With panel presentations, noted government and industry keynotes, small-group educational sessions, exhibits and one-on-one mentoring, Cyber 6.0 is set to be the best one-day, one-stop opportunity for businesses to connect with leading cybersecurity experts in the region.

This year’s cybersecurity conference will focus on cloud-related threats and solutions through panel discussions and keynotes that will set the tone and tempo of the discussion and then breakout sessions that will offer the opportunity in smaller, informal, interactive sessions to drill down into mobile information technology (IT), the Internet of things, health IT, FedRAMP and insider threats and solutions.

Full Day of Info

Cyber 6.0 is building on the Howard County Chamber of Commerce’s annual conference, started six years ago in response to the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process. The conference has expanded from its original half-day format to a full-day conference, with registration and breakfast starting the day’s activities at 8 a.m. and concluding with a reception from 4–5 p.m. at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory’s newly renovated Kossiakoff Center in Laurel.

The event web site, www.GovConnectsCyber.com, offers an opportunity to look back at previous years’ speakers and topics, in addition to scanning this year’s speaker bios, sponsors, mentoring sessions and other unique features that make this conference so worthwhile.

The morning’s deep dive panel discussion of Cloud Migration threats and challenges will follow the opening industry keynote featuring Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder and CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a well-renowned thought-leader on cybersecurity policies and state tradecraft.

The federal government keynote solutions response will be presented later in the afternoon by LTG(R) Rhett Hernandez, West Point cyber chair, Army Cyber Institute, and president of CyberLens LLC. He will highlight solutions, which will be followed by a panel discussion featuring leaders in cloud cybersecurity solutions, including Ron Gula, CEO Tenable, among others.

The interactive format offers participants opportunities to engage with both the government specialists and industry providers participating in the panels and breakout sessions.

Presented by GovConnects and Cyber Central Sponsor Leidos, Cyber 6.0 will offer a full exhibit floor of cyber solutions and product providers. After the panel discussions, a series of breakout sessions offering interactive discussions are scheduled. There will be Cyber HUBS sponsored by Dell Federal and Akamai offering opportunities for meeting corporate contacts, discussing products and solutions and potential teaming opportunities.

Support & Challenges

In its second year, the Mentoring in a Minute program, supported by the GovConnects Advisory Council, will be offered for small- and medium-sized businesses attending who would like to take advantage of the opportunity to meet one-on-one with solutions providers to discuss insider threat, cybersecurity insurance, compliance issues, legalities of cybersecurity policy and valuation.

Also for the second year, Cyber 6.0 will feature “Cyber Tech Talks” from selected companies, presenting their latest technology and cybersolutions for cloud security in five minutes to a team of judges composed of large primes, research and academic entities. Companies that would like to take the challenge and potentially be selected as one of the lucky ones that present their solutions to the cyber world should check the web site listed at the end of this article.

“As businesses consider migration to the cloud, there are relevant security risks that must be addressed. The federal government is also challenged by these same issues, and the federal contracting industry of the region is working quickly and smartly to offer cutting edge solutions,” said Steve Zotti, COO, Ciena Government Solutions Inc., and 2015 chair of the GovConnects Cyber 6.0 Committee. “Cyber 6.0 will give businesses access to industry and government leaders with the information and resources necessary to help them improve their market position, enhance their corporate security policies and understand their role in national cybersecurity.”

Get more information and register online at GovConnectsCyber.com.