Second Annual Defense Cyber Forum
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Second Annual Defense Cyber Forum

July 12th, 2022 1:00pm EST   Virtual, ON24

In today’s cyber threat landscape, ransomware attacks are on the rise, phishing attempts are becoming more sophisticated and any vulnerability within an organization’s information technology environment can be exploited.

As the federal government and the Department of Defense sharpen their focus on bolstering the country’s cyber defenses, protecting critical data and fortifying IT infrastructure, agency leaders are working to adopt emerging technology and modernize outdated systems in order to stay a step ahead of potential attacks.

Join GovCon Wire Events for its Second Annual Defense Cyber Forum on July 12 to hear government and industry leaders discuss the DOD’s cyber capabilities, strategies, priorities and initiatives in the ever-changing digital world and in the future of defense.

Lt. Gen. Maria Barrett, commanding general of the U.S. Army Cyber Command will serve as keynote speaker. She will discuss ARCYBER’s information dominance, integrated electronic warfare and cyberspace operations as the command works to ensure our country’s cyber freedom and deny that of its adversaries.

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

    As sector president, Tom has full executive responsibility for the Cyber Mission sector’s strategy development and execution, program performance, and growth objectives. The sector delivers full-spectrum cyber programs, information operations, and technical solutions that support intelligence, defense, and civil markets. Prior to joining Peraton, Tom spent 17 years at Northrop Grumman in a variety of leadership positions. Most recently, Tom served as vice president, Defense & Intelligence, where he led a line of business that provided secure information technology and mission solutions to defense, intelligence, and civil security customers. He previously led businesses supporting federal civilian, public safety, defense and intelligence customers, and served in senior functional staff positions associated with operations, technology, and strategy. Tom began his career at AT&T, where he held a variety of engineering and management positions of increasing scope and responsibility related to planning and operating optical networks. Tom is a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Systems and Information Engineering Department at the University of Virginia. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

  • Maria Barrett
    Lt. Gen. Maria Barrett - Keynote
    Commanding General, U.S. Army Cyber Command

    Lt. Gen. Maria B. Barrett assumed command of U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) on May 3, 2022. A Massachusetts native, Barrett was commissioned as an Army second lieutenant via the Reserve Officers Traning Corps program in 1988 after graduating from Tufts University with a bachelor's degree in International Relations. Barrett’s previous assignments include tours as Deputy Director of Current Operations, J-3, United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM); Deputy Commanding General, Joint Force Headquarters—Cyber, ARCYBER; and Deputy Commander (Operations), Cyber National Mission Force, USCYBERCOM. She has commanded units at the company, battalion, brigade and command level, including service as Commander, 160th Signal Brigade, Third United States Army, and Commander, U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, the position she held prior to commanding ARCYBER. Her joint assignments include service as Chief Information Officer/Director, J-6, United States Southern Command and Director, J-3, White House Communications Agency. She has served in Army assignments in the United States, Kuwait, the Republic of Korea, Germany and Saudi Arabia. She is a veteran of Operation New Dawn, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Barrett has also earned master's degrees in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (Eisenhower School), and in Telecommunications Management from Webster University. Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal; Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star Medal; Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one oak leaf cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (three oak leaf clusters); Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster); Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; and the Signal Regiment’s Bronze Order of Mercury.

  • Heather Blackwell
    COL Heather Blackwell - Panelist
    Director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance, and Chief Information Officer A-6 Communications Directorate, U.S. Air Force

  • BG Tina Boyd
    BG Tina Boyd - Panelist
    Director, CENTCOM J6, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)

    Brigadier General Tina Boyd received her commission as a Signal Officer from the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, Joint Combined Warfighter School, NATO Senior Officer Strategic Communications Course, Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Staff Service School, the Battalion Brigade Signal Officer Course, the Signal Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and Airborne School. Brigadier General Boyd’s previous assignments include: Commanding General, 335th Signal Command (Theater) (Provisional) and Army Central G6, Camp Arifjan, Kuwait; Deputy Commanding General – Cyber, 335th Signal Command (Theater), East Point, Georgia; Chief of Staff for the 335th Signal Command (T); Commander, Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Army Reserve Element, Norfolk, Virginia; Deputy Chief of Staff G-6, 84th Training Command (Unit Readiness), Fort Knox, Kentucky; Deputy Chief of Staff G-6, Great Lakes Division, Fort Sheridan, Illinois; Deputy Chief of Staff G-6, 100th Division, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Garrison S-6, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; S-3, United States Army Forces Command Augmentation Unit, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Battle Command Staff Training Project Manager, 87th Division, Birmingham, Alabama; Executive Officer Current Operations C3, Coalition Forces land Component Command, Camp Doha, Kuwait; Chief Air Defense Signal Officer, G-3, Third Army, Fort McPherson, Georgia; Assistant S-1, Platoon Leader, and Signal Company Executive Officer 11th Air Defense Signal Battalion, Darmstadt, Germany. Brigadier General Boyd holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania; a Masters of Business Administration from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia; and a Bachelor of Science Degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York. Her awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with oak leaf cluster), the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (with three oak leaf clusters), the Army Commendation Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with two oak leaf clusters), and the Parachutist Badge. The majority of Brigadier General Boyd’s civilian professional career has been with The Coca-Cola Company in Atlanta, GA, as a program manager with the Innovation Operations Directorate. She most recently resided in Prospect, KY with her husband Jim and daughter Sophia.

  • Christopher Cleary
    Christopher Cleary -
    Principal Cyber Advisor, U.S. Department of the Navy

    Christopher Cleary was named the Department of the Navy Chief Principal Cyber Advisor (PCA) in November 2020. In this role, he is responsible for advising the Secretary of the Navy, Chief of Naval Operations, and Commandant of the Marine Corps and implementing the Department of Defense Cyber Strategy within the Department of the Navy (DON). Prior to being appointed as the PCA he was the DON Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of the DON CIO Cybersecurity Directorate. Before returning to his roots in the Navy, Chris worked in the commercial sector as Vice President of Business Development and Strategy for Leidos’ Cyber & SIGINT Solutions Operation, based in Columbia, Maryland. Chris’s other commercial experience includes Director of Business Development, Tenable; Client Partner, Verizon Enterprise Solutions; Director of Cyber Intelligence, L3 Communications; President, Vir-Sec Government Services; and Senior Manager of Intelligence Programs, Sparta. Chris is a retired Naval Reserve Officer who served 16 of 24 years on active duty in a variety of leadership roles supporting several commands including, US CYBER COMMAND, National Security Agency (NSA), Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI), National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Assault Craft Unit TWO, and USS Simpson (FFG-56). Prior to receiving his commission, Chris spent four years as an F/A-18 Hornet avionics technician serving with The Desert Gladiators (VFA-106). Chris has deployed four times, twice supporting combat operations in Iraq. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Program Management Professional (PMP). He has been a lecturer at the United States Naval Academy, Federal Aviation Administration, Naval Postgraduate School, The New School of Design, Montreat College, DEFCON Security Conference, and the National Defense University. Chris graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1996 and he obtained a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2012.

  • Kirk Vollmecke
    Kirk Vollmecke - Moderator
    Senior Director, Cyber Growth Strategy, Peraton

  • 1:00pm - 1:05pm EST

    Opening Remarks

  • 1:05pm - 1:40pm EST

    Keynote Address

  • 1:40pm - 2:40pm EST

    Panel Discussion

  • 2:40pm - 2:45pm EST

    Closing Remarks

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