November 13, 2018

7:00 a.m.

Registration, Breakfast and Networking

7:45 a.m.

Morning Welcome

8:15 a.m.

Fireside Chat


Amit Yoran, Chairman and CEO, Tenable

Mark Frantz, Co-Founder, BlueDelta Capital Partners

9:00 a.m.

Impact of New Technologies on the Cybersecurity Mission

The cybersecurity community is engaged in an arms race with threat actors who develop and deploy ever more sophisticated technological and psychological weapons against their targets. Existing cybersecurity tools may not be sufficient to address tomorrow’s attacks. This panel will look over the horizon at the future threat landscape and will discuss new methods for detection, prevention and remediation that will move from the lab to the market in the years to come.


Will Ackerly, Co-Founder and CTO, Virtru
Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal
Jason Crabtree, CEO, Fractal Industries
John Everett, Deputy Director, Innovation Information Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
Josh Stella, Co-Founder and CTO, Fugue


Tom Knox, Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

9:50 a.m.

Networking Break

10:05 a.m.

Commonwealth Cyber Initiative Update

Dr. Tim Sands, President, Virginia Tech

10:15 a.m.

Tech Talent Innovations for Today and Tomorrow

The national capital region is home to a strong digital tech workforce and boasts among the highest concentration of tech talent in the nation. Supported by research universities and numerous career opportunities cyber professionals are attracted to our region. A strong and growing workforce is essential to continued growth of the tech economy. Yet, over the past 5 years the growth in the number of these workers has not kept pace with national averages or local demand, and the supply-demand gap in the greater Washington is larger than competitive peer regions. In this panel session leaders from academia and industry will discuss novel approaches being employed to close the gap and continue to produce and retain that talent necessary to drive the sustained growth of the cybersecurity industry. The panel will describe novel partnerships created among universities to promote student success in tech fields, the promotion of hands-on collaboration between industry and academia to craft ideal curricula for digital skills, and the role of experiential education in the development of tech talent.

Kenneth Ball
, Dean, Volgenau School of Engineering, George Mason University
John Czupak, President and CEO, ThreatQuotient
Chris Herndon, Former Deputy Assistant to the President and Former Director of Information Technology, White House
Denise Peppard, Corporate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Northrop Grumman Corporation

Dr. Scott Ralls, President, Northern Virginia Community College

11:10 a.m.

Keynote Remarks

Mark McLaughlin, Vice Chairman, Palo Alto Networks

12 p.m.

Networking Lunch & Exhibits

12:45 p.m.

What Keeps CISOs Up at Night?

Devon Bryan, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Reserve System
Amy Howland, CISO, Perspecta
Rebecca McHale, CISO, Booz Allen Hamilton
Randy Miskanic, Vice President of Enterprise Operational Resilience, Freddie Mac

Rick Howard, CISO, Palo Alto Networks

1:35 p.m.

Keynote Remarks

Dr. John Zangardi, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2:25 p.m.

Networking Break

2:35 p.m.

Threat Information: Challenges, Opportunities and Actions

Jonathan Bransky, Senior Enterprise Security Advisor, Dominion Energy
John Cassidy, Founder and CEO, King & Union
Gary Gagnon, Senior Vice President, Chief Security Officer and Corporate Director of Cybersecurity, MITRE Corporation
Mark Shaw, Senior Executive Director, Cyber Solutions, Mission, Cyber, & Intelligence Solutions Group, ManTech
Shamlan Siddiqi, Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, NTT DATA, Inc.

Howard Marshall, Director, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Accenture Security

3:30 p.m.

Keynote Remarks
Human Machine Teaming: Why the Human Element Will Always be Indispensable in Cybersecurity

Steve Grobman, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, McAfee

Industry luminaries continue to opine about the potential threat by AI to human jobs and even humanity itself. Much of the conversation focuses on the threats.

McAfee CTO Steve Grobman argues that the future isn’t about AI or machine learning; it’s about human-machine teaming. As long as there are human adversaries behind cybercrime and cyber warfare, there will always be a critical need for the human beings teamed with machines in cybersecurity.

Machines are best at processing massive quantities of data and being able to use complex models that require tremendous amounts of computing power to perform operations that inherently require scale. Humans have strategic intellect, the understanding of the game theory of how an opponent may be going or could go about hacking their organization. They can predict how an attack might play out even if it’s never been seen before.

Grobman will address why as long as there are human adversaries behind cybercrime and cyber warfare, there will always be a critical need for human intellect teamed with technology. He will also talk through the critical need for being intellectually honest with product capabilities and why the industry of cybersecurity is very different from any other field utilizing AI and ML.


4:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks