More than a year has passed since the Biden administration published the “Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity.” In that time, government has continued to move in a strategic direction towards increasing cyber resilience and taking a ‘left of boom’ approach to stay ahead of the nation’s adversaries.

The initiatives outlined by the administration will require partnership building, offensive cyber, as well as constant innovation and collaboration by cyber leaders.

The who’s who in cybersecurity will come together in Washington, DC on September 7th –  9th at the 13th Billington CyberSecurity Summit. Over the course of 3 days, the senior leadership from the U.S. government and their trusted peers from industry will explore the most pressing security issues facing our nation.

Where to Find Us at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit

Cisco is proud to support the Billington CyberSecurity Summit as a lead underwriting sponsor. We encourage you to register for the summit and join us at these can’t-miss sessions:


The Cyber Threat Landscape and Zero Trust: Lessons Learned and Success Stories

General Session  |  Wednesday 9/7   |   9:30 – 10:15am ET

Session Abstract: The Log4j vulnerability scare highlighted the need to verify and authenticate everybody and everything accessing your network. This group of public and private sector experts will discuss where the Federal Government is in terms of making this shift and highlight key areas of continued improvement. It will also feature industry experts explaining the lessons learned and success stories that government leaders can use in their action plans going forward.

Speakers: Chris DeRusha, Federal CISO, OMB, Clifford M. “Matt” Conner, Office of the IC CIO Director, Cybersecurity Group, David McKeown, CISO & Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DOD and Wendy Nather, Head of Advisory CISOs, Cisco


Zero Trust User and Application Policies 

Breakout B1   |   Wednesday, 9/7    |  11:30am – 12:15pm ET

Session Abstract: Effective cybersecurity is more than implementing new technologies; organizations also need enforceable guidance to make their networks both secure and productive. This group of experts will explore implemented and enforced policies that have shown to be effective additives to improve a zero trust framework.

Speakers: Randy Resnick, Senior Advisor, Zero Trust Portfolio, DOD CIO/Cybersecurity, Peter Romness, Cybersecurity Principal, Public Sector CTO Office, Cisco Leo Taddeo, President, CISO, Appgate Federal Group, Imran Umar, Distinguished Engineer, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Dr. Torsten Staab, CIO, Cyber, Intelligence & Services, Raytheon Intel & Space


Building a Strong Continuous Monitoring and Response Program

Breakout B2    |  Wednesday, 9/7   |  11:30am – 12:15pm ET

Session Abstract: What should be monitored in a zero trust environment, how should it be done and what are the steps to take when anomalies are discovered? This panel of experts will highlight areas to consider when implementing an effective monitoring program and lessons learned from implementing a successful incident response plan.

Speakers: Richard Grabowski (pending), Acting Program Manager, CDM, Cybersecurity Division, CISA, Jessica Wilkerson, Senior Cyber Policy Advisor, ARC, CDRH, FDA, Grant Kahn, Senior Director, Security Intelligence Engineering, Lookout, Michael Morris, Dir. Global Technologies Alliances & Business Dev., Endace and Andy Stewart, CAPT, USN (Ret.), Senior Federal Strategist, Cisco


Lessons Learned for Fortifying a Strong Cybersecurity Workforce

General Session   |  Thursday, 9/8   |  2:20 – 3:00pm ET

Session Abstract: Key shortages in cyber talent continue to be a huge problem for both the private and public sectors. This panel of experts will discuss ways in which organizations have been able to successfully recruit, re-brand, educate, and retain an effective cyber workforce.

Speakers: Mark Gorak, Principal Director, DCIO Resources & Analysis, CIO, Essye Miller, Board Member, National Cyber Scholarship Foundation, Kiersten E. Todt, Chief of Staff, CISA, Bruce Brody, Senior CISO Advisor, Cisco, Jyllian Clarke, Global Head of Security Training, AWS and Clar Rosso CEIO, (ISC)2


Insider Perspectives

Agency and organization leaders are faced with the task of unpacking a lot of buzz words as they come to grips with the evolving threat landscape. The need for educating one another and sharing lessons learned, success stories, and best practices is greater than ever.

In Billington CyberBytes, sponsored by Cisco, agency leaders and Cisco executives dive into topics such as zero trust, data security, and CMMC. Tune in to these ‘byte’-sized videos for additional insights on how agencies are making strides to improve their cyber-readiness to secure the mission.

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We look forward to connecting with you.


Peter Romness

Cybersecurity Principal, US Public Sector CTO Office