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For the first time, on Tuesday, Oct. 3 – in honor of Cyber Security Awareness Month (CSAM) – internationally renowned government and industry experts will explore major cybersecurity issues during a daylong event. Hosted by the Organization of American States and the National Cyber Security Alliance, this event will highlight a variety of topics, including how to keep all global digital citizens safer and more secure online and how governments and the private sector can work together on a more secure and trusted internet, and look ahead to the benefits of a globally secure internet. The event will spotlight CSAM’s international adoption.

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: General Registration and Networking Lunch



12:30-1:00 p.m.: Opening Remarks


  • Luis Almagro, Secretary General, Organization of American States
  • Jeanette Manfra, Assistant Secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (invited)
  • William O’Connell, Chief Business Security Officer, ADP, and Chairman, NCSA Board of Directors

1:00-2:15 p.m.: Creating a Culture of Cybersecurity to Keep All Global Citizens Safer and More Secure Online

CSAM’s first week is dedicated to reaching and impacting every internet user with online safety and security information. There are more than 3 billion digital citizens worldwide. We rely heavily on the individual user as a key defense in cybersecurity. Everyone needs to employ basic steps to protect themselves, their families and their communities from cybercrime and attacks. How can we work together globally to educate this large and growing number of internet users? What efforts that are currently underway should be expanded? What areas should be the focus of behavior change? What more should we be doing? What are the new challenges (i.e., IoT, smart cities, autonomous cars), and how can we use lessons learned to speed up adoption? How do we measure success?

Introductory Remarks: H.E. David Luna, Minister of ICT of Colombia

Moderator: Belisario Contreras, Cybersecurity Program Manager Inter-American Committee against Terrorism Secretariat for Multidimensional Security Organization of American States


  • Janet Bishop-Levesque, Chief Information Security Officer, RSA, The Security Division of EMC, and NCSA Board Member
  • Ed Cabrera, Chief Cybersecurity Officer, Trendmicro
  • Juanita Rodríguez, Director of Digital Transformation, Ministry of ICT of Colombia

2:15-3:30 p.m.: Working Together Globally

The internet has been a great accelerator of community, commerce and communication. It has redefined the way individuals, business and governments interact internationally. In many ways, the internet has redefined the idea of physical borders as the internet is borderless and has its own challenges and opportunities. How have these challenges been addressed in law enforcement, business and civil society? Even with the progress to date, more needs to be done. What issues have been particularly persistent and difficult, and what are the opportunities for success? How will we know if we are making progress?

Introductory Remarks: Michele Markoff, Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues in the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Moderator: Matthew S. Holland, President, Utah Valley University

3:30-3:45 p.m.: Coffee Break

3:45-5:00 p.m.: A Look Toward the Future

Transformational technology is being deployed at a revolutionary pace. From the PC to the smartphone and now to IoT for businesses and consumers, cities and critical infrastructure are built on the backbone of the internet. As our use of technology grows, so does our interdependence on the integrity of others’ data ‒ think private cars communicating with municipal traffic systems ‒ and a growing surface of devices where an attack or technology failure could have global consequences and impact our financial systems, electricity, transportation or other similar entities. Going forward, what are the new issues we face from standards and laws to a global shortage of skilled workforce? How do we share the responsibility for building tomorrow’s internet?

Introductory Remarks: Josh Steinman, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Cybersecurity, White House

Moderator: Ari Schwartz, Managing Director of Cybersecurity Services, Venable, LLP and former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Cybersecurity, White House National Security Council


  • Anthony Grieco, Trust Strategy Officer, Cisco, and NCSA Board Member
  • Shannon Kellogg, Director of Public Policy, Amazon Web Services
  • Tom McDermott, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Jean-Luc Vez, Head of Public Security Policy and Security Affairs, World Economic Forum

5:00-5:20 p.m.: Closing Round Robin-Style Panel

Discuss the event’s key learnings, how to get involved in CSAM and the future of cybersecurity.


  • Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, NCSA
  • Jose Clastornik,  Executive Director, AGESIC

5:20-6:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks

  • Michael Daniel, former Obama White House Cybersecurity Coordinator to the President  and current President of the Global Cyber Threat Alliance

6:00-7:00 p.m.: Reception

If you cannot attend in person, you can watch the event virtually.


200 17th Street NW
Washington, D.C.

Date & Time

Oct. 3, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (EDT)