August 9th at 12pm

Program will discuss:

  • Program will discuss Progress Report on CyberSecurity in the Federal Government
  • Top CyberSecurity Priorities & Best Practices
  • Opportunities for Collaboration across Government
  • Key Challenges to still overcome
  • A Vision for The Future in CyberSecurity

Dr. Ron Ross - Senior Computer Scientist and Information Security Researcher National Institute of Standards and Technology
Christopher Lowe - Associate CIO, USDA's Agriculture Security Operations Center (ASOC)
Sam Chun - Director, Cyber Security Practice, HP Enterprise Services
Ed White - Senior Director of Civilian Business Development, McAfee
David Egts - Principal Architect, Red Hat

Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group

About the Panel

Jim Flyzik
The Flyzik Group

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous government wide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore's National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.

Ron Ross
Senior Computer Scientist and Information Security Researcher

Dr. Ron Ross is a senior computer scientist and information security researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). His current areas of specialization include security requirements definition, testing and evaluation, risk management, and information assurance. Ross leads the Federal Information Security Management Act Implementation Project for NIST, which includes the development of key security standards and guidelines for the federal government, support contractors, and the United States critical information infrastructure. His recent publications include Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Publication 199 (security categorization standard), FIPS Publication 200 (security requirements standard), NIST Special Publication 800-53 (security controls guideline), NIST Special Publication 800-53A (security assessment guideline), NIST Special Publication 800-37 (security certification and accreditation guideline), and NIST Special Publication 800-39 (risk management guideline). Ross is also the principal architect of the NIST Risk Management Framework that provides a disciplined and structured methodology for integrating the suite of FISMA security standards and guidelines into a comprehensive enterprise-wide information security program.

Ross is a frequent speaker at public and private sector venues including federal agencies, state and local governments, and Fortune 500 companies. In addition to his responsibilities at NIST, Ross supports the U.S. State Department in the international outreach program for information security and critical infrastructure protection. Ross previously served as the Director of the National Information Assurance Partnership, a joint activity of NIST and the National Security Agency.

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ross served in a variety of leadership and technical positions during his twenty-year career in the United States Army. While assigned to the National Security Agency, he received the Scientific Achievement Award for his work on an inter-agency national security project and was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal upon his departure from the agency. Ross is a two-time recipient of the Federal 100 award for his leadership and technical contributions to critical information security projects affecting the federal government and has been inducted into the Information Systems Security Association Hall of Fame. During his twenty-year military career, Ross served as a White House aide and as a senior technical advisor to the Department of the Army. Ross is a graduate of the Program Management School at the Defense Systems Management College and holds both Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from the United States Naval Postgraduate School.

Christopher Lowe
Associate CIO
SDA's Agriculture Security Operations Center (ASOC)

Christopher Lowe was appointed Associate CIO for USDA's Agriculture Security Operations Center (ASOC) program in March of 2009. He provides executive leadership in security operations, architecture, and risk management, and is responsible for securing USDA networks and systems by collecting, analyzing, integrating and sharing information among the USDA component services. Mr. Lowe coordinates cyber-security situational awareness, resources, and reporting for USDA organizations and personnel in order to protect USDA programs, information and assets.

Prior to his appointment, he was the Senior Agency Information Security Officer and the Associate CIO for Infrastructure and Operations at USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). He joined FSIS in 2005, before which he spent eighteen years in international federal IT consulting, most recently as a security engineer with Booz Allen Hamilton.

Mr. Lowe received a B.A. in International Studies from Wheeling Jesuit University. He also holds current professional credentials in both information security (Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP)) and as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Sam Chun
Director, Cyber Security Practice
EDS U.S. Public Sector

Samuel Chun is the Director of the Cyber Security Practice for EDS U.S. Public Sector. He is responsible for the strategy, portfolio development and industry messaging of all cyber security solutions for EDS U.S. Public Sector clients.

Chun joined EDS, an HP company, in 2008 from the joint program office of the Secure Information Sharing Architecture Alliance (SISA), a security consortium led by Microsoft, Cisco, and EMC for the global government market. Previously he was the director of information assurance for the Enterprise Technical Services Division of TechTeam Government Solutions where he served for 10 years in a variety of internal and external security roles, including leading the company's compliance to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. He was also an infrastructure consultant for SRA International.

Chun holds a variety of industry certifications, including being a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). He is an industry authority on information security and a prolific writer having authored numerous chapters in the Information Security Management Handbook series, of which he serves as a regular contributor. He has also had articles published in works such as the Homeland Defense Journal, IT Security Magazine and Government Security News. Recently Chun provided expert testimony on the "State of Federal Information Security" at a hearing before the House Subcommittee on Government Management, Organization and Procurement. Chun is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., where he received both his bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology.

Ed White
Senior Director of Civilian Business Development

Ed White is the Senior Director of Civilian Business Development for McAfee Public Sector. He is responsible for developing McAfee's strategy for supporting the needs and policies affecting the Federal government Civilian Agencies as well as the Critical Infrastructure (CIP,CI/KR), and Healthcare Communities. A 20 year veteran of the Federal IT industry, Ed started his career in public service within the Intelligence Community and since moving to the private sector has held leadership positions in Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, HP/EDS, EMC, Wang, and McAfee. In addition, Ed actively serves as McAfee's representative supporting DHS' Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC), IT-SCC (IT Sector Coordinating Council), Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group (ICSJWG), and co-chairs the IT-SCC Protective Programs Committee and the Enduring Security Framework (ESF) Taxonomy Committee. Ed holds a BSBA from Old Dominion University.

David Egts
Principal Architect
Red Hat

David Egts is a Principal Architect at Red Hat, Inc., specializing in the application of open source enterprise infrastructure technologies within federal, state, and local government agencies, the Department of Defense, and educational institutions. Prior to joining Red Hat in 2007, he specialized in visual simulation, virtual reality, human computer interfaces, and scientific visualization at Silicon Graphics, Inc. David has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh, and is a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) and a Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS).