The new world of Federal government cybersecurity is quickly taking shape, and MeriTalk’s Cyber Central: Defenders Unite virtual event on October 28 is hosting the policy-makers and industry leaders that are bringing the next generation of technologies to bear to protect the networks that bring vital services to all Americans.

Amid the increasing wave of destructive attacks by nation-states and criminal adversaries against critical infrastructure, the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order issued earlier this year drew a line in the sand and turned the full force of the government to develop new security policies and technologies that will define the next era of cybersecurity.

The October 28 Cyber Central: Defenders Unite virtual experience – which runs from 11:00 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. EDT and is complimentary for all to attend – features experts who will break down the big policy shifts, and point the way forward to the new security world that is taking shape.

The virtual experience will deliver:

  • A high-level breakdown of the cybersecurity executive order, including separate discussions on the mandates for increased cloud adoption and zero trust security migration;
  • What Federal agencies need to do right now, and in the future, to meet the stringent deadlines for security improvements that the executive order directs;
  • How the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is taking center stage in changing the technological foundations of Federal agency cybersecurity;
  • Changes looming on the horizon in Congress for big changes in the Federal Information Management Security Act (FISMA) which provides marching orders to Federal civilian agencies for cybersecurity requirements;
  • How the Federal government is tackling skills shortages and high competition in the cybersecurity workforce; and
  • The latest intelligence about what the private sector is bringing to the fight to help improve security.

Government keynotes, panels, and cyber chats are set to include:

  • Judy Baltensperger, CDM Project Manager at CISA;
  • Sean Connelly, TIC Program Manager and Senior Cybersecurity Architect at CISA;
  • Ann Dunkin, CIO at the DOE;
  • Gregory Edwards, Acting CISO at FEMA;
  • Richard Grabowski, CDM Acting Program Lead at CISA;
  • Marian Merritt, Deputy Director, Lead for Industry Engagement at the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education at NIST;
  • Matthew Riddle, Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity and Operations at the CIA;
  • James Saunders, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity at OPM; and
  • Robert Tagalicod, Chief of Cybersecurity and Privacy Communications and Engagement at HHS.

We invite you to invest with us three hours of your time – or maybe just a lunch hour – and in return we promise to deliver the latest on how the new security world is emerging. See you on October 28.

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