ICIT 2021 Fall Briefing -- Crossing the Digital Divide | Session 2: Securing the Perimeter

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ICIT 2021 Fall Briefing

The 2021 ICIT Fall Briefing Series will be hosted on-line as a series of three weekly virtual events focused on cyber convergence or integrating physical and cyber security strategies. CISA suggests that business leaders develop a “…holistic security strategy that aligns cybersecurity and physical security functions…”. By bringing together top public and private sector leaders, ICIT is advancing the conversation about the importance of protecting our Nation’s critical infrastructures by hosting thought-provoking dialogue about the impact of cyber-physical attacks.

Each week will feature presentations and sessions on a different theme.

Virtual Series:

  • Nov. 16: Disruptions from the Digital World: The impact of ransomware on critical infrastructures
  • Nov. 23: Securing the Perimeter: Reconciling zero trust and the expanding attack surface
  • Nov. 30: Walking the Line: Balancing innovation and governance


**Attend all three ICIT Virtual Briefings and redeem for a SWAG pack including an assortment of high quality branded items bundled together and a copy of: Securing the Nation's Critical Infrastructures: A Guide for the 2021 Administration.


Securing the Perimeter: Reconciling Zero Trust and the Expanding Attack Surface (Session 2 of 3)

2021 saw a marked increase in activity related to zero trust between increasingly sophisticated actors and the Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity mandating agencies develop implementation plans. However, these are not the only reasons leaders should embrace the zero trust model: IoT and IIoT devices and the rapid adoption of remote work environments have increased the attack surface for both cyber and physical attacks.


In this session, the executive panelists will discuss how applying the zero trust mindset to a converged security strategy can protect digital and physical assets. When physical and cyber security function in silos, organizations have a higher risk of vulnerabilities. Applying a unified zero trust mindset to security will decrease the risk for successful attacks.



Session Outcomes:

  • Gain executive insights on applying the zero-trust mindset to physical and digital perimeter security
  • Understand how the increasing attack surface and industry shifts (such as work from home or BYOD) may impact your perimeter
  • Understand the overlap between the CIA triad and zero trust principles for positioning your organization’s zero trust adoption
  • Discussion of how the implementation requirements from Executive Order 14028, Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, apply to the private sector
  • Interpret actionable recommendations for mitigation and integrating cyber risk strategies in your organization

Speaker and Presenter Information

Greg Sisson, CISO, Department of Energy


Major Steven Whitham, Research Scientist, Army Cyber Institute, West Point Military Academy​ (invited)


Renata Spinks, CTO, US Marine Corps (invited)


Don Maclean, ICIT Fellow & Chief Technologist , DLT


Chris Roberts, Federal Technology Director, Quest Software

Joyce Hunter, Executive Director, ICIT- Moderator

Relevant Government Agencies

Air Force, Army, Navy & Marine Corps, Intelligence Agencies, DOD & Military, Office of the President (includes OMB), Dept of Agriculture, Dept of Commerce, Dept of Education, Dept of Energy, Dept of Health & Human Services, Dept of Homeland Security, Dept of Housing & Urban Development, Dept of the Interior, Dept of Justice, Dept of Labor, Dept of State, Dept of Transportation, Dept of Treasury, Dept of Veterans Affairs, EPA, GSA, USPS, SSA, NASA, Other Federal Agencies, Legislative Agencies (GAO, GPO, LOC, etc.), Judicial Branch Agencies, State Government, County Government, City Government, Municipal Government, CIA, FEMA, Office of Personnel Management, Coast Guard, National Institutes of Health, FAA, Census Bureau, USAID, National Guard Association, EEOC, Federal Government, State & Local Government, FDA, Foreign Governments/Agencies, NSA, FCC

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Tue, Nov 23, 2021, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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