AFFIRM and USCC Present the 3rd Annual Cybersecurity Summit

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 7:15am - 12:00pm
4250 North Fairfax Drive 2nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22203
 AFFIRM                                  USCC
On March 15, join the Association for Federal Information Resources Management (AFFIRM) and US Cyber Challenge (USCC) at our 3rd annual Cybersecurity Summit.

This in-depth, half-day session will feature an all-star line-up chief information officers, chief information security officers, and other thought-leaders from academia, government and industry will explore this growing threat as well as innovative approaches to attract and retain the best cyber talent.

4250 North Fairfax Drive
Second Floor
Arlington, VA 22203


7:15am: Coffee, Networking, and Registration

8:00am - Opening Remarks:

Karen S. Evans, National Director, US Cyber Challenge
Ira Hobbs, Principal of Hobbs and Hobbs, LLC, Master of Ceremonies

8:00am - 8:30am: Opening Keynote, TBA

8:30am - 8:45am: Remarks and Recognition of the "Capture the Flag" Winners
Dr. Douglas Maughan Cyber Security Division Director, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects, Science and Technology Department, U.S. Department of Homeland Security

8:45am - 9:15am "Enabling the Cyber Workforce - Skills, Standards, Solutions"
Dr. Diana Burley,Executive Director and Chair, Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, Professor, Human and Organizational Learning, The George Washington University

9:15am-10:15am: Panel 1: The Cyber Workforce Imperative - Views from the CIOs

Donald R. Davidson, Jr. , Chief Outreach, Science & Standards for CNCI-SCRM, Trusted Mission Systems & Networks (TMSN), Office of the DoD-CIO
Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation
Rodney J. Petersen, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), U.S. Department of Commerce
Ben Scribner, Program Director, National Cybersecurity Professionalization and Workforce Development, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Steven J. Spano, President and Chief Operating Officer, Center for Internet Security

Moderator: Mike Causey, Senior Correspondent, Federal News Radio

10:15am - 10:25am: Break

10:25am - 11:25am: Panel 2: The Growing Cyber Threats - Views from the Cyber Experts

Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems (DAS-IS), and Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Thomas DeBiase, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Randy Marchany, Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Tech
John Ramsey, Chief Information Security Officer, U.S. House of Representatives
Angela Rey, 2014 US Cyber Challenge "Capture the Flag" Winner

Moderator: Aliya Sternstein, Senior Correspondent, NextGov/Government Executive

11:25am -12 Noon: Closing Keynote, Bobbie Stempfley, Director Cyber Strategy Implementation, The MITRE Corporation

Metro: Ballston (Orange and Silver lines)

Parking: Paid parking in building, entrance on Taylor street.

$8 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

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Thank you to our sponsors:




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In-Kind: Host

In-kind: Employer's Access Portal

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event? Your sponsorship helps support AFFIRM's Scholarship Program and the 2016 U.S. Cyber Challenge Camps. Sponsors of this event will receive logo recognition, complimentary registrations to the March 15th event, and will be recognized as a national sponsor for the 2016 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.


Sanjeev "Sonny" Bhagowalia

Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Treasury

Mr. Sanjeev “Sonny” Bhagowalia has 30 years of experience in industry and the Federal Government in technical, management, and senior executive leadership capacities, utilizing Information Technology (IT)/Information Resource Management (IRM) to transform organizations and achieve mission success.

Dr. Diana Burley

Executive Director and Professor
Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection, The George Washington University

Diana L. Burley is Professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development at George Washington University. She is a nationally recognized cybersecurity workforce expert and also has published extensively on public sector IT use, knowledge management and information sharing.

Donald R. Davidson Jr.

Chief Outreach, Science & Standards for CNCI-SCRM, Trusted Mission Systems & Networks (TMSN)
Office of the DoD-CIO

Mr. Davidson is currently assigned to Trusted Mission Systems and Networks (TMSN, formerly known as the Globalization Task Force, GTF) in the Office of the Department of Defense Chief Information Officer (DoD CIO), where he leads the outreach, S&T investment and standardization efforts for the White House's Comprehensive National CyberSecurity Initiative (CNCI) task #11 on improving Supply Chain Risk Management for Information Communications Technology capabilities (ICT SCRM).

He has over 37 years of federal service, to include 11 years active duty, as well as civilian assignments in Army Research Laboratory, Army Materiel Command, Army Secretariat, US Joint Forces Command, OUSD-Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (AT&L), and OASD-Networks and Information Integration (NII), which is now known only as the DoD-Chief Information Office (CIO).

Thomas DeBiase

Deputy Chief Information Security Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Thomas DeBiase is the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for National Security and Cybersecurity. He leads the risk executive function of the Department’s National Security Systems program and oversees all activities performed by Enterprise Security Operations Center.

Dr. Douglas Maughan

CSD Division Director for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at S&T

Dr. Douglas Maughan is the CSD Division Director for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at S&T. Maughan has been at DHS since October 2003. His research interests and related programs are in the areas of networking and information assurance.

Prior to his appointment at DHS, Maughan was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in Arlington, Virginia. He also worked for the National Security Agency as a senior computer scientist and led several research teams performing network security research. Maughan earned Bachelor degrees in computer science and applied statistics from Utah State University, a master’s degree in computer science from Johns Hopkins University and a doctorate in computer science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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

Richard McKinney

Chief Information Officer
U.S. Department of Transportation

Richard McKinney is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). He was sworn into office on May 13, 2013.

Rodney J. Petersen

National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce

Rodney Petersen is the director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Recently, he was the President and CEO of Education Policy and Leadership, LLC. He previously served as the Senior Policy Advisor to EDUCAUSE, Internet2, and Indiana University. He also was the Managing Director of the EDUCAUSE Washington Office and a Senior Government Relations Officer.

John D. Ramsey

Chief Information Security Officer
U.S. House of Representatives

John Ramsey is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the House of Representatives. Prior to the House, John has worked in the IT security field for over 25 years. He’s managed security operations for the Department of the Army and Department of State while also serving as the CISO for the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board, which oversees the world's largest defined contribution retirement plan at $480 billion for 4.8 million people. He strives to increase his security expertise and work with the philosophy that "Business needs drive IT versus IT driving the business needs." The security slant is that the IT Security team needs to ensure the business needs can operate safely and securely WITHOUT hindering functionality.

Angela Rey

2014 US Cyber Challenge "Capture the Flag" Winner

Angela Rey is a multi-year participant in the US Cyber Challenge (USCC) program. She was on the winning capture the flag team for the 2014 cyber camp located at San Jose State University. She currently serves as IT Specialist for the federal government working in support of cyber security. She graduated with her BS in Cyber Security from University Maryland University and holds multiple certifications to include, GIAC Security leadership (GSLC), GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Ben Scribner

Program Director, Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Benjamin Scribner has ten years of experience leading coalitions developing of US federal training organizations to develop government-wide resources for cybersecurity professionals cybersecurity and workforce improvement policy and initiatives for the Departments of Defense (DoD) and Homeland Security (DHS). His portfolio includes He led a coalition of US federal training organizations to develop government-wide resources for cybersecurity professionals. Mr. Scribner is responsible for the Federal Virtual Training Environment and Cybersecurity Training Events program.

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.

Bobbie Stempfley

Director, Cyber Strategy Implementation
The MITRE Corporation

Bobbie Stempley joined The MITRE Corporation as the director of cyber strategy implementation in February 2016. She had a distinguished five-year career at the Department of Homeland Security having served as the deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity strategy and emergency communications (CS&C). She joined CS&C as director of the National Cyber Security Division in 2010 and quickly became deputy assistant secretary of CS&C, and served as CS&C’s acting assistant secretary twice. Before joining DHS in 2010, Stempfley worked as the deputy chief information officer at the Defense Information Systems Agency. She holds a Masters in Computer Science from James Madison University.

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.

Mike Causey, Moderator

Senior Correspondent
Federal News Radio

Mike Causey’s daily column, the Federal Report, offers a unique take on the latest news affecting federal employees’ pay, benefits and retirement. Mike also covers these topics during his weekly radio show, Your Turn, that airs Wednesdays at 1o a.m. (EST).

Before joining Federal News Radio, Mike spent a year in the world writing for PlanetGov, after more than 30 years at the Washington Post. At the Post, Mike covered nearly every beat from cops to the first Beatle’s concert in Washington. During most of that time, he wrote the Federal Diary column.

Mike served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1957 to 1965 and attended George Washington University.

Mike tried out for the Cleveland Indians and was told to find another line of work. He also coined the term “Inside The Beltway.” Had he copyrighted it, he would not have to do things like this; but he didn’t, so he does.

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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