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October Virtual Cyber Executive Forum 2020

October 23 @ 9:45 am - 6:00 pm EDT


October 23
9:45 am - 6:00 pm
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October 23, 2020

Questions? Please contact Guy Wiltse: +1 (703) 382-8205 (local/international)


9:50 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome by Candy Alexander, President of ISSA International

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM: National 9-1-1: Becoming Public’s Safety Achilles Heel. Chuck Spalding, CCISO, 911 Director with Palm Beach County, Florida

When we think about cybersecurity it usually through the lens of data networks and systems. Our 9-1-1 emergency systems leaves us vulnerable as citizens, organizations, and as a country. Recent attacks on the system originating in the Middle East are proof that we need to address these vulnerabilities. Chuck will walk you through the national 9-1-1 voice infrastructure, pointing out these vulnerabilities, and providing insight on how to mitigate these to attacks.

Chuck is the 9-1-1 Director for Palm Beach County, Florida. Palm Beach is the largest county east of the Mississippi, with a population greater than 11 states. Chuck also serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME), supporting Next Generation 911 and 911 Cybersecurity for CISA's Emergency Communications Division. Chuck served on the FCC Next Generation 911 Task Force and was previously a Product Manager @ Cisco Systems, working on a number of the large scale VoIP deployments. He was also a Program Manager for DoD critical infrastructure initiatives. Chuck has a MS in Information Systems from the George Washington University, a BA In Business and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified CISO (CCISO).

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Speaker Details Coming Soon

12:15 PM – 12:35 PM: Lunch and Learn

12:45 PM – 1:45 PM: Executive Roundtables.

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM: Molding Your Cyber Workforce: Don’t Rely on the Punditry. John McCumber, Co-chair for the Training and Certification Subcommittee at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education

In this engaging presentation, John McCumber will review the recent literature and media portrayals of the challenges hiring and retaining top cybersecurity talent. He will explain why you cannot trust most of what you have been reading and explain how you can better filter this data to extract what is important for you and your organization. Come and learn the concrete steps you can immediately use to better acquire, train, and grow your cybersecurity workforce. Don’t listen to the pundits. Most are wrong! Learn why.

John McCumber is a cybersecurity executive providing targeted guidance for industry and government initiatives. He also develops and delivers consultative support for CIOs/CISOs in the areas of cybersecurity, data management, privacy and analytics. He is a retired US Air Force officer and former Cryptologic Fellow of the National Security Agency. During his military career, John also served in the Defense Information Systems Agency and on the Joint Staff at the Pentagon as Information Warfare Officer during the Persian Gulf War.

John is currently Co-chair for the Training and Certification Subcommittee for the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education. In addition to his professional activities, John is a former Professorial Lecturer in Information Security at The George Washington University in Washington, DC and is currently a technical editor and columnist for Security Technology Executive magazine. John is the author of the textbook Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: a Structured Methodology from Auerbach Publications.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Executive Roundtables.

4:15 PM-5:00 PM: Deliver Uncompromised – A Strategy for Supply Chain Security and Resilience in Response to the Changing Character of War. Katie Arrington, CISO and lead for CMMC at the Department of Defense (A&S)and Bob Metzger, Co-Chair Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice Group at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell

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.

Robert Metzger, an attorney in private practice, heads the Washington, D.C. office of Rogers Joseph O’Donnell, PC, a firm that specializes in public contracts matters. Bob is a co-author of the 2018 MITRE “Deliver Uncompromised” Report. As a Special Government Employee, Bob served on the Defense Science Board task force that produced the 2017 Cyber Supply Chain Report. He presented at the RSA Conference in 2017 and 2018 on IoT security issues and on supply chain security at RSA Public Sector Day in 2019 and 2020. Publications in 2020 include “Cyber Safety in the Era of Cyber Warfare,” published in The SciTech Lawyer and featured on the ABA main page. Bob continues to support MITRE in cyber and supply chain security matters.

Bob is recognized for subject area leadership in cyber, supply chain and related security matters. Chambers USA 2020 ranked Bob in Band 2 for Government Contracts – Nationwide and said that he is “routinely called upon by clients in cybersecurity matters, assisting clients with high-stakes contract procurements, qui tam litigation and compliance issues.” He is described by The Legal 500 (2020) as having “developed an ‘exceptional' reputation for litigation and bid protests, as well as cybersecurity-related issues.” Who’s Who Legal (2018) described Bob as “shown by our research to be one of the leading [government contracts] practitioners worldwide” and has identified Bob as a “Global Elite Thought Leader” in 2018, 2019 and 2020 – one of five in the U.S. and 18 globally in 2020. Named a 2016 “Federal 100” awardee, Federal Computer Week cited Bob for his “ability to integrate policy, regulation and technology” and said of him: “In 2015, he was at the forefront of the convergence of the supply chain and cybersecurity, and his work continues to influence the strategies of federal entities and companies alike.”

5:15 PM-6:00 PM: Speaker Details Coming Soon

6:00 PM: Closing Remarks


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