Event Recap: Elevating the Federal Cybersecurity Discussion to include Prevention and Detection

At its most recent cybersecurity event, Owl Cyber Defense gathered senior-level cyber leaders from federal defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies for conversations around the topic “Elevating the Federal Cybersecurity Discussion to Include Prevention and Detection.” Our panelists and presenters provided insights on key considerations including zero trust architecture, emerging technologies, and the importance of public-private coordination.

Whether you attended the event in person, followed along virtually, or weren’t able to join us in real time, we hope these session recordings will be a valuable resource as you plot your organization’s security strategy. To find out how Owl can help you meet tomorrow’s cyber challenges, contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

Prevention and Detection in a Zero Trust Cybersecurity Environment

Major General Matthew Easley, Director, Cybersecurity and Chief Information Security Officer
Army Chief Information Officer

Federal cybersecurity solutions are modernizing rapidly due to the evolving nature of the types and scale of threats we face. The White House’s Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity has made every federal agency evaluate their current posture and identify short and long term tasks to improve cyber resilience. Prevention and detection of attacks and breaches need to be made in a systems engineering approach where the flow of mission and cybersecurity information is managed in a zero trust framework. To scale to support the geographic dispersion of our workforce and customer base and to continuously monitor cyber posture, cloud computing is a key enabler.

Cyber Defense at Government Scale

Terry Mitchell, Principal Cyber Advisor
Office of the Under Secretary of the Army

Sudha Vyas, Chief Cybersecurity Architect
OCIO, Department of Defense

Ken Walker, Chief Technology Officer
Owl Cyber Defense

Cybersecurity Secrets for CISOs: Courtesy of the Russian FSB

Gregory Crabb, Former Chief Information Security Officer
United States Postal Service

Founder, 10-8 LLC

Mr. Gregory Crabb are you professional? This was the question he was asked throughout Eastern Europe while investigating the origins of organized cybercrime. Of course, Greg was a professional US law enforcement officer – a United States Postal Inspector. But, the intent of their question was to determine whether he was a spy. Greg will provide a glimpse into the lessons he learned from former Russian FSB Officer Sergei Mikhailov and how those lessons translate into protecting US critical infrastructure including his time as the Postal Service’s chief information security officer.

Cyber Risk is Business Risk: How the FBI Can Help

Herbert Stapleton, Deputy Assistant Director (DAD), Cyber Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation

The recent increase in ransomware attacks has made it imperative that companies are prepared to respond to cyber incidents. A business can do this by getting to know its local FBI cyber squad and developing a formal incident response plan that includes immediate contact with that squad. The unique authorities of the FBI, including the ability to attribute attacks and hold cybercriminals accountable, give hope for the future; however, the FBI can’t do it alone. Strong partnerships between government agencies, foreign partners, and the public will best position the FBI to keep our nation safe and to help companies mitigate their own cyber risk.

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