ICIT 2022 Spring Briefing

Playing to Win: Using Strategy to Create Your Cybersecurity Battle Plan
This Briefing is Co-Chaired by ICIT and MFGS, Inc. an ICIT Fellow Program Member.

Securing our national security and critical infrastructures requires innovation and savvy leadership. Strategic planning transcends conceptual to provide organizations with tactical plans for innovation and governance. ICIT and MFGS, Inc., are excited to bring to our 2022 Spring Briefing, where our expert speakers and panelists will outline how to shift your organization’s strategy into actionable game plans.

With the pace of technology advances and evolving threat landscapes, critics argue that strategic planning is no longer a relevant activity. However, strategy is an essential function of all leaders as you develop and achieve your organization’s goals. Lack of focus and inconsistent strategy adoption decreases the effectiveness of a response to an event. All leaders have an obligation to develop a strategic game plan to mitigate and prevent incidents that damage your organization’s reputation and partnerships.

During this briefing, ICIT and industry experts will share their experiences and perspectives developing and implementing strategic plans and guide you through the process of creating an effective game plan for your organization.


The impacts of the events of the past year, ranging from increases in cybercrime to a transition to remote work and the cloud, were unforeseeable. Hindsight benefits our reflection, evaluation, and analysis, but we do not know what the future may yet hold. Cybersecurity is a mercurial field, and a strategic planning mindset is essential to preempt emerging threats and attacks. At the April 6,2022 ICIT Spring Briefing, “Playing to Win: Using Strategy to Create Your Cybersecurity Battle Plan,” facilitated in partnership with MFGS, inc. cybersecurity thought leaders from across the public and private sectors will expand on some of the themes discussed in this publication and will offer greater depth and insights through their experience in developing and implementing comprehensive and proactive cybersecurity strategies that ensure the security of individual organizations and our nation.

This publication will acclimate cybersecurity thought leaders on how to develop and implement effective and proactive strategies to improve the resilience of vital people, data, and systems. READ THE ESSAY

Playing to Win

Opening Fireside Chat | Risk Management 2032: Preparing for a Sustainable Future

The rapid pace of technology innovation – driven by robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, and the metaverse – is fundamentally changing the world as we know it. Without careful consideration for security, privacy, and misuse by bad actors, revolutionary technologies have the capacity to introduce risk to the most critical national security domains including our financial systems, climate, defense capabilities, and energy supply. During this visionary and forward-looking discussion, some of the world’s most respected business, technology, and national security leaders will discuss emerging technology trends, mid and long-term security concerns, and their priorities for a sustainable and secure future.

Panelists are:

  • Dave Dewalt, Founder & Managing Director, NightDragon
  • Mark Hakun, Principal Deputy CIO for Cybersecurity, DoD
  • Chris DeRusha, Federal Chief Information Security Officer, OMB
  • Craig Abod, President, Carahsoft Technology Corp.
  • Moderator: Parham Eftekahri, ICIT Founder and Chairman

Wins and Losses: 2021 Lessons Learned Defending National Security

Our Panelists will review the emerging trends and shake-ups of 2021; we will explore how these trends strengthened or weakened our nation security.  In 2021 the industry saw a dramatic increase in ransomware and multi-vector attacks against national assets, the Executive Order 14028, the evolution of IoT and IIoT technology, and the rise in AI solutions. Our panelists will discuss the landscape precipitating these trends and what cybersecurity leaders learned in response.

Panelists are:

  • Bryan Smith, Cyber Criminal Section Chief, FBI
  • Jeanette McMillian, Deputy Assistant Director Supply Chain, NCSC and ODNI
  • Michael Lowry, Architect & Engineer, Army ECMA, US Army
  • Kevin McTarsney, MFGS, Inc.
  • Moderator: Simone Ledeen, Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense

Keynote | Nitin Natarajan, Deputy Director, CISA

Devising the Future: Emerging Strategies, Innovations, and Solutions

Now that we understand the playing field, this session focuses on what is on the horizon for cybersecurity. Our Panelists will discuss upcoming opportunities for strategy and solutions directions for the upcoming year and beyond. We will discuss critical issues and the innovations developed to empower leadership to prepare their teams and organizations. The Panelists will comment on leveraging latest introductions such as talent development and retention, gamification, digital workers, insider threats, and other opportunities.

Panelists are:

  • M.K. Palmore, Director, Office of the CISO, Google
  • Bob Pragada, President, COO, Jacobs
  • Stan Wisseman, Chief Security Strategist, CyberRes
  • Moderator: Jill Aitero, Senior Vice President, CyberRisk Alliance

Keynote | Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), House of Representatives Head of Cybersecurity Committee

Building Your Plan: How do We get There from Here

President Eisenhower famously said, “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable”. In this session our Panelists will outline creating an effective game plan and strategy for your organization. They will discuss selecting initiatives and positioning initiatives within your organization’s overarching strategic plan, evaluating your resources, and developing short terms goals to complete your mission. After they discuss creating a plan, our Panelists will share their experiences in adapting their plans to the changing threat landscape.

Panelists are:

  • Greg Sisson, CISO, DOE
  • Mark Montgomery, Executive Director, Cyberspace Solarium Commission
  • Mario Hyland, Founder, Aegis
  • Moderator: Joyce Hunter, ICIT Executive Director

Closing Keynote | Jake Wood, Founder Team Rubicon

Thank you to our Co-Chair and Partners