Join Washington Post Live for a three-part conversation about the growing cyber threat landscape. Hosted by the Washington Post’s national security reporter Ellen Nakashima, this program features assistant director for the Office of Investigations at the United States Secret Service Jeremy Sheridan, deputy assistant director for the Cyber Readiness, Outreach and Intelligence Branch at the Federal Bureau of Investigations Tonya Ugoretz and chair of the Silverado Policy Accelerator Dmitri Alperovitch.


“We’re… seeing increased cyber intrusions that appear to be intelligence collection for potential execution of a kinetic operation… A lot of people, myself included, expect very likely an invasion of Ukraine to occur in the next month or so.” (Washington Post Live)
“The environment and ecosystem around cryptocurrencies is sometimes misunderstood. These are the means to commit the crime for the overwhelming majority of cybercriminals. They’re global, instantaneous, pseudo-anonymous and they’ve experienced massive growth. It’s important to note… less than one half of one percent of transactions related to crypto are in the illicit realm.” (Washington Post Live)
“We have a team… [that] acts quickly with financial institutions to help… freeze the funds which then makes it possible… to recover those funds for the victims and that occurred to the tune of $400 million dollars in 2020.” (Washington Post Live)
“It’s the agency you think is responsible for securing at least the government… and in reality is just does not have the authorities that it needs to fully execute on that mission… We need to define the vision for what does CISA look like 5, 10 years from now.” (Washington Post Live)
“I don’t want to comment on specific groups… This crime continues to evolve. Those individuals–whether it’s the developers of the particular strain that has hit recent affected organizations…still exist and aren’t going away.” (Washington Post Live)
“2021 I think will really go down as a landmark year in cybersecurity… What concerns me… is the combination of both stealth, and then really audaciousness that we saw from some of these actors.” (Washington Post Live)

Dmitri Alperovitch

Provided by Silverado Policy Accelerator.

Dmitri Alperovitch is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Silverado Policy Accelerator, a non-profit focused on advancing American prosperity and global leadership in the 21st century and beyond. He is a Co-Founder and former CTO of CrowdStrike Inc., a leading cybersecurity company. A renowned cybersecurity visionary and business executive, Alperovitch is a thought-leader on cybersecurity strategy and state tradecraft and has served as special advisor to the Department of Defense. He is a frequent strategic advisor to CEOs and Boards of Directors of public and private companies. Alperovitch is also an active angel investor and board member of multiple high-growth technology companies. He has been named as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 Under 40” most influential young people in business and Politico Magazine has featured Alperovitch as one of “Politico 50” influential thinkers, doers and visionaries transforming American politics. In 2013, Alperovitch received the prestigious recognition of being selected as MIT Technology Review’s “Young Innovators under 35” (TR35).

Jeremy Sheridan

Provided by the United States Secret Service.

Jeremy C. Sheridan currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Office of Investigations, where he leads the global investigative mission of the Secret Service, consisting of 161 offices and over 3,000 personnel. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Sheridan was the Assistant Director of the Office of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs, with oversight of the Liaison Division, Congressional Affairs Program, Homeland Security Program, Privacy Office, and Freedom of Information Act Office.

Mr. Sheridan has served in a wide range of supervisory assignments throughout the field, at headquarters and in protective divisions to include the Office of Human Resources, the Presidential Protective Division and the Los Angeles Field Office. While in Los Angeles, Mr. Sheridan was selected to the U.S. Secret Service Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.

In 2015, Mr. Sheridan was selected as the Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the Vice-Presidential Protective Division (VPD) and in 2017 he was selected as the SES Special Agent in Charge of VPD. After VPD, Mr. Sheridan served as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Training and then was selected as the Deputy Assistant Director in the Office of Investigations, with oversight of twenty domestic

Tonya Ugoretz

Provided by the FBI.

Tonya Ugoretz is the Deputy Assistant Director in the FBI’s Cyber Division where she oversees national-level cyber policy, analysis of cyber-criminal and national security threats, and partner engagement.

Prior to this position, she spent three years at the Office of the Director for National Intelligence as the first director of the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC), for which she received the National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal.

Ms. Ugoretz began government service in 2001 as a Presidential Management Fellow. In 2003, she became the first analyst to serve as the FBI Director’s daily briefer and thereafter served in various roles at FBI and other agencies, including assignments with CIA, Customs and Border Protection, and the National Intelligence Council.

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Shifting from a legacy to a modern mindset on security in 2022

In a segment presented by Google Cloud, Chief Information Security Officer Phil Venables will discuss the state of cybersecurity after a tumultuous year for the industry and its impact across the public and private sectors. From the SolarWinds software supply chain attack fallout to an ongoing, industry-wide effort to patch a major open source software vulnerability last month, recent events have emphasized the need for a fundamental shift in how governments and enterprises address security risks. The cybersecurity situation as it persists today shows the answer is no longer a matter of good security vs. bad security but a matter of legacy vs. modern security practices. By moving to cloud-native technologies, organizations can take advantage of protections that provide security across the software stack and through the entire information processing lifecycle. This technology modernization is an imperative for moving the nation’s critical infrastructure and the businesses that support it forward in defending against the next wave of security threats.

Phil Venables

Phil is the Chief Information Security Officer and Vice President of Google Cloud where he leads the risk, security, compliance, and privacy teams. Additionally he oversees a team of security industry experts and leaders in the Google Cybersecurity Action Team who partner with customers on their secure digital transformations.

Prior to joining Google Cloud, Phil was a Partner at Goldman Sachs where he held multiple roles over a long career, initially as their first Chief Information Security Officer, a role he held for 17 years. In subsequent roles he was Chief Risk Officer for the firm’s operational risks, an operating partner in their private equity business and a senior advisor to the firm’s clients and executive leadership on cybersecurity, technology risk, digital business risk, and operational resilience. In addition to this, Phil was a Board Director of Goldman Sachs Bank (USA).

Outside of Google, Phil is a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and serves on the boards of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the NYU Stern Business School Volatility and Risk Institute. He also serves on the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board of NIST and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Moderated by Suzanne Kelly

Suzanne Kelly is CEO & Publisher of The Cipher Brief, and is the Founder and Director of The Cyber Initiatives Group. Prior to founding The Cipher Brief in 2015, Kelly served as CNN’s Intelligence Correspondent and was an anchor and Executive Producer for CNN and CNN International, based in both Berlin and Atlanta. In Berlin, Kelly anchored a morning news program that was broadcast live throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa and from Atlanta, she anchored a number of world news programs.