How to Narrow the Great Divide Between Government and Industry: Q & A with Karen Evans

John Dillard
CEO, ThreatSwitch
Karen Evans
Former CIO, DHS

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Here's What You'll Learn

How Industry and Government Can Work Together

How to Respond to Incidents

How to Make Wise Compliance Decisions

About The Speakers

John Dillard

Founder and CEO, ThreatSwitch

John Dillard is the Founder and CEO of ThreatSwitch and a recognized author and speaker on security, insider threat, and counterintelligence. His most recent work focuses on how technology and collaboration can improve security for both public and private sector organizations.

His company, ThreatSwitch, delivers software that helps cleared contractors build and maintain NISPOM-compliant security programs that engage employees, reduce company costs, and minimize administrative burden. Under John’s leadership, ThreatSwitch has been recognized as a 2018 NVTC Tech 100 company, 2018 Moxie Award finalist for being bold in business and 2019 Start Charlotte award finalist for Entrepreneurial Innovation.

John started his career at the CIA, where he was an Analyst and Graduate fellow focused on nuclear proliferation and nuclear security. His 20+ year career in security and intelligence includes time as an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve – where he was a unit security manager – and a stint as an FSO for his cleared company. He is also a Founder of Big Sky, a consulting and training firm that specializes in security, insider threat, and counterintelligence.

Karen Evans

Former CIO of The Department of Homeland Security

Karen Evans served as chief information officer of the Department of Homeland Security, responsible for strategically aligning the Department’s Information Technology (IT) personnel resources and assets, including security, infrastructure, and delivery, to support core DHS missions and activities. Prior to joining DHS, Karen served as the first-ever Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response for the Department of Energy where she provided strategic direction, leadership, and management to address emerging threats while improving energy infrastructure security and supporting the DOE national security mission. Prior to being named Assistant Secretary, she was the national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, a public-private partnership focused on building the cyber workforce.