with Beau Houser, CISO, U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce
Every day, the U.S. Government executes unique and deeply challenging missions to safeguard our nation’s critical infrastructure and provide services to the American people. To deliver on these missions effectively, our nation must make intelligent use of robust security solutions to avoid disruption by malicious cyber campaigns and keep pace with adversaries. Successfully modernizing the Federal Government’s approach to security requires a government-wide endeavor and collaboration between many stakeholders.
With users and devices now accessing critical information, systems, and applications from anywhere in our distributed digital world, the mindset must be to never trust, always verify, and only allow privileged access when needed or contextual parameters are met. Agency modernization, expanding cloud deployments, and distributed workforces create new planes of privilege for adversaries to exploit.
Tune-in to this on-demand webinar with a distinguished panel of Federal cyber experts to understand why identity security is integral to secure adoption of emerging initiatives across government. Our cybersecurity leaders also discuss:
Almost every attack today involves a stolen identity or privilege to execute and initially compromise an environment, or to move laterally within a network. Please listen-in to this engaging session if you are seeking to strengthen your agency’s long-term immunity and resilience against cyber threats.
Beau Houser is the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Department of Commerce. He is responsible for managing and executing cybersecurity responsibilities in support of critical and complex business programs including the decennial census, demographics and economic statistics. Prior to joining the Census Bureau, Mr. Houser served as the CISO for the U.S. Small Business Administration. He has also served as the Deputy CISO for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services.
Mr. Houser holds a Master’s Degree in Cyber Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Barry University. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) with a concentration in Engineering.
Chris Rankin is the Chief Information Officer for MSTS, managing almost 150 employees that provide Information Technology (IT) and Cyber Security services to more than 3,000 individuals across eight sites, including both classified and unclassified networks. He is an innovative thinker that provides a strategic vision for IT.
Chris continually develops relationships with leaders across the NNSA, including stakeholders to obtain support and funding for IT efforts. He has successfully managed legacy equipment and leads the transition to state of the art solutions. He is a champion of process improvement efforts to improve user experience and security.
Chris has over 20 years of management experience across various functional organizations including networking, telecommunications, IT project management and applications. He spent almost 10 years as the IT Program Manager at Honeywell overseeing a variety of large-scale, complex IT projects and programs across multiple functional areas and organizations. During this time, he also served as a leader to the IT project managers and leaders. Impressive efforts during this time include successfully managing the National Security Campus Contract Transition, being an IT/business liaison for M&O contract proposals, developing and implementing the IT/Cyber Business Growth Program and successfully transitioning IT Services for a site relocation.
Prior to Chris’ professional career, he received his bachelor’s degree in management computer information systems from Park University in Parkvillle, Missouri. With Chris’ proven track record of success in IT, the IT directorate at the NNSS has not only been able to do more than ever before, but the path forward set for IT is promising for the NNSS and its national security mission
Nick Marinos is a Director in GAO’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity team. He leads audit teams that perform government-wide and agency-specific reviews in the areas of cybersecurity, critical infrastructure, privacy, and data protection across all major federal agencies. Nick also leads GAO’s ongoing evaluation of the Census Bureau’s efforts to implement and protect IT systems critical to the 2020 Census.
Nick joined GAO in 2002. During his career at GAO, Nick has led major reviews of:
Nick earned an MBA in information systems and technology and a bachelor’s degree in business information technology, both from Virginia Tech. He serves on the Virginia Tech MBA and BIT advisory boards at the Pamplin College of Business. As one of GAO’s leading experts, Nick is also frequently invited to speak on a range of cybersecurity topics. Nick is a certified information privacy professional.
Morey J. Haber is the Chief Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored three books: Privileged Attack Vectors, Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. He is a founding member of the industry group Transparency in Cyber, and in 2020 was elected to the Identity Defined Security Alliance (IDSA) Executive Advisory Board. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust security and governance for corporate and cloud based solutions and regularly consults for global periodicals and media. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition where he served as a Product Owner and Solutions Engineer since 2004. Prior to eEye, he was Beta Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.