Top Biden Administration Cyber Leaders Headline Billington CyberSecurity Defense Summit

April 22 Virtual Event Examines Paradigm Shift in Data Security

WASHINGTON--()--Multiple senior Biden Administration cybersecurity officials will speak at a public summit for the first time at the Billington CyberSecurity Defense Summit on April 22. Chris DeRusha, Federal CISO; Chris Inglis, White House National Cyber Director Nominee; Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, CISA; Brandon Wales, Acting Director, CISA, DHS; and John Sherman, Acting CIO, DOD will chart the acute need for a paradigm shift toward data security and Zero Trust in the new normal.

“It is a vitally important time to create a new paradigm shift in data security, hence we are launching the CyberSecurity Defense Summit. The extreme uncertainty surrounding cybersecurity coupled with the impressive new cybersecurity leadership beginning in the Biden Administration make this event extremely timely,” explained Tom Billington, CEO and Founder, Billington CyberSecurity, a leading cyber education company for senior executives.

Presented by Raytheon Intelligence & Space, the Billington event will convene senior cyber government decision-makers from NIST, the FBI, the Department of Education, the U.S. Air Force, the Department of Defense, among other distinguished organizations.

Other public and private sector participants include:

  • Rep. Mike Gallagher (WI-08), (Co-Chair, Cyberspace Solarium Commission)
  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Gregory Touhill, Former Federal CISO
  • John Sherman, Acting CIO, DoD
  • Tonya Ugoretz, DAD, Cyber Readiness, Outreach, and Intelligence Branch, FBI
  • Ret. Gen. Keith Alexander, Founder and Co-CEO, IronNet Security
  • Alper Kerman, Security Engineer, Project Manager, NCCoE, NIST
  • Wanda Jones-Heath, Principal Cyber Advisor (Acting), CISO, USAF
  • Steven Hernandez, CISO, DOE
  • Juliana Vida, Chief Technical Advisor – Public Sector, Splunk
  • Ray DeMeo, Co-Founder and SVP, Public Sector Business, Virsec
  • Jason Garbis, SVP of Product, Appgate Federal Group
  • Allan Liska, Senior Security Architect, Recorded Future
  • Sean Frazier, Federal CSO, OKTA
  • Suzanne Spaulding, Senior Adviser for Homeland Security and Director of the Defending Democratic Institutions Project, CSIS (Member, Cyberspace Solarium Commission)
  • John DeSimone, Vice President, Cybersecurity, Training and Services, Raytheon Intelligence & Space
  • Tom Richey, VP, Global Cybersecurity, Raytheon Intelligence & Space
  • Brett Scarborough, Director, Business Development and Federal-Civilian Account Executive, Cyber, Training and Services, Raytheon Intelligence and Space
  • Teresa Shea, VP, Cyber Offense and Defense Experts (CODEX) for Raytheon Intelligence and Space
  • Jon Check, Senior Director Cyber Protection Solutions, Raytheon Intelligence and Space
  • David Holmes, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research
  • Kevin Roth, Solutions Director, Raytheon Intelligence and Space

“Recent well-publicized security breaches highlight the need for a paradigm shift to protect our nation from real, ever present, and dynamically evolving cyber threats,” said John DeSimone, vice president, Cybersecurity, Training and Services, Raytheon Intelligence & Space. “That’s why we are proud to engage in important discussions like these with the cyber community and support its need to drive towards enhanced data security and to implement Zero Trust.”

The conference will examine in more detail Zero Trust, a security concept requiring all users to be authenticated, authorized, and continuously validated, and the importance of public-private partnerships and the practical ways to implement data governance and Zero Trust in government.

The virtual event takes place from 10:30am-3pm on April 22. Agenda topics include:

  • Fireside Chats with Top Cyber Appointees in the Biden Administration
  • Why a Paradigm Shift is Needed for Cybersecurity
  • Fireside Chat: The Top Cybersecurity Threats Facing Government and Industry
  • Implementation of Zero Trust
  • Policy Perspectives in the Cybersecurity Crisis from the Solarium Commission
  • Fireside Chat: The Long-Term Perspective on Federal Cybersecurity

Raytheon Intelligence & Space is the presenting sponsor. Gold Sponsors include Appgate, Virsec, Recorded Future, Splunk, and OKTA. Continuing Education Sponsors are (ISC)2 and CompTia. Tickets for corporate attendees are $195; military/government/press are free; and students/nonprofits are $25. Attendees may register online at

Press interested in covering should contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609.


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Multiple Biden cybersecurity officials will speak at a public summit for the first time at the Billington CyberSecurity Defense Summit on April 22.

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