more than 35 years of leadership, program management and solution development experience to his role as a Sr Solution Architect for GovernmentCIO.  Ray specializes in delivering enterprise value driven technology solutions, directing cross-functional teams, and leading complex projects from conception through completion.  Ray has a diverse background of experiences that includes architecture, assessments, solutions design and delivery, vendor analysis, infrastructure and quality processes. Ray has successfully delivered engagements for Federal and Commercial clients across multiple industries and geographies. Ray earned his Bachelors in Psychology from La Salle University and graduated from the Systems Automation Officers Program from the US Army.

Sr. Solution Architect, GovernmentCIO

Ms. Medina is an experienced leader with demonstrated success and over 27 years of experience in Federal Digital delivery, Health Information Technology (IT), cybersecurity and privacy support, and medical research and development (R&D). She is a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and Project Management Professional (PMP) with small and large business program management experience. Ms. Medina has prior experience as an independent consultant and as a co-founder in a startup company, and her knowledge and expertise lie at the intersection of IT and health data.

Director, Digital and Health IT, GovernmentCIO
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Welcome Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Health InfoSec During COVID-19

With the coronavirus pandemic straining health care systems, it has become increasingly apparent that security is one of the most critical aspects of trusted data transfer. This includes safeguarding protected patient information tied to COVID-19 hospital admissions, to ensuring data integrity for clinical vaccine research and the timely delivery of medical supplies. In this panel, you’ll hear how agency security efforts are helping save lives.

  • Tom Hines, Director of Engineering & Technology Transformation and Senior Advisor to the CIO, DHA
  • La Monte Yarborough, CISO, HHS OIG
  • Moderator: Amy Kluber, Managing Editor, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Women in Cyber Leadership

Cybersecurity positions are in high demand, but there are many workforce challenges to overcome to address federal hiring needs and empower workers. Hear from women in federal cyber leadership share their experiences in the field and the steps agencies can take to strategically recruit, develop and retain a skilled cyber workforce.

  • Katie Arrington, CISO, Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, DOD
  • Jothi Dugar, CISO, CIT, NIH
  • Venice Goodwine, CISO, USDA
  • Leslie Harlien, Vice President, Public Sector Strategy and Business Development, Dell Technologies
  • Moderator: Jackie Medina, Director, Digital and Health IT, GovernmentCIO

Foundational Frameworks for Cyber Resiliency

This panel will focus on cybersecurity best practices and standards, including the Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) 3.0 Initiative, the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and more. Leaders will also discuss challenges and opportunities associated with agile, modern security capabilities across federal agencies.

  • Timothy Amerson, Director of Infrastructure Operations Cybersecurity Management, Cybersecurity Product Line Manager, VA
  • Sean Connelly, TIC Program Manager, CISA
  • John Fanguy, CTO, Federal, Micro Focus Government Solutions
  • Ronald Ross, Fellow, NIST
  • Moderator: Raymond Lo Presti, Sr. Solutions Architect, GovernmentCIO

Closing Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research


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