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NVTC Cyber Summit and Cyber50 Awards

Nov 16, 2023 | 2:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Photo of panelists from the 2022 Cybersecurity Summit


November 16, 2023
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Free – $350


Valo Park
7950 Jones Branch Drive
Tysons, VA 22102

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NVTC Cyber Summit and Cyber50 Awards Logo

Congratulations to the NVTC Cyber50 Honorees! Read more here.

Check out the exciting lineup in store for you! Download into the event program.

Registration is now closed. You can register for the event on-site or contact Colin Krafft at ckrafft@nvtc.org to assist you.


2:00 PM | Registration and Networking

2:30 PM | Welcome Remarks

2:45 PM | Panel 1 – Data at the Intersection of Cybersecurity and Transportation Critical Infrastructure

This panel will discuss the importance of data as the gateway to cyber-health and cyber-performance for transportation critical infrastructure. The discussion will be through the lens of critical transportation nodes and systems which underpin the economic vitality and tech impact of the Northern Virginia region not just to the United States, but globally.

Marty Edwards, VP of OT Security, Tenable

Doug Blough, Product Development, Boeing and Senior Analyst, Aviation Information Sharing and Analysis Center (A-ISAC)
Judd Nicholson, Chief Digital Officer, WMATA
Kendal Polk, Cybersecurity Branch Chief, Surface Division, TSA
Mike Weigand, Co-Founder and CGO, Shift5

3:35 PM | Panel 2 – Implications of AI for Cybersecurity Today and Tomorrow

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is impacting every aspect of our personal and professional lives. What does AI mean for cybersecurity? This expert panel will discuss the benefits and risks of AI for cybersecurity today and going forward from a policy, government, and commercial perspective.

  • How does AI strengthen cyber criminals and cybersecurity systems?
  • Is AI creating an epic infrastructure challenge as data grows exponentially?
  • AI is a global phenomenon, how do we regulate AI and protect against harm locally, within our organizations, nationally, and around the world?
  • What new skills do we need to support and protect AI? Or do we just let AI do it?
  • What will AI and Cybersecurity be in 3 years? Better? Worse?

Dr. John Zangardi, CEO, Redhorse Corporation

Shila Cooch, Chief Information Officer, Office of Science, Department of Energy
Diana Gehlhaus
, Senior Advisor for Talent, Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office (CDAO), Department of Defense
Joseph Gillespie, Senior Vice President National Cyber Solutions, Booz Allen Hamilton
Johnathan Trull, CISO, Qualys

4:25 PM | Break

4:35 PM | Panel 3 – Strategies for Building Your Cyber Company

During this panel, we will explore the challenges of building a cybersecurity focused company in the Northern VA area. This will include topics such as targeting customers, developing compensation packages for employees, and evaluating outsourced service providers. Our panel consists of people who have successfully built or are building cybersecurity focused companies in the area and attendees are sure to walk away with new insights.

Rick Tossavainen, CEO, Dark Wolf Solutions

Rick Gordon, Co-Founder and CEO, Tidal Cyber
Jared Shepard, President and CEO, Hypori
Chris Steed, Chief Investment Officer, Paladin Capital Group
Peggy Styer, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Razor’s Edge Ventures

5:25 PM | Pitch Competition


Raynor Dahlquist, SVP, Cyber Security Leader, Booz Allen Hamilton
Jamil Jaffer, Venture Partner, Paladin Capital and Founder, National Security Institute, GMU
Essye Miller, Former CIO and CISO, Department of Defense
Peggy Styer, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Razor’s Edge Ventures
Tom Weithman, Chief Investment Officer, VIPC and Managing Director, Virginia Venture Partners

6:05 PM | Awards Presentation – Announcement of Cyber50


Darren Appanah, VP, Grotech
Ian Fagan, CISO, Telos
Alicia Lynch
Shooter Starr, Client Advisor, Brown Advisory
Matt Strottman, EVP and COO, In-Q-Tel

6:30 PM | Networking Reception

7:00 PM | Event Concludes


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