Enhancing Security Awareness and Preparedness in the Public Sector: Strengthening Our Defenses
From Leadership Connect
From Leadership Connect
Chief Information Security Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Kenneth W. Bible serves as the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the DHS Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO). In this role, he is responsible for all matters relating to information and securing and strengthening the Department’s information security program and information technology (IT) posture.
Prior to his current role, Mr. Bible served under the Headquarters Marine Corps Deputy Commandant for Information (DCI) as the Assistant Director for the Information Command, Control, Communications, and Computers Division (IC4). In this capacity, he also served as the Marine Corps’ Deputy Chief Information Officer and CISO, formulating and providing broad policy guidance or IT, cybersecurity, and communications infrastructure and applications.
Among his many accomplishments, he delivered ADVANA, the U.S. Department of Defense’s single authoritative source for audit and business
data analytics, and led Risk Management Framework reform across the Marine Corps by guiding production of the first fully accredited secure software development (DevSecOps) pipelines.
Previously, Mr. Bible served with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) for almost two decades, starting as a lead engineer integrating commercial Geospatial Information Systems technology, then heading the Networks Engineering Division of the SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic. He later became the Assistant Program Executive Officer (Engineering) for PEO Enterprise Information Systems, serving as the PEO’s chief engineer as assigned by SPAWAR headquarters.
He was chief engineer for the Fleet Environmental Information Management System/Protective Measures Assessment Protocol program, which was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations and Secretary of the Navy Environmental Team Awards in 2008.
Mr. Bible began his civilian service in 1985 at the former Charleston Naval Shipyard, where he rose to be a nuclear qualified engineering supervisor for three engineering branches. He was appointed to executive service as a Senior Leader in 2013, and to the Senior Executive Service in March 2015. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and earned a master’s degree in engineering from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Bible is a member of the Department of Defense Acquisition Community Professional Corps; a Level III certified acquisition professional in the Advanced Systems Planning, Research, Development, and Engineering career field; and a licensed professional engineer. He is a native of Roanoke, Virginia.
Assistant Director for Stakeholder Engagement
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Alaina Clark is the Assistant Director for Stakeholder Engagement at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Working collaboratively across CISA, she oversees the agency’s national and international partnerships and stakeholder outreach programs while directing efforts for shared engagement information and coordination that supports CISA’s unified mission delivery.
Leveraging the agency’s convening authorities, Ms. Clark facilitates the CISA Director’s national coordinator role by overseeing multiple sector and cross-sector functions, including that of Sector Risk Management Agency for eight of the nation’s 16 critical infrastructure. Ms. Clark also oversees multiple partnership and advisory councils, including those that advise the Director and the President. These mechanisms for public-private partnership ensure that CISA directly engages subject matter experts to collaboratively identify then address high priority issues, often resulting in new products and services that help critical infrastructure stakeholders increase their security and resilience.
Ms. Clark’s initial role within CISA was as the Deputy Chief of External Affairs, where she led the agency’s public affairs and digital messaging, legislative agenda, and branding—including CISA’s social media, web presence and graphic design.
Prior to her work with CISA, Ms. Clark served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where she directed the operations of IGA’s state, local and Tribal teams.
During that time, Ms. Clark led the standup of the Office of Partnership and Engagement (OPE), reporting directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security. The OPE standup consolidated core partnership offices, advisory councils, and national awareness campaigns to gain efficiencies and promote information sharing and coordination. Less than one year after establishing OPE, Ms. Clark became OPE’s acting Assistant Secretary—leading the office through a Presidential transition.
Before joining DHS, Ms. Clark supported the DHS Science and Technology Directorate and the DHS Office of the Under Secretary for Management as an employee of a private sector consulting firm.
Ms. Clark holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and a master’s degree in government with a concentration in homeland security from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Deputy Chief of Staff
Defense Information Systems Agency
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Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of “Fed Gov Today’. He recently founded the Fed Gov Today podcast as part of The Francis Rose Media Group. He served as founding host of Scoop News Group’s “Daily Scoop Podcast,” and as SNG’s Vice President of Multimedia Content, from August 2021 through December 2022. Before joining SNG, he hosted “Government Matters” on Washington, DC’s ABC 7 from 2016 to 2021. He was the last live afternoon host on Federal News Radio, hosting “In Depth with Francis Rose” from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006.
Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His guest list on radio, TV, event stages, and podcast platforms has included virtually every important name in the federal government. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. His nearly 40-year media career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.