Press Release

Cyber Resilience Summit Agenda for October 16 Published
Focus on crossroads of modernization and cybersecurity in US Federal Government; launch of CISQ Trustworthy Systems Manifesto

Needham, MA – September 26, 2018 – The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™), an IT industry leadership group that develops standards for automating software quality measurement, today announced the agenda is published and registration is open for the Cyber Resilience Summit. CISQ is co-hosting this full-day event in cooperation with the Object Management Group® (OMG®) and the IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC) at the Army Navy Country Club in Arlington, Virginia on October 16, 2018.

In its 6th year, the Summit brings together federal IT leaders, the IT standards community, and industry to address how federal agencies are modernizing and securing legacy systems to improve digital services and stay ahead of cyber threats. This year, CISQ Executive Director Dr. Bill Curtis will also introduce the CISQ Trustworthy Systems Manifesto, which is a set of principles to reduce the risk that software-intensive systems pose to the business or mission. Summit participants will have the opportunity to become signatories to the Trustworthy Systems Manifesto.

Registration is required for all attendees. General admission is $250 but is complimentary for government employees and elected officials, not-for-profit organizations, and universities. Registration for the media is complimentary by entering the code CISQPRF18.

Agenda Highlights

The popular “Titans of Cyber” keynote panel returns, featuring presenters from the National Security Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence who will discuss “Critical Success Factors for Modernizing and Securing Government IT.”

Joe Jarzombek, Director for Government, Defense and Aerospace Programs, Synopsys and CISQ Board Member, will moderate a panel from MITRE, Department of Defense, Department of Commerce and GSA to examine supply chain risk management.

A session is being planned on the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program at the Department of Homeland Security, one of the largest cybersecurity federal programs, now moving to phase 4, which targets protection of data and the application stack. Speakers from agencies successfully deploying CDM will participate.

A new agenda item is the Regulators Roundtable, a cross-industry panel that will discuss how cyber risk is measured and how policy is set and implemented in sectors outside of government, including financial services, healthcare, and utilities.

The Summit will conclude with subject matter experts from the standards community who will share their insights for producing cybersecure software followed by closing remarks.

Confirmed Speakers and Panelists

  • Dr. Bill Curtis, Consortium for IT Software Quality Executive Director and Program Chair
  • John Weiler, IT Acquisition Advisory Council Vice Chair and Program Chair
  • Don Davidson, Deputy Director, Cybersecurity Risk Management (+ Chief of SCRM Division), Office of the Deputy DoD-CIO for Cybersecurity
  • Susan Dorr, Director of Cybersecurity Division, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
  • Bethany Dugan, Deputy Comptroller for Operational Risk, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
  • Dr. Seth Carmody, Cybersecurity Program Manager, FDA
  • Dr. Allan Friedman, Director, Cybersecurity Initiatives, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Mark Hakun, Deputy Chief Information Officer, National Security Agency
  • Chris Hetner, Senior Cybersecurity Advisor to the Chairman, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Joe Jarzombek, Director for Government, Defense and Aerospace Programs, Synopsys and Board Member, Consortium for IT Software Quality
  • Shon Lyublanovits, Senior Advisor for Cybersecurity, GSA
  • Robert Martin, Senior Principal Engineer, MITRE
  • Christopher Nissen, Director, Assymetric Threat Response, MITRE
  • Rodney Petersen, Director, National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), NIST
  • Donald Saxinger, Chief, IT Supervision, Division of Risk Management Supervision, FDIC
  • Paul Seay, Northrop Grumman Fellow, Engineering Center of Excellence, NGMS Engineering, Sciences, and Technology, Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Girish Seshagiri, EVP and CTO, ISHPI Information Technologies and Board Member, Consortium for IT Software Quality
  • Scott Tousley, Deputy Director, Cyber Security Division, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate

The event is supported by CISQ sponsors: CAST, CGI, Cognizant, ISHPI Information Technologies, Northrop Grumman, Synopsys and Tech Mahindra.


About the Event Hosts
The Consortium for IT Software Quality™ (CISQ™) is an IT leadership group that develops international standards for automating the measurement of software size and structural quality from the source code. The standards written by CISQ enable IT and business leaders to measure the risk IT applications pose to the business, as well as estimate the cost of ownership. CISQ was co-founded by the Object Management Group® (OMG®) and Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. For more information, visit

The Object Management Group® (OMG®) is an international, open membership, not-for-profit technology standards consortium with representation from government, industry and academia. OMG Task Forces develop enterprise integration standards for a wide range of technologies and an even wider range of industries. OMG modeling standards enable powerful visual design, execution and maintenance of software and other processes. Visit for more information.

The IT Acquisition Advisory Council (IT-AAC) is a public/private “do tank” composed of leading IT public interest groups, standards bodies and government agencies working together to fundamentally transform how the government acquires and manages IT and Cyber solutions. As the “architect of FITARA”, we are ushering in agile standards of practice and innovations emanating from the $4T Global IT market.


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