CyberScape: Insider Threats

CyberScape: Insider Threats

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Tysons Corner, VA

The rapid increase in cybercrime turned cyber leaders’ focus to beefing up cyber defenses and developing new cybersecurity strategies to resist hackers and ransomware. But as federal agencies shift IT operations to the cloud and develop new digital services for their employees and the general public, a new threat looms: unintentional insider threats. Poor user experience, technical debt and a weak cyber culture can all contribute to cyber incidents that start from inside an organization. 

Hear from civilian and defense agencies about how they’re working with vendors and industry partners to raise cybersecurity awareness, mitigate vulnerabilities unique to hybrid cloud, reduce technical debt to deploy better security systems, improve the user experience to fight shadow IT, and build scalable, interoperable cybersecurity solutions for the IT infrastructure of the future. 

Date
March 2, 2023
Time
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Where
Archer Hotel Tysons - 7599 Colshire Drive, Tysons, VA 22102

 
Panelists on stage

Agenda

 
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Breakfast and Networking

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Welcome Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research
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Fireside Chat: A Cyber-Aware Culture

Proper cybersecurity training goes a long way in preventing breaches. Fostering the idea of cybersecurity as a “team sport” involving constant vigilance from all team members can be a big mindset shift for some organizations, but federal cyber leaders are working hard to educate, train and prepare employees for potential cyber incidents.  

  • Eric Mill, Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO, OMB*
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Panel: Reducing Technical Debt for Stronger Cyber Defenses with Zero Trust

Aging IT infrastructure presents numerous cybersecurity risks to federal agencies and also prohibits them from deploying effective security strategies. Hear from defense, health and civilian cyber leaders about how they’re addressing technical debt by balancing targeted IT modernization with popular security approaches such as zero trust to secure data in declining systems. 

  • Jason Burt, Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA
  • Rob Wood, CISO, CMS
  • Lauren Knausenberger, CIO, Air Force*
  • Felipe Fernandez, Sr. Director, Systems Engineering, Fortinet Federal
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Panel: The Threat of Shadow IT 

Poor user experience in cybersecurity leads to workarounds, weakened security controls and shadow IT (i.e., the use of IT services without departmental approval and without checking the proper security boxes, such as multi-factor authentication). Shadow IT opens up a broader attack surface to malicious cyber actors. In fast-paced work environments, federal employees need the right data at the right time to do their jobs without cybersecurity impeding the mission. This panel will explore the ways federal cyber leaders are working to improve the user experience with cybersecurity and reduce the threat of shadow IT. 

  • Korie Seville, Technical Director, Hosting and Compute Center, DISA
  • Ken Rogers, IT Comptroller & Chief Digital Strategist, Department of State*
  • Scott Davis, CISO, CBP
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Coffee Break

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Panel: Addressing Hybrid Cloud Security Risks 

More federal agencies are exploring hybrid cloud solutions to meet mission-specific needs. Balancing on-premise data centers and IT systems with commercial, software-defined cloud solutions can present tricky cybersecurity challenges and unique security risks. This panel will discuss how to balance cybersecurity responsibilities with vendors and cloud strategies such as environment-as-code and zero trust for mitigating hybrid cloud vulnerabilities effectively.

  • Stacy Bostjanick, Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, OCIO, DOD
  • Joe Foster, Cloud Computing Program Manager, NASA
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Awards Presentation

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Fireside Chat: Evolving Cyber Priorities

The threat landscape is constantly changing along with the fast pace of technology, and federal agencies need to be primed and ready to respond to all threats, including those from within. The ongoing federal zero trust approach is one component to getting there.

  • Anjana Rajan, Assistant Director, Technology Security, ONCD*

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Closing Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research

Featuring

 
headshot of Stacy Bostjanic, Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, OCIO, DOD
Stacy Bostjanick
Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, OCIO, DOD
headshot of Jason Burt, Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA
Jason Burt
Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA
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Scott Davis
CISO, CBP

Felipe Fernandez is the Director of Systems Engineering at Fortinet Federal, a U.S. next-generation cyber security solution vendor that provides real-time threat detection and prevention. In addition to his role as a team manager, Felipe also oversees the US Federal product strategy and certification process at Fortinet Federal, such as the DoDIN APL and NSACSfC. Felipe has more than 21 years of experience in consulting, deploying, operating, and auditing security solutions in DoD and the private sector.

Sr. Director, Systems Engineering, Fortinet Federal
headshot of Joe Foster, Cloud Computing Program Manager, NASA
Joe Foster
Cloud Computing Program Manager, NASA
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Lauren Knausenberger*
CIO, Air Force

Eric Mill currently serves in the Biden-Harris administration in the Office of Management and Budget as the Senior Advisor on Technology and Cybersecurity to the Federal Chief Information Officer, Clare Martorana. 

Prior to that, Eric was the Lead Product Manager for the security of the Chrome web browser at Google. 

In 2019, Eric worked for Senator Amy Klobuchar through the TechCongress program, with a focus on election security, vulnerability disclosure, and management of the .gov internet domain. 

Before that, Eric served in the 18F team at the U.S. General Services Administration, where he led the federal government's adoption of strong encryption for its online services. While at GSA, Eric oversaw Login.gov, which lets millions of people sign into U.S. public services securely and privately. 

Prior to 18F, Eric was a part of the Sunlight Foundation, a civil society group dedicated to government transparency. At Sunlight, Eric created open data services that helped the public follow government activity, advised Congress on its open data strategy, and provided expert guidance to anti-corruption NGOs around the world. 

Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO, OMB

Anjana Rajan is a cryptographer, technology executive and entrepreneur who works at the nexus of human rights and national security. She currently is the Assistant National Cyber Director for Technology Security at The White House.

Previously, Anjana was the first Chief Technology Officer of Polaris, one of the largest anti-human trafficking NGOs in the United States. She served on the organization’s executive team and led Polaris’s engineering, security, and technology departments. In this role, Anjana architected Polaris’s web3 & human rights vision, built a proactive security strategy to defend the organization against foreign malign influence operations and violent extremist threats, and created "Mission Engineering," a leadership framework that inspires technologists to build solutions for complex and dangerous problems.

Prior to working at Polaris, Anjana was the Chief Technology Officer of Callisto, a Y Combinator-backed social enterprise that builds advanced cryptographic technology to combat sexual assault. Anjana was a Tech Policy Fellow at The Aspen Institute, where she studied the intersection between mass shootings, domestic violence, and white supremacy extremism. She also served as an independent consultant for the Homeland Security Advisory Council and has testified before Congress as an expert witness on ways technology can protect survivors and victims of human trafficking.

Previously, Anjana lived in London and worked at Palantir, where she served as a Commanding Officer for a deployment in the Middle East and worked across commercial and international government projects. Prior to joining Palantir, Anjana worked as a technologist at Johnson & Johnson focusing on building new software products across global healthcare markets.

Anjana was a Knight Scholar at Cornell University’s Engineering School and received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Operations Research and Information Engineering. Anjana is a former elite triathlete who raced for Team USA at two World Championships. She is also a cellist who currently plays with the Avanti Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and has recently performed at The Kennedy Center.

Assistant Director, Technology Security, ONCD
headshot of Ken Rogers, IT Comptroller & Chief Digital Strategist, Department of State
Ken Rogers*
IT Comptroller & Chief Digital Strategist, Department of State
headshot of Korie Seville, Technical Director, Hosting and Compute Center, DISA
Korie Seville
Technical Director, Hosting and Compute Center, DISA
headshot of Rob Wood, CISO, CMS
Rob Wood
CISO, CMS
* pending confirmation

Agenda

 
-

Breakfast and Networking

-

Welcome Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research
-

Fireside Chat: A Cyber-Aware Culture

Proper cybersecurity training goes a long way in preventing breaches. Fostering the idea of cybersecurity as a “team sport” involving constant vigilance from all team members can be a big mindset shift for some organizations, but federal cyber leaders are working hard to educate, train and prepare employees for potential cyber incidents.  

  • Eric Mill, Senior Advisor to the Federal CIO, OMB*
-

Panel: Reducing Technical Debt for Stronger Cyber Defenses with Zero Trust

Aging IT infrastructure presents numerous cybersecurity risks to federal agencies and also prohibits them from deploying effective security strategies. Hear from defense, health and civilian cyber leaders about how they’re addressing technical debt by balancing targeted IT modernization with popular security approaches such as zero trust to secure data in declining systems. 

  • Jason Burt, Cybersecurity Advisor, CISA
  • Rob Wood, CISO, CMS
  • Lauren Knausenberger, CIO, Air Force*
  • Felipe Fernandez, Sr. Director, Systems Engineering, Fortinet Federal
-

Panel: The Threat of Shadow IT 

Poor user experience in cybersecurity leads to workarounds, weakened security controls and shadow IT (i.e., the use of IT services without departmental approval and without checking the proper security boxes, such as multi-factor authentication). Shadow IT opens up a broader attack surface to malicious cyber actors. In fast-paced work environments, federal employees need the right data at the right time to do their jobs without cybersecurity impeding the mission. This panel will explore the ways federal cyber leaders are working to improve the user experience with cybersecurity and reduce the threat of shadow IT. 

  • Korie Seville, Technical Director, Hosting and Compute Center, DISA
  • Ken Rogers, IT Comptroller & Chief Digital Strategist, Department of State*
  • Scott Davis, CISO, CBP
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Coffee Break

-

Panel: Addressing Hybrid Cloud Security Risks 

More federal agencies are exploring hybrid cloud solutions to meet mission-specific needs. Balancing on-premise data centers and IT systems with commercial, software-defined cloud solutions can present tricky cybersecurity challenges and unique security risks. This panel will discuss how to balance cybersecurity responsibilities with vendors and cloud strategies such as environment-as-code and zero trust for mitigating hybrid cloud vulnerabilities effectively.

  • Stacy Bostjanick, Chief Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity, OCIO, DOD
  • Joe Foster, Cloud Computing Program Manager, NASA
-

Awards Presentation

-

Fireside Chat: Evolving Cyber Priorities

The threat landscape is constantly changing along with the fast pace of technology, and federal agencies need to be primed and ready to respond to all threats, including those from within. The ongoing federal zero trust approach is one component to getting there.

  • Anjana Rajan, Assistant Director, Technology Security, ONCD*

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Closing Remarks

  • Amy Kluber, Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media & Research

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