Congress & Cyber Policy
WCR hosted a virtual roundtable discussion about the Cyberspace Solarium and what comes next for cybersecurity policy following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act, which made many of the Cyberspace Solarium's recommendations law.
Our event featured Congressman Langevin, Commissioner of the Cyberspace Solarium and co-founder of the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus.
Cyber Crimes & NatSec: Roundtable Event with IRS and DOJ
This WCR discussion focused on how the DOJ and IRS investigate cyber crimes that impact national security and associated legal efforts.
Our event featured Jessi Brooks, Senior Assistant United States Attorney in the National Security Section in the D.C. United States Attorney’s Office, and Chris Janczewski, special agent with the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation’s Cyber Crimes Unit.
WCR hosted a virtual discussion about the vital role of undersea cables in the nation's cyber infrastructure. Our speakers addressed how these vulnerable assets are protected and how undersea cables factor into our national security.
Our event featured Mr. Christopher Cleary, the Department of the Navy Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Director of the DON CIO Cybersecurity Directorate, and Mr. Erik Brine, Executive Director at National Institute for Undersea Vehicle Technology.
Protecting Pipeline Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats
Protecting our energy pipeline critical infrastructure from cyber threats requires a partnership between government and industry. This event focused on the Transportation Security Administration’s Cybersecurity Pipeline Initiative and the collaboration between the public and private sectors.
The event featured:
Sonya T. Proctor, Assistant Administrator for Surface Operations, Transportation Security Administration, Department of Homeland Security
Mike Isper, Director of Security, Reliability and Resilience for the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA).
Geopolitical Influence in the Indo-Pacific
WCR hosted a collaborative discussion on interagency collaboration in the Indo-Pacific on issues critical to national security, including 5G, cyber and the digital economy. The event featured:
Maxwell Scott, Foreign Affairs Officer, Director for ASEAN and the Pacific Information Communications Technology (ICT) Policy, Department of State.
David Villyard, Deputy Director and Operations Chief of the National Communication Coordination Branch at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Roundtable Event with Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense
WCR launched our 2020 programming with a roundtable event featuring Major General Crall, Deputy Principal Cyber Advisor, Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD). The discussion focused on how cyber policy has evolved for the past two years at OSD.
Satellite Cybersecurity: The good, the bad & the ugly
WCR hosted a conversation about the intersection between standing up Space Force for defensive cyber space operations, emerging space commercial capabilities and commerce and the underlying smart information architecture to connect environments.
The panel featured:
Colonel Lee T. Furches, Air National Guard Advisor to the Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of Defense
Chief Master Sergeant Troy Houston, Enlisted Leader for Air Force Space Command
Hope DiGiusto, CEO & President of Lquinox Ground Solutions, Inc
Cyber as the asymmetrical warfare weapon of choice - The implications for politics, society, and the economy
The WCR once again participated in FedScoop's DC Cyber Week by hosting an intimate roundtable event to discuss cyber challenges to the nation's security. This event, which was held in partnership with The Jahn Research Group, focused on how we use many modern conveniences without considering the strategic latency, threats to national security and associated cascading societal risks. During the panel discussion, attendees addressed how public and private sector collaboration can mitigate cyber vulnerabilities in industries that are key to maintaining a thriving society.
The event featured Melinda Woods, Principal Advisor for Industrial Policy,Office of the Secretary of Defense, Protecting Critical Technology Task Force, and Matthew Rose, who spoke in his capacity as an honorary national security research fellow with the Jahn Research Group but also serves as agency lead for the WhiteHouse/General
Services Administration’s Centers of Excellence.
Roundtable Event with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency at DHS
The Washington Cyber Roundtable was pleased to launch our 2019/2020 season with a roundtable event focused on how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) restructured the National Protection and Programs Directorate to enhance its cyber and infrastructure missions.
The sold out event featured Mr. John Felker, Assistant Director, Integrated Operations, at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Attendees discussed how public and private stakeholders can collaborate to address national security challenges in the fifth domain.
5G & National Security - A conversation with Adm (ret.) Blair, Former DNI and retired PACOM Commander
The Trilateral Cyber Security Commission was created in 2018 as a way to address a number of topics of common interest to the US, Japan, and countries of Europe in the cyber domain.
The group quickly focused on 5G security and 5G strategy as a topic that required attention and dialogue.
During the roundtable event Admiral (ret.) Dennis C. Blair, former Director of National Intelligence and PACOM Commander, and his Executive Director for this project, William "Bud" Roth, defined the 5G problem from their perspective and discussed a number of steps that the US and its allies can take to collaborate and address cyber risks to this new networking technology. The conversation also touched on how to enhance the ability of domestic vendors to compete globally in what all believe will be a critical part of the future digital economy.
WCR was pleased to collaborate on this event with the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA and King & Spalding.
The Intersection of Student Debt, Financial Sector & National Security
WCR hosted Thomas Miles, Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Michael Dean, Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer from the Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) who discussed with attendees how FSA is modernizing its approach to protecting the nation's $4.5 trillion student loan portfolio–the largest financial portfolio in the world.
This Office is in a unique role as a financial service entity attached to the federal government and faces both systematic economic and national security threats from cyberspace.
FSA administers $1.5 trillion in fed student loans and disperses $120 billions of dollars in loans and grants, annually to eligible college students. The processing of student aid is complex, and FSA relies on non-school partners to carry out various activities supporting the student aid process, such as loan repayment and collection.
Roundtable Event with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center
The Department of Defense established the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center to accelerate the delivery of AI-enabled capabilities, scale the Department-wide impact of AI, and synchronize DoD AI activities to expand Joint Force advantages. Specifically the JAIC will:
• Rapidly deliver AI-enabled capabilities to address key missions, strengthening current military advantages and enhancing future AI research and development efforts with mission needs, operational outcomes, user feedback, and data;
• Establish a common foundation for scaling AI’s impact across DoD, leading strategic data acquisition and introducing unified data stores, reusable tools, frameworks and standards, and cloud and edge services;
• Facilitate AI planning, policy, governance, ethics, safety, cybersecurity, and multilateral coordination;
• Attract and cultivate a world-class AI team to supply trusted subject matter expertise on AI capability delivery and create new accelerated learning experiences in AI across DoD at all levels of professional education and training.
On March 2019 WCR held a roundtable event featuring Colonel Jeff Kojac, the Department of the Navy Lead at the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC).
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Boundary Defense Capabilities for the Department of Defense Information Network
The program SHARKSEER delivers unique and highly effective boundary defense capabilities to the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN). The system leverages best in breed commercial technologies and threat data feeds to sense and mitigate malicious activity targeting DoDIN infrastructure. NSA designed, developed, and deployed the SHARKSEER system across all the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) managed Internet Access Points (covering 100% of the outer edge of DISA maintained DoDIN network).
During this roundtable event in January 2019, attendees discussed the program successes, challenges, data sharing opportunities, and how SHARKSEER positions itself for sustained delivery of this critical capability.
Closing the Cyber Workforce Gap in Government
WCR hosted an intimate roundtable event with Austin Cusak, Senior Talent and Innovation Officer, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center in November 2018.
The discussion centered around how the cyber workforce is changing and how talent development and recruitment tactics need to evolve accordingly. Attendees learned how developing employees soft skills and emotional intelligence can encourage teamwork and stimulate innovation. Also discussed was how recruitment practices should be modified to emphasize a cultural fit for the candidate.
Collaborating on Election Security
WCR hosted three amazing professionals in a candid conversation about partnerships, roles and information sharing regarding election security.
Colonel Sam Kinch, National Guard Advisor to the Commander, USCYBERCOM, Juan Figueroa, Chief, Election Infrastructure Sector Specific Agency from DHS, Air Force and Roisin Suver, Senior Liaison to DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Center for Internet Security Multi-State ISAC shared insights during CyberScoop's DC Cyber Week.
They presented distinct yet blended perspectives about securing our infrastructure to a diverse audience of Industry, academia, and government who came away with a better understanding of how the country is coming together to preserve our way of life.
Roundtable Event with Congressional Cyber Caucus- featuring Congressman Langevin
On September 5th WCR hosted a special roundtable lunch event with the Congressional Cybersecurity Caucus featuring one of the caucus founders, Congressman Langevin (D-RI).
This intimate roundtable event provided an overview on the role of the Cybersecurity Caucus in driving cybersecurity legislation and how Congress as a whole handles cyber policy. Attendees participated in a candid discussion with the Congressman and his staff on cyber information sharing between the private and public sectors and what obstacles hinder the process. The need to grow the cyber workforce was also a key discussion topic during the event.
Countering Threats to the Defense Community–A Roundtable Event with DITMAC
Attendees heard from Mr. Michael Seage, Director, Defense Insider Threat Management and Analysis Center (DITMAC)
The conversation also addressed how DITMAC's efforts have evolved since reaching initial operational capacity over a year ago. The speakers also touched on the need for companies working with the DoD to secure classified information in accordance with Executive Order 13587 to maintain good standing with the government.
DITMAC serves as DoD’s enterprise-level capability for insider threat information integration and management. The DITMAC enables information sharing, collaboration, analysis, and risk mitigation across the DoD Components to protect the lives of DoD personnel, safeguard national security information, and secure DoD resources.
DITMAC was created in response to the Washington Navy Yard shooting of September 16, 2013. Reviews of the shooting concluded that DoD could have done more to consolidate and share information necessary for identifying potential insider threats, developing a holistic picture of risk posed by insiders, and coordinating actions to mitigate risk. The Deputy Secretary of Defense approved the Washington Navy Yard Implementation Plan, including its recommendation to establish the DITMAC to address these deficiencies. The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) then directed the Defense Security Service to establish the DITMAC to provide DoD with an enterprise-level capability for insider threat information integration and management.
Building Cyber Policy to Support Organizational Goals
WCR's May roundtable event featured Jamie Crotts, Cybersecurity Communications, Outreach and Policy Manager for the U.S. House of Representatives.
Jamie Crotts is the Cybersecurity Communications, Outreach, and Policy Manager for the United States House of Representatives. He works in the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer within the Chief Administrative Office at the House. In his current role, Mr. Crotts leads a team in charge of authoring cybersecurity policies and standards for House users, planning and leading cybersecurity exercises for the Legislative Branch, and managing the security awareness training and phishing programs for the House.
Mr. Crotts has extensive experience in the fields of cybersecurity, communications, exercise planning and execution, and business continuity/disaster recovery. He has worked in these fields for more than 17 years supporting various Executive Branch entities such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and the intelligence community before coming to the House in 2015.
Mr. Crotts earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Elon University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Georgia in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Cyber Leadership and the Move from Compliance to Risk Management
Attendees heard from Max Everett, Chief Information Officer, Department of Energy (DOE). The conversation focused on DOE's efforts to be proactive in efforts to protect critical infrastructure in the nation's energy sector and address on the role of industry in these efforts.
Max Everett was selected in July 2017 to serve as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Energy. In this position, he oversees the Department’s information technology (IT) portfolio, serves as an advisor to the Deputy Secretary and Secretary, and leads and manages the various functions within the Office of the Chief Information Officer.
Mr. Everett has vast experience in managing and implementing information technology and cybersecurity for both public and private sector organizations. Most recently, Mr. Everett served as Managing Director of Fortalice Solutions, leading cybersecurity risk assessments, advising clients on risk management, and developing secure infrastructure solutions. He has previously worked as a consultant for public and private sector organizations, supporting development of network security services, cloud security policies, and cyber information sharing programs.
In 2008, Mr. Everett served as Chief Information Officer in the Office of Administration at the White House, managing the technology infrastructure for the Executive Office of the President, the technology requirements of the Presidential transition, and the Presidential records transfer to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Mr. Everett has held additional technology leadership roles at the White House, the Department of Commerce, and on several National Special Security Events.
The Path to Dynamic Critical Infrastructure Protection
This intimate roundtable event focused on how the government, industry and universities are working together to protect critical infrastructure and build cyber resiliency. Attendees will hear from a leader of the military-academia cyber collaboration efforts from Pensacola. The conversation will focus on critical infrastructure protection, and will extend into the role of securing industry and the supply chain security. This discussion will be complimented with perspective on the Department of Homeland Security's path towards cyber readiness and how the civilian agency also plans to improve critical infrastructure security.
Christopher Middleton, Director, Strategic Innovation and Military Liaison, University of West Florida and Former Director of Planning and Policy at the Pensacola Naval Air Station-based Naval Education and Training Command
Brad Nix, Former Acting Director, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC), National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Cyber Risk Management: CDM/SCRM and Cyber Insurance
The Washington Cyber Roundtable hosted our first panel discussion featuring Emile Monette, Senior Cybersecurity Strategist and Acquisition Advisor, Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program, DHS; Carter Schoenberg, President, Hemisphere Cyber Security and Felicia Thorpe, Risk Consultant, Ahtins. During the collaborative discussion, our speakers shed light on continuous diagnostics and mitigation program (CDM) and supply chain risk management (SCRM) and how both topics are related to the emerging industry of cyber insurance.
Challenges in the Internet of Things
WCR hosted Dr. Peter M. Fonash, Professor and Associate Director of Cybersecurity Program at George Mason University, for a roundtable event with industry. Until this past January, Dr. Fonash served as the Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Communications Office. Dr. Fonash and attendees discussed how cybersecurity practices must evolve as society shifts from enterprise systems to the Internet of Things (IOT).
Security Engineering in Complex Systems
Mr. Ron Ross, Fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), discussed his latest publication, Systems Security Engineering Considerations for a Multidisciplinary Approach in the Engineering of Trustworthy Secure Systems (NIST SP 800-160). He addressed how the complexities and redundancies in cyber are making security efforts a challenge and what the government, with NIST's guidance, is considering to address those challenges.