AFFIRM and USCC Present the 4th Annual Cybersecurity Summit

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:30am - 12:00pm
4250 North Fairfax Drive 2nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22203

Federal agencies are facing ever more sophisticated adversaries and threats that place our privacy, our economy, and our Nation at risk.

These cyber threats are diverse and include the prevalence of malicious actors who operate globally at will; the growth of risks from the Internet of Things, and increasingly complex networks, all elevating the security and resilience of cyberspace to a critical homeland security imperative. Exacerbating these challenges is a shortfall in cybersecurity and IT talent that effects not on the Federal government, but the private sector as well.

Cybersecurity is a dynamic and crosscutting field that is ever changing and increasingly challenging to address.

This in-depth, half-day session will gather an all-star line-up of chief information officers, chief information security officers, and other thought leaders from government and industry who will explore growing threats as well as innovative approaches to attract and retain the best cyber talent.

The 4th Annual Cybersecurity Summit is a place for important discussions about the challenges with cyber-security and is also a significant benefit both for the AFFIRM scholarship program, which helps students focused on IT skills... and is the largest support for USCC's summer camp program, which focuses on cybersecurity.

4250 North Fairfax Drive
Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22203

Download the agenda here.


7:30am: Coffee, Networking, and Registration

8:00am - Welcome:

Erich Sanchack, Senior Vice President, CenturyLink Federal Solutions

8:05am: Opening Remarks

Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge
Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Vice President, AFFIRM
Ira Hobbs, Principal, Hobbs and Hobbs, LLC, Master of Ceremonies

8:15am - 8:45am: Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: The Threats and Realities

Samantha Ravich, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Chertoff Group

8:45am - 9:15am: Remarks and Recognition of the "Capture the Flag" Winners

Ed Rhyne, Program Manager, Cyber Security Division, Science and Technology, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

9:15am-10:15am: CIOs and CISOs Speak: the State of Cybersecurity Today

Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer,Federal Emergency Management Agency
Steven J. Spano, President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Internet Security
Rod Turk, Acting Chief Information Officer, US Department of Commerce
Moderator - Jason Miller, Executive Editor, Federal News Radio

10:15am - 10:25am: Break

10:25am - 11:25am: What’s on the Horizon in Cybersecurity?
Click here for full report discussed in panel.
Kiersten Todt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Liberty Group Ventures, LLC
Denise Zheng, Director, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Moderator - Aliya Sternstein, Freelance Cybersecurity Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor

11:25am -11:55am: Closing Keynote: “Cybersecurity Challenges: Where do we go from here?”

David M. Wennergren, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Professional Services Council

11:55am: Closing Remarks

Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge
Adrian Gardner, Chief Information Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency and Vice President, AFFIRM

12 Noon: Adjourn

Metro: Ballston (Orange and Silver lines)

Parking: Paid parking in building, entrance on Taylor street.

$9 before 9:00am
$11 after 9:00am
Registrants must be logged in to receive the government rate. Please contact the AFFIRM office if you require assistance logging in.

  • Government - Complimentary
  • Industry - $125 (all proceeds go to support USCC and AFFIRM scholarships)

Thank you to our generous sponsors!





Cambridge Global


Defense Point Security

In-Kind: Host

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event? Your sponsorship helps support AFFIRM's Scholarship Program and the 2017 U.S. Cyber Challenge Camps. Sponsors of this event will receive logo recognition, complimentary registrations to the March 14th event, and will be recognized as a national sponsor for the 2017 US Cyber Challenge (USCC) Camps. For more information on sponsorship, download the document here or contact the AFFIRM office at 703-778-4646 or

About the organizations:

U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Council on Cybersecurity, a 501(c)3 organization. For more information on the Council, please visit

AFFIRM is a non-profit, volunteer, educational organization whose overall purpose is to improve the management of information and is 501(c)3 organization.


Karen S. Evans

President's Special Appreciation Award
National Director
US Cyber Challenge (USCC)

Karen S. Evans serves as the National Director for the US Cyber Challenge. She retired after nearly 28 years of federal government service, responsibilities ranged from a GS-2 to Presidential Appointee as the Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. Before becoming the Administrator, Ms. Evans was the Chief Information Officer for the Department of Energy, and before Energy, she was Director of Information Resources Management Division, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. She currently serves as a Director on the boards of the NIC, Inc; Center for Internet Security; The Department of Veterans Affairs Acquisition Academy and an outside manager for Accenture Federal Services.

Adrian Gardner

Chief Information Officer
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Adrian R. Gardner serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the agency's headquarters in Washington, DC. In this position, Mr. Gardner is responsible for the governance and operations of the agency's information systems, ensuring the system complies with regulatory requirements in support of FEMA's mission and objectives.

Samantha Ravich, Ph.D.

Senior Advisor
The Chertoff Group

Dr. Samantha Ravich is a defense and intelligence policy and tech entrepreneur. She was the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Vice President Cheney and served in the White House for 5½ years where she was the Vice President’s representative on Asian and Middle East Affairs as well as on Counter-Terrorism and Counter-Proliferation. Following her time at the White House, Ravich was the Republican Co-Chair of the Congressionally-mandated National Commission for Review of Research and Development Programs in the United States Intelligence Community. Ravich is now the CEO of A2P, a social data analytics and marketing firm, as well as the Principal Investigator on a research project on Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare housed at FDD’s Center for Sanctions and Illicit Finance.

Edward Rhyne

Program Manager for Cyber Security Division
Science & Technology
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Edward Rhyne is a program manager for Cyber Security Division (CSD) for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA) at DHS S&T. He manages the Security for Cloud-based Systems, Moving Target Defense (MTD), and Hardware-enabled Trust programs, as well as multiple efforts supporting national and regional level cyber competitions. Rhyne has transitioned efforts in Domain Name System Security, Software Quality Assurance, and Internet Measurements and Attack Modeling. Prior to working within CSD, Rhyne managed numerous programs in the Chemical and Biological Division of HSARPA.

Prior to his assignment with DHS, Rhyne was a program manager for biological sensors at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. In addition to managing programs, he was the systems engineer for the Biological Time-of-Flight Mass Spectrometer and chief engineer on various autonomous sensor systems.

Erich Sanchack

Senior Vice President and General Manager
CenturyLink Federal Solutions

Erich Sanchack joined CenturyLink with more than 20 years of industry experience and after more than 12 years with Lockheed Martin, where he served as vice president of competitive enhancements and, prior to that, as vice president of information technology services for Lockheed’s Information Systems & Global Solutions defense business. As a former U.S. Marine Corps finance officer, Sanchack started his private sector career with Tetra Pak Inc. in Denton, Texas. Sanchack is a member of the board of directors for the American Heart Association for Greater Washington Region, serves on the advisory council for Johns Hopkins Community Physicians and serves on the Armed Services Council for the Union League of Philadelphia. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

Steven J. Spano

President and Chief Operating Officer
Center for Internet Security

Brig. Gen. Steven J. Spano (ret.) is President and Chief Operating Officer of the Center for Internet Security, an international nonprofit organization focused on enhancing cybersecurity readiness and response for the public and private sectors. Most recently, he served as the General Manager, Defense and National Security for Amazon Web Service's Worldwide Public Sector. He was one of the key leaders who helped launch and build the business from its inception in 2011. Prior to Amazon Web Services, General Spano served over 28 years in the United States Air Force in a variety of leadership roles. He retired in 2011 from Air Combat Command where he served as the Director of Communications, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Langley Air Force Base, VA, responsible for IT vision, policy guidance, and resource allocation supporting the command's warfighting mission.

Kiersten E. Todt

President and Chief Executive Officer
Liberty Group Ventures, LLC

Kiersten Todt Coon is President of Liberty Group Ventures (LGV). Todt Coon executes risk management strategies for companies, governments, quasi-public entities and universities. She also conducts cyber security gap analyses for these clients. Prior to LGV, she was a partner at Good Harbor Consulting, Vice President at Business Executives for National Security, consultant for Sandia National Laboratories and an adjunct lecturer at Stanford. She served on the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and drafted components of the Department of Homeland Security legislation. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree from The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.

Rod Turk

Acting Chief Information Officer
US Department of Commerce

Rod Turk is the Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of Commerce.

Turk oversees information technology (IT) operations and budget, ensuring its alignment with agency and administration strategic objectives and priorities.

Turk joined the Department of Commerce's Office of the Chief Information Officer in September 2015. Prior to being named Acting CIO, he was the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Deputy Chief Information Officer. In this role, he managed and had oversight over the Department's compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) and implementation of IT security best practices.

David M. Wennergren

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Professional Services Council

David M. Wennergren is Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at the Professional Services Council, the principal national trade association of the government technology and professional services industry. He has extensive leadership experience in information technology and change management and has served in a number of senior positions, most recently in the private sector as a Vice President at CACI International Inc., and prior to that, across the Department of Defense (DoD) and federal government, including DoD Assistant Deputy Chief Management Officer, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Information Management, Integration and Technology/Deputy Chief Information Officer, Department of the Navy Chief Information Officer and Vice Chair of the U.S. Government’s Federal CIO Council.

Denise E. Zheng

Director, Technology Policy Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Denise E. Zheng was named the new director of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Technology Policy Program (formerly the Strategic Technologies Program) in February 2017.

Ira Hobbs, Master of Ceremonies

Hobbs and Hobbs, LLC

Ira L. Hobbs is the principal officer of Hobbs & Hobbs, LLC, an information management consulting practice that focuses on the Federal market. He performs a wide range of tasks associated with the growth and development of small companies from a management and leadership perspective.

Before his current work, Mr. Hobbs served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the U.S. Department of the Treasury from Deputy Chief Information Officer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his federal tenure, Mr. Hobbs served as co-chair of the Federal CIO Council’s Workforce Committee whose goal was to improve the recruitment, retention, and skills of the Federal IT workforce.

Jason Miller, Moderator

Executive Editor
Federal News Radio
Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Radio — the only all news radio station focused specifically on covering the federal government and its contractors. As executive editor, Jason helps direct the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of federal technology, procurement, finance and human resource news. As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, e-government and acquisition policies and programs. Before coming to Federal News Radio in March 2008, he worked at Government Computer News for six years and Federal Computer Week for one year. He covered governmentwide technology issues that focused on people, policy and programs. These included the Bush administration’s e-government initiatives, federal enterprise architecture, cybersecurity and HSPD-12.

Aliya Sternstein, Moderator

Freelance Cybersecurity Correspondent
Christian Science Monitor

Aliya Sternstein is a freelance cybersecurity correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. She’s covered technology and privacy for 15 years at such publications as Government Executive, Federal Computer Week, Forbes and National Journal’s Technology Daily. Sternstein also covered food safety and derivatives trading for Congressional Quarterly. She’s been a guest commentator on ABC7, C-SPAN, MSNBC, Sirius XM and WAMU, among other radio and TV outlets. Sternstein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a proud Daily Pennsylvanian alumna.

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