Building cyber security by design and default

July 16, 2024
United States
Digital & technology

Webinar looking ahead to GovernmentDX (2025)

Cyber security is a priority across the federal government, and by making the right investments at the right time, agencies can take action to reduce their risk, retire legacy systems, maximize impact of taxpayer dollars, and get on a path to digital transformation.

As part of Global Government Forum’s GovDX conference, this webinar shared insight on how agencies have improved their cyber security – and how they have used those changes to deliver broader improvements to their technology and service delivery.

Join this session to find out:

  • How US federal agencies are developing and implementing cyber security plans in government.
  • How better cyber security can catalyse wider improvements in public services.
  • How agencies are working to improve cyber security skills across their workforce.


Paul Selby, Deputy CIO, and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Energy

Paul Selby currently serves as the Chief Information Security Officer and Deputy, CIO for the United States Department of Energy. In this role, Paul leads cybersecurity operations, strategy, policy, authorization, and assessment efforts supporting agency-wide cyber and information security programs. Paul oversees the cybersecurity programs of the DOE enterprise, comprising a diverse set of missions – from open science research to Power Marketing Administrations. Previously, Paul served as the Deputy Chief Information Security Officer for the IRS. In this role Paul was responsible for leading strategic priorities to maximize protection of IRS assets, mitigate risks or operational disruptions and ensure resilience of critical IRS functions and business processes, while maintaining continuous service to both internal and external IRS customers. Paul led an organization of professionals who manage IRS Security Policy, Audit Management, Security Assessments, Cloud Strategy, Incident Response, Configuration Management, Security Services, and Risk Management.

Paul also served as acting Deputy Chief, Facilities Management and Security Services. In this role, Paul led an organization of professionals who delivered a diverse set of facilities and security services to all IRS employees. These services included: physical security and emergency preparedness, logistics, real estate and project management, and environmental and safety services.

Paul has over 25 years of IT experience providing complex networking solutions for U.S. DoD and Civilian agencies. Paul is an officer in the United States Navy Reserves and holds a Master’s in Information Systems (Cybersecurity and Information Assurance) from Penn State University and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

Jason Ralph, Director, Security Operations Center (SOC), Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), U.S. Department of Labor

Jason Ralph brings more than 30 years of experience in information technology, specializing predominantly in cybersecurity. He has spent more than 15 years in supervisory leadership roles across various cybersecurity functions.

Currently, Jason serves as the Director of the Security Operations Center (SOC) at the U.S. Department of Labor. In this capacity, he oversees staff who manage critical functions such as 24/7 Incident Detection Response, Threat Management, Threat Intelligence, Vulnerability Management, and Security Architecture/Engineering for the enterprise. He plays a pivotal role within the Office of the Chief Information Officer senior management team, contributing to annual and long-term planning, program development, policy formulation, advanced technology research, organizational enhancement, and internal/external coordination. Jason’s team provides comprehensive support and engineering for all cybersecurity tools used by the Department of Labor. Additionally, he leads the department’s relationship with the Department of Homeland Security/CISA, overseeing cybersecurity program initiatives and services, including Continuous Diagnostic and Mitigation (CDM) tools.

Previously, Jason held roles as the Deputy Information Security Officer and Cybersecurity Enterprise Architect for the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) within the Department of Labor. In these positions, he served as the principal technical authority responsible for planning, designing, developing, testing, and implementing security solutions to safeguard the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of BLS information systems and data. Before joining the Department of Labor, Jason proudly served in the United States Air Force (USAF).

Yu Ping Chan, Head, Digital Partnerships and Engagement, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Yu Ping Chan heads Digital Partnerships and Engagement at UNDP, the United Nations’ development agency. As part of UNDP’s Executive Office, Yu Ping helps drive global thought leadership and builds partnerships to support the agency’s digital development work.

Yu Ping previously headed the Rising Nations Initiative Secretariat at the Global Center for Climate Mobility. She has extensive experience with multilateral diplomacy and the United Nations system, having also previously led the Office of the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology, as well as the Policy and Regional Support teams in the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism. Prior to this, she worked in the UN’s Department of Political Affairs, and in the New York Office of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Before joining the UN Secretariat, Yu Ping was a diplomat in the Singaporean Foreign Service. She served at the Singapore Mission to the United Nations in New York as well as at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, overseeing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Yu Ping has a Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Harvard University, and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Ryan Zacha, Principal Solutions Architect, Booz Allen

Ryan Zacha is a Principal Solutions Architect serving Booz Allen’s Federal civilian and DoD clients. Ryan is a functional leader for the Zero Trust Maturity Assessment capabilities across the Civil market. Ryan develops solutions to complex technical problems and scales capabilities in boundary protection, threat modeling, and network defense. Ryan currently leads a team of engineers and architects supporting DISA’s Thunderdome project and is the technical lead on an IC Zero Trust Data Security Architecture implementation.

Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, Facilitator, Global Government Forum

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.

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