April 30 – May 2, 2023 at Graduate Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401
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Sunday, April 30, 2023
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Conference Opening Reception
Trophy Room, Graduate Hotel, Annapolis
Monday, May 1, 2023
Registration and Breakfast
CEO / Founder, ATARC
GITEC Chair: John Sprague
Data Control Officer and Co-Lead Cybersecurity, Cybersecurity, Governance, Data and Info Tech for the NASA AAM NC Program, NASA
National Cyber Director, Office of the National Cyber Director, Executive Office of the President (invited)
Panel: What’s Next for CIOs?
Chief Information Officers are at the forefront of revolutionizing government agencies. Their roles encompass a wide array of duties, including modernization of their agency’s IT ecosystem.
Directly from the CIO Council, “the CIO challenges executive leadership to think strategically about digital disruptions that are forcing business models to change and technology’s role in mission delivery. As a technology leader, the CIO enables and rapidly scales the agency’s digital business ecosystem while concurrently ensuring digital security.”
Tune into this panel as leading CIOs discuss the challenges and opportunities of the position, including how emerging technologies has impacted the way they work.
Chief Information Officer, Information Technology, U.S. General Services Administration (invited)
Chief Information Officer, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Deputy Federal Chief Information Officer, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (invited)
Dr. Kelly Fletcher
Chief Information Officer, Bureau of Information Resource Management, Under Secretary for Management, U.S. Department of State (invited)
Moderator: Jory Heckman
Reporter, Federal News Network (invited)
Panel: How Emerging Tech Plays a Role in Your Use of Cyber and AI
In today’s world, the emerging technologies in the Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence space are countless, and growing in number everyday. Post-pandemic, the amount of people who are working from everywhere but the office have steadily held, while their needs in terms of cybersecurity, data accessibility and IT solutions have continued to grow. In regards to security, AI and ML are increasingly used to offer protection in the cybersecurity space against all types of attack and while these technologies on their own are efficient at handling threats, the combined use of both is increasingly being adopted by many organizations to ensure the security of their information and data.
Come listen as our panelists discuss the importance of policies to support the emerging technologies within AI, Data Security, and Cyber, while also exploring the applications best suited for addressing IT modernization within Federal Agencies.
Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Departmental Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Intelligence and Analysis, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Assistant Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Chief Information Officer (IT Modernization), Office of Systems, Office of the Commissioner, Social Security Administration (invited)
Chief Security Officer, Office of the Chief Security Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Moderator: Jason Miller
Executive Editor, Federal News Network (invited)
Lunch with Visionary Keynote Briefing
Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Breakout Sessions – Cyber and AI Tracks
Limited seats per session. Make sure you select which sessions you’d like to attend, upon registering below!
Panel: Zero Trust and Quantum: What’s Next?
Zero Trust is a security model, a set of system design principles, and a coordinated cybersecurity and system management strategy based on an acknowledgment that threats exist both inside and outside traditional network boundaries. For many networks, existing infrastructure can be leveraged and integrated to incorporate Zero Trust concepts, but the transition to a mature Zero Trust architecture often requires additional capabilities to obtain the full benefits of a Zero Trust environment. Quantum security is an ever-evolving technology, with new tips and resources every day. Concepts that seemed unreal last month are fully functioning now! The level of encryption in quantum allows a higher standard of securing organization’s IT environments.
The importance of Zero Trust, and other security methodologies, has sky-rocketed especially with the transition to remote and hybrid work. A major challenge leaders face is the complexity of implementing a Zero Trust model across a network with many diverse and large departments, agencies, and systems. How can government agencies strengthen Zero Trust? How can they utilize quantum security? Tune into this panel to hear how Federal Leaders apply and execute Zero Trust within their agency and discuss the importance of Zero Trust Security.
Zero Trust Program Manager and Architect, Office of Digital Services and Technical Architecture, Environmental Information Offices, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (invited)
Zero Trust Program Manager/Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Management, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy (invited)
Chief Information Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, United States Department of Commerce (invited)
Moderator: Dave Nyczepir
Tech Reporter, Manifest (invited)
Panel: When All Fails – How to Recover from Attacks
There is a focus on ensuring an agency’s cybersecurity is as up to date as possible. But, what does one do when all systems put in place to assist in threat attacks break down?
Given the high stakes in today’s cyber threat landscape, a good cyber strategy must be based on the assumption that, sooner or later, the agency’s defenses will fail. This assumption places the agency’s one step ahead of the attack: knowing that it will happen instead of if. The challenge, then, is to have a plan for responding to, mitigating and recovering from an attack.
Not only is it important to plan ahead your IT infrastructure, it’s important to prepare your employees. Proper training and retention of cybersecurity professionals, in both the public and private spheres, has been a hurdle the last couple of years.
Tune into this panel to listen to topic experts as they answer the following questions and speak to their cyber resilient plans:
How would you recommend one assess a current cyber preparedness and ability to detect, respond and recover from a cyber attack?
What are some best practices for data protection and recovery to help agencies avoid malicious activity or recover from a successful attack successfully?
How to best prepare the workforce to be more cyber resilient?
Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology, Office of the National Security Advisor, National Security Council Staff, Executive Office of the President (invited)
Director, Protective Security Coordination Division, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Information Security and Privacy Service Director and Chief Information Security Officer (Acting), Office of Information and Technology, Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation (invited)
Dr. Mark Livingston
Assistant Director of Personnel Security, Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Technology Reporter, Government Executive Media Group (invited)
Panel: Attacking the Biden Administration’s Executive Order and Next Steps
Within the last year, various new security mandates have been focused around Zero Trust due to the Executive Orders from the Biden Administration. This is no small task as these government-wide cybersecurity requirements directly impact the outlooks and roadmaps for individual agency security initiatives. In fact, one of the main requirements for this Executive Order is the implementation of SOAR, a security orchestration, automation and response technology tool to help coordinate, execute and automate tasks between various people and tools all within a single platform.
Furthermore, as agencies seek out the best ways to meet cybersecurity requirements and maximize incident response, they should ensure they choose an automation platform that supports use cases beyond traditional SOAR.
Listen into our session as topic experts break down their new goals and implementation plans for the Executive Order and take a deep dive into the measures that will need to be taken in the next year to secure systems and limit the risk of security incidents.
Chief Information Security Officer, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Information Technology and Applications Center, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Cybersecurity Directorate, Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Labor (invited)
Chief Security Officer, Office of the Chief Security Officer, Office of the Director, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Staff Correspondent, GovExec (invited)
Panel: A Look Inside DOD’s Newest AI Office: CDAO
Artificial intelligence is in an era of massive growth in the public sector, as evidenced by the exponentially increasing amount of AI offices, leadership and spending in recent years. This expansion has required a whole new level of AI literacy within the workforce. Without the proper training and tools, the efficiency of AI is reduced.
As AI’s footprint continues to expand, the Department of Defense’s new office, CDAO, is taking up the mantle for AI innovation in the U.S. Due to the determination for technology breakthroughs across numerous applications, the Department of Defense is more focused than ever to leverage AI to advance missions across the entire enterprise.
Listen into our panel as topic experts discuss important AI advancements that have been achieved throughout the years as well as where the AI world is headed. What is the CDAO’s next steps in pursuing new and evolved breakthroughs? How will these innovations affect the Federal Government?
Deputy Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Enterprise Capabilities Office of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Operations Manager,Chief Operations Officer, Office of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Dr. Clark Cully
Chief Data Officer (Acting), Office of the Chief Data Officer, Office of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Dr. Craig Martell
Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Office of the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Officer, Deputy Secretary of Defense, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Moderator: Lauren Williams
Senior Editor for Defense One, GovExec
Panel: Ethical Dilemmas with AI – Public and Federal Use Cases
Over the past 3 years, Federal IT has been forced to transition and shift as we face new challenges with hybrid work, COVID-19 pandemic, and supply chain issues. AI and Data have greatly been impacted by the “new normal” we live in. While we’ve faced challenges, new and emerging technologies have assisted in overcoming the hurdles of integrating, updating, and training new employees on AI and Data. With the introduction of new AI products, such as ChatGPT, the ethical decisions behind AI and robotic automation are being questioned.
Listen into our session where topic experts will explain the challenges and solutions they’ve created in order to update and continue to use AI. Where do these Federal leaders see the future of AI and Data Analytics heading? What does it mean to strengthen your agency’s AI and Data Analytics?
Chief of Artificial Intelligence, Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Information Technology Directorate, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Dr. Kimberly Sablon
Principal Director, Trusted Artificial Intelligence and Autonomy, Office of the Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Critical Technologies, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Chief Data and AI Officer, Chief Data and Artificial Intelligence Office, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, U.S. Department of the Air Force (invited)
BG David M. "Dave" Barnes
Chief Ethics Officer, Army Artificial Intelligence Integration Center, U.S. Army Futures Command, U.S. Department of the Army (invited)
Executive Editor, MeriTalk (invited)
Panel: Intelligent Data Management – Next Step in Digital Transformation Journey
The evolving digital landscape means government organizations are forced to look
ahead—to move forward—to keep up with the changes to better serve the citizens they
support. Digital transformation efforts have been transforming organizations for years
and now is the time to leverage data management initiatives to maximize and get the
most out of this ‘journey’.
Like most businesses and other organizations around the world today, government
agencies are seeking to reduce costs, realize operational efficiencies and deliver better
services by using software as a service (SaaS) applications and other cloud solutions to
digitally transform the way they operate. Effective data management and governance
require leadership support—and being able to augment the right data at the right time
requires not only data management but intelligent data management.
Tune in to learn how digitally mature your organization is and what your next
move will be. Do you have a strategy in place to access and get value from your most important data — to protect the data?
Dr. Zachary Martin
Chief Data Officer, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Bureau of the Census, U.S. Department of Commerce (invited)
Dr. Austin Gerig
Chief Data Officer, Office of the Chief Data Officer, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (invited)
Assistant Director for Data and Democracy, Technology Division, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President (invited)
Director, Enterprise Data Management Director Office of Enterprise Planning and Governance, GSA Information Technology, U.S. General Services Administration (invited)
Moderator: Tobias Naegele
Editor-in-Chief, Air & Space Forces Magazine (invited)
Pusser’s Caribbean Grille, Annapolis.
Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Registration and Breakfast
CEO / Founder, ATARC
Assistant Commissioner for the Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration (invited)
Panel: CDO Initiative
The CDO, or Chief Data Officer, is the position in each Federal Government agency that has emerged to lead organizational development in new processes to help leverage the power of data. As a central leadership position role, CDOs are involved in the decision-making process everyday to organize and leverage their agencies’ strategic use of data. The process to secure an agencies’ data, while making it accessible to those who need it has proven to be a major challenge of the past few years, especially with the rise of the pandemic and working remotely a common occurrence.
What is the best way to shape policy to reflect the needs of the agency, while maintaining security as the highest priority? Tune into this panel to listen as Chief Data Officers speak on their lessons learned and vision for 2023 regarding data.
Dr. Matthew Graviss
Chief Data Officer, Center for Analytics, Office of Management Strategy & Solutions, U.S. Department of State (invited)
Chief Data Officer, Office of Information Technology, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Chief Data Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer/High Performance Computing and Communications, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , U.S. Department of Commerce (invited)
Chief Data Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Office of the Director, U.S. Department of Justice (invited)
Moderator: Elizabeth Neus
Managing Editor, FedTech (invited)
Panel: CISO’s Approach to 2023
The role of CISO continues to evolve as the threat landscape does. Critical to any CISO’s success is their ability to be influential leaders rather than having the highest levels of technical prowess. In looking at the emerging cybersecurity trends, the impetus of building a high performing team outweighs if they have intimate knowledge of the latest ransomware.
The new cybersecurity challenges come from familiar places. New challenges including hybrid and remote work, shifting to zero trust architecture, as well as recruiting and retaining technical talent. How your CISO responds to them, however, should follow a novel approach.
Listen to our session as topic experts discuss the ever evolving landscape of cybersecurity. How are agencies meeting cybersecurity challenges? What are some emerging cybersecurity trends?
Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity and Privacy and Chief Information Security Officer, Cybersecurity and Privacy Division, Office of the Chief Information Officer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (invited)
Federal Chief Information Security Officer, Office of E-Government and Information Technology, Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Administration, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (invited)
Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Information Security, Office of Digital Transformation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited)
Moderator: Tom Temin
Anchor and Columnist, Federal News Network (invited)
Panel: Looking Ahead with CTOs
Chief Technology Officers utilize technology to improve the government and promote technological innovation through the nation’s interests. Considered to be a pinnacle of technology, CTOs are essential in the government since they are the decision-maker when it comes to technology including strategy, planning, implementation, and personnel.
Over the past several years, new concerns have arisen in the technology field with many of these beginning from Covid-19. Some obstacles CTOs face are increasing cybersecurity and data privacy while working remotely, increasing complexity in technology environments, managing an increasing demand for IT professionals, the growing importance of cloud computing, and dealing with the knock-off effects of Covid-19.
Listen in to hear how CTOs face these challenges, share the effectiveness of technology resources within their organization, and future plans for innovation when we are post-pandemic.
Chief Technology Officer, Office of Management and Policy, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (invited)
Chief Technology Officer, Office of Policy Planning, Federal Trade Commission (invited)
Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
Dr. Timothy Bunning
Chief Technology Officer, Office of the Chief Technology Officer, Air Force Research Laboratory, U.S. Department of Defense (invited)
Moderator: Amy Kluber
Editor-in-Chief, GovCIO Media and Research (invited)