government-cyber-threat-croppedI had an amazing conversation with Sally Kenyon Grant last week and she made a powerful case in favor of technology leaders becoming more actively involved in supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives with the ongoing war against global cybercrime.

“All of us in cybersecurity leadership roles are responsible for fighting against cyber attackers and cyber criminals to protect our Nation’s critical infrastructure defense assets,” says Grant, whose career in government relations spans 25 years and includes working in two White House Administrations and on Capitol Hill. “As tech leaders, we have the knowledge and expertise to help our nation become safer and more secure, and we need to be involved at the Federal level. A strong working relationship between business and government is absolutely essential to our nation’s freedom and security.”

Grant is a prominent role model for a generation of technology leaders whose work successfully straddles business and government. She is currently Vice President at Semantic-AI, an enterprise intelligence platform for government agencies and businesses pioneering advanced data analysis with facial recognition, translation, sentiment and resilient cybersecurity systems for powerful solutions delivery.

Grant also holds leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Commerce, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Working Group for Certifications & Training, the Executive Women's Forum (EWF) for Information Security and IT Risk and supports the Hiring our Heroes, Cyber Patriot and GenCyber programs. Recently, Grant joined the prestigious Board of Directors of the Cyber Crime Support Network, a public-private, nonprofit collaboration created to meet the challenges facing millions of individuals and businesses affected each and every day by cybercrime.

I’m extremely proud that Grant will be joining us on stage as a speaker at the HMG Strategy 2019 Washington, D.C. CISO Executive Leadership Summit on Sept. 19, 2019, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. Grant will be interviewed on the topic of Strengthening Cybersecurity Leadership in our Nation's Capital by Mignona Cote, Senior Practices Leader at AWS.

The CISO Executive Leadership Summit also includes eight world-class experts from key Federal Agencies, the Federal Legislative Branch and State Leadership that are essential in the war on cybercrime.

“We’re going to give the audience a taste of what our Special Forces in the Department of Defense are working on, such as biometric recognition systems to spot adversarial attacks,” says Grant. “A lot of the same bad actors we saw in the Middle East are now targeting our banks. We’re getting hit everywhere.”

I am incredibly impressed by Grant’s deep expertise and extensive knowledge of the cyber landscape. I’m also energized by her clear call to action: As technology leaders, we all need to become more fully involved in the global war against cybercrime and cyber terrorism. 

Grant’s message is important and highly relevant. In addition to Grant and Cote, the upcoming CISO Executive Leadership Summit features an all-star lineup of industry leaders, including Michael Antico, CISO, CLEAR; Christopher Ballod, Partner, Lewis Brisbois; Bill Brown, Chief Security Officer, ClickSoftware; Kirsten Davies, SVP & CISO, Estée Lauder Companies; Benjamin Eason, CISO and Principal, The Carlyle Group; Gene Fredriksen, CISO and CEO National Credit Union ISAO, PSCU; Venice Goodwine, CISO, USDA; Rocco Grillo, Managing Director - Global Cyber Risk Services, Alvarez & Marsal; Wanda Jones-Heath, Chief Information Security Officer, United States Air Force; Shaun Khalfan, CISO, Freddie Mac; Adam Lee, VP & CSO, Dominion Energy; Eugene Liderman, Director of Mobile Security Strategy, Google; Cynthia Dianne Mares, District Court Judge, 18th Judicial District; Israel Martinez, NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100" Director HITEC Top 100, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert, Chairman and CEO, Axon Global; Frank Price, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, CVS Health; Anahi Santiago, CISO, Christiana Care Health System; and James Turgal, Managing Director, Cyber Risk Services, Deloitte Global.

I urge you to register for the Washington, D.C. CISO Executive Leadership Summit, and I look forward to meeting you there in person.