Infrastructure: Cloud Summit

Infrastructure: Cloud Summit

Infrastructure: Cloud Summit
Infrastructure: Cloud Summit
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Join us for a discussion on how the development of cloud infrastructure is facilitating IT modernization across federal agencies. Hear from federal executives on their agency’s cloud strategies, as well as how the newly available wealth of data and analytic power is pushing new frontiers in research while improving agency services, along with how the federal government is upholding IT security amidst cloud migration.

October 6, 2021
11:00 am
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Infrastructure: Cloud Summit


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Joe Foster joined NASA in September 2018 to transform how NASA utilizes and adopts the cloud for mission. As a cloud computing subject matter expert with over 15 years of Government service, he provides GFSC with center-wide strategic and tactical advice and leads integration efforts across center to accelerate cloud adoption. He is also the primary interface to the Agency Computing Services Program Office, advocating center-wide cloud computing needs to the Agency. Joe previously served as an IT Program Manager with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) from 2010–2018, where he was an early adopter of commercial cloud services starting in 2015. In this role he oversaw the migration of over 60 separate applications from on-premises data centers to the cloud; spearheaded adoption of the DevOps Pipeline; and conceptualized the system being used by NGA to plan and track the cloud migration of more than 650 applications Agency-wide. He served on NGA’s Cloud Leadership Team, Cloud Adoption Management Group, and DevOps Council, as well as advised leadership for input to 2 Intelligence Community-wide Cloud forums, the Intelligence Community IT Enterprise steering committee, and the ICITE Mission Users Group Forums. Prior to NGA, Joe also served in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and as a private sector consultant. Joe is a U.S. Army Veteran (serving from 1998–2005 as a Chemical Weapons Analyst) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management and a Master’s of Business Administration, with a concentration in Organizational Strategy and Finance, from the University of Maryland.

Cloud Computing Program Manager, NASA
Chief Data Officer, DHS

As NCI CIO, Mr. Jeff Shilling is responsible for the availability, confidentiality, and integrity of all NCI IT systems and their data. This includes maximizing the value, and assessing and managing the risks of information technology at NCI. In addition, Mr. Shilling leads the Infrastructure and Information Technology Operations Branch in NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology. In this role, Mr. Shilling manages the centrally provided IT for the NCI enterprise, which includes server and endpoint hardware, COTS software, network, desktop support, and policies required to support NCI's scientific and administrative activities. These services play a critical role in advancing the NCI mission. Mr. Shilling believes that highly trained and knowledgeable IT support staff are the key to developing a productive work environment for the NCI.  Mr. Shilling came to CBIIT from NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR) where he served as an IT architect with a focus on translational research. Prior to joining NCI, he worked as a biologist in a laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. He made the transition to Information Technology, enjoying the diverse and fast-paced work, and moved to the Research Triangle area in North Carolina, working for NIEHS and the National Toxicology Program. After NIEHS, Mr. Shilling worked at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California. During his time at LLNL, he provided a full range of IT services with the Physics Directorate.

CIO, National Cancer Institute
Deputy Assistant Secretary & CISO, VA

In January 2021, Chris DeRusha was appointed as the Federal Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Office of the Federal Chief Information Officer (OFCIO). Before coming back to federal government, DeRusha served as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Biden for President campaign. Prior to joining the campaign in June 2020, he served as the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. DeRusha has extensive experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs and operations both in the public and private sectors. DeRusha led Ford Motor Company’s Enterprise Vulnerability Management program and has over eight years of Federal Government experience working both at the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Master’s in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from James Madison University.

Federal CISO, OMB

Eric Goldstein serves as the Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as of February 19, 2021. In this role, Goldstein leads CISA’s mission to protect and strengthen federal civilian agencies and the nation’s critical infrastructure against cyber threats.

Previously, Goldstein was the Head of Cybersecurity Policy, Strategy, and Regulation at Goldman Sachs, where he led a global team to improve and mature the firm’s cybersecurity risk management program. He served at CISA’s precursor agency, the National Protection and Programs Directorate,from 2013 to 2017 in various roles including Policy Advisor for Federal Network Resilience, Branch Chief for Cybersecurity Partnerships and Engagement, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, and Senior Counselor to the Under Secretary.

At other points in his career, Goldstein practiced cybersecurity law at an international law firm, led cybersecurity research and analysis projects at a federally-funded research and development center, and served as a Fellow in Advanced Cyber Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, among other roles.

He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgetown University School of Public Policy, and Georgetown University Law Center.

Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, CISA
Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, HHS



Opening Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research

Fireside Chat

  • Chris DeRusha, Federal CISO, OMB*

Cloud Computing and Agency Missions

Digital modernization has presented agencies with large data repositories that can be used for research, analysis, and improving the delivery of government services. Hear from technical executives on how their organizations are using cloud computing to instate comprehensive data strategies to guide federal IT transformation and better deliver on their agency’s core missions.

  • Joe Foster, Cloud Computing Program Manager, NASA
  • Mike Horton, CDO, DHS

Cloud Security

Cloud transformation programs have entailed significant investment in off-premise solutions and new data storage technologies, both of which present newfound security risks for federal agencies. Hear from information security executives on how their organizations are adapting to these challenges and ensuring sensitive information remains protected amidst large-scale digital transformation.

  • Kenneth Bible, CISO, DHS
  • Paul Cunningham, CISO, VA*
  • Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, CISA*

Cloud Computing for Research and Diagnostics

Cloud computing has allowed for the storage and processing of an unprecedented wealth of data, a capacity that has enabled new frontiers in research and complex data analytics. Hear from specialists in research-focused wings of the federal government on how their departments are leveraging the cloud to power advances in medicine, public health, and national security.

  • Sohail Chaudhry, Acting CTO & Director of Infrastructure Operations, FDA 
  • Oki Mek, Chief Artificial Intelligence Officer, HHS*
  • Jeff Shilling, CIO, NCI

Closing Remarks

  • Michael Hoffman, President, GovernmentCIO Media & Research