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Conference Program

2022 Security Conference Program

Thursday, Aug. 18, 2022

Archived Presentations

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8:45 a.m.
Welcome - Michael Watson, Chief Information Security Officer of the Commonwealth

2022 CISO Michael Watson

With over 19 years of experience working in the information security field, Michael leads the commonwealth security and risk management team which provides security governance, oversight, and risk management for the executive, judicial and legislative branches of government in Virginia.

Michael holds a graduate degree in telecommunications with a focus on security and management from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), incident handler, intrusion analyst, penetration tester and information systems auditor. 

9 - 9:05 a.m.
Opening remarks - Robert Osmond, Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth

Robert Osmond, Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth

As CIO, Osmond leads the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA). He brings vast experience in public and private sector technology to the role, having most recently led information technology, process improvement, and strategic innovation as the Chief of Technology and Business Strategy at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). Prior to his role as Chief, he served as the division administrator of VDOT’s information technology division.

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9:05 - 9:55 a.m.
Keynote: Jeanette Manfra - Director, Risk and Compliance at Google Cloud


Enabling Security Transformation

Jeanette is focused on helping customers, particularly those in regulated industries, build and maintain the highest levels of security and trust into their technical infrastructure and services.

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10:05 - 10:55 a.m.
Topical sessions (choose one)
Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Cyber Resilience: Turning your enterprise into a phoenix rising from the virtual ashes
Beth Burgin Waller, Esq., Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC
How work-from-home conditions changed security architectures and what you can do to adapt to this new security environment
Randy Marchany – University Information Technology Security Officer, Virginia Tech
A new world: post-pandemic information security architecture
Dan Han – Chief Information Security Officer, Virginia Commonwealth University
11:05 - 11:55 a.m.
Topical sessions (choose one)
Track 1 Track 2
Begin with the end in mind: information systems from a RIM perspective
Katie Ray – Records Management Analyst, Library of Virginia
SSH key creation: walking through the steps and necessary configurations needed to begin using SSH keys
Beth Lancaster – IT Security Analyst, Virginia Tech
12:45 - 12:50 p.m.
Introduction of Secretary of Administration

Introduction of Secretary of Administration by Robert Osmond, Chief Information Officer of the Commonwealth.

12:50 - 1 p.m.
Remarks - Margaret “Lyn” McDermid, Secretary of Administration

2022-Secretary of Administration Lyn McDermid

Secretary of Administration, Lyn McDermid brings vast knowledge and experience to the Commonwealth. At a young age, Lyn was the first woman accepted to the Apprentice School at Newport News Shipbuilding. She received a B.A. from Mary Baldwin College and an MBA from the University of Richmond.

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1 - 1:05 p.m.
Introduction of afternoon keynote

Introduction of afternoon keynote by Michael Watson, Chief Information Security Officer of the Commonwealth.

1:05 - 1:55 p.m.
Keynote: Lisa Watson – Managing Director of Human Resources, Virginia Housing


People: Our Shared Dilemma

Lisa's professional experience spans Fortune 500, state government and nonprofit leadership roles. She received her undergraduate degree in Engineering/Mathematics and an MBA from Ohio State University. She received her law degree from Capital University Law School.

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2 - 2:50 p.m.
Fireside Chat Moderated by Michael Watson

State of States: A conversation with technology leaders from Georgia, Kansas and Texas

2022 Dr. Burns Wallace 2022 David Allen 2022-Amanda Crawford 
Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace
Kansas Secretary of Administration/
Chief Technology Information Officer

David Allen
Georgia Chief Information Security Officer 

Amanda Crawford
 Executive Director Texas Department of Information Resources/
Texas Chief Information Officer

From the whole-of-state approach to cybersecurity, to federal cybersecurity grants that are in the pipeline for many states, to the "zero trust" concept, many states are facing the same challenges and struggles as they transition to a hybrid work environment.

We are excited to focus on these topics and more in a discussion entitled "State of the states: A conversation with technology leaders from Georgia, Kansas and Texas." Our guests include Chief Information Security Officer for Georgia David Allen, Secretary of Administration and Chief Information Technology Officer for Kansas Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace and Executive Director for the Texas Department of Information Resources/Texas Chief Information Officer Amanda Crawford.

3 - 3:50 p.m.
Topical sessions (choose one)
Track 1 Track 2 Track 3
Cybersecurity Innovation: Building a Strong and Resilient Cyber Ecosystem in Virginia
Aliscia Andrews, Deputy Secretary of Cybersecurity, Commonwealth of Virginia

Managing Crisis Communications – DHS Case Study: Operation Vaccinate Our Workforce
Caitlin Justesen – Executive Communications Adviser for FEMA
Cybersecurity Strategy: How National Security is Aligning to EO14028
Shawn Kingsberry – Vice President, Cyber - SAIC Digital Innovation Factory
3:50 - 4 p.m.
Closing remarks

Closing remarks by Michael Watson, Chief Information Security Officer of the Commonwealth.

Thank you for attending the 2022 Commonwealth of Virginia Information Security Conference!