NVTC Hosts Third Annual Capital Cybersecurity Summit

On November 13, NVTC hosted the third annual Capital Cybersecurity Summit at the Ritz Carlton, Tysons Corner. With over 250 attendees, the Summit highlighted the diverse and thriving cybersecurity assets of the Greater Washington region.

The Summit featured keynote remarks by Steve Grobman, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of McAfee; Mark McLaughlin, Vice Chairman of Palo Alto Networks; Amit Yoran, Chairman and CEO of Tenable; and Dr. John Zangardi, Chief Information Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. In addition, four panel sessions were led by cybersecurity experts from the public, private and academic sectors, and the Summit’s exhibit hall showcased cybersecurity innovations and companies supporting the region’s cybersecurity industry.

The Summit kicked off with a fireside chat between Amit Yoran and Mark Frantz, Co-Founder of BlueDelta Capital Partners. Yoran discussed his experience in leading Tenable, as well as his advice for prospective entrepreneurs and CEOs. Yoran also talked about the importance of hiring top cyber talent.

The morning also included two panels: Impact of New Technologies on the Cybersecurity Mission and Tech Talent Innovations for Today and Tomorrow. The Impact of New Technologies panel focused on the future threat landscape and new methods for detection, prevention and remediation that will emerge in the years to come. Panelists in the Tech Talent Innovations session shared information about the new approaches being used to close the cyber talent gap. In addition, they discussed novel partnerships created among universities to encourage student success in tech fields and the collaboration between industry and academia to design the ideal curricula.

The second keynote speaker was Mark McLaughlin who discussed digital transformation and how companies can use their digital capabilities to move their goals and mission forward. According to McLaughlin, it is not a lack of innovation in cybersecurity that leads to issues, but rather a breakdown in understanding how to utilize that innovation to counter cyber threats.

McLaughlin’s keynote was followed by the panel: “What Keeps CISOs Up at Night?” Panelists representing both the federal government and the private sector detailed their current and most pressing cybersecurity threats and challenges.

The afternoon continued with a keynote address by Dr. John Zangardi of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Dr. Zangardi discussed his efforts to modernize DHS’ IT systems and his challenges and goals for the department moving forward. He was followed by the panel session: Threat Information: Challenges, Opportunities and Actions. The panel highlighted best practices in threat information sharing across both the public and private sectors and how organizations can proactively share access to threat information and actionable recommendations.

The Summit concluded with a keynote address by Steve Grobman, titled “Human Machine Teaming: Why the Human Element Will Always be Indispensable in Cybersecurity.” Grobman shared his belief that the future isn’t about AI or machine learning; it’s about human-machine teaming. According to Grobman, as long as there are human adversaries behind cybercrime, there will always be a critical need for the human beings who can work alongside AI to counter the threat. No single technology can combat all cyber threats – the key is for the technologies to work alongside human, Grobman said.