The National Cybersecurity Strategy will require more action – from government and industry. It is poised to be the nation’s most comprehensive cyber strategy to date, going well beyond information sharing and public-private partnership.
On May 17, MeriTalk hosted Cyber Central in Washington, D.C. Watch the event on demand for an examination of the strategy, challenges, and opportunities it brings to public and private sector organizations. Government and industry IT leaders will explore cyber policy, zero trust, supply chain security, cloud security, information sharing, and more.
Nation-state cyberattacks increased exponentially in the last year, targeting governments, critical infrastructure, private businesses, and citizens’ personal information. Emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biotechnology are developing and proliferating faster than government and industry can define expectations for their use and prevent dangerous outcomes. In the hands of hostile nation states, these technologies can pose grave threats to U.S. security and prosperity. Join keynote speaker Col. (R) Candice Frost, former commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center at Cyber Command, for an insightful discussion about how investment in emerging technologies could give the U.S. an edge in cybersecurity and promises to help government and industry to combat threats that grow more dire every day.
The National Cybersecurity Strategy represents a seismic shift in how the country thinks about and enacts cybersecurity policy. In particular, it will increase the speed and scale of private-public collaboration efforts and shift cybersecurity responsibility onto larger organizations. This panel will explore the far-reaching implications of these policy changes for government agencies and industry organizations.
Two years following the May 2021 cybersecurity executive order (EO), many Federal agencies have made significant progress in implementing zero trust architectures, despite challenges including skills gaps, lack of technology interoperability, and the limitations of legacy technology. The new National Cybersecurity Strategy amplifies the commitment to zero trust with a commitment to accelerate agency IT modernization and sunset systems that are incapable of zero trust implementation within a decade. This panel will evaluate whether – and how – the move to zero trust could be the impetus to finally replace antiquated – but critical – agency systems.
Today, everything is connected, either physically or virtually: products, services, networks, and people. One vulnerability in our technology supply chain, exploited by one bad actor in one corner of our connected world can cause devastating damage to critical infrastructure and agency missions. On this, the White House and Congress agree. This panel will evaluate how new regulation and potential new legislation could bolster efforts to secure global supply chains for information and communications technology, and operational technology.
One of the five pillars in the National Cybersecurity Strategy is to disrupt and dismantle threat actors. Our national security requires tools that not only limit damage from a cyberattack, but also proactively disrupt attackers before they strike. This panel joins the discussion of how agencies and industry can evolve data analytics and threat intelligence tools to gather and share threat information, identify zero-day exploits, and adapt to the changing threat landscape to stop attacks before they breach our defenses.
The National Cybersecurity Strategy reaffirms the government’s commitment to accelerate migration to secure cloud services. That movement is introducing powerful new capabilities, and – at least in the short term – complexity to agency IT environments. This panel will discuss how cloud providers and agency IT shops can work together to prevent cloud complexity from negating cloud security.
The National Cybersecurity Strategy ushers in a broader approach to Federal cybersecurity than previous policies and mandates. The responsibility for securing our nation’s critical infrastructure and sensitive data is moving beyond the walls of government to include industry – and our global allies. In this closing fireside keynote with Tracy Pakulniewicz, chief of staff, Office of Policy, Strategy, and Plans, Department of Homeland Security, we will explore the scope of the National Cyber Strategy and how our government can build the partnerships that are needed to move the strategy forward.