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Al Bowden Bio
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Al Bowden

Deputy Chief Information Officer of Cyber Operations

Department of State

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Al Bowden

Deputy Chief Information Officer of Cyber Operations

Department of State

Al Bowden is a member of the Senior Executive Service and was recruited to the position of Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Assurance and Chief Information Security Officer for the Department in June of 2016. In these roles, he is responsible for the implementation of the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), and for establishing and maintaining the enterprise vision, strategy, and programs that ensure information assets and technologies are adequately protected.

Mr. Bowden has nearly 30 years of experience managing worldwide Information Technology (IT) networks, operations, programs, and projects for corporate, military, and government entities. In his previous role as the Director of the Enterprise Network Management (ENM) Office he managed an $80 million IT investment portfolio to operate and maintain network communications for 300 sites around the world, including embassies, consulates, annexes, and missions to international organizations.

Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. Bowden was Senior Systems Delivery Manager for Management Technology, supervising the assembly, integration, and testing of specialized telecommunications systems. In addition, Mr. Bowden proudly served in the United States Army including service during Operation Desert Storm.

Gerald E. Connolly Bio
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Gerald E. Connolly

Virginia Congressman & Sponsor, FedRAMP Authorization Act (HR. 3941)

United States House of Representatives

Gerald E. Connolly

Virginia Congressman & Sponsor, FedRAMP Authorization Act (HR. 3941)

United States House of Representatives

Congressman Gerald E. “Gerry” Connolly is serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives from Virginia’s 11th District, which includes Fairfax County, Prince William County, and the City of Fairfax in Northern Virginia. Prior to his election to Congress, he served 14 years on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, including five years as Chairman. Throughout his career, protecting and growing Northern Virginia’s economy has been his top priority.

In Congress, he has played a key role in securing federal dollars for transportation improvements in Northern Virginia, including completion of the Fairfax County Parkway, widening the Prince William County Parkway, providing ongoing support for Rail to Dulles, and securing the annual federal commitment of $150 million for the regional Metro system.

Congressman Connolly is a senior member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform and serves as the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations. In this role, he is responsible for shaping government-wide policy for a broad range of issues, including federal workforce and federal agency oversight, federal procurement and information policy, national drug policy, regulatory reform, the United States Postal Service, the United States Census Bureau, and the District of Columbia.

Congressman Connolly also serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Using his extensive background in foreign policy, including as a senior staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he has become a leading voice on foreign assistance reform, war powers, embassy security, and democracy promotion abroad.

Congressman Connolly co-authored the bipartisan Issa-Connolly Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act (FITARA), which was signed into law in 2014, and represents the first major overhaul of the federal laws governing IT management since enactment of the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996. In 2016, Connolly passed the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, which allows temporary employees of land management agencies to now be eligible for civil servant positions. He also helped pass the Telework Enhancement Act, which requires the federal government to increase the use of telework by federal employees to ensure continuity of operations by federal agencies during emergency situations, enhance recruitment of a quality federal workforce, reduce traffic congestion, and improve the region’s air quality.

For his efforts, he has twice been recognized as a Federal Computer Week Fed 100 winner, was named the 2013 FedScoop Tech Champion of the Year, the 2015 FCW Eagle Award recipient, and received the AFFIRM Award for Leadership in the IT community.

He has also introduced important legislation to streamline and improve our election system, find savings in federal IT procurement and data center consolidation, and reform U.S. Foreign Aid.

In addition to his Committee assignments, Congressman Connolly is a member of the New Democrat Coalition, chair of the Smart Contracting Caucus, co-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environment Caucus, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on U.S.-Turkey Relations and Turkish Americans, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea, co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Georgia and co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Taiwan.

Congressman Gerry Connolly currently serves as the Chairman of the U.S. Delegation to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA). The NATO PA is an affiliate organization of NATO and is comprised of more than two hundred and fifty delegates from the parliaments and legislative bodies of the Alliance’s 29 member states. As head of the United States delegation, Mr. Connolly sets the agenda for interaction with the Assembly on behalf of the U.S. Congress. He works in a bipartisan manner to support the values of the Transatlantic Alliance and strengthen Congressional commitment to NATO.

Prior to his election to Congress, Congressman Connolly served as Chairman of the Board of Supervisors in Fairfax County, the largest jurisdiction in the Washington, D.C. metro area with more than 1.1 million residents. He earned a reputation as a pragmatic leader for his initiatives to expand affordable housing opportunities, reduce gang violence, promote reusable energy, and advance critical transportation improvements. During his tenure on the Board, Fairfax was recognized as a Best Managed County.

Congressman Connolly received an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard University in 1979. He received a B.A. in Literature from Maryknoll College in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Congressman Connolly has worked in the non-profit sector, primarily advocating for hunger aid and international assistance. He also has strong ties to the business community having spent two decades working for organizations and companies involved in international trade, regulatory matters, technology, and research.

He resides in Fairfax with his wife Smitty and has a daughter Caitlin.

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Lou Charlier Bio
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Lou Charlier

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Labor

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Lou Charlier

Deputy Chief Information Officer

Department of Labor

Louis (Lou) Charlier has more than 30 years of leadership and transformational experience in the military, private, and public sectors initiating and implementing enterprise-wide, IT capabilities and strategies. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). Mr. Charlier and his team provide enterprise IT services to more than 15,000 customers, in 19 Department Agencies, at 600 locations across the country.

Currently, Mr. Charlier guides and oversees IT program planning and execution. He supports the operational infrastructure of more than 250 mission-critical applications for the Enterprise IT environment. He also provides strategic, tactical, and managerial leadership to federal and technical staff.

Mr. Charlier has led several transformative actions at the Department. Among Lou’s many accomplishments, he has led a multi-year IT Modernization initiative designed to integrate nine independent IT infrastructures into a single, cohesive Departmental IT infrastructure. Seven independent Agency IT structures have merged, resulting in an annual savings of nearly $17 million.

Concurrently, Mr. Charlier identified and led additional enterprise-wide capability improvements with the goals of modernization and cost savings. The support of the DOL end user is primary to his accomplishments including 24/7 access and ability to work anywhere by moving Department email to the Cloud, improving and expanding collaboration capabilities, and adding user-friendly functionalities such as Microsoft Office 365 and Cloud SharePoint. He also renovated the Department’s discovery capabilities to support the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and has expanded the Department’s data storage capacity. His leadership on these initiatives are projected to save over $23 million annually.

Recently, Mr. Charlier stood up the Department’s Robotic Process Automation (RPA) enterprise-IT capability. The software application tool automates repetitive tasks, allowing staff to shift to higher-value mission work. To date, four RPA bots have deployed to speed up acquisition and IT processes, and five additional bots are in the pipeline for the Department.

Mr. Charlier also established an internal IT Roadmap reflecting the new projects and overarching work across OCIO. He understands change is a constant activity within IT, and communication and collaboration is fundamental to shifting priorities when needed to ensure overall success.

Prior to the Department of Labor, Mr. Charlier acquired broad experience in advanced technology and large-scale distributed systems development and engineering while serving as the program manager for several Department of Defense (DOD) IT programs. He began his IT career in the U.S. Navy, where he was honorably discharged as a Data Systems Technician.

Mr. Charlier holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Networking from Strayer University. He is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), ITIL Practitioner Certification (CCRM), and ITIL Foundation Certification.

Brian Conrad Bio
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Brian Conrad

Acting Director of FedRAMP

General Services Administration

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Brian Conrad

Acting Director of FedRAMP

General Services Administration

Brian Conrad joined the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) team within the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) in December 2018, bringing with him a wealth of technical knowledge and leadership experience.

Brian acquired his foundational leadership, technical, and project management skills while serving in the United States Marine Corps. Upon his transition from active duty, Brian joined Booz Allen Hamilton where he spent over seven years leveraging and growing his IT, cybersecurity, and project management skills supporting various clients across the Department of Defense (DOD), including the U.S. Marine Corps, United States Navy, and the Chief Information Officer for the DOD. During this time, Brian became recognized as a cloud computing/cybersecurity Subject Matter Expert within the federal government.

At GSA, Brian continues his service as the Acting FedRAMP Director since January 2021. In addition to his role as Acting Director, as the Cybersecurity Program Manager he leads multiple efforts associated with Joint Authorization Board (JAB) assessment and authorization activities that facilitate the authorization and adoption of commercial cloud services across the federal government.

Brian’s education includes a Senior Executive Fellowship at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government, an M.S. in Information Technology Management from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and a B.A. in History with a minor in Economics from the University of Memphis.

 

Leah McGrath Bio
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Leah McGrath

Executive Director

StateRAMP

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Leah McGrath

Executive Director

StateRAMP

Leah McGrath serves as Executive Director for StateRAMP, a national non-profit advancing cyber security for State & Local Government. McGrath dedicated more than 1,000 hours in 2020 working alongside Steering Committee members to develop StateRAMP’s governance and policy framework. Prior to her work with StateRAMP, McGrath held leadership positions in both the public and private sector, including serving as the first deputy mayor of the City of Fishers, Indiana from 2015 – 2019. During her tenure, Fishers transformed from a town into a smart, vibrant, entrepreneurial city and was named in 2017 the #1 Best Place to Live in America by Money Magazine. In her role, she helped lead modernization efforts and spearheaded city-wide efforts to develop its first long-range comprehensive plan. McGrath’s 20-year career has been focused on working to improve government outcomes at the state and local level, helping shepherd government into the digital age, securely and effectively, for the citizens it serves. McGrath is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in Fishers, Indiana with her husband and three sons.

J.R. Sloan Bio
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J.R. Sloan

Chief Information Officer

State of Arizona

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J.R. Sloan

Chief Information Officer

State of Arizona

J.R. Sloan is a results-driven leader with over 20 years of experience in technology and 15 years in leading product and program teams. As State CIO, J.R. oversees technology, innovation, development, and IT policies. He also serves as Chairman for the State of Arizona Information Technology Authorization Committee (ITAC), which approves and monitors high-cost technology projects statewide.

Prior to joining the state, J.R. gained experience in both operational and executive roles in engineering, product management, marketing, business development, and customer service for enterprise software companies. He has extensive experience in leading cross-functional teams, building consensus, and achieving strategic objectives. J.R.’s broad knowledge of business and processes coupled with technology and systems integration experience enable him to effectively engage all parts of an organization. He is customer-centric in his approach and results-oriented in his deliverables.

J.R. is certified in Pragmatic Marketing and Product Management. His educational background includes Electrical Engineering at the University of Arizona and Architecture and Environmental Design at Arizona State University.

Rob Vietmeyer Bio
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Rob Vietmeyer

Director of Cloud and Software Modernization, Office of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise

Department of Defense

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Rob Vietmeyer

Director of Cloud and Software Modernization, Office of the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise

Department of Defense

Mr. Vietmeyer is the Director for Cloud and Software Modernization under the DoD Deputy Chief Information Officer for Information Enterprise. After experiencing firsthand the challenges associated with delivering large, mission-critical DoD systems, he dedicated his efforts to transforming the Departments approach to IT and software modernization. After delivering the first DoD cloud solutions at DISA and delivering the Department’s first platform for agile
development with Forge.mil, Rob moved to the DoD CIO to tackle the challenge at the OSD
level. In his current role, he is leading the DoD CIO’s efforts to help the Department achieve
DevSecOps and realize resilient software at the speed of relevance.

Mr. Vietmeyer has a Master of Science in Information Systems from John Hopkins University and lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and three children.

Victoria Yan Pillitteri Bio
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Victoria Yan Pillitteri

Acting Manager of Security Engineering & Risk Management Group, Computer Security Division Information Technology Laboratory

NIST

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Victoria Yan Pillitteri

Acting Manager of Security Engineering & Risk Management Group, Computer Security Division Information Technology Laboratory

NIST

Victoria Yan Pillitteri is a supervisory computer scientist in the Computer Security Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Ms. Pillitteri is the Acting Manager of the Security Engineering and Risk Management Group and leads the Risk Management Framework team/Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) Implementation Project. The group conducts the research and development of the suite of risk management guidance used for managing cybersecurity risk in the federal government, and the associated stakeholder outreach and public-private coordination/collaboration efforts. She serves as the lead of the Joint Task Force working group, a partnership with Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community and Civilian Agencies to develop a unified security framework to protect USG from cyberattacks, and also co-chairs the Federal Cybersecurity and Privacy Professionals Forum. Ms. Pillitteri is the co-author of multiple NIST publications, including Special Publications (SP) 800-53, SP 800-53A, SP 800-53B, 800-37, 800-171, 800-171A, 800-172, and 800-172A.

Ms. Pillitteri holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, a M.S in Computer Science, with a concentration in Information Assurance, from the George Washington University, completed the Key Executive Leadership Program at American University, and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). She has completed a Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program and is SES certified by the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Review Board.

Nancy Rainosek Bio
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Nancy Rainosek

Chief Information Security Officer

State of Texas

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Nancy Rainosek

Chief Information Security Officer

State of Texas

Nancy Rainosek is the Chief Information Security Officer for the State of Texas at the Department of
Information Resources. She has over 35 years of IT experience in Texas state government and
private sector consulting. Prior to joining DIR, she served as the deputy Chief Information Security
Officer and the Enterprise Security Operations Manager for the Texas Health and Human Services
Commission. She was an IT Audit Manager and Information Resource Manager at the Texas State
Auditor’s Office.
Nancy has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information
Systems from Texas State University.

Craig P. Abod Bio
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Craig P. Abod

President

Carahsoft

Craig Abod

Craig P. Abod

President

Carahsoft

Craig P. Abod is president and founder of Carahsoft Technology Corp., a Reston, Virginia-based firm that has become one the nation’s most respected and fastest growing Government-focused IT solutions providers. In founding Carahsoft, Abod combined his entrepreneurial spirit and 25+ years of experience in government sales, marketing and contract management to create a new company that has redefined the way technology is marketed and sold to the public sector market. 

In just 15 years, Abod has grown the company from $0 to more than $6.5 billion in bookings by providing federal, state, and local governments and academic institutions with IT solutions that best fit their needs and budgets. As a top-ranked GSA schedule and SEWP contract holder, Carahsoft now employs more than 1,500 people. 

The company has established strategic, long-term relationships with the industry’s leading software manufacturers including Microsoft, VMware, Adobe, Micro Focus Government Solutions, Dell EMC, Google Cloud, McAfee, ServiceNow, Veritas, Symantec, Amazon Web Services, Palo Alto Networks, F5 Networks, SAP, and Splunk, among others, and supports an ecosystem of thousands of value-added resellers, system integrators and consulting partners.

In recognition of his accomplishments, Abod has received the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Washington Region and The Federal 100 Award. Carahsoft is also consistently recognized as the top performing partner for many of its vendor partners, and is listed among the top government contractors and industry’s fastest growing and largest firms by CRN, Inc., Forbes, Washington Technology, The Washington Post, and the Washington Business Journal.

 

 

Steve Boberski Bio
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Steve Boberski

Senior Business Development Executive, Public Sector

Genesys

Steve Boberski

Steve Boberski

Senior Business Development Executive, Public Sector

Genesys

Steven Boberski leads business development for Genesys US Public Sector.  He brings over two decades of experience designing, delivering and selling large enterprise VoIP, unified communications and contact center solutions to help government agencies create superior engagement with constituents and employees. Steve has provided leadership, strategy and systems engineering expertise to help multiple organizations obtain, maintain and enhance compliance with mandated IT policies, including FedRAMP.

Frank Briguglio Bio
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Frank Briguglio

Federal Chief Technology Officer

SailPoint

Frank Briguglio

Frank Briguglio

Federal Chief Technology Officer

SailPoint

Frank Briguglio is a recognized thought leader and authority in Identity, Credentialing and Access Management (ICAM). Throughout his career he has been involved in the design and implementation of identity-centric technologies and the development of identity standards. As a Lead Architect for the Department of Homeland Security, Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program – he was instrumental in the convergence of ancillary Federal programs and standards. Frank has supported the Federal ICAM Subcommittee (ICAMSC) as a Subject Matter Expert and was involved in the development of the FICAM Roadmap, the Federal and DoD Public Key Infrastructures and Federated Identity Standards. 

Frank has over 24 years’ experience supporting Federal Civilian, Department of Defense, and the Intelligence community in the deployment of identity and security solutions. He has worked for industry leaders in the Security, Identity and Access Management market segment and is currently the Global Public Sector Strategist at SailPoint. 

Frank is a frequent presenter and panelist at global industry events such as Identiverse, ISACA, AFCEA, Federal Computing Weekly, Government Computing Network, Federal News Network Radio, and, Australian Information Security Association (AISA) – Cybersecurity Conference, and Cyber Security in Government (Canberra, AUS).

Michael Clauser Bio
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Michael Clauser

Head of U.S. Federal Government Affairs

Okta

Michael Clauser

Michael Clauser

Head of U.S. Federal Government Affairs

Okta

Michael A. Clauser is Head of US Federal Government Affairs at Okta, Inc., the world’s leading independent provider of digital identity solutions. Before joining Okta, Mike led the North America and Europe/UK P&Ls as a Principal at Access Partnership, a global consultancy. Earlier in his tech career, Mike established the first government affairs function for Analog Devices, a global semiconductor company, and was the top American in global government affairs operations at Fujitsu, the Japanese tech giant. Mike served as a national security aide to an U.S. Congressman, was twice a Pentagon appointee in the Bush Administration, and spent a decade as an Intelligence Officer in the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of Operation Inherent Resolve.

He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has been published or quoted in the WSJ, Forbes, Newsweek, Politico, Axios, BBC, and The Telegraph among others. He is a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), and Certified Information Privacy Professional / Europe (CIPP/E).

Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Penn State University, where he served as an appropriator in student government, and holds masters degrees from the U.S. Naval War College, Poznan University of Economics in Poland, and University of Exeter in England. He earned the Eagle Scout rank in his youth.

Brendan Curley Bio
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Brendan Curley

Vice President, Digital Media

Adobe Public Sector

Brendan Curley

Brendan Curley

Vice President, Digital Media

Adobe Public Sector

Brendan Curley is an expert in public sector technology modernization with a demonstrated history of prioritizing the best interests of his clients and his company. Prior to joining Adobe, Brendan spent years cultivating his knowledge of digital customer experience, cloud and security services in leadership roles at organizations such as Accenture and Sprinklr. By leveraging his 16 years of expertise in both the public and private sectors, Brendan has consistently found success communicating the value of digital modernization to potential customers and clients alike. As a leader, Brendan is driven yet composed, and is known as an adept business strategist. Aside from his profound understanding of public sector IT systems, Brendan is a generous person who, for nearly 21 years, has given his free time to worthwhile community service causes in the Annapolis area. 

Kent Cunningham Bio
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Kent Cunningham

Chief Technology Officer of Federal Civilian Business

Microsoft

Kent Cunningham

Kent Cunningham

Chief Technology Officer of Federal Civilian Business

Microsoft

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Brian S. Dennis Bio
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Brian S. Dennis

Principal Technologist, Public Sector

Akamai Technologies

Brian Dennis

Brian S. Dennis

Principal Technologist, Public Sector

Akamai Technologies

Brian S. Dennis is the Principal Technologist for the Public Sector at Akamai Technologies, where he provides insight and strategic guidance on cybersecurity issues that the entire public sector is facing. Prior to joining Akamai, he worked with university systems building the nation’s first Cybersecurity Center for Business. While in the education world, he created cybersecurity programs for the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Labor and created an accessible cyber-defense range for students and businesses.

Brian has often been called a disaster magnet. On the ground during Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav, and Ike in southern Louisiana, he has been around his share of disasters. Add earthquakes, blizzards, forest fires, and a passenger on a plane that caught on fire, he is well aware of what an interruption can do to an organization. Over the last decade, he has set his sights on the looming disaster of cyber-crime in America’s public sector.

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Hunter Downey

Vice President

SAP NS2

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Hunter Downey

Vice President

SAP NS2

As Vice President of SAP NS2’s Secure Intelligent Enterprise cloud portfolio, Hunter Downey is responsible for developing and driving cloud strategies for customers with advanced security requirements. He leads a team of experts focused on deploying private and multi-tenant cloud solutions, helping Regulated Industries, Utilities, Federal and Aerospace & Defense customers adopt the SAP NS2 Cloud Solutions as a catalyst for enterprise transformation. He has a strong understanding of cloud requirements across the Five Eyes intelligence community (United States, Canada, UK, Australia, and New Zealand) and AWS.

Matt Goodrich Bio
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Matt Goodrich

Principal Solutions Engineer

Salesforce

Matt Goodrich

Principal Solutions Engineer

Salesforce

Matt Goodrich is a Principal Solution Engineer and Security Specialist for Salesforce’s Global Public Sector. Mr. Goodrich is a demonstrated trailblazer and thought leader with experience in
developing, implementing, and managing cloud computing and cybersecurity standards at the intersection of government, law, public policy, and acquisition.

Prior to his time at Salesforce, Mr. Goodrich spent almost a decade working for the US Federal Government across posts at the White House and US General Services Administration. During
his tenure he focused on helping the government modernize information technology via cloud computing.

Mr. Goodrich developed, launched, and managed the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), a globally recognized standard for cybersecurity of cloud computing
solutions. FedRAMP has been a game changer for both government and industry by keeping cybersecurity protections rigorous while also reducing overall cost and level of effort for
government and industry alike.

Additionally, Mr. Goodrich authored and contributed to the following US Government policies on cloud computing, acquisition, and cybersecurity: 25 Point Plan to Reform Federal IT; Federal Cloud Computing Strategy; FedRAMP Policy Memo; How to Buy IT as a Service.

Mr. Goodrich resides in Washington DC with his partner. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables,
Florida and a Juris Doctor from Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Kevin Hansen Bio
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Kevin Hansen

Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector

Micro Focus Government Solutions

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Kevin Hansen

Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector

Micro Focus Government Solutions

Leveraging more than 20 years working with the public sector, Kevin Hansen focuses on driving forward the security and modernization of core mission systems by developing and executing successful digital transformation strategies with federal, state, and local government organizations.  With a background in legacy systems and enterprise IT expertise spanning across DevOps, hybrid IT, cybersecurity, and predictive analytics, he’s a passionate technology leader working directly with government agencies on continuous modernization, enhancing cybersecurity, and achieving better mission outcomes.

Robert Huber Bio
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Robert Huber

Chief Security Officer

Tenable

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Robert Huber

Chief Security Officer

Tenable

Robert Huber, Tenable’s chief security officer, oversees the company’s global security teams, working cross-functionally to reduce risk to the organization and its customers. He has more than 20 years of information security experience across the financial, defense, and critical infrastructure sectors.

Prior to joining Tenable, Robert was a chief security and strategy officer at Eastwind Networks, where he focused on growing the company’s business and delivering omni-environment security solutions. He was previously co-founder and president of Critical Intelligence, an OT threat intelligence and solutions provider, which cyber threat intelligence leader iSIGHT Partners acquired in 2015. He also served as a member of the Lockheed Martin CIRT, an OT security researcher at Idaho National Laboratory and was a chief security architect for JP Morgan Chase.

Robert is a board member and advisor to several security startups and is an active member of the Air National Guard, serving in a cyber operations squadron supporting federal and state missions.

Matthew Marsden Bio
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Matthew Marsden

Vice President of Public Sector Technical Account Management

Tanium

Matthew Marsden

Matthew Marsden

Vice President of Public Sector Technical Account Management

Tanium

Matt Marsden is Vice President, Technical Account Management, Public Sector at Tanium. Previously at KeyW Corporation, he served as Team Lead, USCYBERCOM J73, Cyber Adversary Tactics Office (CATO), leading a team of cyber operators, intelligence analysts, and network engineers in the planning and execution of opposition force (OPFOR) activities for DoD cyber exercises, Cyber Mission Force (CMF) certification, and training events. He was also lead instructor and content developer for an intermediate level cyber security course. As a Training Instructor/ Master Training Specialist for the Navy, he provided new accession Navy Information Warfare Officers the concepts and skills necessary to prepare them for assignment in the Signals Intelligence, Electronic Warfare, and Cyber Warfare domains. He also directed and coordinated the advanced technical training of Cryptologic Direct Support Maintenance personnel.

Brett Miller Bio
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Brett Miller

Principal Architect

Google Cloud

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Brett Miller

Principal Architect

Google Cloud

Brett Miller is a principal architect at Google Cloud supporting CMS, Department of Energy, and the Intelligence Community.. Before joining Google was chief technology officer (CTO/CIO) for Highmetric and is building the first multi-cloud Governance@scale professional services practice within the industry. From 2013-2018, Brett was the program manager for the AWS Compliance Quick Starts and Governance@Scale at Amazon Web Services. Before AWS, Brett spent 14 years as a mission developer, network and security engineer and a cloud security SME.

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Bill Rowan

Vice President of Strategic Alliances

VMware Public Sector

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Bill Rowan

Vice President of Strategic Alliances

VMware Public Sector

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Stan Wisseman

Chief Security Strategist, North America

CyberRes

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Stan Wisseman

Chief Security Strategist, North America

CyberRes

Stan Wisseman leads the Security Strategist team for MicroFocus’ CyberRes in North America. Stan has over 30 years of information security experience and has built security into products, systems, software, and enterprises. Prior to joining MicroFocus (formerly HP) in 2014, Stan served as the Chief Information Security Officer for Fannie Mae with responsibilities for information security and business resiliency across the organization. With regards to AppSec, Stan started the NoVA OWASP chapter, co-chaired a committee for the DHS Build Security In initiative, led Software Security consulting practices, and helped start the application security program at Fannie Mae.

Dejan Zdravkov Bio
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Dejan Zdravkov

Regional Vice President of Sales

MongoDB

Dejan Zdravkov

Dejan Zdravkov

Regional Vice President of Sales

MongoDB

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Anne Armstrong Bio
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Anne Armstrong

Chief Content and Alliance Officer, Government Technology Brands

GovExec

Anne Armstrong

Anne Armstrong

Chief Content and Alliance Officer, Government Technology Brands

GovExec

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George Jackson Bio
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George Jackson

Executive Producer

GovExec TV

George Jackson

George Jackson

Executive Producer

GovExec TV

George Jackson is the director of events at GovExec Media – the largest and most-influential media company in the public sector marketplace. George joined GovExec in October of 2020 to enhance the scale of their events and audience experiences.

He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.

George spent the first five years of his journalism career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast.

As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010.

George joined DC’s ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him an Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – a program about the business of government. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. George led Government Matters through September of 2020, expanded its reach to a daily worldwide audience, and produced its first feature-length documentary “The Dawn of Generation AI.”

George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters, and a pair of rescue dogs in Northern Virginia.