POC Hones On Security Issues, Ramifications at GovCon Cyber Summit


POClogoThe Potomac Officers Club hosted another summit in its 2014 “Distiguished Speaker Series” Wednesday at Hilton Worldwide in McLean, Va. with the 2014 GovCon Cyber Summit.

Executive leaders from the federal government, legal and contracting sectors offered the GovCon executive audience a collective insider’s perspective on how industry and the public sector can best collaborate to bolster the U.S.’ cybersecurity posture and stay ahead of threats.

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Attendees heard the views of high-profile speakers from the legislative branch and the executive branch, as well as a panel of thought leaders that discussed the legal ramifications of the changing cyber landscape.

Reps. Mike Rogers (D-Mich.) and Dutch Ruppersberger, respectively chairman and ranking member at the House Intelligence Committee, spoke about the role lawmakers play in building up the U.S. cyber capabilities and discussed how threats that come from abroad affect citizens at home.

Joe Demarest of the FBI, White House official Michael Daniel and Bobbie Stempfley of the Department of Homeland Security overviewed various efforts by executive branch entities in the fight to defend U.S. networks.

Demarest, the bureau’s assistant cyber division director, outlined the FBI’s work to inform other agencies and corporate boardrooms on the nature of the threat and potential actions to stay ahead in the game.

Daniel,  special assistant to the president and the White House’s cybersecurity coordinator, gave the GovCon executive audience an update on the executive branch’s work to bring international partners into the fold for helping protect cyberspace.

Stempfley, acting assistant secretary of DHS’ cybersecurity and communications office, discussed how the department works with state and local government agencies, as well as small- and medium-sized businesses, to adopt the federal government’s cyber defense framework.

A panel moderated by Steve Chabinsky, long-time FBI official and currently chief security officer at CrowdStrike, took the half-day discussion to how GovCon firms face a changing legal landscape in an evolving cyber environment.

Panel members included:

  • Sol Cates of Vormetric
  • Jim Koenig of Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Annejanette Pickens of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
  • Harvey Rishikof of the American Bar Association
  • Jason Weinstein of Steptoe & Johnson LLP

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