Defense Cybersecurity Forum

Defense Cybersecurity Forum

May 12th, 2021 2:00pm EST   ON24

With the rising threat of cybersecurity attacks on critical U.S. information technology (IT) assets, U.S. government agencies and private companies continue to develop and improve robust IT solutions. The National Security Agency’s Cybersecurity Directorate has made great strides in preventing and eradicating threats to national security systems and the defense industrial base. 

GovConWire Events will host its Defense Cybersecurity Forum to explore the progress that NSA and other federal agencies have made to protect U.S. national security and enhance its capabilities in threat intelligence, vulnerability assessments and cyber defense to stay ahead of the nation’s adversaries in cyberspace. 

Morgan Adamski, chief of NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, will serve as a keynote speaker. She will address the Cybersecurity Directorate’s mission, accomplishments in protecting U.S. assets, the role of commercial partnerships and the challenges still to come in cyber.

  • Morgan Adamski
    Morgan Adamski - Keynote
    Chief, Cybersecurity Collaboration Center, National Security Agency (NSA)

    Morgan Adamski is the Chief of NSA’s Cybersecurity Collaboration Center and is responsible for leading complex and groundbreaking initiatives for NSA Cybersecurity, specifically focused on co-creating cybersecurity tradecraft through collaborations with industry to change the way we secure the nation. Most recently, as the Deputy Strategic Mission Manager, she led NSA Cybersecurity efforts to build bi-directional analytical relationships with private sector partners providing cybersecurity services to the Defense Industrial Base. Ms. Adamski has been at the forefront of NSA’s Computer Network Defense, Computer Network Exploitation, and Cyber analysis missions for more than a decade. She holds a Master’s of Science in Strategic Intelligence from Mercyhurst University and a Bachelor’s of Art in Peace, War, and Defense with a specialization in National Security from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

  • Tom Afferton
    Tom Afferton -
    President, Cyber Mission Sector, Peraton

  • Daniel D'Ambrosio
    Daniel D'Ambrosio - Panelist
    Executive Director for Cyber Investigations, NCIS, U.S. Navy

    Special Agent Daniel D’Ambrosio serves as the Executive Assistant Director, Cyber Directorate, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). He is the agency’s senior expert and criminal investigative advisor for worldwide law enforcement and counterintelligence cyberspace investigations, operations, and digital/multimedia forensics to detect, deter, and neutralize criminal and foreign intelligence threats to the Department of the Navy. Special Agent D’Ambrosio was promoted to the Defense Intelligence Senior Level in December 2019. He served previously as the Assistant Director (AD) and Chief Information Officer, Information Technology Directorate (2019), leading agency adoption and implementation of technology to advance the NCIS law enforcement and counterintelligence mission. As AD of the National Security Directorate (2014-2017), he led agency execution of counterintelligence, counterterrorism, force protection, and Insider Threat programs. His additional leadership positions include two tours as a Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC). As SAC of the Cyber Operations Field Office (2018-2019), he led an office with a challenging operational mission, combatting cyber threats from foreign intelligence services, state-sponsored cyber actors, and cyber criminals. As SAC of the Middle East Field Office, Manama, Bahrain (2012-2014), he directed counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and criminal investigative operations throughout the Middle East, East Africa, the Horn of Africa, and Southwest Asia. Special Agent D’Ambrosio’s assignments have spanned additional NCIS mission areas. As the Department of Defense (DoD) Senior Representative to the Department of State, Diplomatic Security (2009-2010), he led DoD’s worldwide Force Protection Detachment Program in support of the USS Cole Commission. He served previously with NCIS Headquarters (2005-2009), the former Europe Field Office (2000-2005), and the Norfolk Field Office (1997-2000). In support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he served as the USS WASP Special Agent Afloat (2002). Special Agent D’Ambrosio joined NCIS in 1997. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. John’s University; and a Master of Arts degree in Policy and Management from Georgetown University. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security, Executive Leaders Program. His personal awards include the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.

  • Bob Renko
    Bob Renko - Moderator
    Director, Digital Forensics, Peraton

  • Jeffrey Specht
    Jeffrey Specht - Panelist
    Executive Director, DC3 (SAF/IG), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Jeffrey D. Specht is Executive Director, Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), Linthicum, Maryland. Operating under Secretary of the Air Force executive agency, DC3 functions as a designated national cyber center and as a Department of Defense Center of Excellence for digital and multimedia forensics. Mr. Specht directs a business and technology support directorate and five functional directorates to deliver capabilities DOD-wide. These include developing and delivering digital forensic lab services and technical solutions to DOD law enforcement and counterintelligence, or LE/CI, organizations; training LE/CI cyber specialists as well as Enterprise and Cyber Mission Forces; and performing sharply focused technical analyses for DOD LE/CI cyber operations. As the operational focal point for the voluntary Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Program, DC3 delivers actionable threat products and analyses for DIB CS participants. DC3 is also the single DOD repository to receive and analyze mandatory cyber incident reporting from 100K DIB companies incident to statute or DOD policy; and notify Combatant Commands, Services and Agencies, as well as de-conflicting response activities with DOD and federal mission partners. A career special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he directed and led LE/CI investigations and operations at every Air Force level, with career broadening opportunities as a Legislative Fellow and as Deputy Director, Office of Security and Counterintelligence, National Reconnaissance Office. Prior to assuming his current position, Mr. Specht was the AFOSI Executive Director, serving as principal deputy of the Air Force’s worldwide federal LE/CI agency; a force of 2,200 federally credentialed special agents and 1,000 professional staff operating at 254 locations around the globe. He oversaw the headquarters staff, field operations, and the AFOSI Special Investigations Career Program. He was also responsible for executive level policy coordination, liaison, and representation to national and international organizations. EDUCATION/PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 1993 Bachelor of Arts, Criminal Justice, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 1995 Master of Public Administration, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala. 2003 Air Command and Staff College, Capitol Hill Seminar, Washington, D.C. 2011 Master of National Security Strategy, National War College, Fort McNair, Washington, D.C. 2012 Defense Senior Leader Development Program, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Arlington, Va. 2015 DOD APEX, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Arlington, Va. 2017 Federal Bureau of Investigation National Executive Institute, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. 2018 Senior Executives in National & International Security, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Mass.   CAREER CHRONOLOGY 1. April 1995 - July 1997, Criminal Investigator, AFOSI Detachment 104, Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. 2. July 1997 - July 2000, Chief, Fraud Investigations Division, AFOSI Detachment 515, Ramstein Air Base, Germany 3. July 2000 - June 2001, Chief, Counterintelligence Requirements, Headquarters AFOSI, Andrews AFB, Md. 4. June 2001 - October 2002, Chief, Commander's Action Group, HQ AFOSI, Andrews AFB, Md. 5. October 2002 - August 2003, Congressional Fellow, Secretary of the Air Force Legislative Liaison Directorate, the Pentagon, Arlington, Va. 6. August 2003 - July 2005, Special Agent in Charge, AFOSI Detachment 703, Eglin AFB, Fla. 7. July 2005 - June 2008, Special Agent in Charge, AFOSI Detachment 340, MacDill AFB, Fla. 8. June 2008 - April 2009, Deputy Director, Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Ga. 9. April 2009 - August 2010, Director, Air Force Special Investigations Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Glynco, Ga. 10. August 2010 - June 2011, student, National War College, Ft McNair, Washington, D.C. 11. June 2011 - November 2012, Deputy Director, Office of Security and Counterintelligence, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va. 12. November 2012 - November 2018, Executive Director, HQ AFOSI, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va. 13. November 2018 - present, Executive Director, DC3, Linthicum, Md. AWARDS AND HONORS Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award Medal AFOSI Civilian Special Agent of the Year, 1998 AFOSI Senior Civilian Special Agent of the Year, 2009 Air Force Meritorious Civilian Service Award Medal (x5) PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ASSOCIATIONS International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Chair, IACP Global Policing Division Steering Committee - Advisory Committee (GPDSC-AC) Law Enforcement and Security Liaison Officers Association National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)

  • 2:00pm - 2:05pm EST

    Opening remarks

  • 2:05pm - 2:40pm EST

    Keynote Address

  • 2:40pm - 3:40pm EST

    Panel Discussion

  • 3:40pm - 3:45pm EST

    Closing Remarks

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