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Download this Event Overview to learn what you missed at the Unified Cybersecurity event held on October 15th in Washington, DC.

The recent high-profile data breaches in the public and private sectors have made it clear what cyber experts have said all along: Traditional approaches to cybersecurity are not sufficient for responding to the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape.

The problem is not a lack of technology. The capabilities of cybersecurity solutions have improved dramatically in recent years, offering agencies powerful tools for defending their data, systems and networks. The problem is that technology in and of itself is not enough. What is needed is a cohesive strategy for unifying the various cyber tools into an agency's cyber operations.

Thought leaders from government and industry discuss how agencies can evolve their cyber strategies to improve their ability to anticipate, detect and defend against increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks.

Featured Speakers:

  • Ann Dunkin
  • Chief Information Officer, Environmental Protection Agency
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    Ann Dunkin is the Chief Information Officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Prior to joining EPA Ms. Dunkin served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) for five years. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, PAUSD is consistently ranked one of the top school districts in the nation. As Chief Technology Officer, Ms. Dunkin was responsible for managing all aspects of the District’s technology infrastructure, technology professional development, libraries and long term enrollment planning. Before this, Ms. Dunkin worked for Hewlett Packard for twenty years in a variety of engineering and senior management positions in R&D, IT, Manufacturing Engineering, Software Quality and Operations.

    Ms. Dunkin has served on the T.H.E. Journal Advisory Board, the Consortium on School Networking (CoSN) CTO Council and the CoSN SMART IT working group. In 2009, she served as the General Chair of the Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). She served as a board member and board officer on the WSC board of directors from 2009-2014 and as an editor of the International Journal of Advances in Software. Ms. Dunkin currently serves on the Georgia Tech Industrial and Systems Engineering Alumni Advisory Board. She is a member of IIE and NSPE.

    Ms. Dunkin holds a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering, both from The Georgia Institute of Technology where performed research in the fields of warehousing and material handling. She is a licensed professional engineer in the states of California and Washington.

  • Essye Miller
  • Director, Cybersecurity, Office of the Army Chief Information Officer/G-6
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    Mrs. Miller became the Director for Cybersecurity on August 24, 2014.

    As the Director for Cybersecurity, Mrs. Miller assists the Secretary of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army and the CIO/G-6 with implementing cyber strategy and cyber-related information technology initiatives. She is also the Army's Senior Information Assurance Officer and therefore, she is responsible for the development, implementation, execution and oversight of the Army's Cyber Security program.

    Mrs. Miller is a Senior Executive with broad experience in information technology. During her 29-year career, Mrs. Miller has held positions of increased responsibility in the U.S. Air Force, both tactical and strategic C4IT.

    Mrs. Miller previously served as the Director, Headquarters Air Force Information Management, Office of the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Washington, D.C. Additionally, Mrs. Miller served as the Headquarters Air Force Chief Information Officer and Air Force rep to the Pentagon Area CIO Council. She also managed the Air Force Declassification Office, Air Force Departmental Publications Office, Headquarters Air Force Multimedia Services and Enterprise Business Solutions.

    Mrs. Miller holds a B.A. from Talladega College, a MBA from Troy State University, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the United States Air War College, Alabama.

  • Jared Myers
  • Principle Researcher and Incident Response Consultant, RSA Security
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    Jared Myers is a Principle Researcher and Incident Response Consultant with RSA Security. In this capacity Mr. Myers focuses on researching and investigating multifaceted network intrusions and analyzing complex malware sets. Prior to joining RSA Security, Mr. Myers worked as a malware and intrusion analyst for the Department of Defense Computer Forensics Laboratory (DCFL). The DCFL provided analysis of endpoints, malware, and network traffic to Department of Defense organizations as well as Defense Industry Base partners. Mr. Myers began his career in Law Enforcement working investigations at the state and local level, as well as serving on different Federal Bureau of Investigation task forces.

  • Ron Ross
  • Computer Scientist and NIST Fellow, Computer Security Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Commerce
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    Ron Ross is a Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current focus areas include information security and risk management. Dr. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Implementation Project, which includes the development of security standards and guidelines for the federal government, contractors, and the United States critical information infrastructure. His recent publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 199 (security categorization standard), FIPS Publication 200 (security requirements standard), NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-39 (risk management guideline), SP 800-53 (security and privacy controls guideline), SP 800-53A (security assessment guideline), SP 800-37 (security authorization guideline), SP 800-30 (risk assessment guideline), SP 800-160 (systems security engineering guideline), and SP 800-171 (security requirements for contractors and nonfederal organizations). Dr. Ross is the principal architect of the Risk Management Framework (RMF), a multi-tiered approach that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of FISMA-related standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide security program. Dr. Ross also leads the Joint Task Force, an interagency partnership with the Department of Defense, the Office of the Director National Intelligence, the U.S. Intelligence Community, and the Committee on National Security Systems that developed the Unified Information Security Framework for the federal government and its contractors.

    Dr. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency. In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Dr. Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. He has also lectured at many universities and colleges across the country including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and the Naval Postgraduate School. A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Dr. Ross served in many leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, Dr. Ross received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an inter-agency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Dr. Ross is a three-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the federal government and is a recipient of the Department of Commerce Gold and Silver Medal Awards. He has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) Hall of Fame and given its highest honor of ISSA Distinguished Fellow. Dr. Ross has also been selected for induction into the National Cyber Security Hall of Fame, Class of 2015.

    Dr. Ross has also received numerous private sector information security awards including the Applied Computer Security Associates Distinguished Practitioner Award, Vanguard Chairman’s Award, Symantec Cyber 7 Award, InformationWeek’s Government CIO 50 Award, Government Technology Research Alliance Award, Billington Cybersecurity Leadership Award, ISACA National Capital Area Conyers Award, SC Magazine’s Cyber Security Luminaries, (ISC)2 Inaugural Lynn F. McNulty Tribute Award, 1105 Media Gov30 Award, and the Top 10 Influencers in Government IT Security. During his military career, Dr. Ross served as a White House aide and senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Dr. Ross is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and holds Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School specializing in artificial intelligence and robotics.

  • Jeff Wagner
  • Director of Security Operations, US Office of Personnel Management
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    Jeff Wagner is a former Navy Seal where he obtained a very personal and profound appreciation for the security of our nation’s most precious assets; the American people and the critical infrastructure that enables and ensures our way of life. After leaving the Navy he became fascinated by our country’s reliance on technology and, combined with his intrinsic commitment to national security, he intuitively understood the threats technology poses to nearly every aspect of American life. This realization has inspired the direction his personal and professional life has followed for over 20 years.

    From initially assessing information systems back in the early ‘90’s with basic auditing techniques for compliance, he quickly moved into the more technical realm of penetration testing; taking a practical and operational approach to the real nuts and bolts of IT security. Mr. Wagner has a comprehensive and deep understanding of the scope of threats information systems are exposed to and he appreciates the necessity of a multi-faceted approach to security that requires competent and trustworthy people, reliable and effective security technology and processes and procedures to marry those assets into a unified proactive and common sense approach.

    In 2010, Mr. Wagner brought his deep understanding, comprehensive approach and tireless enthusiasm to the US Office of Personnel Management where, with the help of a supportive CIO (thank you Donna!), has transformed an agency struggling with basic compliance into an organization that is leading the way in proactive IT security. Through his constant dedication to operational security and collaboration with the Department of Homeland Security, the OPM IT Security team has received awards and letters of appreciation from the White House, CIO counsel, DHS and others. His ongoing commitment to securing our nation’s precious information and critical assets continues to inspire him to constantly seek out new solutions, new technology and innovative approaches.

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