The Government Symposium Advisory Group, comprised of IT security and management leaders from the public and private sectors, provides counsel and direction on the Symposium program content.
Director and Chief Technology Officer
Department of Information Technology, Fairfax County
Deputy Chief Information Officer
Office of Administration
Executive Office of the President
Director of the Information Assurance Division
Enterprise System Development Office
Department of Homeland Security
Program Manager, Office of the Chief Information Officer, High Performance Computing and Communications
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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Dr. David A. Bray serves as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Communications Commission, overseeing the Commission's efforts to modernize legacy systems and transform technology partnerships in telecommunications, broadband, competition, the spectrum, the media, public safety, and security. He was selected to serve as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and as a Visiting Associate for the Cybersecurity Working Group on Culture at the University of Oxford in 2014. He also has been named the number 3 “Most Social CIO” globally and one of the top 70 Most Social U.S. federal technology professionals, tweeting as @fcc_cio.
He has worked in the public and private sectors since 1993 providing strategy on crisis response, collaboration, cybersecurity, and civilian IT advances. He previously served as Executive Director with the National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs of the U.S. Intelligence Community and later received the National Intelligence Exceptional Achievement Medal. The interagency team he directed also received the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Citation in 2013.
Dr. Bray deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as a Special Advisor to STRATEGIC EFFECTS for NATO's International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, with the task of helping to "think differently" on critical military and humanitarian efforts. He later chaired initial White House efforts from 2010-2011 focused on improving relations between the information integration, network interoperability, and civil liberties activities of the U.S. government. Per audience votes, he jointly received "Best Cyber Presentation" in a 2010 public talk with the DHHS CIO emphasizing the need to advance shared services that protect civil liberties, individual privacy, public safety, and our national security.
Dr. Bray served as IT Chief for the Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Program at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he led the technology aspects of the bioterrorism program's response to 9/11, anthrax in 2001, SARS, and other outbreaks. He received the CDC Director's Award for Service to public health in 2004 and later was named as one of 13 individuals across the entire federal workforce to receive the 2012 Arthur S. Flemming Award for Leadership.
He also was one of two career Senior Executives to receive the Roger W. Jones Award for Executive Leadership in 2013. He holds a PhD in information systems, a MSPH in public health informatics, and a BSCI in computer science and biology from Emory University, as well as two post-doctoral associateships with MIT's Center for Collective Intelligence and the Harvard Kennedy School.
Dr. Patrick Dowd
Dr. Patrick Dowd is the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS)’s Chief Technical Officer and also serves as Chief Architect. He recently transitioned to this role after serving as Deputy Director of Mission Capabilities within the Technology Directorate of the National Security Agency.
Dr. Dowd joined the Research Directorate of NSA in 1996, and is co-founder of the Laboratory for Telecommunications Science (R4). He moved from Research to the SIGINT Directorate in 2004, where he directed projects to unify Computer Network Operations (CNO) and developed technical strategies to integrate CNO, SIGINT, and Defense. He then became the Deputy Directorate for Modernization within the Information Technology Directorate in 2006 to execute his work and build out the world-wide operational environment of NSA at scale.
Prior to joining NSA, Dr. Dowd worked for General Electric and IBM and served as a faculty member in the Department of Computer Science and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo and at the University of Maryland at College Park.
Dr. Dowd received his B.S. degree in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Syracuse University. His areas of expertise are in system security, computer architecture, big data analytic systems and networking. He has authored over 100 refereed technical papers and has been active on editorial boards of scientific journals and professional societies.
Dr. Dowd received the Tau Beta Pi Teach of the Year Award in 1994, NSA Scientist of the Year in 1998, the NSA Exceptional Civilian Service Award in 2002, and the Distinguished Presidential Rank Award in 2004.
Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the Department of Homeland Security, Mr. Eisensmith leads through collaboration with the DHS CISO Council, a body of Component CISOs. Mr. Eisensmith works to mature policies and strengthen the information security posture of the department—setting vision and strategy while maintaining compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002. He now serves as co-chair for the Joint Continuous Monitoring Working Group, sponsored by the DHS CIO Council.
Mr. Eisensmith came to DHS Headquarters from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) where he served as the ICE CISO and acting Engineering Division Director. Prior to his work at ICE he was Director of Technical Operations for BAE Systems. Before that Jeff held several roles within the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He brings experience from both offensive and defensive information operations, as well as contract management experience from government and contractor perspectives.
Jeff started his government career after he graduated from Rutgers University in 1985 with a degree in Engineering Physics. He went to work for the FBI as an application specific integrated circuit designer tasked with reducing the physical size of many of their audio and video collection systems. During that time Jeff was detailed to Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as COTR on several of the contracts that involved ASIC development technologies. His DARPA DefenseNet account was his first introduction to the early Internet. Jeff was later drafted into the FBI's Advanced Telephony Intercept Unit where he developed the ability to intercept transmissions on networks like DefenseNet. For the next five years, Jeff pursued Internet intercepts for the FBI. He finished his FBI career as a Unit Chief developing advanced data mining and visualization prototype systems.
While working with the FBI Jeff was nominated, and selected to attend, the National Defense University’s Advanced Management Program (Class 22) where he received his DoD Chief Information Officer certification; graduated from James Madison University with a Master of Science degree in computer science from the NSA certified Information Assurance Program; and attained Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Project Management Professional certifications.
Steve Elky is the Deputy Directory of Information Technology Services (ITS) as the US Library of Congress. In this role, he is focused on helping ITS deliver world class IT services to the Library. He is focused on IT investment management, Enterprise Architecture and program and portfolio management. He also served as the Chief Architect from 2008-2010, setting up the Library’s Enterprise Architecture program.
Prior to this, Mr. Elky served as the Chief Information Security Officer at the US Library of Congress from 2005-2010. As CISO Mr. Elky implemented the IT Security Program at the Library of Congress. As part of this effort, he created a Security Advisement Program focused on ensuring that new IT systems are designed and built in a secure manner, streamlined the C&A process, allowing the process to complete in half the time and cost and integrated IT Security metrics directly into the agencies Internal Control Program.
Prior to joining the Library of Congress, Mr. Elky served as the Technical Director for Information Security at Software Performance Systems, a software development company specializing in e-government solutions, acting as a IT security consultant to DOJ, DOC, LOC, the State of Maryland and numerous internal company projects. Mr. Elky possesses several key industry certifications, including CISSP, CISM, CGEIT, ISSAP, ISSM and CSSLP as well as a B.S. in Business Administration with a specialization in Computer Information Systems from the University of Baltimore and serves on the ACT Board and the SANS Ethics Council. Mr. Elky has spent nearly 20 years in the industry, amassing a broad background in operations, network and system engineering, enterprise architecture, enterprise governance C&A, security policy, security programs.
As Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the State of Texas, Brian advises the executive leadership of nearly 200 independent agency and higher education organizations on protecting state government information resources. Brian oversees statewide cyber security strategy and the enterprise security program, operations, and services. His mission includes creating a risk aware culture that places high value on securing state information resources and protecting personal information entrusted to the state.
Brian also serves as the Texas Cybersecurity Coordinator. In this role, he develops partnerships between private industry and public-sector organizations to build a more secure and prosperous Texas. These strategic partnerships will help produce an exemplary workforce for the state to position Texas as a national leader in economic development opportunities within the cybersecurity industry.
Brian's previous information security roles include CISO for Texas Health and Human Services Commission, CISO for Temple-Inland, Manager of Information Security Assurance for Guaranty Bank, and Senior Information Security Analyst for Silicon Laboratories.
Brian is the co-founder of the Texas CISO Council, an assembly of the state’s most prominent CISO’s working towards formulating best practices for security programs. Brian is a past president and Lifetime Board of Directors member of the ISSA Capitol of Texas Chapter, is a member of ISACA, and holds CISSP and CISA certifications. He holds a bachelor of science in management/computer information systems, and was the 2010 Information Security Magazine Security 7 Award winner for the Manufacturing Vertical. In 2013 Brian was named as a Tripwire Infosec Rising Stars and Hidden Gems Defender and was recently recognized as an Evanta Global Top 25 CISO Breakaway Leader Finalist, an ISSA International 2014 Honor Roll Awardee and the ISE Central 2014 Executive of the Year.
Gary R. Galloway is the Deputy Director of the Office of Information Assurance at the Department of State. He began his career with the Department of Interior and worked briefly at the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Labor, prior to coming to State in 1986. Mr. Galloway has more than 25 years of project management experience, specializing in IT security and acquisition programs. He is the recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award, FCW’s Federal 100 Award; and FedScoop 50 Awards for Federal Leadership in 2013 and FedMentor of the Year in 2012. Mr. Galloway has been an active member/leader within ACT-IAC and AFFIRM, serving as Government Co-chair of AFCEA Bethesda’s Charity Golf Tournament and Children’s Inn at NIH Charity Gala, and as a member of the Symantec Government Symposium Advisory Group from 2008-2013. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and is ITIL® V3 Foundation Certified. Mr. Galloway earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.S. from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University.
Wanda Gibson has enjoyed an accomplished, twenty-nine year career as a technology executive in both private and public sector organizations. She joined Fairfax County Government in May 1999 serving as the county’s Chief Technology Officer and the Director of the Department of Information Technology responsible for technology policy, innovation and management of a comprehensive portfolio of IT investments, programs, systems, and services in all disciplines across the county's enterprise for all agencies and on-line services for constituents. She has been a leader and advocate in regional collaboration, serves on a number of IT committees and professional groups including the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments CIO Committee (Chair 2006, 2007), National Capital Region Interoperability Working Group, the Commonwealth of Virginia Interoperability Advisory Group, Virginia IT Leaders, Metropolitan Information Exchange, Government Management Information Society, Commonwealth of Virginia CIO Council, and a member of boards for the Commonwealth of Virginia IT Symposium (COVITS) and Federal Office Systems Expo (FOSE).
Wanda was honored as 2003 Public Official of the Year, a prestigious award given annually to governors, mayors, legislators and other elected officials and government executives by Governing Magazine. In 2007, Ms. Gibson was named as one of the Top Five Women CIOs nationally by Government Technology Magazine covering Federal, State and Municipal CIOs across the US, and in 2010, Wanda was named Top 25 Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers by Government Technology magazine. Her work has also been featured in Public CIO, Government Technology, State Tech, and Federal Computer Week Daily magazines. She is a sought after speaker and participant in both public and private sector venues on innovation and governance.
Under Wanda's leadership, Fairfax County has enjoyed numerous state and national awards and recognition for its IT and e-government programs, including one of only two governmental entities to be named in the 2006 Top Best IT Places to Work, and over the past eleven years was awarded for Best of the WEB by Digital Counties, and Top Ten Digital Counties, National Association of Counties 2010 for WEB and Public Safety Interoperability, Public Technology Solutions Awards including 2011 PTI for Mobil Applications, Fairfax Bar Association for Courtroom Technology, the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, and Commonwealth of Virginia Technology Awards for interoperability and 'Government in the palm of your hand', and 2011 Green IT Award by InfoTech magazine.
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Dr. Alissa Johnson
Dr. Alissa Johnson is the Deputy Chief Information Officer (DCIO) for the Executive Office of the President (EOP). She provides vision, guidance, and leadership for the development and implementation of Information Technology (IT) initiatives at the EOP. Dr. Johnson has experience growing and managing IT programs and developing strategic IT solutions for various government agencies. Her background includes areas such as information technology management, cybersecurity, systems engineering and program management. Dr. Johnson holds a PhD in Information Technology Management; an M.S. in Telecommunications and Computer Networks; and a B.S. in Mathematics. Dr. Johnson has most recently won the 2014 Federal Computer Weekly Fed100 Award and the 2013 FedScoop 50 Federal Leadership Award.
Frank Konieczny, a Senior Level executive, is the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
Mr. Konieczny has completed advanced degrees in computer science engineering and administrative science, and in 1987 he completed all coursework for a doctorate in computer science. He has extensive experience as a systems analyst and chief programmer, working with a variety of firms including Teledyne Brown Engineering, SAIC and General Research Corporation. He has supported the programming and analytical analysis for a wide spectrum of government projects including ballistic missile defense, network design, missile test analysis, radar systems analysis and simulation, and operations research and statistical analysis. Mr. Konieczny would go on to serve as a project manager, business unit manager, Chief Scientist and Chief Technology Officer. He has managed more than 20 significant government sector programs involving multiple large and small business subcontractors and academic institutions in areas of Army and Navy manpower, logistics, force structure, undersea warfare, real time statistical analysis, biometric authentication, enterprise architecture, work flow management, and simulation and modeling.
Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Konieczny was employed for 10 years with AT&T Government Solutions professional services business unit. He served as the CIO, CTO and Executive Director for Operations where he managed internal research and development efforts; multi-location infrastructure management and upgrade; process improvement and standardization; support organization coordination; and development of technical solutions for a wide spectrum of projects within the government sector.
Charles L. (Chuck) McGann, Jr. is the Corporate Information Security Officer for the United States Postal Service (USPS). In this capacity, he has the responsibility of securing an intranet that is the largest maintained by any organization in the world with over 185,000 workstations and more than 20,000 servers. In August of 2000, McGann was selected to create the Postal Service's Computer Incident Response Team. He is also responsible for all security vulnerability assessments, intrusion prevention, and detection functions.
In his 22 years with the Postal Service, McGann has held numerous positions, entering as Manager, Information Systems for the Springfield, Massachusetts district, and later served as acting postmaster, business systems analyst, business project leader, distributed systems security specialist and CIRT manager.
McGann came to the Postal Service from the private sector with a varied background, including local politics, IT experience in healthcare and manufacturing, and law enforcement.
McGann holds an MBA from Strayer University, a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, and two associate's degrees from Springfield Technical Community College. He is a certified information systems security professional (CISSP), a certified information security manager (CISM) and holds a certification for information assurance methodology (IAM) from the National Security Agency (NSA).
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Rob Palmer is the Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Enterprise Systems Development Office (ESDO) within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, Department of Homeland Security. OCIO’s Enterprise System Development Office provides the planning and delivery of secure, high-quality enterprise application services for DHS customers through implementing a customer-centric business model for the efficient delivery of enterprise IT services.
Previously, Mr. Palmer served as Director of the Information Assurance Division (IAD) within ESDO leading a team dedicated to continually supporting the rapidly changing information landscape through applying a holistic approach to security assessment and risk management enabling the delivery of flexible and innovative IT services. Mr. Palmer has also spent several years in the area of Security Operations Center (SOC) analysis, consulting and program management with the Army, the Missile Defense Agency, and DHS TSA.
Mr. Palmer has more than 15 years of program and project management experience, over 10 focused in IT and IT Security. Along with being a Certified Acquisition Professional (CAP) in Program Management Level III and Contracting Officers Representative (COR), he has also achieved a Masters Certificate in Project Management with a concentration in IT Project Management from The George Washington University.
Van Ristau joined DLT Solutions in 2006 as the director of business development operations. Now, as the Chief Technology Officer of the company, Ristau is a technology liaison between DLT and its vendor partners and customers.
Ristau works with senior technical managers in both government and industry as well as maintains relationships with DLT vendor partner product development managers and government customers at the CIO, Enterprise Architect, and major program manager levels.
He has more than 30 years of experience in public sector software development and Information Technology programs. His experience in the public sector includes senior line and staff positions at ORI, Inc., Atlantic Research Corporation PSG, and CSC, primarily in the fields of systems and software engineering, and international programs. While at ARC he established subsidiaries in Canada and the U.K.
His background also includes work at DARPA, NRL, JHU-APL and extensive experience in defense systems R&D and engineering, including combat systems, missile defense systems, and autonomous underwater vehicles. While at ORI he authored two major annual assessments of R&D for the U.S. Navy. Ristau served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, and is Qualified in Submarines.
Darren Smith is a program manager supporting the use of supercomputers for weather and climate prediction for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Office in Silver Spring, Maryland (www.cio.noaa.gov/HPCC/). He developed and directs the new NOAA Environmental Security Computing Center (NESCC) facility, including a 5-megawatt data center at the I-79 Technology Park in Fairmont, West Virginia. He represents NOAA in the White House led interagency Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) program (www.nitrd.gov), including Big Data and HCI-IM. He previously worked at NIST and NTIA in Boulder, Colorado. Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Physics from the University of Oklahoma.
Mr Wyckoff serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Office of Naval Research (ONR). In this role, he leads the development of policies, plans, architectures, standards, and process guidance with the goal of achieving and sustaining interoperability, security, and IT business transformation consistent with ONR’s vision, goals and mission. He collaborates with Department of Navy (DON) leadership to implement cost-effective and sustainable information technology solutions at ONR.
Mr Wyckoff has served the Department of the Navy for over 25 years in various capacities including; CIO for the Assistant for Administration for the Undersecretary of the Navy, CTO for the DON Information Network Program Office. He received a Bachelor's of Science degree from Lynchburg College. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, Senior Executive Fellows Program, and the Federal Executive Institute .He received a CIO and CISO certifications from the National Defense University/Information Resource Management College. Mr. Wyckoff was awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service Medal for his contributions in support information technology at Navy Headquarters in 2006, and 2010.