Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20004


March, 8, 2023

Join leading experts from industry and public sector organizations as we separate zero trust fact from fiction. You'll discover lessons learned and best practices in achieving the promise of a zero trust platform. Walk away with practical insights to strengthen your organization’s security posture, streamline access to applications, all while delivering an optimized digital experience for your users from any location.

Join us for this exciting agenda *Agenda is subject to change

8:30am – 9:30am


9:30AM – 9:35AM

Pete Amirkhan

SVP, Public Sector

9:35AM – 10:05AM

Jay Chaudhry

CEO, Chairman and Founder,

Melinda Rogers

Department of Justice

Public sector policies and executive order mandates are pushing agencies to adopt a “trust nothing, inspect everything” approach to protecting government systems and data. Join Jay Chaudhry, CEO, Zscaler, and public sector IT executives as they look beyond the mandates to explore the foundational principles of a zero trust architecture. The discussion will highlight how agencies can build a zero trust security model for tomorrow’s threats and accelerate their journey to improving their cyber posture.

10:05am – 10:30am

Chris DeRusha

Federal CISO and Deputy National Cyber Director,

Improving the nation’s cybersecurity against increasingly sophisticated and persistent threats is a top priority for the Administration – and the agencies serving the American people. Hear from Federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha on why a zero trust approach is critical to advancing agency security and the efforts of the Federal government to modernize our nation’s cyber posture."

10:30am – 10:50am

Ensuring Great User Experience in Zero Trust Environments
Sanjit Ganguli

VP, Transformation Strategy, Field CTO,

Jack McCarthy

State of New Jersey Judiciary

Ron Wildmann

Assistant Dir. Technical Services and Infrastructure,
State of New Jersey Judiciary

10:50am – 11:15am


11:15am – 11:45am

Danny Connelly

America's CISO,

Roger Gibson

State of NJ

Gerald Caron

International Trade Administration

Dr. Aaron Drew


Amy Parde

Director of Cybersecurity Operations,
Lockheed Martin

There are many paths to zero trust. In this session, experts from the State of New Jersey, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Veteran Affairs, and Lockheed Martin share insights from their zero trust journeys, including how they incorporated zero trust principles into their overall cybersecurity strategies, key wins and lessons learned along the way, and what lies ahead on their zero trust roadmaps.

11:45am – 12:10pm

Jose Padin

Public Sector Chief Transformation Officer,

Robert (Bob) Costello

Chief Information Officer,

Jeff Worthington

Executive Strategist,

Jameeka Green Aaron

Okta CIC

As agencies accelerate their digital modernization efforts, prioritizing cybersecurity is critical to keeping government networks protected from ongoing cyberattacks. In this session, we’ll explore how zero trust security solutions can be seamlessly integrated into modernization roadmaps to improve an agency’s cybersecurity posture on their path to digital transformation.

12:10PM – 12:35pm

David A. Shive

Chief Information Officer,

Bo Berlas

Chief Information Security Officer,

The General Services Administration (GSA) has its fingers on the pulse of the emerging tech that will modernize, improve, and secure government agencies – including their own. Join this session to learn how the GSA is aligning operations to meet OMB mandates and shifting their workloads to the cloud, all while building a diverse workplace culture that breaks down the silos and inspires innovation.

12:35pm – 1:20pm

Lunch / Networking

1:20pm – 1:50pm

Stephen Kovac

Chief Compliance Officer,

Leah McGrath

Executive Director,

Brian Conrad

Acting FedRAMP Director,
(pending agency approval)

Sean Connelly

Sr. Cybersecurity Architect & TIC Program Manager,

Keeping up with compliance requirements and new security standards can be daunting. The FedRAMP Authorization Act, as included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, will usher in a new era for FedRAMP and other programs that follow its lead. In this session, leaders from FedRAMP, StateRAMP, and CISA will share insights on today’s compliance requirements, how industry collaboration can help agencies implement government mandates, and what lies ahead in government cybersecurity policy.

1:50pm – 2:00pm

Adam Hesch

Lead Architect for Aerospace and Defense (A&D)
Amazon Web Service

Zero Trust was coined 13 years ago, but didn't find real implementation until the last 5 years and has seen explosive growth since. As agencies tackle the challenges of implementing Zero Trust today, they are left wondering what comes next. Join this session to learn about how AWS and ZScaler are collaborating to create a Zero Trust ecosystem, built on open standards, that meets the needs of today and innovation of tomorrow.

2:00pm – 2:20pm


2:20pm – 2:45pm

Deepen Desai

Global CISO, Head of Security Research & Ops,

Dhawal Sharma

VP of Product Management,

With a constantly evolving threat landscape, being cyber secure is only part of the battle. To be fully prepared, agencies must also be cyber resilient – ready to maintain and quickly restore security, operations, and services in the face of any threat. Join this session as we discuss the evolving threat landscape, trends and the importance of real time information sharing, the importance of public-private partnerships, and how agencies can leverage insights from the Joint Cyber Defense Collaborative (JCDC) to fortify their networks.

2:45pm – 3:10pm

Hansang Bae

CTO, Public Sector,

Padraig Moloney

VP External Technologies,

Conrad Maiorino

System Engineer, US Public Sector,

As the technology landscape evolves, public sector organizations face a dual challenge – staying ahead of the tech curve and struggling with a widening talent gap. Join this session to hear Hansang Bae, Zscaler’s Chief Public Sector Technologist discuss the future of cybersecurity addressing today’s skills gap to prepare for the future – with a focus on next generation technologies and innovations to keep our nation secure.

3:10pm – 3:15pm

Thank You & Networking Kick Off
Drew Schnabel

AVP US Government Solutions,

3:15pm – 4:15pm

Networking Reception

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