Recorded on Tuesday, September 20, 2022 12:00pm-1:00pm EST Virtual, ON24
When error-corrected quantum computers arrive, they are expected to crack today’s -public-key-based cybersecurity. But working quantum computers may be years away, so why should you worry about this now? It turns out that hackers are already amassing large quantities of encrypted data for future decryption and exploitation. In this panel discussion with National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Bill Newhouse, former Principal Deputy Director for National Intelligence, Sue Gordon and the President of Public Sector at SandoxAQ, Jen Sovada, we'll cover the critical steps all organizations will need to take to migrate to quantum-safe cybersecurity.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the first four Post Quantum Cryptography (PQC) protocols to protect against quantum attacks. The implications for government agencies and corporations who deal with matters of National Security and U.S. information security, are significant.
Given the complexity of federal IT networks—and the fact that the quantum vulnerability assessment process may take years to complete—the speed at which organizations should begin and complete their migration process to new quantum-resistant algorithms is becoming more critical every day.
Former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence Susan M. Gordon is a former senior intelligence official and a renowned expert on strategy, innovation, and leadership. Gordon advises on technology, space, cyber, and global security. Gordon was the second highest ranking officer in the U.S. intelligence Community as the Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence from 2017 to 2019. In this role, she was the principal advisor to the President and National Security Council on intelligence matters, and managed ODNI’s relationships with both the public and private sector. Additionally, she oversaw the transformation of the planning, guidance, and execution of the combined 17-agency, multibillion-dollar budget. Prior to ODNI, Gordon served as the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Gordon spent over three decades at the CIA where she held executive leadership positions in analysis, support, operations, and science and technology. As a Rubenstein Fellow at Duke University, Gordon also teaches courses in political science and public policy on issues related to national security and leadership in the public sphere. Ms. Gordon also serves on several advisory boards including CACI International, E3/ Sentinel, Pallas Advisors, Primer.AI, and the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation. She also advises several companies, including Microsoft Corporation.
Dustin Moody is a mathematician in the NIST Computer Security Division. Dustin leads the post-quantum cryptography project at NIST. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 2009. His area of research deals with elliptic curves and their applications in cryptography.
Bill Newhouse is a cybersecurity Engineer at the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in the Applied Cybersecurity Division in the Information Technology Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His work pushes for the adoption of functional cybersecurity reference designs built from commercially available technologies in the NCCoE lab. These projects rely on establishing communities of interest with members from industry, academia, and government to gain insight and passion about the areas of cybersecurity risk that need to be addressed and result in publications known as practice guides. Mr. Newhouse has completed practices guides focused on the hospitality, retail, and Federal sectors. In October 2020, he began a cybersecurity collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy to research and develop cybersecurity risk management tools for the storage, transportation, and handling of energy resources within the ports of our maritime transportation system. His responsibilities also include identifying ways to include financial services sector use case scenarios in NCCoE projects/practice guides. Mr. Newhouse held the position of deputy director for NIST's National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) where he promoted the use of the NICE Framework in education, training, and workforce development activities that grow the number of people who are prepared to mitigate cybersecurity risk. Mr. Newhouse began his Federal career over 35 years ago at NSA as a cooperative education student. During his 23 years at NSA, his work shifted from telecommunication systems to information assurance. His final five years at NSA were spent in the Office of the Secretary of Defense initially with the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and then with the Office of the Chief Information Officer for Identity and Information Assurance focused on cybersecurity R&D oversight and technology discovery. For over a decade, he represented OSD and then NIST at Federal cybersecurity focused R&D working groups and contributed to three different Federal cybersecurity R&D Strategic Plans. Mr. Newhouse received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in the Field of Telecommunications Engineering from the George Washington University.
Colonel Jen Sovada, USAF, (Ret.), is currently serving as President of Public Sector at SandboxAQ. She served over 25 years in government working on some of the hardest problems. In 2019, she was named one of Forbes Cognilytica’s Top 50 AI Influencers in Government and is on the Board of Directors for the Defense Entrepreneurs Forum. Jen holds a certificate in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business and a certificate in Innovation and Design Thinking from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. In addition to her certificates, she holds degrees from the United States Air Force Academy, the University of Northern Colorado, the Joint Military Intelligence College, the Naval War College and the Army War College.
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Panel Discussion: Sue Gordon, Dr. Dustin Moody, Bill Newhouse and Jen Sovada
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