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Using the DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Contract to Make Real Security Advances

  • Monday, September 9th, 2013 at 10:00 AM EDT (14:00:00 UTC)
  • John Pescatore and Tony Sager
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The Department of Homeland Security recently awarded the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Blanket Purchase Agreement across multiple system integrators and security product vendors. The CDM program presents an opportunity for government agencies to use DHS funding to procure, deploy and operate the critical security controls needed to detect advanced attacks and prevent breaches, as well as meet NIST requirements for continuous monitoring. Over the next 5 years up to $6B of funding has been programmed to support this historic effort.

At this webinar, a distinguished panel of experts will provide details on the CDM contract and how to use it, pinpoint the security advances that CDM will enable, discuss how state and local governments can also benefit and present SANS plans for supporting the security community in using the CDM vehicle to make real, lasting advances in cybersecurity.


1000 - 1005 Introductions and Overview - John Pescatore
1005 - 1035 Continuous Diagnostics/Monitoring and the Critical Security Controls Panel
Moderator: John Pescatore, SANS
Tony Sager, Council for Cybersecurity
Mark Kneidinger, Sr Advisor, DHS Federal Network Resilience Division
1035 - 1050 Audience Questions
1050 - 1100 Where Do We Go From Here - John Pescatore

Speaker Bios

John Pescatore

joined the SANS Institute as director of emerging security trends in January 2013, with 35 years’ experience in computer, network and information security. Mr. Pescatore was Gartner’s lead security analyst for 13 years, working with global 5000 corporations and major technology and service providers. Before joining Gartner, he was Senior Consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems, where he created and managed security consulting groups focusing on firewalls, network security, encryption and public-key Infrastructure, and spent 11 years with GTE developing secure computing and telecommunications systems. Mr. Pescatore began his career at the National Security Agency, where he designed secure voice systems, and the United States Secret Service, where he developed secure communications and surveillance systems.

Tony Sager

Tony Sager served as the chief of every major element of the cyberdefense mission at the National Security Agency (NSA), finishing his 34-year career there as director of the Vulnerability Analysis and Operations group and chief operating officer of the IAD (Information Assurance division) of NSA. All 700 of the top cyberdefenders and vulnerability analysts at NSA worked for Tony. He was the person inside government most responsible for the initiation of the Critical Controls and for ensuring they reflected and dealt effectively with the active threat. Tony came to SANS to lead the global effort to ensure all new threats are appropriately reflected in the Critical Controls are kept current so their adopters can be assured that they are dealing as effectively as possible with the current threat environment. Tony is also working to on building a global career development and pathways program to map and enhance career growth opportunities for cybersecurity professionals and for companies trying to ensure they have the talent they need.

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