2019 Conference Agenda

The CyberSatGov conference team is currently working with the Advisory Board to finalize the full conference agenda. Please view last year’s sessions to get an idea of what topics we will discuss in 2020!
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Classified Day - The Aerospace Corporation, Chantilly, VA

At CyberSat 2019 classified day, DoD, Intelligence Community, Civil Space and industry leaders will discuss the revolutionary and disruptive technology being used in assuring the security of space systems throughout the changing composition of the cyber-contested lifecycle.

Attendees will be updated on the ground and space cyber landscape through presentations from senior intel analysts and those developing and deploying technologies to enhance architectural resiliency against emerging cyber threats.

Please CLICK HERE for Classified Day location and event details.

Morning Session - TS//SCI Session

0730 - 0815: Check-in and Networking Breakfast

0815 – 0830: Opening Remarks: Ed Swallow, The Aerospace Corporation

0830 – 0900: Opening Keynote: John Hood, Director Communications Systems Directorate and CIO, NRO

0900 - 0930: Intel Community Update: Janeen Forrest, NASIC

0930 – 1000: Applying Defense in Depth for Spacecraft Security, Paul De Naray, The Aerospace Corporation

1000 – 1030: Networking Break

1030 – 1100: Impetus and Policy Considerations for NASA’s Encrypted Communications Directive: Joshua Krage, NASA

1100 – 1130: Small Satellite Cyber Challenges: Paul Oppenheimer, Space Dynamics Laboratory

1130 - 1300: Lunch


Afternoon Session - S//NF Session

1300 - 1310: Session Intro

1315 - 1345: Keynote: Col. Erick Welcome, Deputy Chief of Staff, USCYBERCOMM

1345 - 1415: Blackjack: Paul “Rusty” Thomas, DARPA

1415 - 1445: Practical Strategies for Delivering Uncompromised Supply Chain: Robert Metzger, Rogers Joseph O’Donnell

1445 - 1515: Networking Break

1515 - 1545: Using the Cloud to Download, Process, Store, Analyze, and Act Upon Satellite Data Quicker with Substantial Cost Savings: Matthew Krynovich, AWS Ground Station

1545 - 1615: Space ISAC Update: Frank Backes, Chairman of the Board

1615 - 1645: Technical Details and Implementation Approaches for Encrypted Communications at NASA: Joshua Krage, NASA

1645 - 1700: Closing Remarks: Dave Miller, The Aerospace Corporation

1700 - 1900: Reception

Thursday, November 7, 2019

8:30 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote

Robert Ashley
Defense Intelligence Agency

10:00 am - 11:00 am

The Threat Landscape to Satellites 2020

At CyberSat 2018, cyber influencer Dave DeWalt said that satellites were his biggest concern of being the victim of a major cyber incident. It is merely a matter of time before there is a high profile attack on satellites that will make major headlines. In this session, we examine the emerging threat landscape as we head into 2020 and talk about the cyber specific threats that could be made against satellites and ground infrastructure. 

Andrew D'Uva
Providence Access Company
Mark Crowley
Chief Operating Officer
Mari Spina
Principle Cybersecurity Engineer
MITRE Corporation
Bob Gourley
Co-Founder and CTO

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:15 pm

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning: Coming to Satellite Infrastructure Near You

There is no doubt we are in the era of artificial intelligence, and moving forward, we will see AI become a part of industrial espionage. However, how does this relate specifically to the satellite industry? AI and ML can be used for and against the satellite industry. Here, we assess the who, how, and why, alongside the cyber security risks as we usher in the AI era. How could AI and ML be used to target satellites and space based infrastructure? How can your company prepare for such scenarios?

Andy Bair
Sway Ventures
William Diotte
Jeffrey Freeman
Mission Solutions
Lockheed Martin
Tanya Pemberton
Senior Vice President, National Systems Group
The Aerospace Corporation
Dean Teffer
Vice President of Engineering
SlingShot Aerospace
Clayton Williams
Technical Staff, IQT
In-Q-Tel CosmiQ Works

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch and Keynote: NASA's Approach to Protecting Satellites

NASA’s day-to-day mission depends on the agency’s infrastructure. A disruption to its systems and networks can have significant and even catastrophic consequences for our nation. NASA CIO, Renee Wynn has an astronomical responsibility in managing new and legacy system that control a large amounts of data across its programs. So protecting that data is paramount! Join us for her keynote address as she discusses NASA’s use of satellites, how the agency guards data in space, and manages daily cyber threats.

Renee Wynn

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Dessert Break with Exhibitors

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Consecutive Workshops

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop 1: Facing Down the Cyber Threat

In this interactive session, we take a look at the threats against satellite and space based assets. This session will enable you to understand, prepare for, and deal with the threats in real time. 

Workshop Leader
James Turgal
Managing Director, Cyber Risk Services
Deloitte & Touche

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop 2: Satellite System Cyber Attack: Prepare for the Worst to Plan for the Best

A cyber attack can impact enterprise mission, productivity, and your team’s credibility. Attendees will gain understanding of the value of cyber incident response planning specific to satellite from IT and OT perspectives. In this interactive workshop, you will respond to a simulated cyber incident with relevance to a satellite system. Attendees will be divided into two teams and must work together to make decisions under time constraints that will impact the scenario’s outcome. This session seeks to increase attendee awareness of cyber incident response best practices and real-world lessons learned. This workshop is useful for senior leadership, C-suite, and other enterprise risk, security, and technology decision makers.

Bonnie Stith
Cyber Security and Executive Leadership Consulting
Stith Associates
Workshop Leader
Crystal Lister
Co-Founder GPSG Cyber and Senior Director, Insider & Cyber Threats
Global Professional Services Group (GPSG)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop 3: Air-gap. Is it a Silver Bullet?

In this workshop, we will discuss the safety of relying on an air gap to protect important networks. Participants will see an air gapped network get hacked in real time.

Workshop Leader
Chris Childers
National Defense Group

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Workshop 4: Learning from Failure - Applying Other Industry Catastrophes to the Space Industry

In this workshop, we dissect a number of different public cybersecurity failures from other industries and discuss how things could have been done better. This session is highly beneficial to any of those in the satellite industry who want to see the warning signs ahead of time and take a very proactive approach.

Workshop Leader
Andy Davis
Transport Assurance Practice Director
NCC Group

3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Implementing the National Cyber Strategy

In this presentation, Wray will discuss the US Administration’s efforts to implement the National Cyber Strategy by improving the cybersecurity of space systems.  Wray will talk about the Administration’s efforts to collaborate both internationally, as well as with the industry as a whole to improve cybersecurity efforts.

Jaisha Wray
Director for International Cyber Policy
National Security Council

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Azure in Space and Satellites, The Next Frontier for Cloud

William Chappell
CTO, Azure Global
Microsoft Corp

3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The US Government and Defense Market: Protecting Assets via Satellite

The US government is becoming more reliant than ever on satellite assets, thus increasing the importance of protecting satellites from an attack. First, we set the scene and look at how the commercial satellite industry is working with the government, and examine how lucrative this market could become. Second, we look at the stringent demands government will place on satellite companies and discuss what satellite companies need to do to remain a strong partner for the government going forward. 

Josh Hartman
Venture Advisor
The Flying Object
Robert Vick
Program Manager, Space Protection and Response Program
Air Force Research Laboratory
Ron Bushar
Vice President and CTO-Government Solutions
Harrison Caudill
Satellite Communications, HyperSpectral Imaging

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Satellite CISO Viewpoint: How my Job is Changing?

In this individual presentation, you’ll hear from a CISO involved in the satellite community discuss how their company views the cyber threat, how things have changed over the last year, and what is keeping them up at night.

Graham Wright
Senior Vice President Security and Cyber
Inmarsat Global, Ltd.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Friday, November 8, 2019

8:30 am - 9:15 am


9:15 am - 10:00 am

Opening Keynote

In this keynote, Halvorsen will go into depth about 5G and how it will improve cyber security.

Terry Halvorsen
CIO and EVP IT & Mobile Communication B2G Business
Samsung Electronics

10:00 am - 11:00 am

New Age of LEO Satellites: Assessing the Vulnerabilities

We are approaching a time when hundreds and thousands of LEO satellites are going to be launched. Are they more or less secure than traditional GEO satellites that have permeated the satellite landscape for years? In this session, we explore the LEO landscape, and how the influx of all of these satellites could lead to increased cyber concerns.

Mark Holmes
Editorial Director, Aerospace
Via Satellite
Ronald Einhorn
Lead Systems Engineer, Space Programs
Airbus Defense & Space SAS
Dennis Gatens
Chief Commercial Officer
Cloud Constellation Corporation

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Networking Break

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Moving Beyond Cyber for Satellite Security: What is the Emerging Threat?

There are many ways to cause disruption and damage within a satellite network, so what other threats exist beyond cyber? Here, we talk about the likely threats to space and ground based infrastructures, and ways satellite companies can best deal with these emerging security threats. 

Ron Clifton
President & Founder
Cliftongroup International Ltd.
David Henning
Director of Network Security
Hughes an EchoStar Company
Steve Reeder
Senior Architect
David Myers
President, Communications Sector
Jamie Barnett
Senior Vice President, Government Services
RigNet, Inc.

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

The Game Changer Award Luncheon sponsored by Peraton

Join us for the Game Changer Award Luncheon at CyberSat!

Keynote Presentation:

Why Young People Are Your Best Space Investment

Kyla Guru will share her story of being a social entrepreneur in the cybersecurity industry, the challenges she has faced, and what she believes should be the greater mission of all cybersecurity initiative. She will discuss the critical shortage of cybersecurity professionals and how we can foster a paradigm shift for Generation Z to look towards space exploration and security. Guru will use her unique perspective of going through the education system to talk about what she sees for the future of the industry, and, of course, how we can make radical changes to our current state of human risk and cyber-insecurity. 

Kyla Guru
Bits N' Bytes Cybersecurity Education

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Dessert Break with Exhibitors

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Connected Car: A Security Viewpoint

As the Connected Car ecosystem continues to grow and expand, auto manufacturers are looking at all options to manage the data coming to and from the vehicle. The automotive industry is becoming more and more data focused, with the addition of updates over the air and vehicle to vehicle (V2V) or vehicle to everything else (V2X) enabling technology advancements in vehicles. Where can satellites fit into this new and evolving ecosystem? How do we integrate into this growing network and ensure passenger safety and privacy? 

Kristie Pfosi
Senior Manager, Automotive Cyber Security
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

The Cruise Sector: Buying More Satellite Capacity but Needing to be Safe

Carnival Cruises buys a lot of satellite capacity. It is one of the leaders in the cruise sector when it comes to using connectivity to boost the customer experience. However, as it buys more and more capacity, it needs to ensure its networks at sea remain robust. As a landmark customer of satellite capacity, its thoughts on security are increasingly important.

Greg Sullivan
Carnival Corporation & PLC

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

DOD Perspective

It is clear that cybersecurity concerns will be front and center for the US DoD going forward. The Department is looking to change the way it regulates cybersecurity among the key technology and industrial companies it works with. The ‘Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification’ (CMMC) is a major new initiative in terms of cybersecurity certification and standards.This will have a direct impact for companies in the satellite sector. Here, we talk about the shifting landscape and why these new demands/regulations make sense for the sector.

Katie Arrington
Special Assistant for Cyber
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Acquisition