The digital transformation in government IT is driving modernization but also expanding the attack surface Federal agencies have to protect. The traditional perimeter no longer exists. Today, there is no “inside” or “outside” the network when it comes to detecting, defending, and deterring cyber attacks.

With rapid modernization, an expanding attack surface, and an ever-changing cyber battlefield, how can government executives protect their agencies? Today’s threat environment calls for a zero-trust approach to security.

At the Akamai Government Forum, industry cybersecurity experts will be joined by leading government cyber executives from the Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security (DHS), and State, as well as the Air Force, Navy, Army, Office of Management and Budget, and more.

Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, DHS, will deliver a keynote address next Thursday afternoon drawing on her work to strengthen U.S. cyber defenses with a zero-trust approach to security. DHS spearheads the Federal government’s efforts to secure an evolving, digital government through continuous monitoring and threat remediation tools.

With modernization top of mind for govies, agency infrastructures are evolving with increased intelligence and innovation. But risk and threat vectors are evolving in step. Now is the time for agency leaders to leverage a zero-trust model to advance transformation across the Federal government.

Attendees will also hear from Howard Marshall, deputy assistant director of the FBI’s Cyber Division. Marshall will discuss the role of the FBI Cyber Division in securing Federal agencies from ransomware and business email compromise.

Lauren Knausenberger, director of cyberspace innovation for the U.S. Air Force, is also on tap for the conference. She will sit on a morning panel discussion of how Federal executives are balancing IT modernization and innovation with security.

Registration is complimentary for the Akamai Government Forum, taking Thursday, June 14, 7:45 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC. Six CPE credits are available to attendees.

The traditional perimeter is down and agencies need to modernize their cyber plans to stay safe. Learn how to secure your agency in the era of zero-trust security.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.