• June 2, 2015
  • National Press Club
    Washington D.C.

Thank You for Attending!

The Department of Homeland Security and the General Services Administration created the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program in 2012 with the vision that all federal networks would be continuously scanned to identify and respond to threats and breaches. Yet a May 2018 report by the Office of Management and Budget found that most federal agencies remain at risk, and cannot detect when large amounts of information leave their networks.

FCW’s Big Issues: CDM Conference brought government and industry together to do a deep dive on CDM. The event hosted CDM program leaders, as well as those from agencies and industry who work every day to improve diagnostics and mitigation. This year’s program included DHS and GSA leaders to discuss the evolution of the program and changes underway to improve implementation and effectiveness. These included:

  • The rollout of Phase 3, which moves oversight from “what” and “who” is on the network to what is happening on the network
  • The new GSA contracting vehicle, CDM DEFEND, which gives agencies more flexibility in implementation, and the new Special Item Number for CDM tools
  • The restructuring at DHS to include new advisory boards and outreach to stakeholders
  • The move into Phases 3 and 4, while maintaining Phases 1 and 2

Big Issues: CDM also is a platform for government agency CDM specialists and contractors to discuss implementation and operations. We will hear about best practices and ongoing challenges with Phases 1 and 2, and as well as preparations for Phase 3 and beyond. Topics included business operations, staffing and funding, and industry partnerships, as well as ideas for improvement.

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7 AM
8 AM
9 AM
10 AM
11 AM
12 PM
1 PM
8:30am - 8:35am Opening Remarks
8:35 am - 9:00 am Priorities & Vision for the Future

Sponsored By: Juniper Networks

9:00 am - 9:40 am Strategizing for Long-term Network and Data Security
  • Bernard Asare IT Security Program Manager, OCIO Department of Health and Human Services
  • Benjamin Liberty CDM Program Manager
    Office of the Chief Information Officer
    U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Eric Trexler Vice President of Sales, Global Governments and Critical Infrastructure Forcepoint

Sponsored By: Forcepoint

9:40 am - 10:00 am Continuous Monitoring in the Cloud

Sponsored By: Cisco

10:00 am - 10:25 am CDM Case Study: Lessons Learned in Scaling Across the Enterprise

Sponsored By: Endace

10:25 am - 10:45 am Networking Break
10:45 am - 11:10 am DEFEND: Acquisition Strategy & Benefits

Sponsored By: immixGroup | Sailpoint

11:10 am - 11:50 am Cybersecurity Modernization and CDM
  • Bruce Begnell Deputy Director Enterprise Network Management
    US Department of State
  • Felipe Fernandez Director, Systems Engineering Fortinet Federal
  • Larry Hale Director, IT Security Subcategory,
    Office of Information Technology Category,
    Federal Acquisition Service
    U.S. General Services Administration

Sponsored By: Fortinet Federal

11:50 am - 12:15 pm Networking Lunch
12:15 pm - 12:40 pm CDM Guru Session: What you need to know

Sponsored By: Okta, Inc.

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm Best Practices for Risk Assessment and Management
  • Emery Csulak Chief Information Security Officer/Senior Privacy Official Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
  • Dave Otto CDM Program Engineering Support
    Ongoing Authorization Lead
    Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Patty Trexler Civilian Regional VP Tanium

Sponsored By: Tanium

1:20 pm - 1:45 pm Integrating Identity & Access Management into CDM

Sponsored By: Quest/DLT

1:45 pm - 1:50 pm Closing Remarks


  • Fortinet
  • Forcepoint
  • Cisco
  • Juniper Networks
  • Tanium
  • Endace
  • immixGroup
  • Sailpoint
  • Okta, Inc.
  • Quest | DLT
  • Palo Alto