Cyber Defenders 2023: Episode 1 - Home

Join us March 30, 2023!

Cybersecurity has never been more important to securing the nation’s infrastructure and data from cyber threats. Government IT leaders are defending against constant cyber threats, maintaining legacy systems and securing a remote workforce. During this biannual series, Nextgov and GCN will examine the most important trends in cybersecurity across federal, state, and local governments. We’re covering the ins and outs of everything from handling ransomware, hybrid work and the use of personal devices to identity management and identifying foreign cyber threats. As we do so, we’ll be joined by government leaders at the forefront of cyber workforce training and acquisition. Join us as we navigate the cutting edge tactics and solutions in cyber defense. Attendees will learn about:

Best Practices for Cyber Workforce Hiring & Training: With the looming threat of cyber attacks, it’s imperative that government agencies fill their open cyber positions. In this session, we’ll dive deeper into effective hiring strategies and training practices.
Implementing Zero Trust Standards: At the end of last year the Department of Defense released a Zero Trust Strategy and Roadmap, which requires agencies to implement zero trust standards by 2027. Civilian agencies have been on a zero trust mandate for several years, with more guidance expected from CISA in the next month or so. In this session, we’ll explore how government leaders are implementing zero trust initiatives at their agencies.
The Tools for Securing Hybrid Work: With more public sector employees working remotely at least part of the week, how are offices prioritizing security?
Using Cyber Ranges to Train State/Local Government Employees: In this session, we’ll explore how state and local governments are incorporating hands-on training opportunities into their cyber strategies.
Strengthening Critical IT Infrastructure: Agencies across the government are experimenting with different ways to secure their systems, from sensor tools to automated mitigation to evaluating sector-specific efforts.


Free for Government/Military*
Industry/Contractor: $195
Washington Technology Insider: $165

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