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

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Karen EvansFormer CIO, DHS
John DillardCEO, ThreatSwitch

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Here's What You'll Learn:

How Industry and Government Can Work Together

Specifically, on critical issues related to supply chain security, asset management, and incident management.

How to Respond to Incidents

Karen will share the knowledge she gained from her involvement with the most significant nationwide security incidents.

How to Make Wise Compliance Decisions

Learn what's worth investing in and what trade-offs can be made to stay secure and compliant.

About The Hosts

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.

John Dillard
Founder and CEO

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. 

John is the author of Microslices, a book focused on how data science, artificial intelligence, and automation are driving rapid change in white collar work. He sits on the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) Security Policy Reform Council and Insider Threat Subcommittee, and is the recipient of several honors and awards, including Charlotte’s Forty under 40, Charlotte Fast 50, The University of South Carolina’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award, and The US Army Commander’s Award for Public Service for his work on personnel security clearance reform.

John is passionate about three things outside of work: Nerve 2019, for which he serves as chairman; F3, which plants, grows and serves small workout groups for the invigoration of male community leadership; and his family of 4 in Charlotte, NC.

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