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March 20 Cyber Resilience Summit Announces Speakers from White House, Pentagon, DHS, and HHS among others

Event focuses on IT modernization, security and resilience


Needham, MA – March 6, 2018 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) today announced the agenda is published and registration is open for its fifth semiannual Cyber Resilience Summit, co-hosted with the IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC). The Summit will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Reston Town Center in Reston, Virginia. Distinguished speakers from the White House, Pentagon, U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Defense (DOD), Health and Human Services (HHS), Agriculture (USDA), Commerce (DOC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will present.


Headline speakers Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, will keynote how DHS is strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical IT infrastructure, followed by a joint talk with Rob Joyce, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator and Major General Burke E. “Ed” Wilson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. They will discuss the Modernizing Government Technology (MGT) Act and other key policy decisions.


The agenda also includes discussions with IT standards experts, innovative federal CIOs, and policy makers including:

  • “Lessons Learned from Major IT Outages and Security Breaches” panel moderated by Dr. Bill Curtis, CISQ Executive Director, with: Dr. Ron Ross, Computer Scientist and Fellow, NIST; Adam Isles, Principal, Chertoff Group; and Michael Chung, Head of Solutions, Government, Bugcrowd
  • Fortune 100 case study, led by Marc Cohen, a vendor management practitioner, discussing how the commercial sector puts software quality standards into vendor agreements to manage acquisition and delivery
  • Second panel moderated by Dr. Curtis about “Risk Management Standards in Practice,” with: Dr. Ron Ross, Computer Scientist and Fellow, NIST; Robert Martin, Senior Principal Engineer, MITRE; Herb Krasner, University of Texas at Austin (ret.), Designer of new Texas IT reporting law; Brian E. Finch, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP; and Jeff Barksdale, Principal Security Advisor, UL
  • “Success Factors for Effective IT Modernization – FITARA and CISO Perspectives” panel with: Jose Arrieta, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Senior Procurement, HHS; Chad Sheridan, CIO, Risk Management Agency, USDA; and Rod Turk, Acting CIO, DOC

Visit to view the complete Cyber Resilience Summit agenda and to register. Government employees, elected and appointed government officials receive complimentary admission with pre-registration. The code CISQPR18 is required for complimentary media registration. General registration costs $250 USD.


The event is sponsored by Bugcrowd, CAST, CGI, Cognizant, Ishpi Information Technologies, IT-AAC, Northrop Grumman, Synopsys and Tech Mahindra. Partners are: AFCEA Washington, DC chapter, OWASP and IAOP.


About the Event Hosts


The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) is an IT leadership group that develops international standards for automating the measurement of software size and structural quality from the source code. The standards written by CISQ enable IT and business leaders to measure the risk IT applications pose to the business, as well as estimate the cost of ownership. CISQ was co-founded by the Object Management Group® (OMG®) and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University.


The Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium with representation from government, industry and academia. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes.


The IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC) is a public/private “do tank” composed of leading IT public interest groups, standards bodies and government agencies working together to fundamentally transform how the government acquires and manages IT and Cyber solutions. As the “architect of FITARA”, we are ushering in agile standards of practice and innovations emanating from the $4T Global IT market.



Ann McDonough
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