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
8:55am - 9:05am Welcome Address
Speaker: John Davis, Vice President, Federal Chief Security Officer, Palo Alto Networks
9:05am - 9:45am Keynote Fireside Chat: Enabling a cyber-secure digital Canada
Fireside Chat Speakers: Scott Jones, Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security with Ryan Gillis, Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy & Global Policy - Palo Alto Networks
9:45am - 10:30am Product Keynote: A New Approach to Cybersecurity
Speakers: Adam Geller, Senior Vice President of Cloud Product and Engineering & Natalio Pincever, Palo Alto Networks
10:30am - 11:00am Networking Break & Exhibits
11:00am - 11:45am Panel Discussion: Outsource Your IT, Not Your Risk: Effective Security in the Cloud
  • Matt Chiodi, Chief Security Officer of Public Cloud, Palo Alto Networks
  • Sylvie Lefebvre, Director General of System Integrity Directorate, Canada Revenue Agency
  • Simon Pageot, Director, Innovation, Digital Transformation, Library and Archives Canada
  • James Scott, Field CTO, Dell/EMC
Moderator: 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 - 2:00pm 5 Principles for Holistic Cloud Security
Speaker: Matt Chiodi, Chief Security Officer of Public Cloud, Palo Alto Networks
2:00pm - 2:30pm Advancing Cyberstability: A Discussion on International Cyber Principles and Norms
Speaker: Chris Painter, Commissioner, Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace
Speaker: Michael Walma, Cyber Foreign Policy Coordinator, Global Affairs Canada
2:30pm - 3:00pm What Makes a Next-Gen SOC?
Speaker: Slavik Markovich, SVP Product, Palo Alto Networks
3:00pm - 3:20pm Networking Break, EXHIBITS *Be sure to turn in your passport to the registration desk at close of break to be entered into the drawing.
3:20pm - 3:50pm AWS Technology Session
Speaker: Raymond R. Hession, Enterprise Account Executive, National Security & Public Safety AWS Public Sector, Canada
3:50pm - 4:20pm Automation VS Automation - Evolve to Survive
Speaker: Bruce Hembree, Sr. Security Architect, Cortex, Palo Alto Networks
4:20pm - 5:00pm Thank you, Draw prizes and Cocktail Reception, EXHIBITS

Speakers and Panelists

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.

Ryan Gillis

Ryan Gillis Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy & Global Policy
Palo Alto Networks

Ryan and his team work with governments, companies and organizations around the world to prevent and mitigate cyber attacks. Ryan’s team leverages the capabilities of Palo Alto Networks to help senior government officials, C-suites, and boards manage cyber risk. They also develop and implement operational partnerships across industry and government by sharing actionable cyber information to counter malicious actors, conducting cybersecurity exercises, and responding to real-world cyber campaigns (e.g., WannaCry and NotPetya). Additionally, Ryan leads the company’s global public policy efforts by advising governments on strategy and legislation. Read More ...

Ryan represents Palo Alto Networks at international forums and industry associations, including the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting and as a Founding Member of the Centre for Cybersecurity. As a leader in Palo Alto Networks’ Federal Ignite conference, the Joint Service Academy Cyber Summit, and the RSA Conference’s International Cybersecurity Forum, Ryan helps convene cybersecurity leaders from across the globe. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and participant in the Diplomatic Track 1.5 U.S.-Australia Cyber Security Dialogue. Ryan has advised the U.S. government through the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ (CSIS) Cyber Policy Task Force, and represented the tech community on the IT Sector Coordinating Council’s Executive Committee.

Christopher Painter

Christopher Painter Vice President, Cybersecurity Strategy & Global Policy
Palo Alto Networks

Chris Painter is a globally recognized leader and expert on cybersecurity, cyber policy, Cyber Diplomacy and combatting cybercrime. He has been on the vanguard of US and international cyber issues for over twenty-five years—first as a leading federal prosecutor of some of the most high-profile cybercrime cases in the country, then as a senior official at the Department of Justice, the FBI, the National Security Council and finally as the world’s first top cyber diplomat at the State Department. He has helped drive, initiated or been involved in virtually every major US cyber policy for over a decade and has created innovative new organizations and approaches to deal with threats and take advantage of opportunities in cyberspace. Among other things, he currently serves as a Commissioner on the Global Commission for the Stability of Cyberspace, a member of the Board of Directors for the Center for Internet Security and has been named the Bartels World Affairs Fellow for 2017-18 by Cornell University. Read More ...

In his most recent government role as the nation’s top cyber diplomat, Mr. Painter coordinated and led the United States’ diplomatic efforts to advance an open, interoperable, secure and reliable Internet and information infrastructure and advised the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of State on these emerging issues. The pioneering office that Mr. Painter established — the Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues — was the first high-level position and office dedicated to advancing the diplomatic aspects of cyber issues ranging from national security to human rights matters anywhere in the world. Today more than 25 countries have created similar positions. In this role, Mr. Painter worked closely with the White House, other agencies, the private sector and civil society to create and implement US international cyberspace policies. These crosscutting issues include promoting norms of responsible state behavior and cyber stability, preventing cyber conflict, enhancing deterrence, advancing cybersecurity, fighting cybercrime, promoting multi-stakeholder Internet governance and advancing Internet freedom. Among many other things, Mr. Painter was instrumental in negotiating a landmark agreement regarding the theft of intellectual property with China, negotiating a comprehensive cyber cooperation agreement with India, using diplomatic and other tools to combat high-profile cyber attacks and intrusions, and launching first of their kind “whole of government” cyber dialogues and capacity building programs with dozens of countries in Europe, Asia, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa. He and his team also spearheaded the promotion of an international framework of cyber stability that includes building a consensus around norms of acceptable behavior and getting agreement on transparency and confidence-building measures designed to reduce the risk of miscalculation that could inadvertently lead to cyber warfare.

From 2009-2011, Mr. Painter served in the White House as the first Senior Director for Cyber Policy and Acting Cyber Coordinator in the National Security Council. He advised the President, the National Security Advisor, and the Homeland Security Advisor on a wide range of cyber issues and ran numerous high-level interagency and multi-stakeholder processes to develop and carry out US cyber policy. He was a senior member of the team that conducted the President's Cyberspace Policy Review in 2009 and he subsequently helped create and then structure a new directorate in the National Security Council devoted to these issues. He also proposed and then coordinated the development of the President’s 2011 International Strategy for Cyberspace — the first such strategy by any country.

Mr. Painter began his federal career as an Assistant US Attorney in Los Angeles where he led some of the most high profile and significant cybercrime prosecutions in the country, including the prosecution of notorious computer hacker Kevin Mitnick, the first two Internet stock manipulation cases in the country, and one of the first high profile distributed denial of service cases that knocked many prominent Internet companies off-line. He subsequently helped lead the case and policy efforts of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in the US Department of Justice where he supervised national security and cybercrime matters, developed international networks to advance the fight against cybercrime and chaired the cutting edge G8 High Tech Crime Subgroup from 2002-2012. He also served, for a short time, as Deputy Assistant Director of the FBI’s Cyber Division focusing on a range of national security, cybercrime, international and industry issues. Prior to joining the US government, Mr. Painter was an attorney at the law firm of Arnold and Porter where he specialized in securities litigation, communications law, international trade and pro bono matters.

Mr. Painter has been a frequent media spokesperson and presenter on cyber issues around the globe. He has given over one hundred presentations and speeches to industry, government, academic and international audiences and testified on numerous occasions before Congress. He is the recipient of the prestigious RSA Award for Excellence in the Field of Public Policy (2016), the CES Government Technology Leadership Award (2018), the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the Intelligence Community Legal Award and has been named to the “Federal 100” list, among other honors. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Cornell University and clerked for US Circuit Judge Betty Fletcher.

Michael Walma

Michael Walma Cyber Foreign Policy Coordinator at Global Affairs Canada
Canada’s Foreign Ministry

Michael Walma is the Cyber Foreign Policy Coordinator at Global Affairs Canada, Canada’s Foreign Ministry. He was the Canadian Expert at the UN GGE on Cyber Security in 2012-13 and 2016-17, and was the chief negotiator for Canada at the UN WSIS+10 HLM in 2015. His previous assignments include positions as Director of the Policy Planning Division, of the International Crime and Terrorism Division, of the Defence and Security Relations Division, and of the Canada-US Defence Relations Division at Global Affairs. He has served abroad in Romania, South Africa and at the United Nations in New York. He holds an Honours Bachelors of Mathematics with Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and worked in the Canadian high technology sector before joining the foreign service. He is married and has three children.

Simon Pageot

Simon Pageot Director, Innovation, Digital Transformation, Library and Archives Canada

Simon Pageot received the mandate to facilitate a digital transformation and bring innovative ideas and projects at Library and Archives Canada where he is exploring Cloud and Artificial Intelligence to identify a platform that would allow LAC as a memory institution to acquire, preserve and make accessible analog and digital content for the benefit of current and future generations. Simon loves to learn and is managing the enterprise architecture, data services and cloud initiatives allowing him to use is expertise in many fields and bringing these disciplines together for a better integration of technologies and the user experience. Read More ...

Simon has 25 years of experience in the private and public sector managing teams of IT professionals.

He has degrees from the University of Ottawa in Economics and Université du Quebec in Outaouais (UQO) in Computer Science.

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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? How do these agencies balance risk against innovation in security? How important is compliance and continuous monitoring? What role should industry partners play?

Five Principles for Holistic Cloud Security

Whether it’s the rapid pace of cloud provider innovation, the fluid shared responsibility model or the constantly evolving compliance mandates, cloud security seems challenging for many organizations. While threat research has shown the majority of cloud security incidents are the result of customer misconfiguations, it doesn’t have to be this way IF you have a distinct strategy for the cloud.

Learn the five patterns of excellence to adopt cloud including:

  • What to focus on first (hint, it’s not your tools!)
  • Understanding how your development and business teams use cloud
  • Why your security team needs to transform skillsets

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.


Palo Alto Networks Canada’s 2nd Annual Federal Government Cyber Defense Summit

The event brought 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.

Throughout the day, the presenters delivered some terrific insight. We’re pleased to share these presentations with you to download and absorb.




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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