AGENDA

Session 1

Monday, October 19

2:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

2:05 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Shapor Naghibzadeh, Co-Founder and Product Lead, Chronicle

2:35 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

The Most Fascinating and Frightening Hacks of 2019 and 2020

Cybercrime is in many ways the perfect crime: low risk, scalable, and highly profitable. As more of our lives migrate online, attacks on digital assets by clever and increasingly sophisticated attackers shows no signs of slowing down. This panel consists of three real world researchers living on the frontline of the cyber risk landscape.  Join this panel to hear our experts share their opinions on the most fascinating and frightening hacks they’ve witnessed in the wild over the past 18 months. At the conclusion of the panel we will conduct a live poll and allow the audience members to vote for the scariest hack.

Moderator:
Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development, IronNet Cybersecurity

Speakers:
Leon Johnson, Principal Security Consultant, Rapid7
Susan Peediyakal, Director, Luta Security
Ax Sharma, Security Researcher, Sonatype

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking

Session 2

Tuesday, October 20

2:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Understanding and Managing Risk At The Intersection of Digital and Physical Supply Chains

In recent years the topic of digital and physical supply chain attacks has landed on the front pages of newspapers everywhere.

Whether the “Super Micro” story in 2018 alleging that Chinese spies had compromised computer motherboards; or more recent concerns about Huawei; or the COVID-driven volatility around global supply chains in general, it’s clear that organizations everywhere must have a firm grip on third-party risk associated with both physical and digital supply chains.

Simply stated, supply chain risk is huge and it’s time we all pay attention. Join this panel to explore key questions about the critical role of supply chains in the modern world, their associated risks, and opportunities to thrive in an interconnected world.

Moderator:
Matt Howard, CMO, Sonatype

Speakers:
Scott Armstrong, GPM – Sr Director, Cyber Risk, Analytics, and Insights, Exostar
Dr. Allan Freidman, Director of Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
Nick Sanna, CEO, Risk Lens and FAIR Institute

3:00 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.

Venture Capital and M&A in the White Hot Cybersecurity Marketplace 

Hear from leading experts about the latest trends in cybersecurity company investments and acquisitions. The panel will cover everything from what kind of companies are getting funded, to which cybersecurity companies are buying others, to what kinds of businesses the big publicly traded players are acquiring. Learn about the key trends and metrics that are driving deals, what investors look for in companies to back and what buyers need to see to pay a premium.

Moderator:
Tom Knox, Partner, King & Spalding

Speakers:
Ron Gula, President and co-founder, Gula Tech Adventures
Wayne Jackson, CEO, Sonatype
Jamil Jaffer, Founder and Executive Director of the National Security Institute, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and Vice President for Strategy, Partnerships & Corporate Development, IronNet Cybersecurity
Dave Merkel, CEO, Expel
Bret Padres, CEO, Crypsis Group

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking

Session 3

Wednesday, October 21

2:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

2:05 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander, Founder and Co-CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity

2:35 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The Five Eyes Relationship in the Context of an Evolving Cyber Environment 

Given the challenging threat environment presented to the Five Eyes member states from countries like China, North Korea, and Iran, and in light of the unique challenges presented in the COVID environment, what role do Five Eyes partners and larger organizations such as NATO have in playing collective and collaborative cyber defense?

Moderator:
Beth Vaccarezza, Vice Consul & U.S. Sector Lead – Defense, Security & Space, Department for International Trade at the British Embassy, Washington DC

Speakers:
Matt Harding, Senior Liaison Officer for Cyber and Communications Security to the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand Embassy
Rick Ledgett, Senior Advisor, Hakluyt & Co.
Henry Pearson,  Cyber Security Ambassador, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)

3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.

Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Cyber Security Talent

Innovation is fueled by a diversity of thought and perspective and there is no industry that requires more rapid ideation than the cyber security field. And yet the diversity of the cyber security workforce is limited, comprised of only 20% women and even fewer ethnic minorities. Discipline, experience, age, gender, ethnic, and neurodiversity are needed to ensure we arrive at inventive solutions to cyber security challenges.

There are 500,000 open cyber security positions in the U.S. and more than 70,000 of them are in the DC/MD/VA metro area. Misalignment between employer position descriptions and job seekers’ skills, a finite pipeline of regional talent, and the time from candidate to clearance are all contributing factors to the limited pool of cyber security talent. But conscious and unconscious bias, stereotypes, hiring practices, communications and culture further limit our success in recruiting the diversity of perspectives required to ensure we can out-maneuver cyber attackers. This panel will dive into the challenges and offer some proposed successful strategies to recruiting and retaining diverse cyber security talent in our region.

Moderator:
Victor Hoskins, President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority

Speakers:
Gary Evee, former Director of Worldwide Mobile Security, IBM (NSI Visiting Fellow)
Carmen Medina, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA (NSI Advisory Board member)
Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman
Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University

4:25 p.m.

Networking

Session 4

Thursday, October 22

2:00 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

2:05 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Operational Technology and Informational Technology Convergence and Threats in the Post-COVID Environment

According to Gartner, “operational technology (OT) is hardware and software that detects or causes a change, through the direct monitoring and/or control of industrial equipment, assets, processes and events.” While information technology (IT) helps users to store and process information, OT helps users operate. Examples of OT systems include industrial control systems, scientific and medical equipment, transportation systems, lighting controls and building management, and internet of things devices. Historically, IT systems have received much more attention from cybersecurity professionals than OT systems, but this is changing rapidly.

In this panel, we’ll explore how OT cybersecurity professionals studying different kinds of OT systems view the state of cybersecurity in their respective ecosystems; where cybersecurity threats and defenses are evolving over the next five years; where there are commonalities and differences between cybersecurity techniques across different kinds of OT systems; and where there are commonalities across IT and OT cybersecurity systems.

Moderator:
Josh Lospinoso, Ph.D., CEO/Founder, Shift5

Speakers:
Jessica Ohnona, Data Scientist, Cynalytica
Michael Rothschild, Senior Director, OT Solutions, Tenable
Mark Stacey, Director of Professional Services, Dragos

3:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.

Keynote Speaker
The Honorable Mark Warner, United States Senator

3:20 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Capital Cyber Awards Presentation

4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Networking