GovExec and Carahsoft Host GovForward FedRAMP Summit on August 23, 2023

RESTON, Va., Aug. 09, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --


GovExec and Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, will host the annual GovForward FedRAMP Summit on Wednesday, August 23 in Washington D.C. The 2023 Carahsoft GovForward FedRAMP Summit, held at the Waldorf Astoria, will explore the influence of a threat-based strategy for cloud adoption, pivotal policy advancements and the growing focus on knowledge sharing as a catalyst for technological progress.

The event will provide attendees with valuable insights into the following areas:

  • Understand the influence of the current threat landscape on security priorities, both in cloud infrastructure and other contexts
  • Explore the significance of data and risk management in addressing evolving threats
  • Recognize the synergy between cloud-based technologies and customer experience best practices
  • Examine the progress of State and Local Governments in adopting FedRAMP standards through StateRAMP initiatives
  • Gain knowledge about the key objectives of the new FedRAMP Advisory Board and the future plans for the program office


The event features presentations by Government leaders including:

  • Rep. Gerry Connolly, US Congressman, Virginia's 11th District
  • Brian Conrad, Acting FedRAMP Director and Program Manager for Cybersecurity, GSA*
  • Ryan Hoesing, Customer Success Manager, FedRAMP Program Office
  • Gabriel Davis, Operations Team Leader, Vulnerability Management, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Mark Lucas, Director of Cloud Computing, DHS*
  • Ololade "TuTu" Owoade, Acting Deputy Director, Audit Division, FEMA
  • Leah McGrath, Executive Director, StateRAMP
  • Nancy Rainosek, Chief Information Security Officer, State of Texas
  • J.R. Sloan, CIO & StateRAMP Board President, State of Arizona

* Pending Agency Approval 

In addition, valuable insights and presentations by industry experts will include:

  • Craig Abod, President, Carahsoft Technology Corp.
  • Kevin E. Greene, Chief Technology Officer, Public Sector, OpenText Cybersecurity
  • Martin Rieger, Chief Solutions Officer, stackArmor
  • Matt Topper, President & Solutions Catalyst, UberEther
  • Karen Laughton, Executive Vice President, Advisory Services, Coalfire
  • Ravi Jagannathan, Sr. Director of Global Certification, Assurance and Trust, Palo Alto Networks
  • Wole Moses, Microsoft Federal Civilian Cloud Innovation Leader, Microsoft
  • Zach Bennefield, Principal Security Engineer, Tenable
  • Loren Russon, SVP, Product Management, Ping Identity
  • Kevin Gallagher, Cloud Product Launch Lead, SAP NS2
  • Jonathan Benett, Chief, Global Government Solutions, Adobe
  • Susan Valverde, Senior Manager, Federal Solutions Engineering, Oracle
  • Juliana Vida, GVP, Chief Strategy Advisor, Public Sector, Splunk

This year’s summit is sponsored by the following industry partners. Attendees are encouraged to learn more about each of these solution providers by visiting their tables at the onsite event to access relevant resources, chat with company representatives, and learn about FedRAMP solutions through Carahsoft’s reseller partners.

• Acquia
• Akamai
• Adobe
• BlackBerry
• Bluescape
• Box
• Class Technologies
• CloudBees
• Collabware
• Commvault
• CoSo Cloud
• FM:Systems
• Genesys
• Google Cloud
• Juniper Networks
• KeyFactor
• Lucid Software
• Microsoft
• Nintex
• Okta
• Open Text Cybersecurity
• Oracle Corporation
• Palo Alto Networks
• Ping Identity
• Project Hosts
• Quzara
• Red Hat
• RISCPoint
• SAS Institute
• Splunk
• Spot By NetApp
• stackArmor
• Tenable
• UberEther


8 a.m. - 4 p.m. ET; 5 a.m. - 1 p.m. PT
Wednesday, August 23, 2023


Waldorf Astoria
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC, USA

There will also be an online viewing option available.


The event agenda and registration are available on the GovForward FedRAMP Summit website. Attendees are eligible to receive up to seven continuing professional education (CPE) credit; learn more about eligibility here. This event is complimentary for all Government and military attendees. Contact Hannah Horowitz at (571) 662-4889 or for more information.

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator® for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, Customer Experience, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles. Visit us at

Mary Lange
(703) 230-7434