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DMV Rising: Local Roots, Global Impact in Cybersecurity

Thank you for joining us for the inaugural DMV Rising event! We hope you enjoyed connecting with our region's leading cybersecurity experts. We look forward to celebrating DMV innovation together again soon.


September 13, 2023 | 3-7 PM


DMV Rising is a premier cyber security and risk management industry networking event. Our inaugural event was hosted by Virtru at 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., in downtown Washington D.C., with our discussion starting at 3 p.m., followed by an exclusive rooftop happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., featuring a word from Revi Sterling, Sr. Technical Director, Digital Inclusion at CARE.

About the Event

Engage in thought-provoking panel discussions featuring top executives from the DMV region's most innovative cybersecurity companies. Together, we will delve into the intricate complexities facing the cybersecurity industry today and uncover why DMV-based companies are uniquely positioned to cater to both government and commercial customers.

To cap off this enlightening event, we will also host a rooftop cocktail reception with delectable hors d’oeuvres and a breathtaking view of downtown Washington D.C.'s skyline. During this reception, we will take a moment to hear from the leaders at CARE USA, reflecting on the indispensable humanitarian work they are carrying out globally, including their efforts in Ukraine, which involves increasingly sensitive data privacy and cybersecurity concerns.

Panel Discussion Agenda

Innovating to Minimize Cyber Risk In Commercial Markets: OT, Open Source, and Data, Oh My!
  • Dragos: Katherine D. Ledesma, Head of Public Policy & Government Affairs
  • Sonatype: Alex Berry, President
  • Virtru: John Ackerly, CEO
  • Moderator: Matt Howard, CMO, Virtru
Zero Trust Security Transformations in Federal Markets: A Difficult and Non-Optional Journey
  • Palo Alto Networks: Coleman Mehta, Senior Director for Public Policy and Government Affairs
  • Flashpoint: Gray Loftin, Director, Solutions Architecture, National Security Solutions
  • GDIT: Dr. John Sahlin, Vice President, Cyber Solutions
  • Moderator: Fahd Patel, Of Counsel, Morrison Foerster

State of Cyber Capital Markets: Early Innovators, M&A, and Public Performance
  • Brown Advisory: Keith Stone, Portfolio Manager
  • Data Tribe: John Funge, Managing Director
  • King & Spalding: Jeremy Schropp, Partner
  • Moderator: Andreas Hunn, Founder, Absaroka Advisors

Thanks for Joining Us!



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