Focused Networking -- Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – 4:15 PM-5:15 PM


Avoid the afternoon rush and gather with industry and government peers for unstructured discussion and networking. Focused Networking, now in its second year, was added in response to requests from attendees for increased opportunities to engage both industry colleagues and government peers to discuss shared challenges and collaborative solutions in more depth. For this second iteration, we have chosen four key subject areas to align with topics of key interest to the Department of Defense.

We hope to attract experts from both industry and government for a productive exchange of innovative ideas. The sessions are designed to be interactive and conversational. This is a PowerPoint free zone with only a podium, minimal seating and high boy tables to facilitate networking flow.

We’ve asked our subject matter experts to assist in getting things started by introducing the discussion topics with a few framing remarks. We’ve asked them to limit this to 5-7 minutes to allow the balance of the time for discussion. Members of the DISA's Corporate Connections team will also be present to engage with industry.

Four discussion topics:

Software Defined Everything (SDE)/ Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Room 321
DISA Subject Matter Expert:
David Stern, Senior Electronics Engineer, Network Evolution Branch

Problem Statements:

  1. Haywire: Continuous Network Verification
  2. The emerging Real Time Forwarding Network - Mil/Gov (RTFN-Mil/Gov) - an on-demand provisioning capability to provision commercial connectivity services to cloud service providers, hotels, conference centers, businesses, satellite operators, cellular operators, etc. RTFN provides the warfighter the capability to build segmented or integrated ad-hoc commercial network connectivity on demand through private and managed connections.

Mobility/Mobile Enablement
Room 322
DISA Subject Matter Expert:
Jake Marcellus, Portfolio Manager (Acting), DoD Mobility Portfolio Management Office

Problem Statement:

  1. DoD App vetting standards are aligned to commercial best practices for coding. What are the challenges our industry partners experience with App development for the Department of the Defense?

Assured Identity
Room 323
DISA Subject Matter Experts:
Jeremy Corey, Assured Identity Program Manager and Lead Engineer for Cyber Innovation
Steve Wallace, Cyber Technical Director (Acting) & Chief of Innovation

Problem Statement:

  1. As DISA strives for roots of trust and continuous multifactor authentication schemes while remaining cognizant of power constraints on mobile devices, we would like to explore the possibility of new paradigms for facilitating continuous authentication and possibly replace the need for identification cards and tokens.

Unified Capabilities
Room 324
DISA Subject Matter Experts:
Dr. Brian Hermann, Chief, Enterprise Services Development Division and Unified Capabilities Portfolio Manager
Steve Wallace, Cyber Technical Director (Acting) & Chief of Innovation

Problem Statement:

  1. Discuss what is necessary to breach known obstacles to achieving reliable, survivable, secure, and affordable UC Services.  These include:  delivering UC via SaaS versus infrastructure, reaching joint trust in leveraging SaaS via cloud, minimizing DoD unique requirements and standards, overcoming lack of standards in key areas (e.g. web conferencing), avoiding technology lock-in, and achieving adoption velocity required for DoD scale.

No prior sign-up necessary; open to all registered symposium attendees.