Palo Alto Networks® invites you to our 2nd Federal Government Summit


This event will bring leaders from the Federal Government and representatives from the cyber security technology industry together for a full-day of discussions around solutions available to the Federal Government for cyber defense.

The summit will kick off with a Welcome Keynote Fireside Chat on Enabling a Cyber-Secure Digital Canada from Scott Jones, the Head of the Canadian Centre for Cybersecurity. The Cyber Centre is the single unified source of expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for government, critical infrastructure owners and operations, the private sector and the Canadian public.

If you’re looking for the latest thought leadership and know-how in cloud security, network, security or endpoint security, our Federal Government Cyber Defense Summit is the place to find it all.

You'll walk away with the latest best practices, tips and strategies from industry experts and Palo Alto Networks® for safely enabling applications while preventing successful cyber breaches across your networks, endpoints, and private clouds.

Join us on Thursday Dec 5th 2019, at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, to learn about the Art of the possible in cyber defense.

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Thursday, Dec 5, 2019

8:00am - 8:55am Registration, Networking Breakfast, Exhibits
9:00am - 9:45am Welcome & Keynote Fireside Chat: Enabling a cyber-secure digital Canada
Speaker: Scott Jones, Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
9:45am - 10:30am Palo Alto Networks Roadmap
Speakers: Adam Geller, Senior Vice President of Cloud Product and Engineering & Natalio Pincever, Palo Alto Networks
10:30am - 11:00am Network Break & Exhibits
11:00am - 11:45am Panel Discussion: Cybersecurity Challenges in the National Security Environment
Speakers: James Scott, Field CTO, DELL Technologies, John Davis, Vice President, Federal Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
11:45am - 12:30pm Win the Cyber War with Zero Trust
Speaker: John Kindervag, Creator of Zero Trust & Field CTO, Palo Alto Networks
12:30pm - 1:15pm Lunch & Exhibits
1:15pm - 1.45pm Cloud Security
Speaker: Matt Chiodi, Chief Security Officer of Public Cloud, Palo Alto Networks
1.45pm - 2:15pm Cloud Security Panel: Outsource Your IT, Not Your Risk: Effective Security in the Cloud
2:15pm - 2:45pm What Makes a Next-Gen SOC?
Speaker: Slavik Markovich, SVP Product, Palo Alto Networks
2:45pm - 3:15pm Networking Break & Exhibits
3:15pm - 3:45pm Technology Session
3:45pm - 4:15pm Automation VS Automation - Evolve to Survive
Speaker: Bruce Hembree, Sr. Security Architect, Cortex, Palo Alto Networks
4:15pm - 5:00pm Thank you, Draw prizes and Cocktail Reception


John Davis

Scott Jones Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security

Scott is the Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security. The Cyber Centre is the single unified source of expert advice, guidance, services and support on cyber security for government, critical infrastructure owners and operations, the private sector and the Canadian public. Read More ...

Scott began his career at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in 1999 and has held various positions including Assistant Deputy Minister of IT Security, acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer, Director General of Cyber Defence and a variety of positions of increasing responsibility across CSE, primarily in the Signals Intelligence and IT Security domains. He previously worked at the Privy Council Office as a National Security Policy Advisor in the Security & Intelligence Secretariat.

Scott holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electronic Systems Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, and a Masters of Business Administration.

John Davis

John Davis Vice President, Federal Chief Security Officer
Palo Alto Networks

Retired U.S. Army Major General John Davis is the Vice President and Federal Chief Security Officer for Palo Alto Networks, where he is responsible for expanding cybersecurity initiatives and global policy for the international public sector and assisting governments around the world in preventing successful cyber attacks. Read More ...

He is also the Vice President of Palo Alto Networks Public Sector LLC, which is the company’s U.S.-only subsidiary based in Reston, Virginia.

Prior to joining Palo Alto Networks, John served as the Senior Military Advisor for Cyber to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy and served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy. Prior to this assignment, he served in multiple leadership positions in special operations, cyber, and information operations. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star Medal.

John earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, Master of Military Art and Science from U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, and Bachelor of Science from U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Matt Chiodi

Matt Chiodi Chief Security Officer of Public Cloud
Palo Alto Networks

As the Chief Security Officer of Public Cloud at Palo Alto Networks, Matt Chiodi, CISSP and CCSK, works with organizations to expedite digital transformation while keeping cyber risk in check. He came to Palo Alto Networks from cybersecurity startup RedLock where he was the first Chief Information Security Officer. Read More ...

Prior to RedLock he was at IT services conglomerate Cognizant, where he ran the global Cloud Security team (establishing internal security and governance standards for 260,000-plus employees) while later managing its Cloud Security Advisory Services practice. Earlier he spent many years at Deloitte Consulting, serving as both senior consultant and senior security architect, developing and leading the execution of security strategies in fast-growth technology environments. He was also a senior solutions architect at eBay Enterprise, where he led the design and development of key business products requiring high-level confidentiality, integrity, and availability; clients included Sony Electronics, PetSmart and Bath & Body Works.

Chiodi has served on the board of various non-profits, and also as the Board VP and Governor on Philadelphia’s InfraGard. He was one of the first 100 people in the world to achieve the Cloud Security Alliance’s Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK). He has a BS in Business Information Systems from Messiah College.

Adam Geller

Adam Geller Senior Vice President of Cloud Product and Engineering
Palo Alto Networks

Senior Vice President of Cloud Product and Engineering for Palo Alto Networks, is an accomplished technology leader with 20 years of experience in information security. He leads the company’s strategy and roadmap around securing all manners of cloud and virtualized environments, mobile users, and distributed branches. Read More ...

Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Adam was the VP of Product Management and Marketing for NTT Communications. His primary area of responsibility was developing a managed security services platform and operations model to be implemented in all major NTT Communications data centers around the world. Previously at VeriSign and Symantec, Adam led for worldwide product management for Symantec’s premiere public key infrastructure (PKI) offerings.

Early in his career, Adam managed consulting teams for VeriSign and Internet Security Systems where he led security assessments and firewall migration projects at some of the largest financial services companies and ISPs in the world.

Adam holds a B.S. from Cornell University and maintains the CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) security certifications.

Adam Geller

James Scott Canadian Field CTO
Dell Technologies

James Scott is the Canadian Field CTO with Dell Technologies, with over 15 years experience in cloud architecture and IT security. James has been helping customers across the globe design and maintain multi-cloud environments, as well as helping organizations to develop and use new security controls to protect their information. Read More ...

James has a strong passion for IT, and sharing his knowledge, in order to help executives empower their organizations to take advantage of new solutions in cloud computing, IT security, data analytics and application development.

Slavik Markovich

Slavik Markovich SVP of Product,
Palo Alto Networks

A serial entrepreneur with a passion to solve hard technology problems. Prior to Palo Alto Networks, Slavik was co-founder and CEO at Demisto, a SOAR security startup recently acquired by Palo Alto Networks. Before Demisto, Slavik was VP & CTO of Database Technologies at McAfee / Intel. He joined McAfee via the acquisition of Sentrigo, a database security startup, which he co-founded and served as CTO. Slavik joined McAfee after serving as VP of R&D and Chief Architect at DB@net, a leading IT architecture consultancy firm. Read More ...

Slavik has over 20 years of experience in infrastructure, security and software development and currently serves as board member and advisor on several security startups. Slavik has contributed to many open-source projects and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He holds a BSc degree in Computer Science.

Bruce Hembree

Bruce Hembree Sr. Security Architect, Cortex
Palo Alto Networks

Bruce Hembree joined the Cortex XDR team to help our customers find evil and solve crime. Bruce came to Palo Alto Networks by way of the US Air Force and the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit where he did offensive takedown work against nation-state and organized crime personnel and their networks. Prior to Microsoft, he spent two years forward deployed to combat zones.

John Kindervag

John Kindervag Field CTO
Palo Alto Networks

John Kindervag joined Palo Alto Networks as Field CTO in 2017 after eight and one half years at Forrester Research where he was a Vice President and Principal Analyst on the Security and Risk Team. John is considered one of the world’s foremost cybersecurity experts. He is best known for creating the revolutionary Zero Trust Model of Cybersecurity. Read More ...

Zero Trust is widely embraced by companies as diverse as Coca Cola, Google, and WestJet Airlines. Notably, the US House of Representatives is recommending that all government agencies adopt Zero Trust in the wake of the OPM Data Breach: Additionally, Chairman Jason Chaffettz wrote a bylined article in Federal News Radio endorsing Zero Trust: These recommendations have led to increasing adoption of Zero Trust within the United States Federal Government.

He currently advises both public and private sector organizations with the design and building of Zero Trust Networks and other Cybersecurity topics. He holds, or has held, numerous industry certifications, including QSA, CISSP, CEH, and CCNA. John has a practitioner background, having served as a security consultant, penetration tester, and security architect. He has particular expertise in the areas of secure network design, wireless security, and voice-over-IP hacking. He has been interviewed and published in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and The New York Times. He has also appeared on television networks such as CNBC, Fox News, PBS, and Bloomberg discussion information security topics. John has spoken at many security conferences and events, including RSA, SXSW, ToorCon, ShmoCon, InfoSec Europe, and InfoSec World. John has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from the University of Iowa and lives in Dallas, TX.

Raymond R. Hession

Raymond R. Hession Enterprise Account Executive, National Security & Public Safety
AWS Public Sector, Canada

Ray has had the privilege to be a leader and builder for the AWS Canadian Public Sector team since March 2016. Ray has over 25 years of experience, knowledge and expertise developed as a consultant, trusted advisor and sales executive in the IT, IM and BI/Analytics markets supporting Canada’s Public Sector. Prior to AWS, Ray acquired a breadth industry knowledge & experience working for a Canadian Public Sector-focused technology solutions provider, as well as world leaders in the areas of data management, predictive analytics, and IT Service Management & Operations management software respectively.

Sylvie Lefebvre

Sylvie Lefebvre Director General
Canada Revenue Agency

As Director General for Canada Revenue Agency, Sylvie leads 1000 employees supporting desktop technology, service desk and deskside across Canada for the Agency. As an IT professional since 1986, Sylvie has worked as a programmer-analyst, database administrator and then moved under management where she lead multiples portfolios such as Data Management, Data Centres, Infrastructure, Production Assurance, Service Desks (level 1-2-3). Her experience is focused under Public Services.

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Cybersecurity Challenges in the National Security Environment

From nation-state actors to criminal organizations, Canada’s national security-focused agencies face unique challenges as they defend against malicious cyber threats. This panel will explore how these agencies are collaborating to protect federal networks and critical infrastructure and strengthen Canada's cyber resilience. How are national security agencies working across the federal government to accomplish security goals? How do these agencies balance risk against innovation in security? What role should industry partners play?

Outsource Your IT, Not Your Risk: Effective Security in the Cloud

Cloud deployments are a vital tool in improving the efficiency and effectiveness of network operations, but they will only be successful if security is a foundational pillar of any deployment. This panel will discuss Canada’s efforts to utilize a risk-based, security-focused approach to government cloud deployments. What actions have been most successful to date, and what lessons can be applied to future cloud deployments? What role do emerging technologies play? How important is compliance and continuous monitoring?

Win The Cyber War With Zero Trust

The old school mentality of protecting the network perimeter is no longer sufficient as requirements for access to business data anytime and from anywhere is now the norm. Unfortunately, this has also made it easier for cyber attackers to mimic trusted users, compromise systems, steal sensitive data, and/or commit outright fraud. In this session, you will hear how the Zero Trust approach addresses the gaps left open by perimeter-centric security models. How the Federal Govt and Public sector institutions can adopt the Zero Trust model, and see what challenges may be encountered along the way. With the right Zero Trust architecture for your network, you will gain unparalleled visibility of user and application traffic.

What Makes a Next-Gen SOC?

Security Operations Centers (SOCs) are often characterized by chaos. The volume and sophistication of security attacks is increasing at a rate that makes it tough for SOCs to have people, processes, and technologies in their right places. This session will attempt to contextualize the bleakness of today's SOCs before casting an optimistic eye towards the future. We will focus on current pitfalls including log-based detection, siloed tools, and manual processes that leaves security teams playing catch up. We will end by positioning the ideal next-gen SOC, driven by analytics-based detection, integrated data, and automated response with human oversight.

Automation VS Automation - Evolve to Survive

Today's adversaries are harnessing the power of automation to make their jobs easier - and to make yours harder. Join us today as we discuss advanced threat actor automation, what they automate, and why. Session features presenters anecdotes and observations.


On-site parking is available in the parking lot at Elgin/Slater and Albert entrances and are open at all times.

Free parking vouchers will be provided to all attendees for this event.


Both the Elgin st. and Canal entrances have a lay-by location for easy pick-up and drop-off.


If arriving by taxi, we recommend that you instruct your taxi to drop-off at the lay-by on Elgin Street.

Public Transit

The NAC is only a 5 to 10-minute walk from major bus interchanges, including the Mackenzie King and Rideau Street stations. For bus schedules and maps please refer to your bus website.

Para Transpo is a shared-ride, book-in-advance, public transit service. The service is open to eligible customers who are unable to take conventional transit (buses and O-Train) some or all of the time due to a disability. It is funded by the City of Ottawa and administered by OC Transpo.




National Arts Centre in Ottawa


1 Elgin Street, (at Confederation Square)
Ontario K1P 5W1
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5th December 2019


8:00am - 5:00pm

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