July 17-18, 2024 | The Sunset Room, National Harbor, MD

DSI’s 2nd Annual Zero Trust Government Symposium will convene to bring together leaders, experts and implementors across the USG and DOD to highlight the current status of Zero Trust implementation efforts. Broadly, zero trust refers to a cybersecurity concept and framework that requires non-stop monitoring and constant authentication to secure critical national security information — and assumes all networks are compromised from the get-go. Federal IT leaders are under mounting pressure to meet a suite of mandated ZT cybersecurity standards and objectives by September 2024. Implementing a ZT approach ensures that access to data is strictly controlled and monitored, reducing the risk of unauthorized access or data breaches.

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2024 Confirmed Speakers Include:

Khoi Nguyen, SES
Cyber Acquisition and Technology J9,

Shery Thomas, SES

Alvin "Tony" Plater
Acting CISO

Don Yeske
Director, National Security Cyber Division,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Donald Coulter
Sr. Science Advisor for Cybersecurity,

Karen Uttecht
Technical Staff,
MIT Lincoln Lab

Symposium Moderator:

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

Download the 2024 Agenda


Why You Should Attend This Symposium:

As Zero Trust Architecture continues to permeate U.S. Federal agencies and the DOD, funding is following suit. The Biden Administration’s proposed federal budget for fiscal 2024 includes a spending increase of $12.7 billion intended for cyber-related activities within federal agencies. This proposed funding reflects the priority asserted by the administration to enhance national security and defend critical infrastructure to combat the challenges of today’s cyber threat landscape. For FY25, the Pentagon is seeking $14.5 billion, a $1B increase from 2024, for cyber spending including $977 zero trust.

This year’s iteration of the Zero Trust Government Symposium Attendees will gain insights into accelerating Zero Trust implementation within the DOD and federal agencies, focusing on synchronizing efforts and the latest functional management offices that have been stood up to promote these efforts. Developing metrics for reviewing plans and exploring various architectures, including on-premise, all-cloud, or hybrid infrastructure will be included in the conversations. Understanding responsible AI use and best practices against misuse will be highlighted, along with adopting a Zero Trust framework conducive to cooperation with partner nations. Discussions will cover insulating battlefield operations, ensuring secure information sharing, transitioning to a hybrid workforce, defining adoption milestones, defeating adversaries, and addressing challenges in Zero Trust strategy. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of the government’s efforts to implement ZTA and how to foster fruitful partnerships with industry.

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.


Past Participating Organizations:

ID.me, Acalvio, Dignari, IDEMIA, Business Integra, Paratus Solutions LLC, Illumio, All Purpose Networks, MerlinCyber, Walacor Corp, SecuPi Inc., AppGate , Tableau, Ennoble First Inc., Tensley Consulting Inc., Pivotal ITS, Dell Technologies, Zscaler Federal, Anjuna Security…and more!

Topics covered at the 2024 Symposium:

- Synchronizing the DOD to Accelerate Zero Trust Implementation

- Understanding Responsible Use of AI in Protecting Federal Data

- Insulating Battlefield Command C5ISR Operations with ZT Network Software

- Confronting How to Better Manage and Secure Data Across the U.S. Treasury

- Defining Steps and Milestones Guiding Air Force Forward in ZT Adoption

- CISA’s Zero Trust Initiative Office: Unpacking ZT Strategy Challenges & Solutions

- Enabling Continuous and Secure Information Sharing Between the U.S. Federal Government and International Partner Networks


Limited Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities Remain!

The 2024 Zero Trust Government Symposium provides opportunities including exhibit space, round table discussions, product demonstrations, and networking receptions.

Featured Opportunities Include:

Platinum Sponsor: Participate in a featured panel discussion or 30-minute speaking session. Includes 4x registrations, exhibit table & more.

Gold Sponsor: Present your solution with a 10-minute technology talk. Includes 3x registrations, exhibit table & more.

Luncheon Sponsor: Exclusive lunch sponsorship. Company logo on branded items, 2x registrations & more.

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. __________________________________________________________________________________

*Symposium is Closed to The Press/ No Recordings*