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: The Cybersecurity Challenge: The Intersection of People and Technology

Charles H. Romine, Ph.D. Information Technology Laboratory, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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
Randy Marchany, Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Tech
Steven J. Spano, President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Internet Security
Moderator - Chris Dorobek, Executive Editor, GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER

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, Executive Director, Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity
Denise Zheng, Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
Moderator - Aliya Sternstein, Freelance Cybersecurity Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor

11:25am -11:55am: Cyberresiliency, the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, and the Future of Work

Dr. David Bray, Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission
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.


Dr. David A. Bray

Senior Executive and Chief Information Officer
Federal Communications Commission

Dr. David A. Bray currently serves as the Chief Information Officer for the Federal Communications Commission, leading FCC's IT Transformation since 2013. Through the efforts of a team of positive "change agents", he transformed the FCC's legacy IT with more than 207 different systems to award-winning tech in less than two years. This included rolling-out new cloud-based IT that achieved results in 1/2 the time at 1/6 the cost. In 2015, the FCC IT Team received AFFIRM's 2015 Cloud Computing Leadership Award. He also was selected to be one of the "Fedscoop 50" for Leadership in 2014, one of FCW's "Fed 100" winners in 2015, and the recipient of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association's Outstanding Achievement Award for Civilian Government in 2015.

David began working for the U.S. government at age 15 on computer simulations at a Department of Energy facility.

Karen S. Evans

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.

Randy Marchany

Chief Information Security Officer
Virginia Tech

Randy Marchany has been involved in the computer industry since 1972. He is currently the Virginia Tech Information Technology Security Officer and the Director of the Virginia Tech IT Security Lab.

He designed the curriculum for the US Cyber Challenge camps and is one of its founding members.

He is a co-author of the FBI/SANS Institute's "Top 10/20 Internet Security Vulnerabilities" document.

He is the co-author of the "Responding to Distributed Denial of Service Attacks" document that was prepared at the request of the White House in response to the DDOS attacks of 2000.

He is a coauthor of the Center for Internet Security's series of Security Benchmark documents for Solaris, AIX and Windows2000. He and Virginia Tech are original charter members of the CIS

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.

Charles H. Romine, Ph.D.

Information Technology Laboratory
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Charles Romine is Director of the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). ITL is one of six research Laboratories within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) with an annual budget of $120 million, more than 350 employees, and about 160 guest researchers from industry, universities, and foreign laboratories.

Romine oversees a research program designed to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by developing and disseminating standards, measurements, and testing for interoperability, security, usability, and reliability of information systems, including cybersecurity standards and guidelines for Federal agencies and U.S. industry, supporting these and measurement science at NIST through fundamental and applied research in computer science, mathematics, and statistics. Through its efforts, ITL supports NIST’s mission to promote U.S.

Erich Sanchack

Sr Vice President
CenturyLink Federal Solutions

Erich Sanchack joins 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

Executive Director
Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

Kiersten Todt is currently the Executive Director of the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity. The Commission was established in February 2016 and is responsible for delivering its report on cybersecurity to President Obama by December 1, 2016. Prior to this role, she was the President and Managing Partner of Liberty Group Ventures, LLC (LGV). She developed risk and crisis management solutions for cybersecurity, infrastructure, homeland security, emergency management, and higher education clients in the public and private sectors. In this capacity, she was a member of the team supporting the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the development of the Voluntary Cybersecurity Framework called for in President Obama’s 2013 Executive Order on Cybersecurity.

Denise Zheng

Director and Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Program
Center for Strategic and International Studies

Denise E. Zheng is a senior fellow and director of the Technology Policy Program at CSIS, where her work is focused on cyber and emerging technology issues. She brings a unique blend of expertise, including advanced technology research and development, legislative and policy strategy, and private-sector experience. Previously, she served as chief of staff and lead science and engineering technical adviser as a contractor for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) foundational cyber warfare program, Plan X. Before DARPA, Ms. Zheng was director for global government relations and cybersecurity policy at CA Technologies, where she advised company executives on cybersecurity, supply chains, and software assurance issues. While at CA, she was a member of the Information Technology (IT) Sector Coordinating Council, IT Information Sharing and Analysis Center, and SAFECode.

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.

Christopher Dorobek, Moderator

Executive Editor
GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER

Christopher J. Dorobek is the voice behind GovLoop’s DorobekINSIDER, a blog and audio program that focuses on six words: Helping government do its job better.

He is an award winning journalist and thought leader. In 2008, his editorials in Federal Computer Week were recognized with the ASBPE national editorial award, and in 2010, he was awarded Federal Computer Week’s prestigious Federal 100 Award — the only working journalist to win that award in its more than 20 year history. In 2014, he was recognized with the Association of Federal Information Resource Managers President’s Award for Media.

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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