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When it comes to cybersecurity, state and local have an opportunity to build on significant work already done by the federal government.

This includes standards and processes for defining an overarching cyber framework and establishing a baseline for cloud security, as well as a contract for buying continuous diagnostics and mitigation solutions.

Register now to watch this free virtual event on demand, where federal cybersecurity experts provide state and local officials with information on best practices and key resources for improving the security of government systems.

Featured Speakers:

  • Matthew Barrett
  • Program Manager, NIST Cybersecurity Framework
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    Mr. Barrett and his team are responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with both private and public sector Cybersecurity Framework stakeholders. Mr. Barrett works through those relationships to provide perspective and guidance, as well as gather input on use of the Framework and to inform broader NIST cybersecurity activities.

    Matt is also known for his program management of the Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) Program and NIST’s support of OMB's Federal Desktop Core Configuration initiative (predecessor to the U.S. Government Consensus Baseline initiative). Previous to NIST and over the past decade, Matt has served in various IT security executive roles.

  • Paul Christman
  • Vice President, Dell Software Federal
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    Paul Christman manages Dell Software’s Federal sales and services division. In his current role, Paul oversees end-user business development, manages channel and integrator relationships, and coordinates marketing functions. He is also responsible for consulting services sales and delivery. He is in charge of long term growth and overall profitability as well as day-to-day operations.

    Paul is a nationally recognized expert on enterprise software in the domains of cybersecurity, information management, cloud services, and mobile device management. He has dedicated the past 20 years of his career to supporting the missions of public sector organizations. Paul regularly speaks at conferences about the business of government and the challenges created by the adoption of innovative technologies. He has wide ranging experience in government purchasing, contracting, consulting, and software product marketing.

    Paul joined Quest Software in 2005 (acquired by Dell in 2012) as Director of Sales, leading teams responsible for creating strategic technology relationships with state and local governments and higher education institutions nationwide. Previously, he spent four years at Veritas Software (acquired by Symantec in 2004) as National Sales Manager and Business Development Manager for state and local governments and public education customers. Prior to joining Veritas Software, Paul was a district manager for Metiom, an electronic procurement software company that focused on automating government purchasing. Paul also held various sales and sales management positions at Microsoft and Lotus. Paul graduated with honors from Hamilton College with a degree in psychology. He serves on the board of directors of the USO of Metropolitan Washington.

  • John Hamilton
  • FedRAMP Program Manager for Operations
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    John Hamilton serves as the FedRAMP Program Manager for Operations. In this role, John oversees much of the FedRAMP PMO research and development work and is responsible for facilitating the full implementation of the FedRAMP Forward 2 Year Strategic Plan released in December 2014. He also works to ensure that all of the lessons learned from the FedRAMP Review and Approve (R&A) process are fully incorporated in the guidance documents, trainings, and materials available for all FedRAMP stakeholders. John previously worked for Accenture Federal Services and Booz Allen Hamilton and has extensive experience in working to improve program efficiencies. He brings a wealth of systems security engineering knowledge through working on PKI rollouts at DOL and mobility policy development/enforcement at DOD.

  • Jim Quinn
  • Lead System Engineer CDM Program, Department of Homeland Security
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    Mr. Quinn currently serves as the Lead System Engineer for the CDM program for Department of Homeland Security, where he is the primary technical point of contact for the $6B CDM BPA and the CDM Dashboard contract.

    Prior to this position, he served as Deputy CTO for the NPPD OCIO, after being the Deputy CISO for DHS Enterprise Services (to include both the OneNet and the DHS Data Centers). Much of the work in the Enterprise Service space combined driving cost efficiencies with providing strong security outcomes.

    He original came to DHS in 2002 as the Senior Engineer/Architect for the IT Services Organization supporting the DHS Office of the CIO. He had been the key designer of almost all of the major IT services offered by the Department.

    Before joining Homeland Security, Mr. Quinn had over thirty years of experience in the network and system development space. He had been the Director of IP development for Alcatel for service provider class routers, the Director of Quality Engineering for Cabletron, Technical Director for multiple groups during his twenty year career at Digital Equipment Corporation.

    Before joining Digital, Mr. Quinn was on the faculty of the State University of Albany as the Academic Services lead for research where he incorporated many new technologies into the University Academic programs as well as the development of computer tools and methods in support of research programs being performed on campus. He served in the US Army as an Operations Research/System Analyst working on determining cost effectiveness for future artillery weapon systems.

    Mr. Quinn hold a B.Sc. (Honours) in Theoretical Mathematics with a minor in Research Methods from Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, Nova Scotia and has received recognition from: International Who’s Who in Information Technology, Who’s Who in Global Business Leaders, and Who’s Who in America, GISLA (2013) and NextGov Bold (2014).

11:00 - 11:15AM ET
Opening Remarks
Troy Schneider
Editor-in-Chief, GCN
11:15 - 11:55AM ET
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework
The NIST Framework is voluntary guidance, based on existing standards, guidelines, and practices, for critical infrastructure organizations to better manage and reduce cybersecurity risk. In addition to helping organizations manage and reduce risks, it can foster risk and cybersecurity management communications amongst both internal and external organizational stakeholders.

Topics include:
- An overview of the Cybersecurity Framework
- Examples of how state and local agencies are using the framework and related NIST resources
- How the framework strengthens cloud-related security initiatives
Matthew Barrett
Program Manager, NIST Cybersecurity Framework
11:55AM -
12:10PM ET
NIST Cybersecurity Framework Knowledge Partner Session
Paul Christman
Vice President, Dell Software Federal
12:10 - 12:50PM ET
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)
The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is a government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. A mandate for federal agencies, FedRAMP is equally applicable for state and local agencies moving into the cloud, according to Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Director at the General Services Administration, which is spearheading this program.

Topics include:
- An overview and update on the FedRAMP program
- How FedRAMP is being implemented in the federal government and lessons learned so far
- How state and local agenies can reuse components of FedRAMP in their own organizations
John Hamilton
FedRAMP Program Manager for Operations
12:50 - 1:30PM ET
Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program
The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, created by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the General Services Administration (GSA) ensures all federal civilian agencies, state and local agencies, and the defense sector have access to continuous monitoring sensors, diagnosis, mitigation tools, dashboards, and continuous monitoring as a service to strengthen the security posture of government networks. The program's goal is to protect cyberspace environments from cyber-attack threats that are continuously growing and evolving.

Topics include:
- How state and local agencies can leverage existing CDM blanket purchase agreements to get access to key tools (and to take advantage of federal discounts)
- How the CDM program is evolving and what lessons have been learned in federal deployments
- Additional DHS cybersecurity activities that could benefit state and local agencies
Jim Quinn
Lead System Engineer CDM Program, Department of Homeland Security

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