Recorded on Wednesday, February 23, 2022 9:30am-11:30am EST ON24
The considerable rise of remote work, the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things and the accelerating digitization of society in recent years have all contributed to a significant increase in opportunities for cyber attacks and security vulnerabilities in federal agencies and commercial organizations. Since the major 2020 Solarwinds breach, public and private entities have shifted their focus on leveraging advanced technology to bolster information security, protect sensitive data and fortify their networks.
Innovative technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and zero trust are increasingly being implemented across the federal sector to address growing cybersecurity threats and build a next-generation information security precedent.
Despite the escalating frequency of cyber attacks, government agencies are still underprepared to address critical information security challenges and must work to expedite their efforts in this newly identified mission focus area.
GovCon Wire’s Information Security and Innovation Forum will gather notable federal and industry leaders to discuss the goals, priorities and strategies surrounding information security in the digital age, as well as how public-private partnerships can help advance these initiatives.
Robert Costello, chief information officer for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, will serve as the forum’s keynote speaker to share how he works to develop, deploy and support advanced technology solutions to efficiently mitigate cybercrime and strengthen the government’s technology culture.
Robert (Bob) Costello is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). As the CIO, he leads the Agency’s efforts to develop, deploy, secure, and support technology solutions for the agency. Prior to this, he was a Public Sector Civilian Strategic Advisor at World Wide Technology. In this role, he engaged with federal government customers to identify and solve their most complex challenges, leveraging his extensive federal agency experience to develop and deliver innovative solutions that meet their needs and serve their mission. Bob brings a wealth of experience serving over 13 years at DHS, both at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection. He also served as the Senior Executive Service as the Executive Director (XD) of the Office of Information and Technology (OIT) Enterprise Networks and Technology Support Directorate (ENTSD) at CBP, as well as serving concurrently in the role of Acting XD of the Border Enforcement and Management Systems Directorate. During his tenure in ENTSD, he oversaw the modernization of the largest data network in DHS, improved connectivity to cloud service providers, and dramatically increased the agency’s usage of mobility platforms. He also oversaw the agency’s movement to the TIC 3.0 framework and implemented zero trust solutions at the network level. He led the operations of the agency’s land mobile radio network, the National Law Enforcement Communications Center, and maintenance of the non-intrusive inspection systems utilized at all ports of entry. He also directed all software development for the U.S. Border Patrol, and all of the agency’s mission support systems, moving over 100 applications to a SECDEVOPS development methodology. He was also heavily involved in implementing IT solutions for COVID-19, redesigning remote access solutions and deploying several new applications. Earlier in his career, Costello served as the Deputy Executive Director (DXD) and acting XD for OIT’s Field Support Directorate (FSD) supporting information technology, radio systems, and enforcement technologies worldwide, as well as worked at ICE as the Director of Network Engineering overseeing networks worldwide and implementing solutions for mobility and datacenter migrations, e-discovery, and collaboration solutions. Costello is a nine-year veteran of the U.S Air Force and U.S. Air Force Reserves. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Fordham University and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and Project Management Professional.
Stuart Kippelman is the Chief Information Officer of Parsons Corporation, one of the world’s leading digitally enabled solutions provider focused on the defense, intelligence, and critical infrastructure markets. He is responsible for the global IT function, including leading all aspects of Parsons information technology strategy and operations, including digital business transformation. Stuart is additionally responsible for Parsons Commercial Cybersecurity business. He plays a crucial role in the implementation of critical capabilities to serve Parsons’ customers, leveraging his experience in global transformations, business intelligence, data mining, and cloud computing to advance commercial offerings. Prior to joining Parsons, Stuart was Interim CIO for Griffols Healthcare, leading the transformation to a digital business. Stuart previously served as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Platform Specialty Products, and Covanta Energy. For his transformational work, Stuart has received numerous prestigious industry recognitions including Top 100 CIO's in STEM 2015, Computerworld’s 2014 Premier IT Leader Award and the CIO.com Top 100 Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Stuart also held many leadership and technical roles of increasing responsibility at Johnson & Johnson including CIO, CTO, Emerging Market Growth, Global Infrastructure Technology Engineering, and Development, as well as other roles in engineering, architecture, research, portfolio management, deployment and operations. Stuart holds multiple patents in data mining, analytics and Business Intelligence. He is actively engaged in helping guide and develop the next generation of IT leadership and serves as a career mentor both for Columbia University's Executive Master of Science in Technology Management program, as well as the CIO Executive Council Pathways program.
Boyden Rohner is the Associate Director for Vulnerability Management for the Cyber and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). In this role Boyden works to prevent cyber vulnerabilities from entering the supply chain and reducing them once they are there. After nearly two decades in national security, Boyden knows that arming defenders with the information they need is the best way to protect the nation. Previously, Boyden served as the National Cyber and Communications Integrations Center’s Deputy Director for Operations. Prior to joining CISA, Boyden oversaw the Department of Homeland Security’s Enterprise Cybersecurity Operations Center from 2015 to 2018. In 2014 Boyden served on the National Security Council staff in direct support of the President of the United States and the National and Homeland Security Advisors. From 2009 to 2014 she managed the production of daily brief for three Secretaries of Homeland Security. Boyden began her career as a Surface Warfare Officer in the United States Navy. She served on three destroyers and deployed to the Middle East in support of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. Boyden holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, a Master’s of Public Administration from American University, and a certificate in Executive Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School.
Ms. Lori Stallard is a Vice President and Strategic Account Executive at Leidos, focusing on the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In this role, Ms. Stallard works with DHS leaders to understand their needs and help facilitate the provision of robust and comprehensive solutions aligned to DHS’ mission of protecting the homeland. Prior to this role, Ms. Stallard was the Vice President of Business Development for Homeland Security Solutions at Leidos, overseeing customer solutions and relationships for DHS and its components. Ms. Stallard’s experience cuts across all aspects of large, complex federal IT program development, including large scale transformative infrastructure solutions, biometrics, cyber security, analytics, agile development, SecDevOps, managed services, and cloud solutions. She provides insight and leadership to Leidos’ growth strategy in the homeland security market and passionately supports her customers’ missions.
Joshua Strunk is the Chief Cyber Security Officer for Homeland Security Solutions within the Intel Group at Leidos. Prior to joining Leidos, Josh had over a decade long career in Defensive Cyber Operations starting as a Cyber Security Analyst at Customs and Border Patrol and later going on to serve as the Operations Manager at the Department of Homeland Security Enterprise Security Operations Center and then as the Associate Chief Information Security Officer and Director of the Government Security Operations Center for the Department of the Treasury.
Matthew Swenson currently serves as a Unit Chief at the Homeland Security Investigations Cyber Crime Center in Fairfax, VA. At C3, he oversees all cybercrime investigations for HSI and directly manages the Network Intrusion, Digital Crimes, and Technical Solutions sections. Mr. Swenson also oversees HSI’s cyber threat intelligence program. Previously, Mr. Swenson served as a Section Chief running the Network Intrusion Section at C3. Prior to his time at C3, Mr. Swenson was assigned to the Los Angeles, California, field office. In Los Angeles, he conducted computer forensics and mobile device forensics on a wide array of digital media, supporting Homeland Security Investigations. Mr. Swenson has more than 18 years of federal law enforcement experience focusing on digital forensics, cybercrime, and incident response. He has also taught computer forensics and cyber-crime related courses to investigators worldwide. Before his assignment in the Los Angeles field office, Mr. Swenson served as a Section Chief for the Department of Homeland Security Cyber Crimes Center’s Digital Forensic Unit. He also served as the Resident Agent in Charge at the NASA OIG Cyber Crimes Division, overseeing a team working cybercrime investigations at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA.
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