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Last week, Axonius Federal Systems hosted its first Federal Forum in Washington D.C., including cybersecurity leaders from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), The White House Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and partners from the private sector. The following is a recap of Adapt 2023.
Tom Kennedy, Vice President of Axonius Federal Systems served as the emcee of the day, welcoming attendees and introducing speakers. Adapt 2023, the first annual conference from Axonius, brought together United States federal agency cybersecurity leaders and partners from the private sector to network, learn, and see how their peers are addressing challenges.
Axonius SVP of Global Sales Nick Degnan kicked off the event with a keynote focused on what he's heard from Axonius federal government customers around the challenges they face managing and securing assets in dynamic, large-scale environments. When agencies are able to get a full understanding of their devices, users, software, SaaS applications, and security controls, every initiative - from IT hygiene to GRC - becomes more effective and efficient.
We were incredibly fortunate to welcome Anjana Rajan, Assistant National Cyber Director for Technology Security at The White House, Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) in an interview with John Curran, Executive Editor at MeriTalk. A cryptographer by training, technology executive and entrepreneur, a former elite triathlete who raced for Team USA at two World Championships, and cellist who currently plays with the Avanti Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C, Anjana is high in the ranking for Most Interesting Person in the World.
During the interview, Anjana gave tangible, real-world examples of applying the National Cybersecurity Strategy to open-source software, artificial intelligence, space, the global supply chain, and more. Coverage of Anjana's panel can be found on MeriTalk: ONCD Launching Cyber Roadshow Focused on Space Sector. To hear Anjana on another recent panel, check out Fireside Chat: The National Cyber Strategy and Evolving Cyber Priorities from GovCIO.
Thank you @AxoniusInc and @MeriTalk for inviting me to speak about how @ONCD is applying the National Cybersecurity Strategy to real world issues, like open source software, generative AI, and space. It was a privilege to share the stage with @Simone_Biles and @CISAJen.— Anjana Rajan (@anjaninna) April 14, 2023
I had the opportunity to moderate a panel on securing SaaS applications with Chris Hughes, Co-founder and Chief Information Security Officer at Aquia, Shawnte Singletary, Deputy Director for the Division of Security and Policy at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Dean Sysman, Co-founder and CEO at Axonius.
Starting from each panelist's definition of SaaS Management, the panel then covered:
Next was a panel on M-21-31 - a clear directive for federal agencies to advance logging capabilities, including log retention and management, “with a focus on ensuring centralized access and visibility for the highest-level enterprise security operations center (SOC) of each agency.”
Brian 'Stretch' Meyer, Senior Director of Federal Sales Engineering at Axonius Federal Systems, moderated the conversation with Dave Dalling, Cyber Chief Technology Officer at Accenture Federal Services, Daniel Flanders, Senior Solutions Engineer at Splunk, and Joe Kim, Chief Technology Officer at
In late 2022, CISA released its first strategic plan, outlining a unified approach to ensuring secure and resilient critical infrastructure for the American people. In part one of a two-part closing panel, Tim Starks, Cybersecurity 202 author at The Washington Post, interviewed Jen Easterly, Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
Read more about the interview and the "Secure by Design" approach on MeriTalk at Easterly: Secure-by-Design Aims to Drive Down Vulnerabilities and U.S. launches secure software push with new guidelines by Tim Starks at Washington Post.
Finally, I was honored to close the day by welcoming one of the greatest athletes of all time, Axonius partner Simone Biles, to the stage for a wide-ranging conversation with Director Easterly on overcoming complexity in both our personal and professional lives.
During the panel, Director Easterly and Simone Biles discussed how they prioritize mental health, the importance of building a strong support group, and using their platforms to give back. Throughout our partnership with Simone, we've often heard the question "What does Simone Biles have to do with cybersecurity?". This panel was a great example of how cybersecurity professionals and legendary athletes are similar: complexity in life is inevitable. It's how you adapt, grow, and give back that defines you.
#MentalHealthISHealth! So a-mazing(!) to join mental health advocate & greatest gymnast of all time @Simone_Biles today at @AxoniusInc's event to talk about the intersection of cybersecurity & mental wellness. #YouAreNotAlone @Cybermindz pic.twitter.com/AfKXL8sLEp— Jen🛡Easterly (@CISAJen) April 13, 2023
The sports world collides with cyber, as gymnast @Simone_Biles speaks on a panel at an Axonius event with CISA Director @CISAJen pic.twitter.com/hq465pboxP— Maggie Miller (@magmill95) April 13, 2023
We want to thank everyone who took the time to contribute, speak, and attend the first-ever Axonius Federal Forum. We know how valuable your time is, and we truly appreciate your participation. For more information about Axonius and how we help federal agencies control complexity, request a demo or contact us.
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