Secure Government

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

Washington, D.C. | April 15, 2015

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Morning Keynote


Robert S. Mueller, III, Director of the FBI (2001-2013)

Robert S. Mueller, III is a partner at WilmerHale in Washington, DC, where his practice focuses on investigations, crisis management, privacy, and cyber security work.

Mr. Mueller served as the sixth Director of the FBI from September 2001 to September 2013. He was nominated by President George W. Bush and was sworn in as Director on September 4, 2001 – just one week before 9/11.

His ten-year term was extended for an additional two years at the request of President Barack Obama and pursuant to legislation passed by Congress.


Speaker Faculty


Patrick Bland

DLT Solutions


Mike Darling

Director Enterprise Performance Management in the Office of Cybersecurity & Communications

Department of Homeland Security


Mittal Desai


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Ann Barron-Dicamillo

Director, US-CERT

Department of Homeland Security


Gary Galloway

Deputy Director, Office of Information Assurance

Department of State

Deb Gallagher

Director, Identity Assurance, Office of Government Wide Policy

General Services Administration


Jeremy Grant

Senior Executive Advisory for Identity Management

National Institute of Standards and Technology


Mark Kneidinger

Senior Advisor, Federal Network Resilience

Department of Homeland Security


Lt David Mulholland


US Park Police


Tony Sager

Chief Technologist

Council on Cybersecurity


John Skudlarek

Deputy CIO

Federal Communications Commission


David Stickley

Services Executive

Defense Information Systems Agency


Allison Tsiumis

Section Chief, Cyber Intelligence Section

FBI Cyber Division


Rod Turk

Associate Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity

Department of Energy

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.

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.

Mittal Desai

Mr. Desai currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has responsibility providing strategic direction for and managing the Commission’s information security, systems assurance, records management, and privacy programs. He has also held multiple positions within FERC, ranging from a regulatory policy analyst to leading the annual Inspector General FISMA audit. Mr. Desai joined FERC in 2007, prior to which he worked for KPMG in their Advisory Services practice supporting numerous commercial clients with IT general and automated controls evaluation. Mr. Desai graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in business information technology from Virginia Tech and is a Certified Information Systems Auditor.

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.

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.

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).

Lt David Mulholland

Bio coming soon.

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.

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.

David Stickley

Bio coming soon.

Allison Tsiumis

Allison Ressler Tsiumis entered on duty with the FBI in April 1987. She was initially assigned to the Global Terrorism Unit at FBI Headquarters (FBIHQ), which was then part of the Criminal Investigative Division. In 1988, she transferred to the Criminal Justice Information Services Division/National Crime Information Center (NCIC), where she was assigned as a Management Analyst, conducting compliance audits nationwide on state and local law enforcement and criminal justice agencies’ use of the NCIC system. During her time in NCIC, she was promoted to Supervisory Management Analyst.

In 1993, Ms. Tsiumis transitioned to the National Security Division, working as an Intelligence Operations Specialist (IOS) in support of the FBI's Counterterrorism program. As the program grew into the Counterterrorism Division (CTD), she served in units of both the International and Domestic Terrorism Operations Sections. As an IOS, she was assigned to various programs, including Counterterrorism Policy and Planning, Special Events Management, the Foreign and Domestic Emergency Support Teams, Liaison to the Department of State Rewards for Justice Program, and Key Asset and Infrastructure Protection. From 1997 – 2003, Ms. Tsiumis served in CTD’s Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) program and was assigned to the WMD Operations and Countermeasures Units and to the National Domestic Preparedness Office, which was established to provide WMD preparedness assistance to state and local agencies. Also while in CTD, Ms. Tsiumis provided analytic support to a number of major terrorism investigations, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the 1996 Summer Olympics Centennial Park bombing in Atlanta, GA, and the 9/11 attacks and Anthrax investigations in 2001.

In 2003, Ms. Tsiumis transferred to the CTD/Communications Exploitation Section/Document Exploitation Unit (DocEx), located in Vienna, VA, at the National Media Exploitation Center (NMEC). While at DocEx, she served as team lead on a number of high priority data exploitations in support of CT investigations on terrorism threats to the Homeland and served in a liaison capacity to coordinate DocEx initiatives with the CTD/International Terrorism Operations Section I. While detailed to the multi-agency NMEC, Ms. Tsiumis received Joint Duty Certification for her collaborative efforts, which entailed the rapid exploitation and sharing of media throughout the U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC), and participation in the development of policies and standards for the widest possible dissemination of this material within the USIC.

Ms. Tsiumis entered the FBI’s strategic analytic cadre and was promoted to a Supervisory Intelligence Analyst in 2006, when she joined the CTD/Counterterrorism Analysis Section (CTAS)/Domestic Sunni Extremist Analysis Unit (DSEAU). In 2007, she was promoted to Unit Chief of DSEAU and went on to lead the strategic analytic programs and intelligence production of DSEAU and other units in CTAS, including the Americas Terrorism Analysis Unit, the Europe-Africa Terrorism Analysis Unit, and the Europe Terrorism Analysis Unit. During her service in CTAS, Ms. Tsiumis again received Joint Duty Certification in 2007, in recognition of her collaborative activities with the ODNI/National Counterterrorism Center. Since 2012, Ms. Tsiumis served as Acting Assistant Section Chief of CTAS.

In April 2014, Director Comey appointed Ms. Tsiumis as the Section Chief of the Cyber Intelligence Section within the Cyber Division. Her section is responsible for providing actionable intelligence, as well as policy, standards, and oversight support for the intelligence functions and processes of the Cyber Division.

Ms. Tsiumis graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs from the University of Virginia in 1986.

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).