2015 Cyber Playbook


Event MC

Connie Sayers Connie Sayers

Constance Sayers is the President of Government Executive Media Group where she leads revenue and programs for all GEMG brands. As president, Sayers launched the Route Fifty brand and led all product development and design as well as marketing, audience and sales strategy for the award-winning, digital publication aimed at state and local leaders. Twice, she was named to Folio's "Folio 100" annual list of innovators for both 2014 and 2015 and their "Top Women in Media" for 2015. Previously, she served as publisher of Government Executive Media Group where she helped launch the Defense One brand.

In 2010, she re-joined Atlantic Media to serve as vice-president of National Journal LIVE and one year later was promoted to direct the ad sales team. At National Journal, she developed the media company's 2008 and 2012 Presidential Elections and Conventions programs including producing thirty-eight events and an award-winning mobile application. She also brokered all event partnerships with on-air talent from CBS News and ABC News. Her media experience includes leading the advertising, marketing, and events divisions at CQ/Roll Call and Government Executive where she received a Chairman's Award for revenue growth.

For years, she led the Excellence in Government Conference, the expansion to Excellence in Government West and was part of the team that founded the Service to America Medals (SAMMIES). In 2007, while at the Council for Excellence in Government, she teamed with with Gallup and Accenture to develop a "Health Care Town Hall" series in Detroit, Miami and Sacramento that was included as part of MTV's "Rock the Vote" Campaign.

Prior to working in media, Connie led marketing and membership programs at such organizations as Big Brothers/Big Sisters, the Food and Drug Law Institute, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the American Society for Training and Development. She was the mid-night to six DJ for WMKX-FM commercial radio outside Pittsburgh for four years. Sayers has an M.A. in English from George Mason University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with B.A. in Writing from the University of Pittsburgh.

Morning Keynote

TrevorRudolf.jpg, 8.5kB Trevor Rudolph - Keynote Speaker
Chief of the Cyber and National Security Unit
Office of E-Government and IT, Office of Management and Budget

Trevor H. Rudolph is the Chief of OMB's E-Gov Cyber and National Security Unit. Trevor advises the U.S. Chief Information Officer and White House leadership on federal cybersecurity policy, programs, and threats. He has established government-wide incident response protocols in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security and the National Security Council. He's also launched enhanced CyberStat review capabilities as well as the first comprehensive, executive-level cybersecurity assessment framework for the federal government. Additionally, Trevor is utilizing data-driven oversight and policy implementation to strengthen the federal government's cybersecurity.

Afternoon Keynote

Maria Roat Maria Roat - Keynote Speaker
Chief Technology Officer, US Department of Transportation

Maria Roat became the US Department of Transportation Chief Technology Officer in September 2014. She previously served as the FedRAMP Director, and in many different capacities at TSA, USCIS, OCIO HQ and FEMA during her 10 years at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Ms. Roat began her civil service career with the US Navy serving in a number of operational and engineering capacities in Information Technology. Ms. Roat retired from the U.S. Navy in 2007, with 26 years of active duty and reserve service, in which she obtained the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer.

Panel Discussion - The Press Conference

Michael Kaiser Michael Kaiser - Panel Moderator
Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance

Michael Kaiser joined the National Cyber Security Alliance in 2008. As NCSA's chief executive, Mr. Kaiser engages diverse constituencies - business, government, other non-profit organizations - in NCSA's broad public education and outreach efforts to strengthen the nation's cyber infrastructure, including leadership of NCSA's premier outreach and awareness campaign, National Cyber Security Awareness Month. NCSA builds efforts through public private partnerships that address cyber security issues for home users (parents and children), K-12 and higher education, and small business. Mr. Kaiser serves on the Department of Commerce, NTIA Online Safety Technology Working Group and was named one of SC Magazine's information security luminaries of 2009.

Prior to joining NCSA, Mr. Kaiser spent 25 years in the field of victim's services and rights at holding senior staff positions at the National Center for Victims of Crime in Washington, D.C. and Safe Horizon in New York City.

Mr. Kaiser has developed training and other programs on the use of technology in crimes such as stalking and identity theft, and worked on programs exploring the use of technology to improve community policing. Along with his wife Laura Fisher Kaiser, he co-authored The Official eBay Guide to Buying, Selling, and Collecting Just About Anything (Simon and Shuster, 1999). He was one of a small group of eBay University instructors and has personally trained more than 8,000 eBay users on expanding their eBay businesses.

Mr. Kaiser has served on several non-profit Boards. He is currently the chair and a founding board member of SPINUSA, a national nonprofit based in Massachusetts, and has served on the Board of Trustees of the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and New Destiny Housing Corporation in New York City.

Bob Gourley - Panelist Speaker
Partner at Cognitio and Publisher of ThreatBrief.com

Bob Gourley is a co-founder and partner of Cognitio and the publisher of CTOvision.com and ThreatBrief.com. Bob's first career was as a naval intelligence officer, which included operational tours in Europe and Asia. Bob was the first Director of Intelligence (J2) at DoD's cyber defense organization JTF-CND. Following retirement from the Navy, Bob was an executive with TRW and Northrop Grumman, and then returned to government service as the CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Bob was named one of the top 25 most influential CTOs in the globe by Infoworld. He was selected for AFCEAs award for meritorious service to the intelligence community, and was named by Washingtonian as one of DC's "Tech Titans". Bob's most recent book, The Cyber Threat, provides business executives with actionable insights into the threat landscape.

CharlesRomine.jpg, 9.3kB Charles Romine - Panelist Speaker
Director, Information Technology Laboratory, NIST

Charles Romine is Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). ITL is one of six research Laboratories within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with an annual budget of $120 million, more than 350 employees, and about 160 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories.

Romine oversees a research program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems, including cybersecurity standards and guidelines for Federal agencies and U.S. industry, supporting these and measurement science at NIST through fundamental and applied research in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Through its efforts, ITL supports NIST's mission to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

Within NIST's traditional role as the overseer of the National Measurement System, ITL is conducting research addressing measurement challenges in information technology as well as issues of information and software quality, integrity, and usability. ITL is also charged with leading the nation in using existing and emerging IT to help meet national priorities, including developing cybersecurity standards, guidelines, and associated methods and techniques, cloud computing, electronic voting, smart grid, homeland security applications, and health information technology.

Rob Roy Rob Roy - Panelist Speaker

Rob Roy is the chief technology officer of the U.S. Public Sector Cyber Group at HP. In this role, he is responsible for driving strategic cyber initiatives, promoting thought leadership, presenting HP's cybersecurity vision, managing media relations, and supporting HP's cybersecurity government relations.

Prior to this role, Mr. Roy was chief technology officer of Fortify Software, the leading software security assurance company that was acquired by HP in 2010. While there he spearheaded strategic initiatives within government and legislature that led to the development of new laws mandating smarter software security measures in the Department of Defense.

Tom Conway Tom Conway - Panelist Speaker
Director of Business Development, Government, FireEye, Inc.

Tom Conway is the Director of Federal Business Development at FireEye. In his role, he shapes and executes the company's going forward strategy in serving US Department of Defense, Civilian, and Intelligence community client requirements as well as the cybersecurity needs of Defense Industrial Base prime contractors.

A 28 year veteran of the Federal information technology industry, Tom has worked in progressively more responsible positions at market leaders including Intel, McAfee , Northrop Grumman, Falcon Systems, and Zenith Data Systems. He is a charter member of the AFCEA Cyber Committee and also an active member of the Intelligence & National Security Alliance (INSA). Mr. Conway has been a frequently quoted spokesperson in a wide variety of print and broadcast media outlets covering Federal and general cybersecurity topics.

A native of Northern Virginia, Tom holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from James Madison University and a Master of Business Administration degree from George Mason University, both in Virginia.

Speaker Blitz

Scott Donnelly Scott Donnelly - Speaker
Senior Analyst, Recorded Future

Tackling national security issues since 2006, Scott Donnelly is Recorded Future's Senior Analyst and a former Targeting Officer at the Central Intelligence Agency. He holds an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA in Political Science from Villanova University. Scott regularly contributes to Recorded Future's threat intelligence blog.

Wayne Lewandowski Wayne Lewandowski - Speaker
Vice President of Sales, US Federal, Vormetric

Wayne Lewandowski is the Vice President Sales, US Federal. Through his leadership since early 2013, Vormetric has successfully been deployed at dozens of Federal agencies. This includes customers across the IC, Department of Defense, and Civilian Agencies. Vormetric has quickly become the standard for protecting structured/unstructured data in the data center, cloud, and field servers.

Prior to Vormetric, he has had a distinguished career that spans over 20 years in the federal market for emerging integrators, and technology companies. He has a diverse background of leadership and sales roles that encompass various areas of IT to include; virtualization, big data, and search technologies.

Mr. Lewandowski, has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Business Management and Quantitative Analysis.

Derrick Lawson Derrick Lawson - Speaker
Senior Sales Engineer, Public Sector, Splunk

Derrick Lawson is a security specialist for Splunk, advising many Federal Civilian agencies on the landscape, risk, and best practices in cybersecurity, technical architecture, system operations, and development.

Derrick has an 18 year technology background in system operations and development highlighted by Oracle, where he was one of the primary architects and the System Operations/Development Senior Manager under Oracle's philanthropic arm for the Oracle Education Foundation & Oracle Academy. Some of his successes there include building Think.com, a free protected social educational environment for kids in schools worldwide, and securing/managing ThinkQuest, a global competition for kids to build educational websites - In their prime, some of the 9000+ websites created for the ThinkQuest competition were in the top sites ranked by Google.

At Splunk, Derrick also returned to his roots in semantic data analysis and mathematics, where he began his career at Raytheon creating the heuristics and semantic analysis programs to identify illegal alien smugglers and analyze smuggler traffic patterns for IDENT, now under US Visit. Derrick has a BS in Mathematics from George Mason University and is also a CISSP.

Halftime Tech Briefing

Kenneth Durbin Kenneth Durbin - Speaker
Unified Security Practice Manager, Symantec

Mr. Kenneth Durbin is the Unified Security Practice Manager for Symantec. He is responsible for understanding Public Sector requirements, defining Use Cases, and applying the appropriate Symantec Technologies to best help our customers implement Compliance & Risk Management (CRM) solutions. His focus includes the Standards, Mandates and Best Practices from NIST, OMB, DHS and SANS and their application to CRM. Previous to his current role he was the Sales Specialist for Symantec's Threat and Risk Monitoring Group (TRMG) products. As such, he focused much of his time on the practice of Continuous Monitoring. Mr. Durbin has spent significant time talking to Public Sector End Users about the challenges CRM presents. This experience has been combined with the knowledge of our Product Management Teams and Subject Matter Experts to determine what Symantec products will be most beneficial to our Customers.

Mr. Durbin has been a provider of Solutions to the Federal Government, exclusively, for over 25 years. He has specialized on large, complex federal programs and accounts, working for companies ranging from small startups to large Fortune 500s.

Panel Discussion - Inside the Huddle

Francis Rose Francis Rose - Panel Moderator
Former Host at Federal News Radio

Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of FrancisRose.com, where he blogs and publishes a weekly newsletter. He recently left Federal News Radio after nine years, including the last five as host of "In Depth with Francis Rose." He is the author of "The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History," available on Amazon. His next book, "Greatness Again: Revitalizing America's Strategic Leadership on the World Stage" is scheduled for publication in February 2016. He is a regular contributor to NewsChannel 8/DC's "Capital Insider" program, and a regular guest host for two nationally syndicated radio programs.

Brad Nix Brad Nix - Panelist Speaker
Deputy Director, DHS Computer Emergency Readiness Team

Brad Nix is the Deputy Director of the Department of Homeland Defense (DHS) United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT). US-CERT is charged with leading DHS efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity posture, coordinate cyber information sharing, and proactively manage cyber risks. Arriving at DHS in May 2014, Mr. Nix is responsible for ensuring day-to-day operations meet with the strategic focus for cybersecurity within the US Government. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Nix served 6 years as the first Chief information Security Officer at USDA's Food & Nutrition Service.

Mr. Nix has almost 20 years of IT experience, with extensive consulting experience with small and large enterprise security programs. During the past 15 years, he has specialized in enterprise information security with a focus on information security program assessments and development; governance, architecture, technical vulnerability assessments; and product assessments.

In his current position, Mr. Nix directs and manages activities that focus on large-scale intrusion detection and prevention, advanced malware analysis and detection, cyber threat analysis, incident response, and exchanging critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners in Government, Industry, and International.

Mr. Nix holds a Master's in Management Information Systems from the University of Virginia, and a Bachelor's in Business Administration from James Madison University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and an American Council for Technology / Industry Advisory Council (ACT-IAC) Fellow and Executive Council member.

Kevin Brownstein Kevin Brownstein - Panelist Speaker
Senior Manager of Sales Engineering, RSA Federal

Kevin Brownstein is the Senior Manager of Sales Engineering for RSA Federal. He has over 20 years of experience in the security industry, serving both as a U.S. government employee and government contractor. During his tenure with the U.S. government, Mr. Brownstein specialized in network security and computer forensics. He currently leads RSA Federal Sales Engineering supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, Intelligence Community, Civilian Government, and Systems Integrators. Sales Engineering is responsible for identifying solutions, design, and implementation of proof of concept security solutions to meet critical customer requirements.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Information Management from Aspen University in Denver, Colorado and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics, from the University of Maryland, College Park. In addition, he holds multiple industry certifications including, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Federal IT Security Professional Manager (FITSP-M), Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK), and Certified in Homeland Security- Level IV (CHS-IV).

Bill Church - Panelist Speaker
Senior Security Solutions Engineer, F5

Bill has been in the information security space since 1998 both as customer, consultant, and an engineer. He was dropped in the deep end of a dot com website in the early 2000s in the days of Code Red and Nimda and had to learn security the hard way. Bill is a firm believer in "know thy enemy and know thy self", you can't effectively secure yourself if you don't understand how the bad guys think and operate.

Bill Roche Bill Roche - Panelist Speaker
Principle Systems Engineer, VMware

Bill Roche is currently the Sr. Manager of System Engineering for VMware's Network and Security business unit. Bill focuses on addressing the current Cyber Threat by enhancing datacenter security through the use of innovative technologies such as Software Defined Networking (SDN). Bill prior experience at VMware including leading the System Engineering efforts for VMware's award winning Intelligence Community business as virtualization redefined the datacenter. Bill joined VMware from HyTrust where he focused on security challenges around insider threat and privileged access. Prior to HyTrust, Bill was with CSC for 11 years as the Chief Architect for the Department of Defense Intelligence Information System Distributed Lab (D2Lab) overseeing its growth from inception to enterprise lab service provider.

Event Details:

Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Time: 8am - 3pm
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Pl NW
Washington, DC 20001

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