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Date(s) - July 23, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

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Join your Chamber and our cyber branded arm CyberSecurity San Antonio (CSSAtx) for our second annual Cyber Splash event!  This year’s virtual gathering again boasts hosting both the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) as our invited speakers. The virtual nature of the event will allow you to safely participate from anywhere in the world.

During this global pandemic, we have witnessed local, state, and federal governments rush to innovate and meet this crisis head-on. Understanding the cyber/IT procurement and acquisition landscape at the state and federal level is critical to sustaining and growing business; this is why the Cyber Splash Virtual Gathering is a must-attend event for you and your organization.

Featuring representatives from both GSA and DIR, this is your chance to hear the latest news from our state and federal leaders and build important relationships for your business. Speakers include:

Amanda Crawford, Executive Director, Texas Department of Information Resources

Amanda Crawford is the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). In this role, she is responsible for the overall leadership, direction, and daily operations of DIR, an agency with an annual fiscal profile of more than $4 billion per year. DIR’s responsibilities include protecting the state’s data and critical technology infrastructure, managing a multi-billion dollar cooperative contracts program, and providing strategic technology leadership, solutions, and innovation to all levels of Texas government.

Prior to leading the team at DIR, Mandy served at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas (OAG) for more than 17 years. She held various positions at the OAG, including ultimately serving for two and a half years as the Deputy Attorney General for Administration and General Counsel, overseeing the administrative and general counsel divisions of the office. In that role, Mandy directed the daily business operations of an agency of more than 4,300 employees with offices across the state, while also serving as General Counsel and leading the Open Records, Public Finance, and General Counsel Divisions. Additionally, since she joined the OAG in 1999, she has served as the Associate Deputy Attorney General for Legal Counsel and General Counsel, the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Open Records Division, a drafting attorney in the Open Records Division, and the OAG’s Public Information Coordinator.

Mandy earned her B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center. She is a graduate of the Governor’s Center for Executive Development through the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. Mandy is also a faculty member of the National Attorneys General Training Research Institute’s Center for Leadership Development, teaching managerial leadership in attorney general offices across the country.

Lawrence Hale, Director, IT Security subcategory, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Lawerence Hale is the Director of the IT Security subcategory within the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC) in GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service (FAS). The Federal Acquisition Service provides buying platforms and acquisition services to Federal, State and Local governments for a broad range of items from office supplies to motor vehicles to information technology and telecommunications products
and services. As an organization within FAS, ITC provides access to a wide range of commercial and custom IT products, services and

Mr. Hale is responsible for addressing the challenges of infusing cybersecurity into contract acquisitions, developing programs to handle Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS), Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and ensuring that FAS IT products and
services align with federal security standards and mandates. Previously, Mr. Hale served as Director of ITC’s Customer Engagement Division. There he was responsible for planning and implementing customer development strategies for the Information Technology Category including Government-Wide Acquisition Contracts (GWAC) and business lines in the ITC portfolio.

Mr. Hale spent more than two years as Chief Information Security Officer of Affiliated Computer Services, a Fortune 500 Information Technology company. Previously, as Director of the Federal Computer Incident Response Center, (FedCIRC) Mr. Hale led the transition of that organization from GSA into DHS, and served as Deputy Director of the National Cyber Security Division’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT).

In January 1999, Mr. Hale became the first military officer assigned to the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC). He retired from the U.S. Navy as a commander in 2001. He has a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, and a master’s in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a Federal Computer Week, Federal 100 Award winner, and recently won the Association for Federal Information Resource Management (AFFIRM) 2016 Leadership Award for Health IT.

Anissa Burley, Contracting Officer, Office of Information Technology Category, Federal Acquisition Service, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)

Anissa Burley is a Contracting Officer with the Office of Information Technology Category (ITC), Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). She has over 20 years of experience in the federal government/contracting and holds a level III certification in Contracting. Prior to Anissa’s current position, she was with the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) and served as the Contracting Officer supporting Department of Defense (DoD) organizations, and the Team Lead supporting the Office of the Federal Acquisition Service (FAS), Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to joining GSA, Anissa worked for DOD 4th estate agencies which included the Washington Headquarters Services (WHS), Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), and the Tricare Management Activity (Defense Health).


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