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Cyber Security: (Professional) Networking to Reduce Risk

From Leadership Connect & ITI

The federal government is concurrently rolling out several initiatives—including directives from the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity, the DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s revision of critical cyber guidance—that all bring considerable implications for federal contractors. Compliance with this patchwork of requirements requires close collaboration between industry and government as well as an understanding of who to go to for support and guidance. Cybersecurity is a challenge but it’s also a great opportunity to learn and build networks (both digital and professional!) for support.

This webinar will focus on Cyber Security partnerships across all levels of the government and with the Private Sector. Panelists will share their best practice secrets for success by building the right relationships before they are needed. These subject matter experts will provide practical solutions to help you navigate the complex journey from policy to implementation and identifying the right partners.

About Cyber Week

Join over 10,000 influential leaders from the cybersecurity community at CyberWeek, the nation’s largest week-long cybersecurity festival focused on digital threats, best practices and the U.S. government’s work on improving cyberspace. CyberWeek is an annual movement bringing together top C-Suite leaders from major technology companies, state and federal government agencies, and other influential decision-makers across hundreds of community-driven events. The goal? Sharing best practices and sparking collaboration on big ideas that will revolutionize technology in the U.S. and fend off the next generation of attackers.

Learning Objective(s)

  • Impactful partnerships that can help contractors achieve desired cybersecurity outcomes.

  • What strategies (whether public private partnerships or data sharing) brought success?

  • Who is leading cyber initiatives the public/private sector?

  • What policies are making a difference?


stephanie duchesneau Stephanie Duchesneau

Public Policy Manager
Google Cloud

Experienced policy manager and former engineering program manager leading projects at the intersection of policy and technology. First hire to a new policy team handling global security policy for Google Cloud, currently leading U.S. security initiatives. Previously led policy, compliance, communication, and industry relations for Google’s domain registry and registrar. Practical policy experience in issue areas including DNS, security, Internet governance, online content regulation, abuse handing, privacy, broadband measurement, intellectual property, and information access. Deep love of working with technology and technologists.

rex booth Rex Booth

Senior Director of Cybersecurity Operations

Rex Booth is the Senior Director of Cybersecurity Operations at SailPoint. In this role, he leads the full spectrum of operational cybersecurity issues as well as governance, strategic planning, and program management.

Rex was recently a White House Senior Policy Advisor and Director of Stakeholder Engagement in the Office of the National Cyber Director where he developed and executed strategies for national-level engagement with private sector and international stakeholders to pursue a more secure and resilient cyberspace.

For over two decades, Rex has focused on the full spectrum of cybersecurity – from secure web development and architecting one of the first in-house SIEMs, to federal enterprise risk management, to incident response against state actors, national and international cyber collaboration and coordination, and operational leadership. Rex has served as the Chief of Cyber Threat Analysis at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), CISO of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, and Deputy CISO of the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in addition to holding various positions at private sector companies including Mandiant, Grant Thornton, and others.

Rex holds degrees in political science, computer science, and technology management. He lives in Alexandria, VA, with his wife and three children.

mike sexton Mike Sexton

Senior Policy Advisor, Cyber
Third Way

Mike serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Cyber in Third Way’s National Security Program. He focuses on countering cyber crime and cyber conflict, as well as public policy around encryption and hacking tools.

Prior to Third Way, Mike directed the Cyber Program at the Middle East Institute, where he edited and published the anthology book “Cyber War & Cyber Peace in the Middle East.” He has also served as Associate Director of the Qatar-America Institute, Senior Analyst at The Chertoff Group, and Data Manager at the Chicago Project on Security and Threats.

A self-professed “crypto geek,” Mike holds a BA in Mathematics from the University of Chicago with a minor in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After college, he earned an MA in Security Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service where he focused on the national security implications of ubiquitous encryption and studied Arabic intensively in Amman, Jordan. He acts as Managing Editor of Charged Affairs, the official publication of Young Professionals in Foreign Policy. He is a member of Foreign Policy for America and has been listed in the Top 40 Under 40 list by the Middle East Policy Council.


kelsey kober Kelsey Kober

Senior Manager, Public Sector
Information Technology Industry Council [ITI]

As the Senior Manager, Public Sector, Kelsey coordinates ITI’s policy and advocacy work around federal procurement, cyber acquisition, and cybersecurity issues and manages ITI’s outreach to senior acquisition officials in the executive branch. She comes to ITI from Common Sense Media, where she worked on technology and telecommunications policy issues more broadly. Before, she served in various roles at advocacy organizations in Washington, D.C.

Event Details

  • Date: October 20, 2022
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
  • Location: Online webinar
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