Smart Cyber: Complex Challenges, Bold Solutions

Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, or difficulty…”

It’s safe to say Pres. Roosevelt wasn’t necessarily talking about hackers or DNS attacks on government today. But his observation is relevant even today when we’re talking about cybersecurity in government.

The cyber landscape has never been more complex. Nation states and insiders pose serious threats to our systems and data. Ransomware and denial of service attacks are on the rise. A wave of smart IoT devices is hooking into our networks. And critical data, apps, and infrastructure are shifting to the cloud. How do we find clarity in this ever-growing complexity?

Complex cybersecurity challenges call for bold solutions. And as Roosevelt alluded, these solutions may not come easily or without difficulty, but they are incredibly valuable to government’s cybersecurity success.

Which is why the upcoming Symantec Government Symposium is a great opportunity for government employees to come together, learn from expert speakers, knowledge-share with more than 1,000 other gov leaders and get informed on what’s really making an impact in cybersecurity.

The Symantec Government Symposium – now in its 14th year – was established to foster dialogue between the public and private sectors on the most pressing government cyber security challenges of the day.

This year’s symposium, taking place on Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 8:15am-2:45pm at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Hotel, will feature:

  • Keynotes from ODNI’s Principal Deputy Director Sue Gordon and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, covering cyber intelligence integration, coordination and innovation.
  • The popular TECH Talks panel with Grant Schneider, Acting Federal CISO and Senior Director for Cybersecurity, National Security Council and Michael Daniel, President of the Cyber Threat Alliance.
  • The Annual Cyber Awards ceremony, recognizing the those demonstrating excellence and leadership in gov cybersecurity.

Other symposium speakers include:

  • Neil Carmichael, Director, Insider Threat Program, National Archives and Records Administration
  • Wanda Gibson, Chief Technology Officer, Fairfax County, Virginia
  • Sanjay Gupta, Chief Technology Officer, Small Business Administration
  • Joe Kirschbouam, Director, Defense Capabilities and Management, Government Accountability Office
  • Robert O’Connor, CISSP, Chief Information Security Officer, Maricopa County, Arizona
  • Roisin Suver, Senior Liaison to the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center, Center for Internet Security’s Multi‐State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS‐ISAC)
  • Gregory Touhill, President, Cyxtera Federal Group (Former Federal CISO)
  • Archana Vemulpalli, Chief Technology Officer, The Government of the District of Columbia

GovLoop community members are invited to register at a discounted rate, and can register here now: https://www.symantecgovsymposium.com/register/?campaign=govloop

To register, pre-arrange interviews with Symantec spokespeople, or for more information, please contact Taylor Fincik at [email protected] or (703) 883-9000 ext. 130.

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