Cybersecurity in National Security Summit

Cybersecurity in National Security Summit

September 21st, 2021 1:00pm EST   ON24

As the importance of information technology and digital transformation grows for the Department of Defense, federal organizations have prioritized cybersecurity as a crucial element of military readiness. Many federal organizations are frantically working to strengthen their cybersecurity technology to protect vital assets from malicious cyberattacks. 

During GovConWire’s Cybersecurity in National Security Summit, leading federal and commercial industry leaders will address threats to critical IT infrastructure, major initiatives bolstering the DOD’s cybersecurity and opportunities for private industry to support the federal government’s cybersecurity objectives. 



  • Maria Barrett
    MG Maria Barrett - Keynote
    Commanding General, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command [NETCOM], U.S. Army Cyber Command

    Major General Maria B. Barrett, a Massachusetts native, graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and was commissioned through the Army ROTC program as a Second Lieutenant in 1988. MG Barrett’s previous assignments include: Deputy Director of Current Operations, J-3, United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM), Deputy Commanding General for the Joint Force (Headquarters—Cyber (JFHQ-C) with United States Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER), and Deputy Commander (Operations) for Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF), USCYBERCOM. MG Barrett’s command assignments include serving as Commander, 160th Signal Brigade, Third United States Army. She has commanded at the company, battalion, and brigade level. MG Barrett’s joint assignments include service as a Chief Information Officer/Director, J-6 with United States Southern Command at Doral, Florida and Director, J-3 with White House Communications Agency at Washington, DC. She has served in Army assignments in the United States, Kuwait, the Republic of Korea, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. MG Barrett is a veteran of Operations New Dawn/Enduring Freedom and Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. MG Barrett holds a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Eisenhower School), and a Master of Arts Degree in Telecommunications Management from Webster University. MG Barrett's awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Joint Service Achievement Medal, Army Achievement Medal, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Signal Regiment’s Bronze Order of Mercury. She is married to LTC (Ret) Brian T. Barrett, a former Signal Corps Officer and fellow Massachusetts native.

  • Robert Skinner
    Lt. Gen. Robert Skinner - Keynote
    Director, DISA

    Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner is the Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and the Commander of the Joint Force Headquarters- Department of Defense Information Network, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. As Director of the Defense Information Systems Agency, Lt. Gen. Skinner manages a global network and leads nearly 19,000 service members, civilians and contractors who plan, develop, deliver and operate joint, interoperable command and control capabilities and defend an enterprise infrastructure in more than 42 countries. This mission directly supports the President, Secretary of Defense, Joint Chiefs of Staff, combatant commanders, U.S. Department of Defense components, and other mission partners across the spectrum of competition, combat and combat support operations. As Commander of Joint Force Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network, he is charged with leading unified action across DoD to secure, operate and defend the DoDIN. He leads the establishment of DoDIN priorities and directs threat-informed actions through formal planning and future operational initiatives, as well as the command and control of daily unified network operations, cyber security actions and defensive operations on the DoDIN. Lt. Gen. Skinner was commissioned through Officer Training School (second honor graduate) in 1989. He has served in various tactical and fixed communications assignments, plans, policy and resource staff work. He has commanded at the squadron, group, wing and Numbered Air Force levels and served on the staffs at a NAF, major command headquarters, Headquarters Air Force and the Joint Staff. Prior to assuming his current position, Lt. Gen. Skinner was the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Cyber at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii.

  • 1:00pm - 1:05pm EST

    Opening Remarks

  • 1:05pm - 1:40pm EST

    Opening Keynote Address

  • 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST

    Panel Discussion

  • 2:40pm - 3:15pm EST

    Mid Day Keynote Address - MG Maria Barrett

  • 3:15pm - 3:45pm EST


  • 3:25pm - 3:45pm EST

    u00a0Panel Discussion

  • 4:25pm - 4:55pm EST

    Closing Keynote Address

  • 4:55pm - 5:00pm EST

    Closing Remarks

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