What’s the 2024 Cyber Summit by Potomac Officers Club?

What’s the 2024 Cyber Summit by Potomac Officers Club?

Government contractors looking to stay ahead of the future of cybersecurity must attend the Potomac Officers Club’s 2024 Cyber Summit. It gathers experts, leaders, and visionaries to explore everything related to cybersecurity. 


Hear from keynote speakers, namely David McKeown from the Department of Defense and Jason Tama from the U.S. Coast Guard, as they discuss CMMC, zero trust, supply chain security, and other related topics.


Save the date: June 06, 2024 (Thursday), from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET at The Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, Arlington, Virginia.


Participate in a day of discovery, collaboration, and innovation in the cyber sector.


What is cybersecurity?


Cybersecurity protects networks, devices, data, and programs from attacks and unauthorized access. Keeping the U.S. government running smoothly is critical as it deals with sensitive information in national security data, personal citizen data, and critical infrastructure systems. 


Some of the government’s major cybersecurity strategies and initiatives include the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI) and the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity. These efforts help federal agencies work together to detect, deter, and mitigate threats. 


The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) works with other agencies and the private sector to boost security and resilience in cyber sectors.


What you need to know about the 2024 Cyber Summit


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The 2024 Cyber Summit will congregate cyber experts, government leaders, and industry trailblazers to explore the cutting edge of cybersecurity.


The room will be buzzing with discussions on how cybersecurity shapes the modern world, drives innovation, and transforms organizations. 


The Potomac Officers Club’s lineup of speakers will inspire you with their insights and expertise for topics like Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), zero-trust models, supply chain security, and the future of cybersecurity.


Register now at the 2024 Cyber Summit.


What to expect at the 2024 Cyber Summit


The 2024 Cyber Summit includes a networking reception, welcome addresses and introductions, keynote speeches, and various panel discussions. The event covers topics such as resilience in cyberspace, collaborative and secure information sharing, third-party cyber risk in the public sector supply chain, and CMMC readiness. 


What are the Presidential Directives for cybersecurity?


Presidential Directives are formal instructions from the President to manage and coordinate the federal government’s cybersecurity efforts.


In 2013, President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13636 to improve critical infrastructure cybersecurity, information sharing, privacy, and adoption of cybersecurity practices. The EO tasked NIST with creating a Cybersecurity Framework and DHS with establishing a voluntary program to promote its adoption.


Under President Biden, an Executive Order on “Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity” was issued in 2021. The EO focused on modernizing federal government cybersecurity, enhancing software supply chain security, and introducing the Cybersecurity Safety Review Board to emphasize public-private partnerships.


Where does the government use cybersecurity?


The programs and services of government agencies enhance their cybersecurity capabilities. Here’s a detailed look.


Health records


The Health and Human Services’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program fortifies the security of government networks. It’s made their cybersecurity threat intelligence and response much stronger, which is crucial for protecting sensitive data related to the efforts for vaccine development during the pandemic.


Moreover, compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) sets strict standards for protecting patient data and places importance on strong cybersecurity practices in healthcare.


IT Infrastructure


The U.S. government’s IT infrastructure supports federal operations and services through various networks, systems, and data. Cybersecurity protects this infrastructure from cyberattacks, espionage, and sabotage.


The EO on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity highlights the government’s commitment to adopting best security practices, moving toward zero-trust architecture, and securing cloud services to enhance the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructure.


Meanwhile, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), a part of the Department of Homeland Security, safeguards the government’s IT infrastructure. One of its roles is to enhance the cybersecurity posture of Federal Civilian Executive Branch agencies by providing resources, tools, and guidance to manage cyber risk effectively. 


CISA also coordinates cybersecurity efforts with other government agencies, state and local governments, private-sector organizations, and international partners to strengthen collective cyber defense. Their work includes information sharing on emerging threats, providing technical assistance, and offering guidance on best cybersecurity practices.


Financial systems


Cybersecurity protects the U.S. financial systems. These systems are often prime targets for cybercriminals seeking to commit fraud or disrupt financial stability.

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