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Security Chapter: 
Paper Security vs. Real Security

The federal government faces multiple threats daily from cyber criminals and nation states looking to attack critical infrastructure, steal critical data, and launch malware and crippling denial of services attacks.  Meanwhile, an increasingly distributed, remote workforce scattered across the country requires more robust protection for the devices they rely on. In response, the federal government has launched numerous programs, policy directives, and presidential executive orders to strengthen the IT infrastructure and information assets of civilian and defense agencies against internal and external cyberattacks. With those initiatives and a layered security approach using multiple tools and policies to safeguard networks, most federal agencies on paper appear secure. But are they?

This webinar will explore how agencies can apply the right mix of technology, processes, policy, and workforce strategies to ensure that security initiatives are effective. Speakers will discuss how agencies can successfully apply the various mandates and programs to strengthen protection across the government enterprise.

Please join AFCEA Bethesda on December 9, 2020 as federal IT security leaders and decision-makers discuss how agencies can be more proactive to mitigate threats before they escalate.


Dan Daly

Deputy Director, Information  Assurance & Cybersecurity Division and Acting Deputy CISO


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Lawrence Hale

Director, IT Security subcategory, Office of Information Technology Category


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Alen Kirkorian

Division Chief, Innovative Strategy and Security

U.S. Department of State

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Matthew Shallbetter

Director of Security Design | Innovation


Andrea Simpson

Chief Information Security Officer 


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Moderator: Derek Johnson

Senior Reporter

CyberRisk Alliance

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