The public sector is facing a growing number of major threats from cybercriminals and nation-state hackers, but a new government summit hosted by CrowdStrike, with ExtraHop participating as a diamond sponsor, will help them address these challenges.
Attendees of the first CrowdStrike Government Summit will learn how to build a cyber resilient organization from Mark Bowling, vice president of security response services for ExtraHop, and other cybersecurity experts. Other panel discussions will cover thinking like an adversary, congressional perspectives on cybersecurity, zero-trust cyber strategies, and identity-centric approaches to cybersecurity.
The cyber resiliency panel discussion will focus on resiliency strategies government agencies can build to manage risk, like using threat intelligence and planning for disaster recovery. The summit will be hosted at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., on April 11.
The cyber resiliency session, titled “Leading in 2023: The Essentials of a Good Cyber Resiliency Program,” will advise agencies on how to ensure that their missions stay on course in the event of an attack. Bowling and other panelists will also talk about the pros and cons of agencies outsourcing their cybersecurity workforces.
The session is designed to give attendees actionable advice and real world examples to help them understand the zero-trust cybersecurity model and protect them from today’s cyberthreats, according to CrowdStrike.
Bowling, a former private sector CISO and a former cybersecurity professional at the FBI and the U.S. Department of Education, will be joined on the cyber resiliency panel by Tom Etheridge, chief global professional services officer at CrowdStrike; Jeff King, deputy CIO of the U.S. Department of Treasury; and Russell Marsh, director of cybersecurity operations at the National Nuclear Security Administration.
ExtraHop Co-Founder and Chief Customer Officer Raja Mukerji will be interviewed at the summit by Scoop News Group, publisher of FedScoop and StateScoop.
Working Together to Secure Agencies
ExtraHop, a CrowdStrike technology partner, will have a booth at the summit. ExtraHop serves the public sector by helping agencies recognize and stop ransomware and other attacks, by aiding their adoption of zero trust, and by helping them mitigate security risks that stem from IT modernization. The ExtraHop Reveal(x) network detection and response (NDR) platform gives agencies visibility to see everything that’s happening on their networks, along with real-time network intelligence that enables them to rapidly modernize their cyber defenses in a constantly changing threat landscape.
In order to promote trust among civilians and stakeholders in their digital infrastructure, government agencies need better visibility into activity on their networks, including cyberattacks that may be happening there. Reveal(x) passively analyzes more network telemetry, including flow information, network metadata and full packets, to provide agencies with the essential truth about the security of their networks: it reveals every user, application, asset, transaction, service and workload communicating with the network, including unmanaged devices, IoT devices, rogue instances, and shadow IT. Reveal(x) can also show all the devices running outdated protocols that attackers have a history of exploiting.
By eliminating blind spots, Reveal(x) leaves no places for attackers to hide. If Reveal(x) detects malicious or abnormal activity, an agency’s security team is alerted in real time, enabling them to investigate alerts, respond quickly, and share vital threat information in a few clicks.
The ExtraHop NDR solution integrates with CrowdStrike’s Falcon endpoint detection and response (EDR) platform to provide government agencies with a more complete XDR solution to stop attackers every step of the way. ExtraHop and CrowdStrike, through their two-plus-year partnership, have provided significant benefits to customers by combining NDR and EDR data. This comprehensive data collection tracks attackers as they probe network endpoints and as they attempt to move through the network, helping agencies quickly identify and respond to threats.
At the Summit
CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz will give a morning keynote address. Rob Joyce, director of cybersecurity at the National Security Agency, and Melinda Rogers, CIO at the Department of Justice, are also scheduled to give keynote addresses.
Panelists scheduled to appear throughout the day include Joshua Black, deputy director of the Department of Defense’s Cyber Crime Center; Bryan Vorndran, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division; and Bob Costello, CIO at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. More than a dozen CrowdStrike cybersecurity experts, including Adam Meyers, senior vice president of intelligence, and Shawn Henry, CSO, will speak at the conference.
“Government agencies now face an unprecedented number of sophisticated cyberthreats, and the summit aims to prepare them for these challenges,” Bowling said. “As agencies modernize their IT infrastructures and collect more digital data, it’s more important than ever to be prepared for complex and unrelenting cyberattacks.”