July 19-20, 2023 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

All details below pertain to the 2023 Summit; 2024 details coming soon!

DSI’s Inaugural Zero Trust Government Symposium aims to highlight the current status of Zero Trust across the Federal Government and the DoD in an effort to bring into focus widespread implementation efforts. CISOs, CIOs, Network Architects and other Senior Leaders will come together to provide their perspectives on current initiatives and updates on the adoption of a Zero Trust mindset, when trying to verify credentials and provide trusted, secure network access. The Zero Trust mindset of “never trust, always verify,” enables the right user, under the right conditions, to gain the right access, to the right data.

The 2023 Symposium will bring together leaders across the government and DoD to discuss how Zero Trust is not a product or a service, but a strategy. Instead of relying on a perimeter-based approach, every user, device, and app must be verified for every point of access. The May 2021 Cybersecurity Executive Order ignited the transition to Zero Trust architectures, which led to the expansion of tools such as identity, credential and access management (ICAM) solutions, data governance and automation. Following the Zero Trust executive order, federal agencies began developing and implementing Zero Trust strategies, including the Defense Department’s Five-Year Zero Trust Strategy and CISA’s Zero Trust Maturity Model, to provide guidance and measures to effectively secure agency assets.


2023 Speakers Include:

Randy Resnick, SES
Director, Zero Trust Portfolio Management Office
Department of Defense Chief Information Officer

BG Jacqueline Brown, USA
Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6

Donna Bennett
U.S. Department of State

Dr. Brian Hermann, SES
Director, PEO, Cyber Security and Analytics Directorate, DISA
U.S. Department of Defense

David Shive
Chief Information Officer
U.S. General Services Administration

Suzette Kent
Former Federal CIO
Office of Management and Budget

Symposium Moderator:

John Zangardi, Ph.D
CEO, Redhorse
Former Chief Information Officer, DHS Former Acting Chief Information Officer, DoD

Download the 2023 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

Federal agencies are well on their way to completing their Zero Trust maturity journeys. They are utilizing the president’s guidance as an opportunity to modernize their systems; however, there have been challenges along the way. This forum brings together experts from the government, DoD, and industry to discuss the successes and obstacles on their Zero-Trust journeys. It will also offer attendees two panels focusing on the alignment of DoD and industry modernization efforts and collaboration and how the federal government can successfully secure the hybrid workforce through Zero Trust.

While the concepts behind zero trust architectures are not new, the implications of shifting away from “trusted networks” are new to most enterprises, including many agencies. This process will be a journey for the Federal Government and the DoD as there will be learning and adjustments along the way as agencies adapt to new practices and technologies. Federal agencies are well underway in launching their own Zero Trust roadmaps and frameworks, with the DoD closely following with strategies to be implemented across the forces. Both Warfighter and Federal Administrators demand and rely on secure, interoperable information systems that guarantee network integrity and support mission-critical priorities at all levels.

DSI’s team specializes in the extensive research and development of our Symposium content and focus areas. We will assemble the most respected minds in the Zero Trust and network security communities, including DoD, Federal, and industry. Our non-partisan approach allows us to reach across all involved organizations bring together a truly holistic group of decision makers and solution providers.


*Symposium is Closed to The Press/ No Recordings*

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

The 2023 Zero Trust Government Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

__________________________________________________________________________________ Topics covered at the 2023 Symposium:

- Driving the Integration of Zero Trust: Focusing Efforts on Federal Cross-Agency Cooperation for Data Centralization

- DoD Zero Trust Roadmap: Securing the Defense Information Network by FY2027

- Laying a Zero Trust Technology Foundation: DISA’s Thunderdome Prototyping Effort

- Securing the Federal Hybrid Workforce: Ensuring Stronger Security for Critical Assets and Creating a Line of Defense Against Costly Breaches

- Analyzing Zero Trust Gaps in Army’s Tactical and Classified Networks

- Aligning DoD and Industry Modernization Efforts Aiming to Drive a Resilient, Zero Trust Based Architecture

- Scaling Zero Trust Strategy Across the Navy: Spearheading Efforts Through Identification, Collaboration and R&D


At Our Symposium You Have the Ability To:

Gain Education & Insight: Walk away with knowledge gained from our senior level speakers on some of the most complex issues facing the DoD and Federal Government as it relates to zero trust and network security.

Build Partnerships: The agenda is designed to allow for ample networking opportunities and the ability to discover some of the latest operational energy priorities of interest to the DoD and Federal Government.

Influence: Help foster ideas. Share your own insight and knowledge during our interactive sessions. Our town hall format is your opportunity to address our speakers with questions or comments on the current mission. __________________________________________________________________________________


Operating Guidance for Government Attendees:

DSI’s Symposium directly supports DoD & Federal Government priorities by providing a conduit for officials to efficiently reach audiences outside of their respective offices that directly impact their organization’s overall mission success, at no charge to the government, and in an efficient expenditure of time.

DSI’s Symposium will provide a forum to address and improve internal and external initiatives, meet with and hear from partner organizations, disseminate vital capability requirements to industry, increase visibility within the larger community, and generally support their mission.

The Symposium is open and complimentary to all DoD and Federal Government employees and is considered an educational and training forum.