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Small / Micro-Agency Chief Information Security Officers Council (SMAC) Spotlight

Small Agencies: BIG Ideas

May 12, 2021, 1:30-3:30 PM ET   |    2.0 CPE Credits Available for this Event***

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1:30 PM

Welcome Remarks 

Tom Suder

Tom Suder

Founder and CEO, ATARC

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1:30 PM

Visionary Keynote

Alen Kirkorian

Alen Kirkorian

Division Chief, Office of Innovation, Strategy, and Security, U.S. Department of State / SMAC Community Lead

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1:45 PM

Questions & Answers: Life After the SolarWinds Hack

The Department of Homeland Security Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has stated that the SolarWinds hack has impacted public, private, and critical infrastructure entities. Several Federal Government agencies have also confirmed being affected by the attack. Agencies are trying to figure out how to lower the risk and become more resilient. Hear panelists answer questions on their plans, challenges and successes on the path to more effectively secure their environments, harden their systems and protect their data. What do they see as priority investments to get there, and how do they aim to build up defense for future attacks.

After viewing this panel, the participant will be able to: 

  • Identify 3 major lessons learned from recent cyber attacks
  • List 3 best practices that organizations can take to defend federal IT environments
  • Differentiatiate between 3 emerging technology applications for cyberattack detection and prevention
  • Understand 3 primary challenges on the path to more effectively secure environments, harden systems and protect data
  • Associate a priority investment target to overcoming each of the cyberattack preparedness challenge
Ralph Mosios

Ralph Mosios

Chief Information Security Officer, Federal Housing Finance Agency

Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly

TIC Program Manager, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency

Alen Kirkorian

Alen Kirkorian

Division Chief, Office of Innovation, Strategy, and Security, U.S. Department of State / SMAC Community Lead

Moderator: Tom Suder

Moderator: Tom Suder

CEO and Founder, ATARC

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2:35 PM

Panel: Adoption and Standardization of Collaboration Tools

A year into the pandemic-induced remote work era, agencies have and continue to improve on ways to implement and utilize collaboration tools to communicate, manage workflows, and organize and distribute information. However, this has not been a “one tool fits all agencies” situation, and collaboration platforms vary not only between agencies but also among their sub-organizations and offices. This lack of interoperable collaboration infrastructure hinders productivity, causes effort duplication, increases cost and reduces creativity. Furthermore, the lack of commonality can lead to inconsistent security levels. The GSA has been at the forefront of driving towards a sustainable, secure, standardized collaboration system. In this panel, we hear from small agency leaders on their thoughts and feedback on this goal, its benefits, potential challenges, and preferred approaches. 

After viewing this panel, the participant will be able to:

  • List at least 5 collaboration tools in use by Federal Agencies
  • Understand the 5 primary collaboration practices (instant messaging, video conferencing, file sharing, project tracking, calendar scheduling)
  • Differentiate between the common scenarios for each collaboration method
  • Associate at least 1 real life use case to each collaboration application
  • List top 5 challenges in standardizing collboration tools across Federal agencies (data security, integration with legacy environments, standardized data governance, lack of user training, budgetary issues)
Kristine Lam

Kristine Lam

Office of Governmentwide Policy, General Services Administration

Bobby Duffy

Bobby Duffy

Chief Information Officer, U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board

Howard Spira

Howard Spira

Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Export-Import Bank

Bryan Burnett

Bryan Burnett

Chief Information Officer, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Moderator: Tom Suder

Moderator: Tom Suder

CEO and Founder, ATARC

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3:30 PM

Closing Remarks

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*** ATARC is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org. Program Level: Beginner, no prerequisites required. Advance preparation: none. Delivery Method: Group Live presented online due to COVID-19. Field of Study: Information Technology. Registration #140762. In accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, CPE credits have been granted based on a 50-minute hour. Refund, cancellation and complaint resolution policy.