Supply chain problems and cybersecurity risks have been pressing topics for months across for both the public and private sector. Because of its far-reaching impact, the White House released an Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains in July 2021 to make improvements that will both resolve current issues and future-proof our access to goods. This year’s Public Sector Day, hosted by RSA, will bring together senior government officials, like the Director of Supply Chain Risk Management and Risk Assessment and Operational Integration for the DOD and Chief Cybersecurity Advisor and Associate Director for Cybersecurity at NIST, to discuss issues affecting supply chains and other current challenges, from cyber risk concerns to organizational resiliency, and how to leverage grants to fund programs.
This year’s event returns to an in-person format during RSA in San Francisco, but it will also be available via live streaming and to watch on-demand after the event. Dan Carayiannis, Archer Public Sector Director, explained that between the event being free of charge and the hybrid format, that he hopes more government cybersecurity will be able to participate. “The format is designed not just for executive types with the government, but also for middle management, really anyone who is working on key cybersecurity initiatives for their agency,” he shared. The goal is to create an open forum for those involved in government organizations and agencies to hear from senior officials as they discuss the issues currently having the biggest impact on the public sector.
Along with a more accessible format, Public Sector Day is organized to get information to the right people. As well as dividing panels by federal, state, and local government, they will also be segmented by topic. For example, this year’s federal and state government panels address third party risk management, cyber risk, and organizational resiliency and operational risks. Where the local government tracks include ransomware, C-suite government IT roles, and grants.
Each panel discussion runs about 35 minutes and is led by a senior government official. For example, Carayiannis noted that on the local government track, the Chief Security Officers for San Francisco and Boston will be leading a discussion on cyber security. The structure of Public Sector Day allows for attendees to tune in to the discussions that connect with their own issues and needs. “The event has been tailored to suit the needs of today’s busy public servants,” Carayiannis explained. “It gives them the opportunity to acquire knowledge, share experiences with peers, and plant the seeds of an on-going conversation that will improve security and risk management in the public sector in without creating an additional time burden. The bite-sized format allows attendees to tune in or out, and not need to invest an entire day away from mission-critical work.”
The expectations for Public Sector Day 2022 are high for organizers, speakers, and attendees. The panelists are prepared to cover meaningful and relevant topics with the goal of sharing knowledge, challenges, and solutions.