CIO Washington D.C. Summit | March 15, 2022 | Convene - 600 14th Street NW - Washington, DC, USA


Registration & Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Welcome Address

9:00 AM - 9:10 AM

Keynote: Building the Digital Infrastructure for the Hypersonic World

9:10 AM - 9:40 AM
The Air Force is undergoing a monumental transformation, but past documents much of the change has not yet permeated the culture and workforce. The necessary change goes all the way up to Congress and how the DoD is funded down to the newest Airman and how they are being trained. Technology is enabling and driving the imperative to change as the world advances around us. We must accelerate change or lose. Change to what, and specifically what does it look like when we have made the change? How do we articulate what it means to become a digital Air Force, and how specifically from the Air Force Intelligence Community Information Environment?

Michael Medgyessy

Chief Information Officer

United States Air Force

IBM Keynote: Let’s Create in the new era of digital transformation

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM
Technology and transformation have always gone hand-in-hand, but the pace of transformational change accelerated over the last 2 years in every organization. IBM Americas CMO Chris Bontempo will get our creative juices flowing as he shares stories and best practices sourced from thousands of IBM digital transformation engagements with the “new creators” - the change agents and forward thinkers in every organization - including yours. He’ll cover a wide-range of areas, from cybersecurity to AI and data-driven transformations, how to use hyper-automation to make your business supersonic, and give you the tools to get creative to solve your organization’s biggest challenges. Welcome to the new IBM.

Chris Bontempo

Chief Marketing Officer for IBM Americas



10:10 AM - 10:20 AM

CIO: Rethinking the IT Budget

10:20 AM - 10:45 AM


  • CIOs across industries are faced with the challenge of leading Digital transformations while simplifying complex, legacy estates (i.e., adding capabilities & capacity while simultaneously reducing costs).
  • Towards the end of 2020, National Grid launched a structured, 3-year plan to transform our cost structure and move to Digital ways of working.  
  • This presentation lays out the details of how we used      the budget to drive this plan, setting a goal of reducing IT costs by 25% / $106M p.a., using a one-time investment of $100M, and using those savings to fund our Digital transformation.
  • Details include:
    • How we designed the plan, using analytics and       benchmarking to size the opportunity
    • How we leveraged our budgeting and planning processes to align stakeholders and achieve funding approval
    • Details of our execution: program structure,       governance, software tracking tools we’ve used, and the internal + external capabilities we’ve leveraged
    • What we’ve learned (risks and opportunities)
    • How we’re tracking results and making sure savings are real, appear in the actuals, and bend the budget curve
    • How this program dovetails with and funds our Digital transformation
    • The engagement and response for our senior leadership
    • What’s next on our journey

Charles Zentay

CIO: Strategy, Planning & Regulatory

National Grid

EBR: Rise of machines: The new identity threat

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM

The number of machines of all types – from Kubernetes, to cloud, to IoT – is on the rise. Every machine requires an identity – TLS, SSH, and code signing keys and certificates – that control encryption, authentication, and code execution. However, compromise, misuse, and fraud of machine identities are prime attack vectors for hackers. Errors are creating debilitating outages and resulting in millions of dollars in lost revenue and impacted customer satisfaction and trust. For all these reasons and more, Gartner has named Machine Identity Management a top cyber trend for 2021.

Attend this session to learn:

  • Errors, outages, and incidents happen every day when machine identities fail 
  • The top machine identity attacks targeting your organisation and software supply chain
  • How to use the machine identity threat model built on standard ATTACK
  • Three things your organisation can do today to stay #fastsecure with Machine Identity Management

Kevin Bocek

Vice President, Security Strategy & Threat Intelligence


CIO: Zero Trust Modernization to Put You Ahead of Bad Actors

11:20 AM - 11:45 AM
Zero Trust continues to evolve as the pace of technology accelerates. That means IT and security leaders need to do all they can to stay ahead of the game. While many organizations continue to leverage more and more tools including cutting edge automation through AI and ML, how leaders react and position their departments and companies will look very different in the years to come. Gerald Caron, Chief Information Officer and Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services joins CDM Media’s SVP, Marketing and Communities, J.D. Miller, for a fireside chat as the two talk best practices for Zero Trust, how to accelerate your journey, and what to expect in the current global environment when it comes to cyber security and impending threats.

Gerald Caron

Chief Information Officer & Assistant Inspector General for Information Technology

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Executive Boardroom:How organizations maintain resilience and drive maturity in an agile environment

11:50 AM - 12:15 PM

One of the key difficulties IT organizations face during this period of global disruption is keeping their organizations resilient, while also being tasked with driving efficiency and higher levels of automation. IT leaders need a toolset and strategy that allows them to remain agile in this ever changing world, giving them the ability to drive improvements in efficiency and automation, and most importantly keeping their infrastructure stable and secure.

Berkeley Vogelheim

Product Marketing Lead


CIO: DDTC’s Modernization Journey

12:20 PM - 12:45 PM

Taking an organization with outdated technology and procedures to the Cloud building in security from the ground-up, working with OMB, and getting the inter-agency on board.

Karen Wrege

Chief Information Officer, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls

U.S. Department of State

Networking Lunch & The Future of Technology Fireside Chat

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM

CISO: Cyber Threat Intelligence and the Importance of Cyber Attribution

1:55 PM - 2:20 PM
This seminar will explore how and why cyber attribution is important especially to organizations facing sustained cyber attacks from multiple adversaries including both Nation-State and financially motivated or criminal actors.

Charles Garzoni

Deputy CISO, Staff VP, Cyber Defense Operations

Centene Corporation


2:25 PM - 2:50 PM
As the DoD changed CMMC 1.0 to 2.0, a great many changes were proposed with many similarities remaining. In this session, we intend to discuss both the significant changes that have been announced thus far in the scoping and assessment guides, the possibility opportunities yet to be announced, and the similarities that remain in place with the NIST SP 800-171 controls and objectives. All of these things relating to CMMC 2.0 and more will be discussed.

Garrett Smiley



CIO: IPv6, Cybersecurity, Emerging Technologies, and the Future of Internet

2:55 PM - 3:20 PM

In the era of Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, AI, and many other emerging technologies, it is a daily nightmare encountered by organizations from both public and private sectors, big and small, struggling to react to the aftermath of the constant cybersecurity breaches and ransomware attacks.

The situation can only get worse in a few more years when the global IPv6 adoption rate will reach 100% running in parallel with IPv4, effectively doubling the overall attack vectors. Thus we must change our cybersecurity strategy dramatically now to efficiently secure and effectively defend the global network infrastructure before the time is running out.

Given the importance of the latest OMB IPv6-only memo issued in November 2020 and the tight deployment schedules with specific milestones, all of the federal agencies are currently facing a huge challenge to meet the OMB mandate. This new federal IPv6 initiative will dramatically change the national network infrastructure and the cybersecurity posture. It will also impact the global information systems for both the public and private sectors in the days to come. 

It is high time to adopt and enforce an IPv6-only policy worldwide and set a specific deadline to sunset IPv4 globally.

Charles Sun

Visionary IT Leader, IPv6 Expert, Columnist

CISO: Digital Evolution - Why Mindset Matters If You Want to Transform Your Business

3:25 PM - 3:50 PM

In this session, we will discuss and share best practices on how to establish an organization-wide digital mindset that will create a strong foundation for your digital transformation strategy and ultimately help you to evolve your business beyond its current capabilities by:

  • Maximizing the value of the data you own
  • Creating a culture of technology openness
  • Managing cybersecurity risks effectively 

Join to learn how to transform your business and accelerate growth faster than ever before.

Amy Mushawar

Partner, Privacy & Data Security and Cybersecurity Preparedness & Response Team

Alston & Bird LLP

PM Break

3:50 PM - 4:00 PM

CISO: A Social Contract for Cyber

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM
The dawn of the digital age was full of optimism and ambition, running parallel to and supporting the post-Cold War march of democratization and liberalization. While we have realized some of those early hopes, others have been subverted and tainted by authoritarianism, which adapted better than we anticipated, learning to twist digital connectivity and the internet to their own ends. As a result, our collective cyber experience has been defined in many ways by our adversaries rather than by our aspirations. This presentation will explore how we change that dynamic and how with the Office of the National Cyber Director will support that transformation.

Rex Booth

Chief Cyber Threat & Risk

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency

Closing Keynote: Operational Resilience- Securing the Global Supply Chain

4:30 PM - 5:15 PM

Stuart Phillips

Director of Product Marketing, Cyber


Closing Remarks

5:15 PM - 5:25 PM

Summit Happy Hour

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM