Greater Washington’s Unmatched Cybersecurity Assets Showcased at NVTC’s Second Annual Capital Cybersecurity Summit

On November 14-15, NVTC hosted the second annual Capital Cybersecurity Summit at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. With over 350 attendees, the Summit highlighted the Greater Washington region’s unmatched set of cybersecurity assets. The Summit featured keynote remarks by Howard Marshall, Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Intelligence, Outreach and Support Branch at the FBI, and Grant Schneider, Acting Federal Chief Information Security Officer and Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the National Security Council. Engaging panel sessions were led by cybersecurity experts from the public, private and academic sectors, and the Summit’s exhibit hall showcased cybersecurity innovators and companies supporting the region’s cybersecurity industry.

The Summit kicked off on November 14 with an evening reception emceed by Capital Cybersecurity Summit Steering Committee Chair and NVTC Board member John Hagan, Managing Director and Co-Head of Security, Defense and Government Services for Raymond James. Howard Marshall provided his keynote remarks and emphasized the importance of collaboration among the FBI, government agencies, state and local governments, and the private sector in combatting the latest cyber threats. He called for new STEM education initiatives at the high school and college level to engage students in the cybersecurity mission earlier, and highlighted some of the FBI’s apprenticeship programs fostering the next generation of cybersecurity agents.

Howard Marshall Capital Cyber Summit

FBI Deputy Assistant Director, Cyber Intelligence, Outreach and Support Branch Howard Marshall gave keynote remarks at the 2017 Capital Cybersecurity Summit evening reception on Nov. 14.

John Hagan and Greg Potter, Corporate Lead Executive at Northrop Grumman, emceed the November 15 Summit program. The morning session included four panel sessions: Successful Cybersecurity Growth Companies in the Region, The State of Cloud Security and Compliance: Dispelling the Myth of Cloud Insecurity, Unique Ways to Attract Top Cyber Talent, and What Keeps CISOs Up at Night?. These sessions featured lively discussion from cybersecurity leaders from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, cybersecurity investors, and consultants. For a full list of Summit panel topics and speakers, click here.

Grant Schneider provided keynote remarks on November 15. Schneider discussed the focus areas outlined in the May 2017 Presidential Executive Order on cybersecurity aimed at informing cybersecurity policy on a national scale and strengthening the security of federal networks and critical infrastructure. Schneider shared how building a highly-skilled cybersecurity workforce is a national priority and stressed the need for more cybersecurity education and empowerment for consumers.

Grant Schneider Capital Cyber Summit

Acting Federal Chief Information Security Officer and National Security Council Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy Grant Schneider keynoted the Summit on Nov. 15.

The second half of the day included six panels in two tracks addressing government and commercial cybersecurity, covering the topics of navigating the federal cybersecurity acquisition process, cybersecurity implications of emerging tech fields like IoT and autonomous vehicles, NIST 800-171, real-life strategies for businesses responding to a hack, strengthening cybersecurity through public-private partnerships, and cyber risk management best practices.

Capital Cyber Summit Exhibitors

Attendees networked with many cybersecurity innovators and companies supporting the region’s cybersecurity industry in the Summit’s Exhibit Hall.

Throughout the upcoming weeks we will be sharing additional content and video from the Capital Cybersecurity Summit and its panels on the NVTC blog. Please stay tuned!