Dept of Navy Zero Trust (ZT) Overview (Weds, 24 April 2024, 5:45-7pm PST)

(This presentation is open to all, including non-INCOSE members. Image courtesy of Bernard Hermant on Unsplash.)

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Please join us on 24 April 2024 for a presentation on Zero Trust (ZT), an approach to the strategy, design and implementation of IT system security. This presentation will be hosted by Mr. David Voelker, the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command (NAVWAR) Zero Trust Implementation Lead.

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Date:   Wednesday, 24 April 2024, from 5:45-7pm PST (presentation begins at 6pm).
Location:   Filippi’s Restaurant, 5353 Kearny Villa Rd, San Diego, CA 92123 (Google Maps)
Cost:   Free! There is an optional Italian food buffet (pizza, paste, salads, soft drinks, etc.) offered at $5 for INCOSE members and students, $15 non-members. RSVP
Webcast:   This presentation will be webcast to remote audiences using Zoom:


Zero Trust (ZT) is, in short, “Never trust, always verify.”  With ZT, users and devices are not trusted by default, even if were previously verified and are located behind the security perimeter (e.g., a network firewall). ZT is implemented by establishing strong identity verification, validating device compliance prior to granting access, and ensuring least privilege access to only explicitly-authorized resources.

Implementing ZT is a key component of the Department of Navy’s (DON) Capstone Design Concept for Information Superiority. Mr. David Voelker, DON Chief Information Officer (CIO) ZT lead, looks at the way ahead for the DON from a Standards, Systems Engineering approach, and design guidance from the DON CIO. The discussion includes the DoD ZT Portfolio Management Office’s (ZT PfMO) Courses of Action (COAs), DoD Pillars, and the capabilities that have been defined as target and advanced level ZT. The talk will conclude with DON expected outcomes and identifying governance ZT Implementation Planning and Policies.

Presenter: Mr. David Voelker

Mr. Voelker enlisted in the United States Army and assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska in 1991 as a Paralegal.  In addition to his legal duties, he certified as an Arctic Light Infantry Solider in the same year.  His military service concluded at the Communication Electronics Command (CECOM), Fort Monmouth, NJ to attend University.  Develop the Criminal Law Forms (CRIMFOR) database application used throughout the United States Army Alaska (USARAK) and adopted by other US Army Installations for Legal Support. He received an Army Commendations Medal (two awards), Good Conduct Medal, Army Achievement Medals (three awards), National Defense Service Medal, and awarded the Army Minute Man Lapel pin.

As a civilian contractor Mr. Voelker supported the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards AFB.  He assisted with the construction of the F-22 Combined Test Force (CTF) Control Rooms at Ridley Mission Control Center. Supported Aircraft flight test for F-15, F-16, F-22, B-1, B-2, and Global Hawk.  His primary duties were processing telemetry, voice, and video data for aircraft flight test events.

Mr. Voelker arrived in San Diego, CA in May 2000 to start support on the Afloat Networking Program as a civilian contractor.  His roles included testing, installing, underway support, and developing networking baselines for PMW-160.  December 2012, Mr. Voelker was hired as a Navy civilian IT Specialist to continue support for PMW-160 at Naval Information Warfare Center (NIWC) Pacific and later became an embedded employee to support NAVWAR 5.0 SYSCOM-TA Standards development. In August 2019, he transitioned to the NAVWAR Technical Authority division as a full-time employee and became the NAVWAR Standardization Officer one year afterwards. Since October 2021, he has supported the Department of the Navy (DON) Chief Information Officer (CIO) as the Zero Trust Implementation Lead. Mr. Voelker graduated High-Tech Institute Phoenix, Arizona with a Technical Associates Degree in Computer Electronics and then attended the University of Phoenix, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. He has since earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Redlands University and is an ISC2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

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