2019 Mainstage

Captain Scott Kelly

A United Approach to Protecting Our Nation’s Cybersecurity


General Paul M. Nakasone – United States Army, Commander, United States Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service

General Paul M. Nakasone assumed his present duties as Commander, U.S. Cyber Command and Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service in May 2018.

He previously commanded U.S. Army Cyber Command from October 2016 - April 2018.

A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, GEN Nakasone is a graduate of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota, where he received his commission through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. (Read more)

Keynote Speaker


Christopher Krebs – Director – Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)

Christopher Krebs serves as the first director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Mr. Krebs was originally sworn in on June 15, 2018 as the Under Secretary for the predecessor of CISA, the National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD). Mr. Krebs was nominated for that position by President Trump in February 2018.

Before serving as CISA Director, Mr. Krebs was appointed in August 2017 as the Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection. In the absence of a permanent NPPD Under Secretary at the time, Mr. Krebs took on the role of serving as the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for NPPD until he was subsequently nominated as the Under Secretary and confirmed by the Senate the following year. (Read more)

Delivering Modern Cyber Defense


Kevin Mandia – CEO and Board Director – FireEye

As one of the foremost experts in cyber security, Kevin Mandia will discuss today’s threat environment and its impact on enterprises and agencies around the world. He will also share insight into the threat actors, tactics and trends that are likely to play an integral role in the landscape of cyber security in the years to come.

FireEye Innovation Today and Tomorrow


Grady Summers – Executive Vice President, Products and Customer Success – FireEye

The attackers we fight today are dynamic, determined, well resourced, and increasingly sophisticated. Our primary advantage against them is our ability to anticipate or quickly respond to their evolving methods. How will new advances in technology play a role in protecting our community from these threats? What does the security operations center of the future look like, and how do we get there from here?

Securing the Cloud


Across both the public and private sectors, organizations are moving significant workloads into the cloud, and an even higher percentage are using mainstream SaaS providers. How do organizations ensure that they are maintaining a strong security posture in the cloud? What are the implications of a shared responsibility model? And where is cloud security headed?

Join cloud and security leaders in an interactive discussion to learn about:

  • Key security and compliance challenges associated with a cloud or multi-cloud strategy
  • The future of cloud
  • Improving cloud security in an ever-changing threat landscape
Grady Summers

Grady Summers
EVP, Products and Customer Success – FireEye

Doug Cahill

Doug Cahill
Senior Analyst and Group Practice Director – ESG

Michael Mimo

Michael Mimo
Chief Security Office/ Sr. Director of Information Technology – Copyright Clearance Center

David Totten

David Totten
CTO – Microsoft, One Commercial Partner

Grady Summers

Allison Wong
Solutions Architect – FireEye

Nowhere to Hide: Intelligence Illuminating the Threat


Sandra Joyce – Senior Vice President, Head of Global Intelligence – FireEye

Threat intelligence is a guiding light in uncertain times. It uncovers cyber activity that malicious actors try to keep hidden, helps organizations prioritize improvements to their security posture, and can dynamically stop threat actors in their tracks. In fact, history shows that the better we know our cyber adversaries, the better we can anticipate what they may target and the tactics they’ll employ. But how do we use threat intelligence to our best advantage in today’s complex environment? From stopping mass ransomware attacks to shedding light on hackers for hire, Sandra Joyce will highlight real-world examples and strategies to illuminate the critical role that threat intelligence plays in empowering agencies and organizations, and, importantly, how it can give the advantage back to the network defenders.

Preparing for Battle – Combating Disruptive Intrusions


Charles Carmakal – Vice President, Strategic Services CTO – FireEye

Some threat actors are motivated by money, some want fame and glory, some want competitive intelligence, some want to influence our decisions, and some just want to see the world burn. Threat actors will go to extreme measures to achieve their objectives. The rules of engagement have changed. Over the past two years, we have observed a significant rise in aggressive attacks - extortion, public shaming, destruction, intentional business disruption, and even threats to human safety. In this session, we’ll walk through several attacks that were observed on the front lines, and discuss strategies to prepare and respond to aggressive attacks.

Captain Scott Kelly

The Sky is Not the Limit: Lessons from a Year in Space


Captain Scott Kelly – History-Making U.S. Astronaut & Retired U.S. Navy Captain

During his record-breaking Year In Space, U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly captivated the world while laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration. And while science was at the core of Kelly’s groundbreaking expedition — it is his life lessons and personal stories from 229 miles above Earth and the path that led him there that provide such unique and valuable perspective on embracing risk and discovering one’s true potential to achieve the impossible. With a journey that exemplifies the power and resilience of the human spirit, from U.S. Navy fighter pilot to record-holding astronaut, Kelly reveals the choices and life events that paved his way. An American hero whose contribution to humanity is as far reaching as his epic story, Kelly reflects on his journey with his trademark candor, humor and humility. From the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, to the long-term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth itself, Kelly delivers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.

Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Secretary Clinton will no longer be able to participate in this year’s conference. Additional speakers will be announced as confirmed. We look forward to hosting attendees in October with a comprehensive program at our 10th annual event.

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