Secure Government

Walter E. Washington Convention Center | Washington, D.C. | April 15, 2015

Washington, D.C. | April 15, 2015

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The 2015 Symantec Government Symposium will include a morning keynote followed by break-out sessions, luncheon and Cyber Awards presentation, and engaging afternoon TECH Talks with government visionaries.

7:15 - 8:00 a.m. Registration, Breakfast, and Networking
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Symantec Introduction and Welcome Address: Michael Brown, CEO, Symantec
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Morning Keynote: Robert Mueller, Former Director, FBI
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Track A:
The New IT
Track B:
It's the Data, Dummy
Track C:
Legislation and Policy
Track D:
Cyber Front Lines
Track E:
Securing Government
Session A-1
Nico Popp, Vice President, Information and Identity Protection, Symantec [Moderator]
Deb Gallagher, Defense Manpower Data Center Special Advisor, Department of Defense
Jeremy Grant, Senior Executive Advisor for Identity Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Paul Hunter, Deputy Chief, Biometrics Division, DHS US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Session B-1
Patrick Bland, DLT Solutions [Moderator]
Dr. Alissa Johnson, Deputy Chief Technology Officer, Executive Office of the President (former)
Doug Matthews, Vice President, Information Availability, Symantec
Session C-1
Jeff Greene, Senior Policy Counsel, Cybersecurity and Identity, Symantec [Moderator]
Session D-1
Allison Tsiumis, Section Chief, Cyber Intelligence Section, FBI Cyber Division
Mark Kane, Senior Intelligence Officer, Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Session E-1
Michael Dent, CISO, Fairfax County
Prem Jadhwani, Chief Technology Officer, Government Acquisitions
Sheila Jordan, Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Symantec
Dr. Ray Letteer, Chief, Cybersecurity Division (C4/CY), USMC
Stephen Smith, Insider Threat Program Coordinator, Department of State
11:00 - 11:15 a.m. Break and Networking
11:15 - 12:15 p.m.
Session A-2
Major David Mulholland, CIO, US Park Police
Rob Palmer, Acting Deputy Executive Director of the Enterprise Systems Development Office, Department of Homeland Security
Session B-2
David Blankenhorn, Chief Cloud Technologist, DLT Solutions
Dr. Patrick W. Dowd, Chief Technical Officer and Chief Architect, National Security Agency and Central Security Service
John Skudlarek, Deputy CIO, Federal Communications Commission
David Stickley, Services Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency
Session C-2
Mike Darling, Director Enterprise Performance Management in the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications, Department of Homeland Security
Jim Sheire, Former Senior NSTIC Advisor, GSA Office of Government-wide Policy
Session D-2
Ann Barron-Dicamillo, Director, United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team
Gary Galloway, Deputy Director, Office of Information Assurance, Department of State
Chuck McGann, Former Chief Information Security Officer, United States Postal Service
Session E-2
Jen Nowell, Senior Director, U.S. Public Sector Strategic Programs, Symantec [Moderator]
Mark Kneidinger, Senior Advisor, Federal Network Resilience, Department of Homeland Security
Tony Sager, Chief Technologist, Council on Cybersecurity
Rod Turk, Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity, Department of Energy
12:15 - 1:45 p.m. Luncheon and Cyber Awards Presentation
1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Networking Break
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. TECH Talks
John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General, National Security Division, Department of Justice
Suzanne Vautrinot, President, Kilovolt Consulting Inc. (Retired Major General, U.S. Air Force)
3:00 - 3:30 p.m. Concluding TECH Talk Panel – Q&A with TECH Talk Speakers

Patrick Bland

Patrick Bland is DLT Solutions' eDiscovery and Information Governance Specialist. Patrick focuses on helping federal agencies build a strong and robust information governance foundation that impacts all data stakeholders throughout the organization. Patrick has a legal background (tax attorney by education) and worked as a solutions architect and consultant in the electronic discovery industry. In addition to his eDiscovery experience, he has over 10 years of experience with various technical roles supporting IT systems from web design, Blackberry/system/storage administration. Patrick is licensed to practice law in South Carolina.

David Blankenhorn

David Blankenhorn joined DLT Solutions in early 2011 as the Chief Cloud Technologist. Today, David is the Vice President of Engineering and Chief Cloud Technologist, leading the pre-sales engineers and solution architects. David’s team assists government customers with the adoption of technologies by providing architectural and technical direction and by aiding in the selection of products and services.

As an executive with a proven record of leadership and business execution within professional and managed services, David brings more than 20 years of extensive experience assisting public and private customers with IT strategy, design, delivery, and management. His expertise lies in Cloud Technologies, Virtualization, Data Center Consolidation, and IT Service Management.

David has worked for a diverse set of companies. He started his career as a System Administrator on a Defense Data Network (DDN) contract before moving on to executive positions at a number of value added resellers. Recently, he spent more than a decade at Sun Microsystems where he was a Principal Engineer, Chief Technologist and Global Manager in the Professional Services and Advanced Services

Michael Brown

Michael A. Brown was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Symantec in September 2014.

Since he was appointed interim president and CEO in March 2014, Symantec has returned to year-over-year revenue growth and has consistently exceeded its revenue and operating margin guidance. Brown has introduced new revenue and efficiency initiatives, which contributed to increased revenue in the first quarter of fiscal 2015 and have put Symantec in position to further enhance revenue growth in the second half of fiscal 2015. He also made key executive hires as he worked to further develop Symantec's industry-leading executive management team.

Brown joined Symantec's Board of Directors following the company's merger with VERITAS Software in July 2005, and previously served as chairman and chief executive officer of Quantum Corporation. Under his leadership, Quantum grew from $3 billion to $6 billion in revenues and held market leadership positions in primary storage, secondary storage as well as back-up and archiving solutions. More recently, Brown has been a board chairman and chief executive officer coach for several successful technology companies prior to their acquisitions, including EqualLogic, Line 6 and The Echo Nest. In addition to his deep expertise in growing businesses, Brown has extensive experience in leading and developing executive management teams.

Brown serves on the board of the Berklee College of Music. He received his MBA from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and his BA in Economics from Harvard University. He is married and lives in Palo Alto, California.

John Carlin

John P. Carlin is the Assistant Attorney General for National Security. As AAG, Mr. Carlin oversees nearly 350 employees responsible for protecting the nation against terrorism, espionage, cyber, and other national security threats. Mr. Carlin joined NSD after serving as Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to Robert S. Mueller, III, Director of the FBI.

A career federal prosecutor, Mr. Carlin served as National Coordinator of DOJ’s Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) program, a cadre of prosecutors specially trained to prosecute cyber crime and intellectual property cases.

Mr. Carlin earned his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College.

Mike Darling

Michael Darling is the Director of Enterprise Performance Management in the Office of Cyber Security & Communications (CS&C). In this role he develops strategy, ensures that the Assistant Secretary’s strategic goals and priorities are reflected across all CS&C programs; measures the effectiveness of initiatives, programs, and projects that support those goals and priorities; and facilitates cross-functional mission coordination and implementation between CS&C components, within DHS, among interagency partners, and internationally.

Prior to NPPD, Michael worked was a Senior Program Examiner in the Office of Management and Budget, as an advisor to the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) led by Deputy Secretary of State for Management, and as a Senior Management Consultant for Navy security operations in Europe and the Middle East. He also served in the Marine Corps on active duty and reserves in a variety of leadership assignments in the U.S., Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Michael holds a B.A. from Wayne State College and a Master’s in Public Policy from John’s Hopkins University.

Michael Dent

Michael Dent is the Chief Information Security Officer for Fairfax County, Virginia. A veteran public servant, Michael joined the County in 2002 after managing the security program for information technology at the Virginia Department of Corrections.

Since joining the County, Michael has been the catalyst for establishing the enterprise-wide IT risk management program by developing a county-wide comprehensive IT security risk and privacy program. He proactively works with business units to implement practices that meet the defined policies and standards for information security; advises Executive Management on risk and other matters related to IT security to determine acceptable levels of risk; leads incident investigations and IT forensics, and proactively conducts audits, monitoring and reporting on system-wide status, threat analysis, and new vulnerabilities; develops regular county-wide communication and awareness programs; and addresses system and people compliance issues through a structured enforcement process. He is one of the founding members of the County's Architecture Review Board.

Michael is currently serving his seventh term as Chairman of the Council of Governments (COG) Chief Information Security Officers group within the National Capitol Region (NCR). Under Michael's leadership, the NCR Interoperable Communications Infrastructure (NCRICI) support team was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth of Virginia Governor's Technology Award for Cross-Boundary Collaboration for its Identity and Access Management Service (IAMS), effectively eliminating the need for applications to manage multiple individual sets of user credentials. The NCRNet has delivered one of the very first NCR Data Exchange Hubs which allows participating jurisdictions the ability to securely share and exchange CAD to CAD (Computer-Aided Dispatch) information to expedite 9-1-1 mutual aid response.

Michael's diligent efforts and strategic and visionary leadership has earned national recognition for Fairfax County's Information Security Program as one of the leading local government programs in the country. The County's Next Generation Security Program and IT Security Awareness Day program has been nationally recognized by the National Association of Counties (NACO). Michael was recently recognized as the ISE® North America Executive Award Finalist 2014 in the Academic/Public Sector Category.

In his spare time Michael enjoys spending time with family and umpiring.

Ann Barron-Dicamillo

As Director of the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), Ann Barron-DiCamillo leads DHS’s efforts in cyberspace to respond to major incidents, analyze threats, and share critical cybersecurity information with trusted partners around the world. US-CERT 24x7 operations receive and analyze hundreds of incident reports and over 40 billion network transactions each day; compare suspicious files against a catalog of 80 million malicious code samples; and work with over 400 public and private sector partner organizations, all while adhering to strict controls to protect the privacy and civil liberties of all Americans.

Prior to joining DHS in October 2012, Ms. Barron-DiCamillo spent over four years with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), where she held positions as the Chief of the Capabilities and Control Branch and the Chief Engineer of the Enclave Host Security Division. She was responsible for providing protection, detection, diagnosis, and reaction capabilities into Department of Defense (DoD) information systems. Under her leadership, DISA integrated host-based security and configuration risk management solutions (e.g. HBSS, CMRS) into the DoD enterprise system architecture to achieve a netcentric vision of network operations.

Ms. Barron-DiCamillo’s federal experience also includes time as the Chief of Analytical and Modeling Simulation within the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and as a member of the Congressional Staff. In the private sector, Ms. Barron-DiCamillo has worked with large systems integrators as well as small technology businesses. Ms. Barron-DiCamillo is a graduate of Baylor University and earned her Master of Science Degree in Information Systems from American University. She became a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) in 2003.

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.

Deb Gallagher

Bio coming soon.

Gary Galloway

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.

Jeremy Grant

Jeremy Grant is the Senior Executive Advisor for Identity Management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He joined NIST in February, 2011 to lead the establishment of a National Program Office to implement the National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace (NSTIC).

Mr. Grant came to NIST with a diverse background and deep understanding of identity and cybersecurity issues, having served in a range of leadership positions spanning government and technology firms and the financial services sector. He began his career as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, where he drafted the legislation which laid the groundwork for the Department of Defense and GSA smart card and PKI efforts. Mr. Grant then joined MAXIMUS, where he led the division's Security and Identity Management practice, and played a major role in a number of major federal identity and security programs. He then spent three years with Washington Research Group as the firm's identity and cybersecurity market analyst. Most recently, Jeremy served as Chief Development Officer for ASI Government.

Jeremy is a former co-chair of the Identity Management Committee at TechAmerica. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Jeff Greene

Bio coming soo.

Paul Hunter

Paul Hunter has 19 years' experience supporting the Immigration, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security mission. In 1995, Paul began his Federal career as a U.S. Immigration Inspector at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Paul has supported and led a variety of biometric and identity management programs, including the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), several OBIM (formerly US-VISIT) biometric implementations, and the CBP Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) implementation at land border ports of entry. Paul accepted his current position as Deputy Chief for the Biometrics Division at USCIS in 2013, and oversees operations for 137 biometric collection centers across the United States and US Territories. Paul is a graduate from Newcastle University in England and holds a Master's Certificate in Project Management from George Washington University.

Prem Jadhwani

Prem Jadhwani, chief technology officer (CTO), brings 18 years of experience working in the enterprise IT space with both commercial and Federal customers to Government Acquisitions, Inc. (GAI). As CTO, Mr. Jadhwani provides solution vision, strategy, thought leadership, and subject matter expertise around data centers, networking, cyber security, cloud computing, data analytics, and other emerging technologies.

Mr. Jadhwani has served as a Commissioner for TechAmerica Cloud and Big Data Commission. He holds an MS in Computer Science from Illinois Institute of Technology, an MBA in Marketing & Strategy from Stuart School of Business in Chicago, and has completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Cyber Security from George Mason University. He also holds 100+ reputable certifications including CISSP, CISM, CISA, CEH, CCNP, VCP, ITIL, GCIH, and GSLC.

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.

Sheila Jordan

Sheila Jordan was appointed Symantec’s chief information officer in February 2014. In this role, she is responsible for driving the company's information technology strategy and operations with a focus on building and supporting the global information technology effort.

Prior to joining Symantec, Sheila spent nine years at Cisco, where she served as senior vice president of IT, communication and collaboration. She was responsible for delivering and integrating key IT services for Cisco's global workforce, including the development of the company’s WebEx Social Collaboration platform, as well as the deployment of all emerging technologies. She also led mobility services and desktop strategy, in addition to launching an eStore for mobile that provides transactional applications.

Previously, Sheila held leadership roles at Grand Circle Corporation, as chief information officer and executive vice president, where she was responsible for developing the company's technical strategy, and at The Walt Disney Company, where she was a senior vice president for Destination Disney and vice president of marketing and sales finance. She was also a senior financial analyst at Martin Marietta, a construction supplies aggregate company.

Outside of work, she is a frequent speaker on topics addressing collaboration, mobility, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) issues, and women's leadership. She also serves as a director for NextSpace, a provider of innovative physical and virtual infrastructure for entrepreneurs, and sits on the CIO Advisory Board for SnapLogic.

She received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in business administration from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Mark Kane

Bio coming soon.

Mark Kneidinger

Mark Kneidinger is Senior Advisor of the Federal Network Resilience (FNR) Division, within the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Cybersecurity & Communications. In this position, Mr. Kneidinger leads outreach and engagement for the Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation Program (CDM), and manages a number of strategic initiatives. Prior to joining DHS, Mr. Kneidinger held leadership positions in the commercial sector, including as Vice President and Managing Partner. Mr. Kneidinger has further held several senior positions in state and federal government, including as a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Dr. Ray Letteer

Bio coming soon.

Doug Matthews

Doug Matthews is Vice President, Information Availability, with responsibility for driving product strategy and development for Symantec’s Information Availability product line (Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster Server, Veritas Operations Manager, and Data Insight).

Most recently, Doug was Vice President, Product Management for Information Availability where he was responsible for release program management and product operations for the Information Availability team. Since joining Symantec in 2004, he has specialized in the areas of storage optimization and business continuity, and also led a global team of Regional Product Managers devoted to creating solutions helping Symantec customers increase their business service availability, reduce their overall data center infrastructure spend, and derive maximum return from their investment in Symantec solutions.

Prior to joining Symantec, Doug worked in the IT engineering and architecture departments of several major US telecommunication companies. He holds advanced technical certifications in the areas of Operating Systems, Storage Management and Database Administration awarded by Oracle, IBM, Symantec and Microsoft. He also has a small business entrepreneurial history in the retail and quick service restaurant industries.

Doug holds a Bachelors of Science specializing in Mathematics and Sociology from Excelsior College. He is an experienced ultra-marathoner and has completed over 50 marathon events globally over the last 10 years. His wife and two children are also accomplished marathoners who have enjoyed several events with him.

Chuck McGann

Bio coming soon.

Lt David Mulholland

Major David (Dave) J. Mulholland serves as the Commander, Technical Services Branch for the United States Park Police. He is the current chair of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Police Technology Subcommittee and the IJIS Institute/APCO Emergency Communications Task Force. He is a former senior advisor to the Law Enforcement Information Technology Standards Council, senior public safety technology advisor/consultant for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), board member for the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section, chair of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Civil Contingencies Network, and co-chair of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council’s Assessment of Future Spectrum and Technology working group. Dave is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Risk Management Professional (CRMP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Professional, Certified Information Professional, Certified Business Process Management Master (BPMM), Certified Information Systems Risk and Compliance Professional (CISRCP), and is a Registered Public Safety Leader (RPL) with APCO.

Jen Nowell

Bio coming soo.

Rob Palmer

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.

Nico Popp

Nico Popp is Vice President of product management and development for Information Protection at Symantec. Prior to Symantec, Nico was CTO of VeriSign Security Services where he led the efforts to develop new products and services for Trust Services and Identity Protection. Before VeriSign, Popp was chief technical officer for RealNames Corporation. Popp was also co-inventor and engineering manager for WebObjects at NeXT Software and Apple Computer. Popp holds a M.S. degree in Robotics from Stanford University, and a B.S. in Aeronautics from Sup'Aero, France.

Tony Sager

Tony W. Sager is the Chief Technologist of the Council. Tony spent 35 years in federal service, 34 of which were dedicated to cryptography and cybersecurity with the National Security Agency. During his extended government career with the NSA, Mr. Sager headed the Systems and Network Attack Center, oversaw all Red and Blue Team projects, established and led security product evaluation teams, helped guide the agency's top talent development programs, served as the founding chief of the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations Group (comprised of 700 of the NSA's top technical cybersecurity specialists serving the defensive mission), and was the Chief Operating Officer for the Information Assurance Directorate. Tony also led the release of NSA security guidance to the public starting in 2001, and greatly expanded NSA’s role in the development of open standards for security.

Having recently retired from government work, Mr. Sager has become a prominent and vocal advocate at the national level for open and elevated network security standards such as the Security Content Automation Protocols (SCAP). In 2012, Mr. Sager was named Director of the SANS Institute, a private corporation specialized in computer and network security training. In that same year, Mr. Sager assumed the lead role for the Consortium for Cybersecurity Action (CCA), a volunteer organization which prioritizes information and network-based threats to help both public and private sector entities prioritize their network defenses given recent attacks and the transforming threat environment.

Mr. Sager holds a B.A. in mathematics from Western Maryland College and an M.S. in computer science from The Johns Hopkins University. Mr. Sager is also a civilian graduate of the US Army Signal Officer Basic Course and the National Security Leadership Course.

Jim Sheire

Bio coming soon.

John Skudlarek

John P. Skudlarek is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the Federal Communications Commission. Mr. Skudlarek develops and coordinates FCC information technology plans; establishes and administers IT policies; manages IT architecture; leads stakeholder outreach; directs capital planning and budget activities; approves IT acquisitions; and oversees performance management. John works closely with the CIO to implement FCC’s IT Transformation Program to foster innovation, transform business processes, speed delivery, reduce costs, and improve security. He joined the FCC in May, 2014.

Mr. Skudlarek was Deputy CIO at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce, from 2012 to 2014. He oversaw IT budget planning and execution, enterprise planning, governance, acquisition, and information assurance activities in support to NTIA’s Spectrum Management, Internet Policy-making, and Broadband Expansion missions and supported stand-up of the First Responder Network Authority. He was instrumental in improving NTIA’s IT acquisition performance and information security posture.

Mr. Skudlarek served as IT Portfolio Manager for the United States Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation from 2010 to 2012. He directed PBGC IT Capital Planning and Portfolio Management activities for over $100 million in IT investments and served as Chair of the Agency’s IT Investment Review Board. During 2009, Mr. Skudlarek served as a Senior Enterprise Architect supporting the DoD Chief Information Officer’s Enterprise Architecture and Standards Directorate. He was played a key role in standing up the CIO’s DoD-wide Architecture and Standards Review Group, developed and coordinated DoD policy on Enterprise Architecture implementation, and authored Departmental performance objectives as a member of the CIO’s strategic planning working group.

From 2006 until 2008, Mr. Skudlarek was Chief Information Officer of the Defense Security Service, United States Department of Defense. At DSS, John provided IT capabilities to over 120,000 government and industry security professionals supporting over four million cleared individuals and 12,500 cleared contractor facilities, and provided IT services to DSS customers at over 70 locations nation-wide. He managed the development and operations of multiple enterprise IT systems including the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) and Industrial Security Facilities Database, and co-chaired the DoD-wide JPAS Executive Steering Committee.

Prior to beginning his civilian career, Mr. Skudlarek served in the U.S. Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel. He served both as an Infantry Officer and as a member of the Military Intelligence Corps. His military awards include the Legion of Merit, Defense and Army Meritorious Service Medals and Army Commendation Medal.

John P. Skudlarek is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College, Washington, DC and a Master of Science in Information Management degree from the Syracuse University iSchool. Mr. Skudlarek also earned a Chief Information Officer Certificate from National Defense University. He holds Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Authorization Professional (CAP) certifications. Mr. Skudlarek is a graduate of the French Joint Forces Staff College in Paris, France where he was awarded the French Brevet Technique. He has ten years of overseas experience in Europe and Asia and speaks French and German.

Mr. Skudlarek is a member the Fairfax County, Virginia, IT Policy Advisory Committee. He served as Vice-President for Education of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Northern Virginia Chapter and remains active supporting STEM Education initiatives. John was awarded the AFCEA International Meritorious Service Award in 2014.

Stephen Smith

Stephen F. Smith was appointed the U.S. State Department's Insider Threat Program Coordinator in January, 2015. He is an accomplished global security executive with an exemplary career with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Steve held a series of progressive program management assignments in the international arena, with eight overseas assignments in seven different countries. He has a well-developed talent for building, coaching and leading cohesive and collaborative multi-cultural teams.

Having successfully carried out his senior leadership and security advisory roles for U.S. Ambassadors and senior Department leadership, navigating some of the most critical foreign policy and national security issues domestically and abroad, Steve was selected for the role of the North Atlantic Security Organization's (NATO's) Director of Security in 2010. He was highly successful in refocusing NATO's approach to the emerging security challenges facing the Alliance, to include the task of highlighting and mitigating insider threat inside the 28 member Alliance. After a broad and rewarding career as a special agent in the Diplomatic Security Service, Steve moved into the Insider Threat Coordinator role earlier this year.

In his role as coordinator for the Department’s Insider threat Program, Steve is building a policy and governance structure, operational protocols and procedures, and awareness and training programs to better support a trusted workforce and to detect, deter and mitigate potential insider threat activities.

David Stickley

Bio coming soon.

Allison Tsiumis

Bio coming soo.

Rod Turk

As the Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity, Mr. Turk serves as the Department’s Chief Information Security Officer charged with managing the agency’s enterprise cybersecurity program. Mr. Turk advises the Department’s CIO and senior agency officials in the implementation of cybersecurity and the Department’s Risk Management Approach. Mr. Turk provides executive leadership and guidance for joint agency and Administration cybersecurity initiatives including for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity and Initiative, safeguarding of the Defense Industrial Base and critical infrastructure protection, and assistance to the Mission Executive Council in establishing cybersecurity Research and Development (R&D) priorities to improve the national cybersecurity posture.

Prior to joining the Energy Department, Mr. Turk’s was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at the U.S. Commerce Department’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Mr. Turk managed and oversaw the Department of Commerce's compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and implementation of IT security best practices. Mr. Turk joined the Senior Executive Service with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in September 2004. He has held several Senior Executive positions within the Federal government, including serving as the CISO at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Mr. Turk holds an MBA from Temple University and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Suzanne "Zan" Vautrinot

Suzanne "Zan" Vautrinot is President of Kilovolt Consulting Inc. and a retired Major General of the U.S. Air Force, with three decades of experience in space and cyber operations. She retired as Commander, 24th Air Force and Air Forces Cyber Command where she oversaw a multi-billion dollar cyber enterprise; leading a workforce of 14,000 military, civilian and contractor personnel, while supporting 850,000 customers and conducting cyber operations worldwide. Zan previously served as Deputy Commander for the nation’s Network Warfare Command and was instrumental in the establishment and early operation of US Cyber Command. She is universally respected as a motivational leader and change agent. As a cyber subject matter expert, she addresses technical, business and university forums, guides key task forces, and has testified before Congress. She currently advises industry, academia as well as government agencies and laboratories on Cybersecurity strategy, technology innovation and workforce development.

Zan presently serves on the Boards of Directors for Symantec Corporation, ECOLAB Inc., and Parsons Corporation. She is also an advisor to the Air Force Doctrine Advisory Group, America300, the University of Texas Pre-Freshman Engineering Program, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Uniformed Services Benefit Association.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California. She also graduated from the Air Command and Staff College and Air War College, and was a National Security Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.