Keynote Speaker- GEN (Ret) Keith Alexander, Founder and Co-CEO, IronNet Cybersecurity
Panel – The Five Eyes Relationship in the Context of an Evolving Cyber Environment
Given the challenging threat environment presented to the Five Eyes member states from countries like China, North Korea, and Iran, and in light of the unique challenges presented in the COVID environment, what role do Five Eyes partners and larger organizations such as NATO have in playing collective and collaborative cyber defense?
Beth Vaccarezza, Vice Consul & U.S. Sector Lead – Defense, Security & Space, Department for International Trade at the British Embassy, Washington DC
Matt Harding, Senior Liaison Officer for Cyber and Communications Security to the U.S. and Canada, New Zealand Embassy
Rick Ledgett, Senior Advisor, Hakluyt & Co.
Henry Pearson, Cyber Security Ambassador, UK Department for International Trade (DIT)
Panel - Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Cyber Security Talent
Innovation is fueled by a diversity of thought and perspective and there is no industry that requires more rapid ideation than the cyber security field. And yet the diversity of the cyber security workforce is limited, comprised of only 20% women and even fewer ethnic minorities. Discipline, experience, age, gender, ethnic, and neurodiversity are needed to ensure we arrive at inventive solutions to cyber security challenges.
There are 500,000 open cyber security positions in the U.S. and more than 70,000 of them are in the DC/MD/VA metro area. Misalignment between employer position descriptions and job seekers’ skills, a finite pipeline of regional talent, and the time from candidate to clearance are all contributing factors to the limited pool of cyber security talent. But conscious and unconscious bias, stereotypes, hiring practices, communications and culture further limit our success in recruiting the diversity of perspectives required to ensure we can out-maneuver cyber attackers. This panel will dive into the challenges and offer some proposed successful strategies to recruiting and retaining diverse cyber security talent in our region.
Victor Hoskins, President and CEO, Fairfax County Economic Development Authority
Gary Evee, former Director of Worldwide Mobile Security, IBM (NSI Visiting Fellow)
Carmen Medina, former Deputy Director for Intelligence, CIA (NSI Advisory Board member)
Dr. Phyllis Schneck, Chief Information Security Officer, Northrop Grumman
Gregory Washington, President, George Mason University
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