Government Resiliency: Pillars of Cybersecurity

Innovation and cybersecurity are in a head-on collision in the federal government. The growing use of connected devices under the moniker Internet of Things (Io...


One emerging concept is to take the idea of crowdsourcing and apply it to cybersecurity. The idea here is no longer can government or industry address cybersecurity in a silo and now it’s even more shortsighted than ever given the ever increasing threats.

The Homeland Security Department is starting to go down this path of collaborative cybersecurity with its automated information sharing initiative where the government and industry have begun two-way threat sharing at machine speed.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology found success with this approach with its Security Content Automation Protocol  or S-CAP program. The Defense Department too with its Security Technical Implementation Guideline or STIG standards.

But there are more opportunities to take advantage of a lot of smart people to address cyber challenges, especially as the government accelerates its adoption of open source, and better understands and validates its software supply chain.

Agencies need to team up internally and across industry to improve the automation of security tools.

The question becomes how best to do that?

Does the fact that more agencies are using cloud computing services more and more help or add more complexity to this concept?

How do organizations ensure the code is safe and trustworthy?

And there are growing concerns about supply chain reliability both from a hardware perspective, but now more and more with software?

These are among the questions agencies and industry are wrestling with today.



Jason MillerJason Miller, Federal News Radio

Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Radio. As executive editor, Jason helps direct the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of federal technology, procurement, finance and human resource news.As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, e-government and acquisition policies and programs.



Frank Konieczny, Chief Technology Officer, Air Force

Frank Konieczny

Frank Konieczny is the Chief Technology Officer, Office of Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. His current focus areas include the developing the technical target baseline, mobile enterprise solutions, data management, IdAM access/claims management, cyber and technology innovation pathfinders and advancing the Joint Information Environment.


JeffBlankJeffrey Blank, Technical Director for Endpoint Security, National Security Agency

Jeffrey Blank is the technical director for endpoint systems in the Vulnerability Solutions Office of the National Security Agency. Mr. Blank joined the NSA in 2000, and has consistently focused on Information Assurance/Cybersecurity challenges. Mr Blank’s organization performs security analyses and develops solutions using collaborative approaches between government and industry.


Marianne Bailey, Principal Deputy Director (CIO) for CyberSecurity, Office of the Secretary of Defense,  poses for his official portrait in the Army portrait studio at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., June 2, 2015.  (U.S. Army photo by Monica King/Released)Marianne Bailey, Principal Director, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Cybersecurity, Department of Defense

Marianne Bailey is the Principal Director, Deputy Chief Information
Officer for Cybersecurity, Department of Defense. In this position
she is the principal director for the Department’s Chief Information Security Officer. Ms. Bailey is responsible for ensuring the department has a well-defined and well-executed cybersecurity program and for coordinating cybersecurity standards, policies and procedures with other federal agencies, coalition partners and industry.


David Egts PhotoDavid Egts, Chief Technologist, Public Sector, Red Hat

David Egts is the Chief Technologist of Red Hat’s North America Public Sector organization. As the intersection between between public sector customers and Red Hat engineering and product management, his customer interactions and domain expertise blend customer needs with industry trends to help Red Hat define open source computing in the enterprise. He has achieved Red Hat’s highest level of certification as a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), and has received Red Hat’s highest employee honor as a Red Hat Chairman’s Award recipient.

David has a BS and MS in Computer Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business at the University of Pittsburgh.

Prior to joining Red Hat in 2007, he specialized in visual simulation, virtual reality, human computer interfaces, and scientific visualization at Silicon Graphics.

Follow David on Twitter at @davidegts and catch his weekly technology podcast at

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