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  • CenturyLink 4250 N. Fairfax Drive, 2nd Floor Arlington, VA 22203 United States (map)
  • 4250 N. Fairfax Drive, 2nd Floor
  • Arlington , VA
  • United States

Bridging the Cyber Talent Gap in Government

Recent reports estimate that there will be a staggering 3.5 million unfilled cyber positons in 2021.  Cybersecurity engineers who possess the right certifications and education can command top salaries at any company they choose.

The Federal government is the #1 target for cybercriminals, so, in the face of this shortage of cyber talent, how can government organizations succeed in the race for cyber talent?

Join us AFFIRM and the US Cyber Challenge on March 21, 2019 as we take an in-depth look at how government can effectively build a strong defense to mitigate the growing threat from cybercriminals.  

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Opening Remarks

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Scott Barnett, Vice President, Department of Defense Sales, CenturyLink


Adrian Gardner, President, AFFIRM


Glenn Hernandez, National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Master of Ceremony

Ira Hobbs, Principal, Hobbs & Hobbs LLC

Opening Keynote

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Adrienne Lotto, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy

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John M. Gilligan, President & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS)


Glenn Hernandez, National Director, U.S. Cyber Challenge

Panel 1 – Securing our Nation’s Critical Infrastructure

The United States’ critical infrastructures consist of the physical and cyber assets of public and private institutions across many sectors including agriculture, food, water, public health, emergency services, government, defense industrial base, information and telecommunications, energy, transportation, banking and finance, chemicals and hazardous materials, and postal and shipping.  Cyberspace is the nervous system of these infrastructures—the control system of our country.

This panel will discuss the role of cyber professionals in securing our critical infrastructure to reduce the risk of systemic cybersecurity and communications challenges.


Major General Joseph Brendler, (US Army, retired), former Chief of Staff, U.S. Cyber Command, and currently Principal, Deep Water Point

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Kenneth Carnes, VP Critical Secure Services & CISO, New York Power Authority


Jason Carrier, Cyber Discovery and Counter Infiltration Lead in support of DARPA, SecuriGence


LTG Reynold N. Hoover, former Deputy Commander, United States Northern Command


Howard Whyte, Chief Information Officer, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation

Panel 2 – Making Government the Cyber Professional’s Employer of Choice

The Federal cybersecurity workforce is entrusted with the mission of protecting government information technology systems, networks, and data from the most sophisticated adversaries; safeguarding sensitive data; supporting our Nation’s financial systems; and securing our critical infrastructure, and intelligence systems.  The mission of protecting our country from threats provides a strong incentive to closing the cybersecurity knowledge gap in government.

This panel will discuss government efforts in building a diverse and robust cyber workforce today.


Chris Dorobek, Founder, Publisher, Editor, GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER (Moderator)


Stacy Dawn, Chief Information Security Officer and Chief Privacy Officer, Export-Import Bank of the United States


Jason Gray, Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Education

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Tiina Rodrigue, Chief Information Security Officer, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

U.S. Cyber Challenge:

The mission of U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is to identify and train the nation’s rising talent in cybersecurity and reduce the workforce gap nationwide. Through the administration of competitions and in-person bootcamp programming, USCC validates skill sets of individuals and helps them down the path of a successful career in cybersecurity. USCC also manages CyberCompEx.org (CCX), a social networking site designed to bring together both experienced professionals and novices as they endeavor to increase their knowledge in the field. CCX also provides a career portal where job seekers and recruiters can connect to fill open positions. Visit www.USCyberChallenge.org to learn more about competitions and camp programming.

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U.S. Cyber Challenge (USCC) is a program of the Center for Internet Security, a 501(c)3 organization. For more information on the Center, please visit www.uscyberchallenge.org.


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