Accelerating Government with ACT-IAC – Episode 6 –Cybersecurity

In this episode, we have a timely conversation on a true national imperative–cybersecurity. First we talk with John Gilligan and Luke McCormack about the US Cyber Challenge program, the upcoming awards ceremony and a discussion of top cyber issues. Then we do a deep dive on federal cybersecurity priorities with Steven Hernandez, Department of Education CISO and Vice Chair of the Federal CISO Council.


John Gilligan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Internet Security, longtime industry executive and former CIO at the Department of the Air Force and Department of Energy.

Luke McCormack, National Director for the US Cyber Challenge, former DHS CIO and former Vice Chair of the Federal CIO Council.

Steven Hernandez, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Education, Vice-Chair of the Federal CISO Council and Government Chair of the ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest.

Additional Resources:

To register for the ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Summit and US Cyber Challenge Awards Program on Wednesday, October 6th, go to the ACT-IAC website:

Moving the US Government Towards Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles:

ACT-IAC Report: Zero Trust Report: Lessons Learned from Vendor and Partner Research:

ACT-IAC Report: Zero Trust Cybersecurity Current Trends:

To learn more about the ACT-IAC Cybersecurity Community of Interest (COI):