Federal IT WEBINAR Series

Industry Sponsorship

Hear From the Authors: Federal Zero Trust Strategy and Maturity Model

Presented by 

September 23, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

As the Federal Government continues to transition to the cloud, Cloud Security Technical Reference Architecture (TRA) aims to guide agencies in their considerations for shared services, cloud migration, and cloud security posture management. This collaborative, multi-agency effort provides agencies with guidance on the shared risk model for cloud service adoption (authored by FedRAMP), how to build a cloud environment (authored by USDS), and how to monitor such an environment through robust cloud security posture management (authored by CISA). Join ATARC’s webinar to hear from representatives of co-authoring agencies about the importance, creation process, challenges and other insights related to the above mentioned guidance documents.


Building Cyber Resilience with Zero Trust Data Management Principles

Presented by 

September 30, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

Zero Trust Data Management is more than the latest buzzword. With the new Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, coupled with Federal agencies creating data at breakneck speeds and an unprecedented growth in ransomware attacks – their need to better understand, easily share and protect their data by staying ahead of cyber adversaries is a top priority for Federal leaders. Add to that, traditional IT security defenses are failing. The bad guys are getting through the firewalls and anti-virus products. Legacy backup solutions provide a false sense of security. With Zero Trust Data Management no one is trustworthy. No user. No application. No device. In this webinar, listen to thought leaders and topic experts discuss threats of ransomware, using Zero Trust to build cyber resilience and how that can affect how agencies approach risk.


Why Operational Technology and IT Management is Critical to Security

Presented by 

October 5, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

In today’s traditional Operational Technology (OT) management environment, organizations use outdated software that does not scale to the demands of the modern digital environment. Organizations have struggled to efficiently secure, monitor and manage an Operational Technology environment. This along with a lack of effective systems management leaves OT systems open to significant cyber attack risk and financial impact. How can organizations scale the demands of the modern digital OT Management Environment? What is the solution to meeting the security challenges of OT assets? Join this webinar to learn more about OT security risk management and solutions, benefits of the digital workflow for IT and OT environments and how to drive efficiency and productivity with OT system management.


Making IT Service Management and Security Solutions More Effective

Presented by  and

October 7, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

It’s no secret that getting a clear picture of your hardware, software, and services can be a challenge. Federal IT leaders frequently list vendor audits and unexpected software license true-up as a top concern. Add to the mix – constant adaptation to changing technologies, cyber-attack vulnerability mitigation, and IT asset availability and management in complex hybrid environments – and you start to uncover the challenges involved in Federal IT infrastructure and operations. This panel discussion aims to explore latest industry trends and best practices in strategic planning that agency leaders can adopt to make improvements in security, IT asset management, governance, and cost savings. How can agencies better monitor the sprawling IT asset landscape, and implement coherent IT lifecycle management decisions? Join this webinar as topic experts share their strategies that agencies can implement to alleviate the concern of the unknown and make operations more efficient.


Invest in Data Readiness, or Pay Later: The Ransomware Challenge

Presented by   ,  , and 

October 28, 2021, 1:30-2:30 PM EDT

Advances in security technology have diverted cybercriminals from targeting individuals to a more lucrative approach; holding an organization’s entire operations hostage until a ransom is paid. The data that underlies government mission operations is the lifeblood and when it stops flowing, operations come to a halt. With government agencies ranked as the 4th most likely sector to be hit by ransomware, it’s imperative that business continuity plans include backup and recovery. Victims of ransomware pay because they don’t have the necessary backups or restoration of hundreds of computers is prohibitive, and there is no guarantee that ransom payments result in hostage data being released. Simple, reliable and immutable backups greatly eliminate the impact of an attack which could involve system downtime, reduced productivity, interrupted essential citizen services and cost millions of dollars. Just as important is the ability to rapidly recover all data whether on or off premises, on physical or virtual servers or hosted on a cloud platform. Learn how prepared agencies can render ransomware powerless.


Past Webinars:

Modernizing Authentication Across Federal Government

Presented by

With NIST 800-63 Digital Identity Guideline guidance on Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) expected in 2022, Federal agencies need to start thinking about modernizing authentication across internal and external applications and infrastructures today. Join this webinar to hear discussion on the challenges of introducing FIDO into the Government, and best practices for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) driven tracking and lifecycle management of FIDO tokens such as hardware security keys.

Transforming Agency Security Operations with Artificial Intelligence

Presented by 

To keep up with the constant threat of increasingly complex cyberattacks, agencies are turning to security operations that include Artificial Intelligence (AI), integration and automation. Tune into this event to learn how AI can help cybersecurity professionals maintain situational awareness of their operating environments. Topic experts will provide first hand insights into how practitioners are leveraging the latest AI innovations to accelerate security analytics, identify attack vectors, and enable advanced threat protection.

Navigating the Road Ahead for Zero Trust

Presented by 

In earlier ATARC Zero Trust sessions, we discussed why Zero Trust is important for securing enterprise resources in a cloud and multi-cloud environment. In this panel discussion, we will dig into practical approaches to executing a Zero Trust modernization plan. Topic experts will cover how priorities and strategies have evolved in the months since the Biden Cybersecurity Executive Order.

Securing Digital Government

Presented by 

How can agencies manage and secure an entire network using infrastructure they are already relying on? What strategies and tactics can agencies implement for building a defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy? Join this webinar to hear from topic experts and thought leaders on how to deploy simple security to improve threat detection, prevention and remediation.

ATARC Advancing DevSecOps Throughout the U.S. Department of Defense Virtual Summit

Presented by  and 

Tune in as topic experts dive into what it means to adopt DevSecOps from a people-change perspective. How should the new organization be structured? What skills are necessary? Listen as topic experts explore how to scale a trusted approach to DevSecOps.

ATARC 2021 Digital Transformation Virtual Summit

Tune into this panel to hear from topic experts on how emerging technologies have transformed the Federal Government, as well as ways to strengthen an agency’s digital transformation journey. What challenges have these panelists experienced? What solutions were put in place to overcome these challenges?

ATARC 2021 Cloud Virtual Summit

Tune into this event to hear from Federal topic experts on the reason to migrate to the cloud, common migration experiences, and the benefits cloud migration can bring. What lessons have these topic experts learned while making the shift to the cloud? What challenges have these topic experts faced while modernizing their agency’s cloud? What best strategies did they have to put in place to overcome these challenges?

Why Zero Trust Solutions Are Essential for Protecting Multi-Cloud Networks

Presented by 

Covid-19 uncovered the Government’s need for a secure cloud environment. The migration to the cloud made organizations stop and think about their security posture and their readiness for this change. As more agencies move to cloud infrastructures, challenges arise with control over individual users’ devices. Is your agency implementing a Zero Trust model? Is there a multi-cloud security strategy in place? Tune in as subject matter experts discuss solutions and strategies when implementing a multi-cloud security network.

Predictive Analytics – Lesson(s) Learned from COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2

Join the ATARC Predictive Working Group Webinar to hear the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic on how to address current challenges from the effects of the pandemics on public health, economy, return to work as well as how to more efficiently leverage predictive analytics models to better prepare and address the challenges ahead. Informed public health decision-making, as it relates to a pandemic, requires the collection, curation, and rapid integration of accurate and relevant data. This capability is crucial in developing predictive models to forecast essential data such as the number of newly reported COVID infections and deaths per week, which can be reported in the forecast plots or trends in numbers of future reported infections and deaths.

Empowering The American Rescue Plan

Presented by 

The American Rescue Plan offers Federal, State and Local government agencies the resources they need to restore America’s communities. This bill was designed to facilitate America’s recovery from the economic and health effects of COVID-19. In order to mitigate the economic impact, organizations must be purposeful with their strategies not only for today but for tomorrow and the future onward. How can Federal agencies build and move forward? How can agencies aid in the advancement of policies on healthcare, employment and COVID response? Join this webinar to hear from thought leaders and topic experts on how to create great and sustainable citizen experiences, vaccinate Americans and enable a safe return to work.

Leveraging On Premise Cloud to Protect Critical Applications and Physical Security

An information-sharing event focused on leveraging intelligent infrastructure to support mission critical applications and the unique needs of physical security. With the convergence of physical and IT infrastructure, both security and IT professionals across Federal agencies can no longer rely on traditional three-tier infrastructures. To move forward, they need strategies, technologies, and flexible on-premise cloud-based infrastructure for the broad set of workloads to better anticipate, prevent, and investigate safety threats across their physical buildings and facilities.

Methodologies and Best Practices for Successful RPA Implementation

Automation has provided tremendous value to organizations and agencies of all sorts. However, if you want to see real value from automation, and in particular Robotic Process Automation (RPA), it’s important to know what these bots can and can’t do, and how AI is being applied to help handle more complex tasks. In this presentation we’ll walk through different methodologies including the Cognitive Project Management for AI (CPMAI) methodology to provide you with the foundation needed for project success, especially as you incorporate AI into your intelligent automation projects. The CPMAI methodology is the industry’s best practice for AI & ML projects.

Strategies for Leveraging Data in a Multi-Cloud Environment 

Presented by

Agencies have come to accept the cloud and migration of data to the cloud as the new normal. The adoption of a hybrid multi cloud data strategy is crucial to manage data access layers and consume cloud resources consistently across agency infrastructures. This panel aims to bring you a collaborative information discussion focused on what may be the best way for agencies to implement public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid multi cloud strategies. Join this webinar as topic experts explore and share strategies that agencies can implement to provide a better experience with the cloud and how they can achieve the full benefits with one in place.

ATARC Federal Cloud Migration Virtual Summit

Presented by and

Tune into this event to hear from federal topic experts on the reason to migrate to the cloud, common migration experiences, and the benefits cloud migration can bring. What lessons have these topic experts learned while making the shift to the cloud? What challenges did they face? What best strategies did they have to put in place to overcome these challenges?

How NOT to Manage a Government Development Project

Presented by

Leading a successful project team is not always easy. One of the many challenges of project management is achieving all the project goals and objectives within the constraints of a specified time. Are development projects getting done on time? Are members of your team excited and motivated about your government project? Join this webinar to learn the tools needed to essentially build an organization from the ground up. Topic experts will cover ways to increase operational efficiencies, reduce security and compliance risks and improve enterprise operations by leveraging a single toolchain.

Cloud and Coffee with Robyn Rees, DOI

Join us for a Cloud and Coffee event with special guest Robyn Rees! Robyn is the Senior Advisor for Human Capital Transformation at the Department of the Interior, within the Office of Human Capital. She leverages her experience with Information Technology management, governance, budget, and project execution, to unlock human capital data leveraging advanced technologies. Robyn is a passionate advocate for enabling an “ever-ready” workforce that is highly resilient, adaptable to the changing world of work, and who will continue to be highly contributing members of diverse teams. Through the DOI Office of Human Capital efforts to enable an ecosystem of continuous reskilling and redeploying, Robyn is an advocate for prioritizing human capital, workforce, and work data, in order to provide equitable access to employment and advancement information over a long, varied, and diverse career.

The Journey to Zero Trust: Start with Privilege Protection & Identity Security

Presented by and

A successful Zero Trust model enforces continuous authorization by verifying anyone and everything connected to an enterprise system. We’ve seen in recent headline news that little to no control on identity management can be detrimental if attackers gain access to accounts with elevated privileges. How can government agencies implement an effective Identity Security model to minimize risk and keep pace with adversaries? What are best practices for Privileged Access Management controls? During this webinar, topic experts and thought leaders will discuss how to manage identity to ensure agencies are aligned with recent policies such as Biden’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the NIST 800-207 Zero Trust Architecture.

The Culture of Government IT Modernization

We often start IT Modernization projects focused on technology; however, people and processes are the most critical elements to successful transformation. Technology in the hands of team members who’ve not been trained appropriately to operate it, or consumers not trained to utilize it effectively guarantee failure. This series will explore evolving the culture of our people and teams. Our experts will discuss leadership imperatives as well as individual and team behavior and skills required to cross the divide to successful IT Modernization and in turn digital transformation.

Intelligent Data Management: Next Step in Digital Transformation Journey

Presented by and

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. Do you have a strategy in place to access and get value from your most important data — to protect the data? Tune in to learn how digitally mature your organization is and what your next move should be. 

ATARC 2021 Multi-Cloud Modernization Virtual Summit

Adopting a multicloud strategy means leveraging the strengths of multiple cloud providers – including on-prem and edge cloud technologies – to acquire capabilities that best meet your business and mission requirements. For Federal agencies the rewards can be huge – including more secure, cost-effective and agile IT environments and an optimized workforce. But managing multiple clouds comes with challenges and complexities and the path to multicloud optimization requires a strong strategy, the right investments and patience. With this in mind, many are left wondering is the goal is attainable? And is there really a path to get there?” Tune into this panel, to hear from topic experts on the challenges and complexities they are facing with multicloud, as well as the solutions they have found to overcome them. What strategies would these topic experts recommend to best optimize your multi-cloud environment? How does the multi-cloud affect workforce optimization?


ATARC Advancing DevOps Throughout the Federal Government Virtual Summit

Collaboration is important in many aspects of the federal government. When collaboration from different agencies and organizations begin to happen, agencies must take a step back and see the best practices for this to take place. How do we harmonize our DevOps/DevSecOps tools/processes/policies across agencies so integration of the end product is seamless? Listen as topic experts dive into the best strategies for harmonizing DevOps and DevSecOps tools, processes, and policies throughout the Federal Government. What lessons have these topic experts learned while harmonizing these tools, processes and policies?

Cloud and Coffee with Brian Whittaker, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Join us for a Cloud and Coffee event with special guest, Brian Whittaker! Brian is the Director of Design and Development at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Prior to this role at CFPB, Brian was the Executive Director of 18F, an organization in the General Services Administration that collaborates with other agencies to fix technical problems, build products, and improve how government serves the public through technology. He is currently the Government Chair of ACT-IAC’s Customer Experience Community of Interest.

Protecting Bring Your Own (BYO) Mobile Devices within Zero Trust Frameworks

Presented by

If you are responsible for protecting BYO initiatives within Zero Trust frameworks, please join our webinar to hear:

  • Authors of the NIST practice guide discuss best practices for securing BYO mobile devices
  • Architects at MITRE on how to enhance protection using the MITRE ATT&CK Framework for Mobile
  • Government and industry experts on real-world use cases like the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) protecting unclassified mobile devices

2021 Cybersecurity Innovations Summit

Presented by

As Federal agencies moved quickly in this past year to put innovative technology solutions into place, the need to strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities and solve increasing cybersecurity challenges have grown even more important. Aligning agency cyber strategies and securely enabling technology infrastructure are even more crucial when coupled with the accelerated transition to remote and hybrid work environments. Agencies have been forced to reevaluate their technology needs and how they can best achieve IT modernization while managing cyber risk in this evolving space. Agency IT boundaries today are blurring with competing demands, from cloud adoption to the expansion of requirements at the edge of the network, and there is an ever-increasing need for the broadest set of visibility, control, and security orchestration tools. Join this panel discussion as leading executives explore securing Federal networks today and in the future, planning for the evolving cyber threat landscape and building a strategy to implement best practices when securing a proliferation of devices and data across networks and in remote locations.

ATARC 2021 Hyperautomation Virtual Summit

New ways of working and sharing information have emerged within the Federal Government. This has pushed agencies to reevaluate their technology needs and develop plans to further their IT modernization strategy. One way in which the Federal Government has gone about furthering their IT Modernization, would be trusting automation. RPA has become an integral part in changing how the Federal Government works, and has started to show the great value it brings to the Federal space.

Edge Computing – A Must for 5G and IOT Success

Presented by

With the rise of remote work it is of the most importance to secure data where it is stored and while it is in flight. Agencies need secure technology infrastructure that can be accessed anywhere, at any time. New data architectures are allowing government employees to securely access data wherever they may be. This past year has shown the need for zero trust data access that enables users to access the data they need to get their jobs done no matter where they are working.

ATARC Emerging Technologies Virtual Summit

Emerging Technologies are evolving at a faster pace than ever before, especially as the workforce pivots to a telework environment. Throughout this panel we will discuss the new and evolving technologies that are driving real change and innovation in the public sector. Topic experts will discuss the future of the Federal workforce, and the emerging technology that will help it get there. How has the shift to telework given the opportunity to reskill the Federal workforce? What emerging technologies have helped with this reskilling process?

ATARC Advancing AI in Federal IT Virtual Summit

This event will explore the current state of technology, use cases, and limitations of Artificial Intelligence, in the Federal Government space. Listen in as Federal Chief Data Officers explain how in this period of time of building the “new normal”, you establish a more consistent and integrated data infrastructure and data practices throughout your agency. What does it mean to strengthen your agency’s data intelligence? Tune in to hear from these CDO’s the challenges, as well as the lessons they have learned while implementing artificial intelligence in their Federal Agency.

Cloud and Coffee with Teri-Lee Holland, NIWC LANT Division Head for Data Center and Cloud Hosting Services

Join us for a Cloud and Coffee event with special guest Teri-Lee Holland! She is the NIWC LANT Division Head for Data Center and Cloud Hosting Services and provides secure Managed Services across multiple on-premise and commercial cloud environments for DON and DOD. She performs engineering work for sailors, including cloud hosting services for payroll and HR systems. Her office provides managed services — through industry partners — that mission owners or application owners use, rather than each of our individual application owners providing those services to themselves.

SMAC Spotlight: Small Agencies – BIG Ideas

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

Why Agency IT Modernization is Essential for Dynamic Cybersecurity

 Presented by   

Join this webinar to hear from topic experts and learn how agencies are taking new approaches, changing organizational cultures, and building confidence in modernized and secure IT architectures. Take away practical information to leverage the latest technologies for automating processes, improving enterprise security, and satisfying the mobile Federal workforce.

RPA in State and Local Government 

During this one-hour session we deep dive into the RPA program at three of the largest counties in the United States.  Hear how, why, and when they each decided RPA was the right solution for its internal challenges, how it retrained and reskilled existing employees, and established their initial governance model. Learn about their proof of concept experience, the acceptance of automations by their workforce and how RPA fits into their fully automated enterprise plans.

Cyberattacks the Path Forward

 Presented by   

Join this webinar to hear from government and industry thought leaders about the recent cyberattacks, the lessons that were learned, and the path moving forward. The cyber threats faced by the private and public sector call for increased collaboration and cooperation across the IT industry, and with those responsible for defending countries from cyberattacks. Recent cyberattacks highlight the need for enhanced collaboration within the industry to collectively improve how we prevent, manage, and remediate these kinds of threats and operations in the future, and underscores the need for deeper public and private partnerships to create a more secure environment for everyone.

Zoom enables ATARC remote collaboration opportunities through its cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, chats and webinars across all devices. Allowing for individuals from all areas of government, industry and academia to communicate directly.