Riverbed Disrupt is an event for the government community designed to spark ideas and discussions among federal decision-makers about the priorities, initiatives and goals of the cloud-first era. From visibility to security all the way through to speed, we will explore the key components agencies should prioritize when assessing their cloud migration.  


With cyber threats increasing in sophistication and breadth, the Federal Government is placing a greater emphasis on IT modernization and preparedness. This urgency makes it more imperative than ever that our nation’s critical infrastructure is capable of supporting sensitive applications and data. By discovering unique ways to approach cloud adoption with greater confidence, agencies can ensure Federal IT modernization and digital transformation become a reality.  


During this free one-day event, you will:

  • Learn about the government-transformative power of SD-WAN from leading technology experts at Riverbed and our partners, as well as their role in cloud-first 
  • See how to optimize cloud platforms with ease using Riverbed solutions 
  • Understand how new solutions from Riverbed and our partners enhance the performance of government applications 
  • Discover agency best practices for complying with federally mandated cyber initiatives

Registration is now closed for this event. We will see you next year



This event is invite only to GOV customers, system integrators and sponsoring partners

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7:30 - 8:45 AM

Registration and Complimentary Breakfast / Networking in the Tech Connect Pavilion

8:45 - 9:00 AM

Kick Off & Welcome Address

Davis Johnson, VP Public Sector, Riverbed
9:00 - 9:45 AM

Keynote: Building Smart Federal Networks for the Cloud-First Era 

Hansang Bae, CTO, Riverbed


Federal agencies are continuing their journey to undergo a complete digital transformation, and as a result, the underlying network infrastructure must evolve alongside innovations in cloud applications. Not only do smarter federal networks support agencies’ digital transformation goals, but they also maximize cloud ROI by providing a predictable end user experience. Attend this session to learn how federal agencies can embrace SD-WAN to simplify cloud platforms, all while optimizing application performance and improving visibility.

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Coffee Break

Partner Showcase: Live Demo Pods
10:15 - 10:45 AM

Navigating Your Microsoft Cloud Migration

Susie Adams, CTO, Microsoft Federal


As the Federal Government makes continuous strides toward updating its IT systems, more and more federal agencies are migrating to one of industry’s most ubiquitous cloud-based platforms, Microsoft 365. However, with copious amounts of data and user accounts needing to be transferred to the cloud, this is no small undertaking for federal civilian and defense IT teams, especially for those managing some of the world’s largest IT networks. Before federal agencies fully migrate to the cloud, they must first realize that cloud applications only function as well as the networks they move across. Therefore, it’s critical that federal IT teams take a deliberate approach as they embark on their agency’s journey to the cloud. You will gain the insights that are critical for ensuring a seamless federal cloud migration. From understanding and mapping your agency’s network infrastructure to optimizing application performance, post migration, we will share the best tips that can help you achieve the true network visibility, optimization, and control needed for adopting Microsoft 365.

10:45 - 11:30 AM

Government Panel: Do’s and Don’ts: Master the Cloud Migration Journey

Moderator: Constance Sayers, President, Government Executive Media Group
Michael Brown, CIO, ICE
Rob Bectel, Senior Advisor for Technology Transfer, Office of Technology Transitions, Office of the Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Department of Energy
Neal Andrew, Deputy Chief, SDD/OIT, US Citizenship and Immigration Services
Brian Done, Deputy CTO, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security


This is a pivotal time for the Federal Government’s digital transformation -- both civilian and defense agencies have their sights set on cloud adoption to tackle some of their most common challenges, including greater efficiency and citizen service delivery. While cloud applications can help agencies achieve these goals, federal leaders must realize that they won’t see the productivity and efficiency gains if they continue working with the same old networks. At this panel session, federal IT visionaries from both civilian and defense agencies will share their dos and don’ts for migrating to the cloud. Through their unique insights, panelists will illustrate the best ways to retrofit your agency’s infrastructure from the ground up, while also giving you the unique insights needed to meet your agency’s core mission objectives.

11:30AM - 12:30 PM

Networking Lunch

Partner Showcase: Live Demo Pods
12:30 - 1:00 PM

2018 FedTech Market Forecast: From AI to IOT

Deniece Peterson, Director of Federal Market Analysis, Deltek


With the new year quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning for 2018. Get ahead of the trends at our final keynote of the day, where Carey Webster, Deltek’s Sr. Director of Federal Research, will discuss the current state of Federal IT, cloud migration, networks and apps and what you should be thinking about now to ready your networks for 2018 and beyond. Spanning from AI, IoT, and cyber to the future of legacy IT, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from one of the leading public sector analysts on how to integrate the latest technologies into your networks over the coming year as you strive for IT modernization and digital transformation.

1:00 - 2:15 PM

Customer Panel: Cyber Readiness Built on Network Visibility

Marlin McFate, Technical Director, Riverbed & Gordon Crampton, Solutions Engineer, Riverbed

Moderator: Hansang Bae, CTO, Riverbed
Tom Goodman, CISSP, Director of International Business Development for Cybersecurity and Special Missions, Raytheon
Paul Girardi, VP, Cybersecurity, AT&T
Shawn Peterman, Chief, Networks, JCU
Nick Wehbe, IT Program Manager, IOD, FBI


It’s time for your agency to stop playing a game of hide and seek with the data traveling across its network. Ready or not, here comes modernization. As we have seen with the recently signed cyber executive order, the traditional definition of cyber readiness is evolving fast to address the growing threats posed by insiders, connected devices and more. But how can agencies protect themselves against what they can’t see? Join us for an engaging session that will explore what agencies must do to achieve holistic visibility into the amount and types of traffic traversing their network, how a modernized network makes it easier to spot large, unauthorized data dumps and identity management anomalies, as well as why the network has to be the first thought, not an afterthought in overall IT modernization efforts.

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Closing Remarks

Davis Johnson, VP Public Sector, Riverbed
2:30 - 3:30 PM

Dessert Networking in the Tech Connect Pavilion

Partner Showcase: Live Demo Pods
All times are in Eastern Time.

Featured Speakers

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    Hansang Bae
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    Susie Adams
    Microsoft Federal
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    Davis Johnson
    VP, US Public Sector
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    Michael Brown
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    Deniece Peterson
    Director, Federal Market Analysis
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    Rob Bectel
    Sr. Program Analyst
    US DOE

Venue Information

Newseum Knight Conference Center
555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20001