Keynote Speakers

Major General Mitchell Kilgo Major General Garrett Yee
Commanding General  Assistant to the Director
US Army CECOM DISA

 

The Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) is a key component of the nation’s critical infrastructure providing stability and security in protecting our domestic and global interests.  The DoD must take all measures to ensure offensive and defensive strength of the network to combat invisible adversaries, threats and attacks. 
 
The inaugural DoDIN APL Summit is designed to provide attendees from across the DoD the opportunity to learn and expand their understanding of the DODIN APL and its requirements as well as open dialogue between all key stakeholders.  Government and industry experts will discuss the procurement process and potential challenges and the importance of buying products from the APL to protect our nation’s security, as well as give attendees the opportunity to interact live in the virtual exhibit hall with APL vendors.
 
ADVANCE.
The speed of technological change is exponential, but the adoption is linear.  DoDIN requirements outpace the implementation of security-architected products due to the exhaustive, yet necessary, certification process.  Can the APL community work in parallel to close the gap between vendor product/version release and government-approved use on sensitive networks?
 
PROTECT.
To achieve DoDIN APL status, vendors must architect products that meet the highest security without sacrificing interoperability.  The APL is an acquisition decision-support tool based on a rigorous, product testing, validation, certification, and selection process.  In selecting COTS products from the DoDIN APL, decision makers across DoD ensure the products they use have met the “gold-standard” for network protection.
 
LEAD.
Leaders set the direction by helping others see what lies ahead and rising to the challenges.  Network administrators, cyber professionals, technologists, and procurement officials can lead by example by choosing to leverage the DoDIN APL to its fullest extent.  Use of the DoDIN APL, in lieu of waivers or branch-specific product lists, provides risk mitigation for DoD organizations interested in procuring products to add to the DISN to support their mission.



In 2011, the DoD created the DoDIN APL to identify solutions that were tested and trusted to address government concerns. DISA defines the DoDIN Approved Product List (APL) as the single, consolidated list of products that have completed cybersecurity and interoperability certification. 

The APL process is used to test and certify products that affect communication and collaboration across the DoDIN and is an acquisition decision support tool for DoD organizations interested in procuring equipment to add to the DISN to support their mission. 

The APL offers DoD decision makers the knowledge that rigorous due diligence has been conducted, resulting in an increased level of confidence the equipment being selected will be the best choice with regards to cost, effectiveness, and security without sacrificing operability. As of 2020, more than 80 vendors have achieved DoDIN APL certification.


Interested in sponsoring the DoDIN APL Summit? Contact sales@v-fed.com for the event prospectus

Sessions


All times are Eastern Time Printable Schedule || Times, presenters and sessions are subject to change.

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11:10 AM


   
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Welcome & Kickoff: Advance. Protect. Lead


Rock Booze -   Event Co-Chair, Colonel (ret.) U.S. Army

 

We’ve heard it before and will probably continue to hear the same theme in every DoD circle, conference, or conversation where technology is involved, “we need to close the gap between the speed to need.”  Technological advances are happening at an exponential rate and often outpacing its usefulness once implemented in the DoD spaces.  That’s why it’s important for government and industry to have continuous conversations and tight-knit partnerships to close that gap.  As we team together to work through cutting edge solutions, we must ensure they are secure, functional, and most importantly satisfy the requirement. We are an intricately, technologically connected world and our ability to meet today’s challenges on the world stage is not a matter of technology for technology’s sake but another cog in the wheel of our National Security.


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11:20 AM


   
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Opening Keynote: CECOM and the APL


Major General Mitchell Kilgo  - Commanding General, US Army CECOM

 

"CECOM and the APL" will introduce the basics of what the APL is and why it is important.  It will also explain the critical role that the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command and its subordinate U.S. Army Information Systems Engineering Command have in ensuring Army program managers have access to cyber-secure and interoperable components for network infrastructure.


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11:30 AM


   
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Rethinking the APL in the COVID Environment


Greg Touhill -   Brigadier General (ret.), USAF

 

Nine years after it’s inception, the DODIN Approved Products List only has about 80 vendors whose products have been certified. In this short discussion, retired Brigadier General Greg Touhill, the former US CISO, challenges the DoD to rethink how it manages the DODIN APL. Recommendations include rethinking reciprocity, measuring process performance and eliminating processes that don’t add value, and confederate to expand capacity and throughput.

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11:30 AM
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12:05 PM


   
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Panel: Preparing for DoD’s Cybersecurity Maturation Model Certification (CMMC)


Moshe Schwartz -   Defense Procurement Analyst

 


Moshe Schwartz
Moderator
David Berteau
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Dr. Morgan Dwyer
Panelist
John Zanni
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