CyberSmart 2023: Cybersecurity Faces a Rapidly Changing Landscape

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Cybersecurity has always contended with evolving threats. As the internet has become more embedded into social and economic life and smart phones, tablets and other handheld devices become ubiquitous, bad actors have devised new attacks to capitalize on new vulnerabilities.


And just as agencies are implementing zero trust architecture to help with this wave, other IT developments are threatening to upend cybersecurity even more. For instance, artificial intelligence is being incorporated into software, even as elected officials and regulatory agencies are trying to develop new rules of the road for its use. At the same time, historically-offline operations technology is beginning to be integrated with IT systems, opening up the OT to attacks that previously weren’t feasible.


Join us as thought leaders from government and industry discuss how the continuing evolution of IT and its growing penetration into every corner of society presents new dangers, and how cybersecurity is adapting to these new conditions.


Learning Objectives

  • Outline the requirements to establish identity for both persons and devices within a zero trust architecture
  • Evaluate criteria for user-friendly methods of credentialing and system access
  • List software and platforms that have incorporated AI and which AI engines they use
  • Delineate regulatory actions being considered for controlling AI
  • Identify OT systems being used by your agency and who is responsible for their security
  • Define the points in your systems where IT and OT make direct connections
  • Review IT security plans and how to incorporate OT security

Speaker and Presenter Information

Claudia Hosky, Publisher, FedInsider

Claudia Hosky


 Michael Kennedy, Moderator & Contributing Editor, FedInsider

Michael Kennedy
Moderator & Contributing Editor,


Session 1: When it Comes to ICAM, Think Like a User 


The first pillar of a zero trust architecture is establishing identity for humans and devices alike. Humans, unlike devices, often have strong opinions about what works and what doesn’t, what is easy and what is more difficult than IT professionals realize. Our panel will discuss identity, credentialing and access management from a user’s standpoint as an essential part of encouraging support from this critical stakeholder group. 


Session 2: AI and Cybersecurity 


There is plenty of news almost every day about the rapid incorporation of artificial intelligence into software and systems, even as AI demonstrates flaws that need to be addressed. Now the public conversation concerns using AI to improve cybersecurity – even though its issues have yet to be addressed. Our panel will talk about what it will take to demonstrate that AI is ready to join the cybersecurity toolbox. 


Session 3: Pay Attention to IT/OT Convergence 


Historically, operations technology (OT) has not been connected to the internet, but as smartphones, tablets and other handheld devices continue to spread, organizations have begun to break down that barrier. Bringing IT into an OT environment offers productivity gains, but it also opens up the OT to new cyber threats. Our panel will discuss the economic and productivity drivers that are pushing this new connection and how agencies will need to adapt their cybersecurity measures in response. 

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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 14, 2023, 12:00pm - 5:00pm

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Washington, DC

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