I am deeply honored and proud to announce the launch of a new alliance, the Public-Private Voice of the Industry, a group of technology leaders dedicated to elevating the war on global cybercrime. The alliance was formally launched 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.

From my perspective, the Public-Private Voice of the Industry alliance will play an absolutely essential role in training, nurturing and evolving the next generation of cyber warriors. These kinds of public-private hybrid groups will be critical to the success of the ongoing war on cyber crime.

The CISO Executive Leadership Summit featured some of our nation’s top government officials and leading cyber experts from key Federal Agencies, the Federal Legislative Branch and State Leadership, adding a strong sense of urgency and relevance to the full-day conference.

We were extremely fortunate to have Sally Kenyon Grant on our roster of world-class speakers and presenters. Grant made a powerful case in favor of technology executives from the private sector 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 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.

In addition to Grant, the CISO Executive Leadership Summit featured an all-star lineup of industry leaders, including John Adams, Managing Director, Government and Public Services, Deloitte Consulting LLP; Michael Antico, CISO, CLEAR; Christopher Ballod, Partner, Lewis Brisbois; Leisel Bogan, Senior Fellow for Cybersecurity, Technology and National Security, Mark R. Warner, US Senator, Commonwealth of VA; Margaret Brunner, Program Director, Center for Best Practices' Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, National Governors Association, Paula H.J. Cholmondeley, CEO, Corporate Board Director and NACD Part-time Faculty Member, The Sorrel Group; Tim Davis, VP of Worldwide Solutions Engineering, Bitglass; Joseph Dyer, Chief Information Security Officer, ICF International; Benjamin Eason, CISO and Principal, The Carlyle Group; Justin Fier, Director of Cyber Intelligence and Analytics, Darktrace; Patrick Ford, CISO, Americas Region, Schneider Electric; Gene Fredriksen, CISO and CEO National Credit Union ISAO, PSCU; Hala Furst, Cybersecurity and Technology Business Liaison, Department of Homeland Security; Rocco Grillo, Managing Director - Global Cyber Risk Services, Alvarez & Marsal; John Iannarelli, Former FBI Special Agent and Senior Executive Advisor, FBI; Monica Keeneth, VP, CISO, Inovalon; Shaun Khalfan, CISO, Freddie Mac; Nick Leiserson, Legislative Director, Congressman Jim Langevin; Eugene Liderman, Director of Mobile Security Strategy, Google;  Jeff Lolley, CISO and Risk Committee Chair, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Cynthia Dianne Mares, District Court Judge and past President of the Hispanic National Bar Association, 18th Judicial District; Israel Martinez, NACD® Board Leadership Fellow, nominated "Top 100” Director by U.S. Secret Service, Cyber Risk & Governance Expert, HITEC Top 100 and Chairman and CEO Axon Global; Daniel Medina, Director, Strategic and Technical Engagement, Glasswall Solutions; Sarah Moxley, Minority Staff Director Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee; Frank Price, Vice President & Chief Information Security Officer, CVS Health;  Thomas Reagan, Cyber Practice Leader Marsh; Josh Reicher, Chief Digital Officer, Cenlar FSB; Anahi Santiago, CISO, Christiana Care Health System; and Chris Shull, Founder & President, Engaged Impact LLC.

I also thank our Sponsor Partners: Bitglass and Darktrace (Platinum); Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, Korn Ferry, Spencer Stuart (Strategic);  Amplify Partners, Glynn Capital, Greylock Partners, Lightspeed Ventures , Sequoia (Alliance).

There is a long history of cooperation and partnership between government and business in the United States. From my perspective, this unique relationship has been a strong pillar of our nation’s incredible success as a player on the world stage for more than two centuries.

The war on cyber crime clearly demonstrates the need for close cooperation and collaboration between our leading business technology executives and the top echelons of government. By working together, we can provide the essential leadership and guidance necessary for a new round of innovation and invention in the critical effort to fight back against cyber criminals and their organizations.

I am truly looking forward to working with you directly on this critical alliance of technology experts from the private and public sectors.

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