Speakers

May 27, 2021

Serena Chan

Dr. Serena Chan

Director, Cyber Development Directorate

DISA

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Serena Chan

Dr. Serena Chan

Director, Cyber Development Directorate

DISA

Serena Chan, Ph.D., is a member of the scientific and professional cadre of senior executives and the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Cyber Development Directorate. In this position, she provides technical leadership and strategic direction to a diverse workforce of uniformed service members, civilian employees, and defense contractors. She is responsible for leading the acquisition, development, technology insertion, direction, and control over cybersecurity and network operations solutions from the enterprise level down to the endpoint. In addition, Dr. Chan oversees a diverse portfolio of services including cyber situational awareness capabilities and the development of solutions for identity management and zero trust. Her team oversees cyber development efforts, in partnership with industry and academia, for the Department of Defense to ensure our nation’s warfighters have the tools they need in cyberspace to enable freedom of maneuver in all domains.

Prior to joining DISA, Dr. Chan worked as a research staff member with the Institute for Defense Analyses, where she provided objective analyses and strategic advice on national security issues to senior leaders in DoD, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of the Program Manager of the
Information Sharing Environment under the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She managed a portfolio that included survivable, resilient, enduring, effective and interoperable communications for national security, emergency management and continuity of operations; as well as cybersecurity
developmental test and evaluation.

A prolific scholar, she has led research teams that have published numerous papers for IDA impacting policy for the whole of government. Her most recent work was in supply chain risk management, mission assurance, and public safety communications. Her research efforts helped drive policy and ensured the
operational effectiveness and resilience of critical national systems and infrastructures.

Dr. Chan received her bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering with a minor in economics, a master’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, and a doctorate in engineering systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She is a Certified
Information Systems Security Professional and a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. She is a member of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Asian American Government Executives Network, and Sigma Xi, a national scientific
research honor society.

Jennifer R. Franks

Jennifer R. Franks

Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Government Accountability Office

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Jennifer R. Franks

Jennifer R. Franks

Director, Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Government Accountability Office

Jennifer R. Franks is a Director in GAO’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity team. She oversees engagements that primarily focus on emerging cybersecurity issues and assessing an agency’s ability to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its sensitive data and computing infrastructure. Her multi-disciplinary teams actively review agencies’ computer security vulnerabilities across their enterprise-wide computing environment by assessing program management compliance and technical controls recommended for the agencies to follow in accordance with federal guidance and leading practices. In addition, Ms. Franks leads reviews in the areas of IT management and operations, data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Further, at GAO, she is a certified adjunct faculty member and facilitates agency new hire, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) courses. Ms. Franks earned a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University in information security policy and management, and a bachelor’s degree from Hampton University in computer information systems.

Senator Angus King

Senator (I-ME)

United States Congress

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Senator Angus King

Senator (I-ME)

United States Congress

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Fred Ruanavar

Fred Ruonavar

Chief, DISA Mission Assurance and DISA/DoDIN Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Division

Defense Information Systems Agency

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Fred Ruanavar

Fred Ruonavar

Chief, DISA Mission Assurance and DISA/DoDIN Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Division

Defense Information Systems Agency

Mr. Fred Ruonavar is currently the Chief of DISA Mission Assurance and DISA/DoDIN Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Division, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Among his many roles and responsibilities within DISA are: lead for DISA and DoD Information Network (DoDIN) Sector Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) program; technical advisor on matters involving ongoing programs and organizational structures; evaluating deliberate and contingency plans and policies for use by Department of Defense employees in the development of information technology criteria; and Mission Assurance programs and plans. Mr. Ruonavar is the lead for the DISA Supply Chain Risk Management Program. He is the chair of the DoD Control Systems Working Group (CSWG), responsible for advising, working with the Military Departments in analyzing, identifiying and advising all matters associated with Industrial Control System. Mr. Ruonavar also provides strategic planning for Agency participation in annual COCOM Tier 1-level exercises as well as spear-heading initiatives to implement standards, methodologies, and strategies that ensure the agency’s mission of providing world class service to the warfighter.

Prior to his civil service assignments, he was a Design Engineer for SAIC. Working on a contract for Boeing Information Services, he had operations and analysis oversight over the Defense Information System Network (DISN) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) networks, then serving well over 10,000 customers. Additionally, he directed operations and maintenance support of Air Force Material Command’s Global Command and Control System and Defense Red Switch Network note supporting timely, reliable command and control throughout the command. In addition, all base cryptographic equipment, land mobile radios, and non-air traffic control line-of-sight radios were managed and maintained under his direction.

In 1987, Mr. Ruonavar, a Michigan native, joined the United States Air Force, and began his military career with training at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. Mr. Ruonavar then went on to graduate with a degree in Electronic Systems Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. During his military career, he held a variety of staff assignments which have involved performing evaluation, testing, and diagnostic troubleshooting of microwave and satellite radio links, wiring cutovers, as well as managing groups, programs, facilities, circuits, and critical-secure systems.

Mr. Ruonavar currently resides in Severn, Maryland.

Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Director for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

National Security Council

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Brian Scott

Brian Scott

Director for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity

National Security Council

Mr. Scott serves as the Director for Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity on the staff of the National Security Council. Mr. Scott has over four decades of Government and military leadership experience, including more than 13 years of service with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  He previously served as the Director for Policy at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), where he coordinated agency efforts in developing and implementing cybersecurity and infrastructure security policy.  He also served at the DHS National Operations Center and the Office of Infrastructure Protection.  Mr. Scott joined the Department of Homeland Security in November 2007 after a 28-year career in the U.S. Navy, which included assignments at the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces as Assistant Professor and Deputy Chair for National Security Studies; United States Strategic Command; operational tours flying from aircraft carriers during operations in Iraq, Bosnia, and Somalia and combat operations during Operation Desert Storm. 

Dr. Charles Tahan

Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science (QIS) and the Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Dr. Charles Tahan

Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science (QIS) and the Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office

White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Charles Tahan is the Assistant Director for Quantum Information Science (QIS) and the Director of the National Quantum Coordination Office (NQCO) within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The NQCO ensures coordination of the National Quantum Initiative (NQI) and QIS activities across the federal government, industry, and academia.

Dr. Tahan is on detail from the Laboratory for Physical Sciences where he drove technical progress in the future of information technology as Technical Director. Research at LPS spans computing, communications, and sensing, from novel device physics to high-performance computer architectures. As a technical lead, Dr. Tahan stood up new research initiatives in silicon and superconducting quantum computing; quantum characterization, verification, and validation; and new and emerging qubit science and technology. As a practicing physicist, he is Chief of the intramural QIS research programs at LPS and works with students and postdocs from the University of Maryland-College Park to conduct original research in quantum information and device theory. His contributions have been recognized by the Researcher of the Year Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, election as a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and as an ODNI Science and Technology Fellow. He continues to serve as Chief Scientist of LPS.

Dr. Tahan earned a PhD in Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005 and a B.Sc. in Physics and Computer Science with Highest Honors from the College of William & Mary in 2000. From 2005-2007 he was a National Science Foundation Distinguished International Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK; the Center for Quantum Computing Technology, Australia; and the University of Tokyo, Japan. He served as chief technical consultant for quantum information science and technology programs in DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) while at Booz Allen Hamilton from 2007-2009. He has a long-term commitment to science and society including creating one of the first games meant to build intuition about quantum computing.

Frank J. Cilluffo

Frank Cilluffo

Director, McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security

Auburn University

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Frank J. Cilluffo

Frank Cilluffo

Director, McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security

Auburn University

Frank J. Cilluffo is the director of Auburn University’s McCrary Institute for Cyber and Critical Infrastructure Security.

Cilluffo is a member of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission and the Department of Homeland Security’s Advisory Council, and he’s routinely called upon to advise senior officials in the executive branch, U.S. Armed Services, and state and local governments on an array of matters related to national and homeland security strategy and policy. In addition to briefing Congressional committees and their staffs, he has publicly testified before Congress on numerous occasions, serving as a subject matter expert on policies related to cyber threats, counterterrorism, security and deterrence, weapons proliferation, organized crime, intelligence and threat assessments, emergency management, and border and transportation security. Similarly, he works with U.S. allies and organizations such as NATO and Europol. He has presented at a number of bi-lateral and multi-lateral summits on cybersecurity and countering terrorism, including the U.N. Security Council.

Following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Cilluffo was appointed by President George W. Bush to the newly created Office of Homeland Security. There, he was involved in a wide range of homeland security and counterterrorism strategies, policy initiatives and served as a principal advisor to Director Tom Ridge, directing the president’s Homeland Security Advisory Council.

Cilluffo then joined George Washington University in 2003, establishing the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security as a prominent nonpartisan “think and do tank” dedicated to building bridges between theory and practice to advance U.S. security. He served as an associate vice president where he led a number of national security and cybersecurity policy and research initiatives. He directed the Center for Cyber and Homeland Security and, with the School of Business, launched the university’s World Executive MBA in Cybersecurity program.

Prior to his White House appointment, Cilluffo spent eight years in senior policy positions with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington-based think tank. There, he chaired or directed numerous committees and task forces on homeland defense, counterterrorism and transnational organized crime, as well as information warfare and information assurance.

He has published extensively in academic, law, business and policy journals, as well as magazines and newspapers worldwide. His work has been published through ABC News, Foreign Policy, The Journal of International Security Affairs, The National Interest, Parameters, Politico, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, USA Today, U.S. News & World Report, The Washington Quarterly and The Washington Post. He currently serves on the editorial advisory board for Military and Strategic Affairs, and has served as an on-air consultant for CBS News and as a reviewer for a number of publications and foundations.

Michael Garcia

Senior Policy Advisor, National Security Program

Third Way

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Michael Garcia

Senior Policy Advisor, National Security Program

Third Way

As a Senior Policy Advisor in the National Security Program at Third Way, Michael supports the Program’s Cyber Enforcement Initiative in strengthening US law enforcement’s ability to identify, stop, and bring to justice cybercriminals. He brings to the role unique insight in developing policies and legislation at the state and federal levels.

Before joining Third Way, Michael served as Director for External Engagement and Outreach for the US Cyberspace Solarium Commission, which was congressionally-mandated to develop a report on a strategic approach to defending the United States in cyberspace against cyber attacks of significant consequences. While at the Commission, Michael led one of the Task Force’s engagement strategies, interviewing nearly 200 domestic and international cybersecurity subject matter experts, while extensively writing for the Commission’s final report and developing legislative proposals.

Michael also worked for over four years at the National Governors Association (NGA) as Senior Policy Analyst in their Homeland Security and Public Safety Division. At NGA, he consulted with senior state policymakers to help Governors’ offices develop and implement executive orders, legislation, policies, and strategies on cybersecurity, the prevention of targeted violence, and emergency communications issues. During his last years at NGA, he developed a program to help states implement a public-health approach to prevent individuals from committing violence based on racial, ideological, or single-issue beliefs, and spoke to numerous domestic and international practitioners on his research and experience.

Michael is currently a 2021 fellow for the Center for a New American Security’s Next Generation National Security Leaders Program and a fellow for New America’s Open Technology Institute and the Global Public Policy Institute’s Transatlantic Digital Debate. He received a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in International Stabilization and Recovery Operations from the beautiful mountains of the Shenandoah Valley at James Madison University.

Harley Parkes

Asymmetric Operations Sector, Cyber Mission Operations Group

Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University

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Harley Parkes

Asymmetric Operations Sector, Cyber Mission Operations Group

Applied Physics Lab, Johns Hopkins University

CURRENT POSITION:  Mr. Parkes serves as a Cyber Defense subject matter expert for Johns Hopkins APL.  He provides expertise in Information Assurance and techniques for defending against the tactics, techniques and procedures of our cyber adversaries. Mr. Parkes functions as the lead of the Integrated Adaptive Cyber Defense (IACD) portfolio where he is responsible for the integration of commercial capabilities, defining innovative concepts and advancing the state-of-the-art in cybersecurity automation and information sharing.   

PRIOR POSITIONS:  Mr. Parkes is a retired SES with over 37 years of government service.  He has held a variety of technical and managerial positions in the area of cyber defense and analysis.  He started his career in the U.S. Air Force before being hired by the National Security Agency where he served in a number of technical positions within the Directorate of Operations between 1983 and 1997.  In 1997, he transitioned to the Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) where he established, and became the first ever lead of the Computer Network Vulnerability Team (CNVT).  This team provided computer network security consultations in support of USPACOM and its components.  In 1999, he returned to NSA Headquarters to continue this work as an analyst within the NSA Blue Team.  He served as Chief of the Blue Team from 2003 to 2008 when he became D/Chief of the Operational Network Vulnerabilities (ONV) office.  The ONV worked to strengthen DoD and the national security communities’ operational networks through vulnerability assessments, in-depth technical analysis, Red Teaming and long-term integrated best-practice security solutions.  In 2010, Mr. Parkes was named as a member of the Defense Intelligence Senior Executive Service and became Chief of the Mission and Technical Vulnerability (MTV) office; conducting Technical Security Evaluations of U.S. Government communications and operations.  In 2011 he was appointed to stand up and lead the Operational Analysis and Mitigations Group, a critical new mission area charged with driving sweeping cyber security improvements for the Department of Defense and Federal Government.

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:  He served as the NSA representative to the DoD’s Enterprise Solutions Steering Group (ESSG) and is a member of the Board of Directors for Tower Federal Credit Union.

Josh Brodbent

Josh Brodbent

Public Sector Solutions Engineer Director

BeyondTrust

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Josh Brodbent

Josh Brodbent

Public Sector Solutions Engineer Director

BeyondTrust

Josh Brodbent founded a successful MSP in the south before turning to support state, local, and federal agencies achieve security and compliance initiatives. As a security professional of 20+ years,  Josh has worked with a variety of customers to secure networks, databases and infrastructure through increased audit capabilities, Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions, and Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions. Josh currently lives with his family in Arkansas and enjoys camping, boating, motor sports and outdoor activities.

Aaron Cockerill

Aaron Cockerill

Chief Strategy Officer

Lookout

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Aaron Cockerill

Aaron Cockerill

Chief Strategy Officer

Lookout

Aaron joined Lookout with nearly 20 years of software product management experience. As the Chief Strategy Officer, Aaron is responsible for developing, validating and implementing cross-functional strategic product initiatives that align with the Lookout vision of a secure connected world. Most recently, he served as VP of Mobile Technologies at Citrix, where he and his team were responsible for the development of Citrix’s mobile apps and container technology, while driving the acquisition of Zenprise. Prior to working on mobile technologies, Aaron drove the creation of Citrix’s desktop virtualization product, XenDesktop, which grew into more than $1 billion yearly revenue for Citrix during his five years of leadership. Before joining Citrix, Aaron worked for Akamai leading product management on their enterprise content delivery solution as well as working on the development and deployment of many of Akamai’s advanced content delivery networking technologies. Prior to that, Aaron led product management for OneSoft’s e-commerce system, and he held multiple positions at BHP Billiton in Australia. He holds a BE Materials (Honors) from Wollongong University, Australia.

Paul Decker

EVP and General Manager, Cyber and Intelligence Parsons Corporation

Parsons Federal Solutions

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Paul Decker

EVP and General Manager, Cyber and Intelligence Parsons Corporation

Parsons Federal Solutions

Paul Decker is the General Manager of the Cyber and Intelligence Market within  Parsons Federal Solutions. The Cyber & Intelligence Market focuses on full-spectrum  cyber security solutions that protect critical national systems and support the  nation’s information dominance. The Cyber & Intelligence Market’s ~1500  employees provide cyberspace software, engineering services, rapid hardware  prototyping, RF/SIGINT products and other technical assurance to Commercial,  Department of Defense and Intelligence Community customers. They also are a  premier supplier and integrator of net-centric, next-gen signal processing solutions  for specialized customers. 

Prior to this role, Paul was the Senior Vice President of Cyber and Intelligence where  was responsible for developing and delivering the company’s overall corporate  technical and growth strategy for the market. He has extensive experience in the  arena of Cyber Space Operations including operational and leadership support to  Defensive Cyber Operations, Offensive Cyber Operations to include mission  execution, strategic policy, and security strategy and planning. His operational  leadership and technical experiences include support to the United States Strategic  Commands Computer Network Defense and Computer Network Warfare mission  sets.  

Before coming to Parsons, Paul worked at Northrop Grumman Information Systems  as Program Director for the newly created United States Cyber Command  (USCYBERCOM). Earlier, Paul worked for Litton/TASC, and DARPA at DoD and IC  clients and in various roles of responsibility. He proudly served his country in the U.S.  Marine Corp. Paul supported the White House Military Office (WHMO), and lead  Military Planning efforts for world-wide deployed Continuity of Operations programs.  In this role, he was responsible for providing direct support to the National level  program manager, developing national level goals, objectives and implementation  strategies to drive immediate short term and longer-term activities necessary to  improve government-wide continuity capabilities in the evolving post September 11th  threat environment. 

Paul holds a BA in Security Management and holds multiple security and technical  certifications, including Certified Information Security Professional (CISSP). He is  sitting member of the Washington Executive Cyber Council. Paul resides in Vienna,  Virginia with his wife Michele of 14 years and three children, Annalise, Amelia and  Audrey.

Lexy Guenther

Lexy Guenther

Operational CTO

Leidos

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Lexy Guenther

Lexy Guenther

Operational CTO

Leidos

Lexy Guenther has spent nearly a decade in building, deploying, and managing security services for America’s critical infrastructure, to include government and Fortune 500 customers. In addition, she spent years operating within and leading engineering teams across a variety of domains, inclusive of requirements engineering, large scale mission test & verification, mission support services, systems integration, infrastructure migration and maintenance, and IT help desk, across Intel, DoD, Civil government and commercial entities. Currently, as an operationally-focused CTO for Civil government customers, she works directly with teams on designing and implementing solutions for securely acquiring and leveraging data to improve organizational performance and capability delivery. She is also responsible for research and development activities to drive quality, improved response times, and differentiated capabilities in the areas of automation, cyber operations, multi-cloud engagement and management, and mission support services. 

Passionate about STEM education, Lexy regularly volunteers for engagements with K-12 STEM encouragement for women in engineering and IT fields. Lexy graduated from DeSales University with Bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science as well as Management of Information Technology, and earned her Master’s degree from George Washington University in Systems Engineering.

Johnnie Konstantas

Johnnie Konstantas

Group Vice President of Cloud Engineering

Oracle

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Johnnie Konstantas

Johnnie Konstantas

Group Vice President of Cloud Engineering

Oracle

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Josh Wepman

Josh Wepman

CTO, Commercial Energy Solutions

Leidos

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Josh Wepman

Josh Wepman

CTO, Commercial Energy Solutions

Leidos

Josh Wepman is an expert in the architecture, design, measurement, security, and management of large-scale energy and telecommunication data systems and analytics. In his role as CTO, he focuses on developing deep understanding of the evolving challenges the energy market faces, a broad understanding of the role emerging technology breakthroughs can play, and develops focused strategies to leverage that understanding into impactful solutions and opportunities for change. Josh has led innovation teams focused on areas such as: digital engineering, advanced grid planning, spatial analytics, storm recovery, reliability engineering, and most recently, scaled drone autonomy. 

Josh has authored numerous whitepapers and presentations on the business challenges that face modern utilities, and the role data, analytics, and culture can play in creating competitive modern enterprises. He supports numerous utility industry conferences, task forces, and participated on the North American Electric Reliability Corporation Smart Grid Task Force. Josh is also a volunteer instructor at the Institute for Public Utilities Annual Regulatory Studies Program and a proud graduate of Michigan State University.

Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

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Daniela Fayer

Publisher

Defense One

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

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George Jackson

Director of Events

GovExec Media

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Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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Patrick Tucker

Patrick Tucker

Technology Editor

Defense One

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February 18, 2021

Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Mariam Baksh

Staff Correspondent

Nextgov

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Katherine Arrington

Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Department of Defense

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Katherine Arrington

Chief Information Security Officer, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment

Department of Defense

Katherine “Katie” Arrington is a member of the Senior Executive Serves and serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for Acquisition and Sustainment (CISO(A&S)) to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (USD(A&S)). 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 and sustainment cyber strategy and efforts to enhance cyber security within the Defense Industrial Base. As the CISO(A&S), 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, 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 Department of Defense acquisition and sustainment efforts.

Ms. Arrington is leading efforts that help ensure a secure Defense Supply Chain through the implementation of Trusted Capital vendors and Supply Chain Risk Management principles, enhance Defense Industrial Base security and resilience, and establish a common cyber security standard within Departmental acquisition efforts. She also synchronizes these efforts across the Department, other federal agencies, and works with legislators to ensure Departmental authorities and actions align and support the nation’s security goals. Before assuming her position as CISO(A&S), Ms. Arrington has an extensive career as a legislator and senior cyber executive in private industry. Ms. Arrington was a 2018 candidate for the US House of Representatives for South Carolina and served for 2 terms as a South Carolina State Representative. She has extensive experience in cyber strategy, policy, enablement and implementation across a wide range of business sectors and governmental levels. She has over 15 years of cyber experience acquired through positions at Booz Allen Hamilton, Centuria Corporation, and Dispersive Networks. These positions have given her a unique experience of
supporting and work with the government at large, small, and non-traditional contracting firms.

 

Ms Arrington is married to Robert and resides in Summerville, South Carolina and a proud parent of three children and grandparent to four grandbabies.

Jon Boyens

Deputy Chief for the Computer Security Division, and Program Manager for Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management

National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Jon Boyens

Deputy Chief for the Computer Security Division, and Program Manager for Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Jon Boyens is a senior information technology security specialist in the Computer Security Division. As lead for NIST’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) project, he identifies and evaluates technologies, tools, techniques, practices and standards useful in managing risk to the ICT supply chain and co-leads the U.S. government’s efforts to develop ICT SCRM lifecycle processes and standards.

Dominic Cussatt

Acting Chief Information Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs

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Dominic Cussatt

Acting Chief Information Officer

Department of Veterans Affairs

Mr. Cussatt has served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer since January 20, 2021. Mr. Cussatt oversees the entire IT Program for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a Fortune 10 sized agency servicing 22M US veterans with over $200B in annual budget and over 350,000 government staff. The VA IT program includes 24/7 IT operations spread across every US state and several overseas territories supporting 145 Hospitals and 1231 Outpatient Facilities (making VA the largest health care organization in the US), 56 Regional Benefits Offices, and 135 Veteran Cemeteries. He oversees VA’s $4B annual IT budget and the activities of over 10,000 IT employees and contractors performing Account Management, Strategic Sourcing, IT Development and Operations, Information Security, IT Resource Management, Quality Assurance, and Performance and Risk Management. In his previous role as VA Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Mr. Cussatt oversaw the VA’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Program ensuring secure and reliable operation of VA’s IT infrastructure. Mr. Cussatt has over 25 years of public and private sector IT experience, and was with the US Department of Defence (DoD) CIO’s office for 12 years prior to VA. During his tenure as DoD Deputy CISO for Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy, he was also the Director of the DoD International Cybersecurity Program. In 2014, he was selected by the 28 NATO nations as the National Co-Chair of the NATO Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Capability Panel, the sole source of cybersecurity policy for the NATO Alliance. He also served over 3 years as DoD Tri-Chair for the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) Subcommittee, a national forum for US National Security System policy which published dozens of Federal cybersecurity policies under his tenure. Since 2007, Mr. Cussatt has been a member of the US Federal Government’s Joint Task Force Transformation Initiative, a US Civil/Defense/Intelligence partnership developing minimum Federal IT standards. The Initiative successfully unified the US Federal Government’s disparate cybersecurity standards by publishing 5 National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) special publications, including the NIST security control catalog and the NIST Risk Management Framework. He was twice awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defence (OSD) Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service (in 2014 & 2016), the OSD’s highest level career medaled award.

Dr. Brian Gardner

Chief Information Security Officer

City of Dallas

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Dr. Brian Gardner

Chief Information Security Officer

City of Dallas

Dr. Brian Gardner is the first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of Dallas. Dr. Brian joined the City three years ago to develop risk management and regulatory compliance programs.  Since taking on the role of CISO he has implemented a risk based framework for cybersecurity strategy to assess and mature the City’s security capabilities, assure regulatory compliance, and mitigate enterprise-wide technology and business risk.  Prior to joining the City in 2017, Dr. Brian spent three years in the Emergency Air Medical Response industry where he was responsible for cybersecurity and regulatory compliance for over 400 air bases, in addition to regional and national headquarters. Dr. Brian’s cybersecurity industry experience extends from global financial services, national healthcare services (specifically large hospital groups), and to Big Four consulting before entering public service. Dr. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in Forensic Accounting from Syracuse University, a Master’s in Information Security Management, and a PhD in Information Technology, Security and Assurance. As well as, research and publication on Disaster Recovery, Dr. Brian also holds certifications in Cloud Security and Privacy.

Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

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Tommy Gardner

Chief Technology Officer

HP Federal

Tommy Gardner is HP’s Chief Technology Officer for HP Federal, spanning the US Federal Agencies, Higher Education, K-12 Education, State and Local government customer segments, as well as Federal Systems Integrators. His current responsibilities include technology leadership, strategic technology plans, product and technology strategies, sales force technical support, and customer and partner relationships. 

Previously, Tommy has served as the Chief Technology Officer for Jacobs Engineering, Scitor, and ManTech. Earlier in his career he was a senior technical executive at Raytheon. In the U.S. Navy he served as the Deputy for Science and Technology for the Chief of Naval Research. He oversaw the Navy’s Deep Submergence Program as well as its Advanced Technology Program. He also commanded the nuclear submarine, USS San Juan (SSN 751). 

Tommy’s educational background covers multiple disciplines and fields of interest including: cybersecurity, data science, blockchain, quantum information science, artificial intelligence, high performance computing and systems integration.

Tommy holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, an M.S. in Management of Technology from MIT and a Ph. D. in Energy Economics from George Washington University. He is a Professional Engineer, an ASME Fellow, and serves on the ASME Board of Governors, the ANSI Board of Directors and the U. S. Council on Competitiveness as the Co-chair of the Advanced Computer Roundtable.

Juliana Vida

Chief Technical Advisor, Public Sector

Splunk, Inc.

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Juliana Vida

Chief Technical Advisor, Public Sector

Splunk, Inc.

Juliana Vida is the Chief Technical Advisor – Public Sector at Splunk, Inc.  In this technology evangelist role she provides guidance, direction and thought leadership around Splunk’s data platform capabilities.  She brings over 30 years of experience as an accomplished leader and IT professional. Prior to leaving government for industry, she retired after 24 years as a dual-warfare qualified Surface Warfare Officer and decorated Naval Aviator. Her top military awards include the Air Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. Her final years in uniform culminated in senior leadership roles in the Navy’s CIO organization, where she ultimately served as the Navy’s Deputy CIO in the Pentagon.  

Juliana is a ’94 US Naval Academy grad, making her one of the first women to be legally permitted to serve in a combat role, which she did on two Navy warships and four squadrons as a helicopter pilot. She deployed five times, including Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM.  

Prior to joining Splunk, Juliana was a Vice President in Gartner Executive Programs, leading a team of executive partners supporting federal government Chief Information Officers (CIO) and IT senior leaders.  Both before Splunk and now, she continues several volunteer activities, including being a Board Director for AFCEA International and a member of the AFCEA International Cyber Committee, Special Advisor to the Washington Cyber Roundtable, a mentor for Women in Technology, and advisor to Naval Academy Alumni Association’s Greater Washington Chapter.  In her free time she enjoys cooking, fitness, and doing crosswords and word puzzles of all kinds. She was also the winner on two major televised game shows – Wheel of Fortune and The Weakest Link.

Barry Hensley

Chief Threat Intelligence Officer

Secureworks

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Barry Hensley

Chief Threat Intelligence Officer

Secureworks

Col. (Retired) Barry Hensley leads Secureworks’ Counter Threat Unit™ (CTU) and Cyber Threat Analysis Center (CTAC). The CTU™ is an expert group of security researchers who identify and analyze emerging threats while developing countermeasures to protect our clients. CTAC are leading security analysts embedded in our Security Operations Centers (SOC) worldwide. The CTU and CTAC partnership enables the team to quickly apply our threat intelligence to the day-to-day client consultations. Barry is also the former Director of the Army’s Global Network Operations and Security Center (AGNOSC). Barry served in various leadership positions at all levels within the communications and information security career field throughout his 24-year Army career. Barry holds a BBA in Information Systems from Georgia Southern University, an M.S. in Telecommunications from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the National War College.

Hilery Sirpis

Vice President, Strategic Accounts and Publisher

Route Fifty

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