Chris K. Williams
Enterprise Cybersecurity & Compliance
Session Title: How to Build a Successful Cyberdefense Program Against Advanced Threats
He has been facing advanced cyberthreats in military, government, and commercial environments for over 20 years. Recently, he co-authored the book that reflects some of the lessons learned through his experiences, “Enterprise Cybersecurity: How to Build a Successful Cyberdefense Program Against Advanced Threats”. In his presentation, he will talk about why cyberdefense is struggling today, and why technology and regulations alone are not going to succeed against today’s advanced threats. He will review common issues with cyberdefenses, and how practitioners can address those issues in a manner that is both economical and effective. He will then outline the key elements of a successful cybersecurity program, and how leaders can manage their people, budgets, and technologies to be successful, despite constrained resources and schedule. Finally, he will explain how he expects cyberattacks and cyberdefense will evolve over the next ten years, and what cybersecurity practitioners can do to prepare for the future as they address the challenges of the present.
Mr. Williams has been involved in the IT security field since 1994 in a combination of U.S. military and commercial positions. He has been with Leidos (formerly SAIC) since 2003 focusing on enterprise cybersecurity and compliance. He has worked with the U.S. Army, Defense Information Systems Agency, Department of State, Defense Intelligence Agency, and numerous commercial companies designing integrated solutions to protect against modern threats. He is a co-author of Enterprise Cybersecurity: How to Build a Successful Cyberdefense Program Against Advanced Threats, released in May, 2015. He has presented on these topics at RSA, MILCOM, the Smart Card Alliance, (ISC)2, ISSA, B-Sides and other forums. He is a former ranger-qualified paratrooper, and holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering from Princeton University and a master’s degree in information assurance from George Washington University.