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CyberEdBoard Talks: Implementing Federal Cyber Mandates

Panel Discusses How Organizations Can Navigate New Mandates From the White House
Grant Schneider, senior director of cybersecurity services for Venable; Jerry Cochran, deputy CIO, cybersecurity and DigitalOps, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory; and Tiauna Ross, senior director of digital and ERP cybersecurity, Stryker - all CyberEdBoard members

The White House has released a wave of new cybersecurity guidelines and mandates for critical infrastructure sectors and private industry since U.S. President Joe Biden signed a 2021 executive order to keep pace with the ever-changing threat landscape.

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The increase in federal cybersecurity requirements for some critical infrastructure sectors comes amid financial challenges, cyber talent and staffing issues. How do organizations know which new regulations they must comply with, and how can sectors ramp up their cybersecurity posture?

"There are resource challenges across the board, both from the way the government is funded but also from the way that some of the critical infrastructure entities who are regulated and don't have the opportunity to raise rates and necessarily make the investments that are really needed," said Grant Schneider, senior director of cybersecurity services for Venable and a CyberEdBoard member. "There's still work to be done on building both the trust and the acknowledgment of what needs to be done between some of the providers and the government."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group as part of the CyberEdBoard's ongoing CyberEdBoard Talks series, recorded at RSA Conference 2024, Schneider, Cochran and Ross also discussed:

  • New federal cybersecurity guidance affecting private sector organizations and critical infrastructure sectors;
  • The importance of public-private sector collaboration in combating emerging cyberthreats;
  • How organizations can enhance their cyber posture and comply with federal regulations in amid evolving cyberthreats and resource challenges.

Prior to Venable, Schneider served as the U.S. deputy federal CISO and the U.S. federal CISO and as senior director for cybersecurity policy on the White House National Security Council. He previously served as chief information officer for the Defense Intelligence Agency. He is a recognized leader in the cybersecurity sector with extensive experience driving organizational change, improving program maturity while reducing costs, developing policy and governance structures, and driving enterprise-wide technology modernization initiatives. He is a member of the CyberEdBoard.

At PNNL, Cochran oversees cybersecurity, the office of the CISO, enterprise IT engineering and operations. His experience spans government and the private sector, with more than 30 years of experience in technology and over 25 years in cybersecurity, working in startups and for industry leaders such as Compaq/HP, Microsoft and the U.S. Department of Defense. He is a member of the CyberEdBoard.

Ross is a cybersecurity and IT professional with nearly 25 years of experience across domains. At Stryker, she focuses on leveraging innovative solutions to safeguard digital and ERP systems. She is also a project management professional, certified information systems security professional, certified data privacy solutions engineer, certified public accountant and certified business analysis professional. She is a member of the CyberEdBoard.


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About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.




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