Last week I had the opportunity to attend the AFCEA Homeland Security conference in Washington, D.C.
Eleven days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security was appointed leading to the combination of 22 different federal departments and agencies into a unified, integrated cabinet agency when it was established in 2002.
The Department has a vital mission to secure the U.S. from many threats with capabilities that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity to chemical facility inspections.
The three day conference focused on a number of important topics including:
- Mobility and Interoperability
- Information Sharing and Fusion Centers
- Big Data Analytics
- Role of Laboratories and Scientific Research in Homeland Security
- Cybersecurity Education and Continuous Diagnostics and Monitoring
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Tags: border security, cybersecurity, emergency response, Homeland Security, Mobile Government, national security, secure mobility, shared services
Technology in the public sector has revolutionized the way government agencies deliver services, conduct operations and secure sensitive information. Last week, I had the pleasure of learning from several prominent government leaders about how smart, visionary leaders have harnessed the power of new technology to transform the way they fulfill their respective missions.
We started by visiting the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in Rockville, Maryland, which is part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). When complete later in summer 2015 the NCCoE facility will be the epicenter of cybersecurity education, strategy and technology for government, academia and private industry and corporations such as Cisco. Now more than ever, such public-private partnerships are imperative in recognizing and thwarting common enemies who can wreak havoc by compromising sensitive information. This center will allow the top thinkers, practitioners, IT professionals and educators to collaborate and develop strategies to keep our sensitive information protected. Donna Dodson, director of the Center, hopes it will evolve into a hub for cyber solutions derived from government and private-sector tools. Read More »
Tags: cybersecurity, govtech, Internet of Everything, internet of things, IoE, IoT, security
Each year I pledge to telework along with thousands of others for the annual Telework Week. Today, I worked from my rpod parked in front of my house. My rpod is my personal smart work space and provides me everything I need to work at home or on the road with secure mobility capabilities that allow me to access all my meetings, applications, and collaboration tools to do my job.
In fact, I could have worked from anywhere and have been teleworking for the past several years.
The Telework Enhancement Act of 2010 (Act) was signed into law on December 9, 2010. The objective is to achieve greater flexibility in managing the workforce through the use of telework. Telework programs and best practices provide agencies a valuable tool to meet mission objectives while helping employees enhance work/life effectiveness to:
- Improve Continuity of Operations to help ensure that essential Federal functions continue during emergency situations including snow storms
- Promote management effectiveness when telework is used to target reductions in management costs and environmental impact and transit costs
- Enhance work-life balance and allows employees to better manage their work and family obligations
This year, Telework Week 2014, was the fourth-annual global effort to encourage agencies, organizations, and individuals to pledge. A total of 163,495 pledges collectively saved $14,003,872 in commuting costs and spared the environment 9,066 tons of pollutants.
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Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), Mobile Government, telework, unified access
Internet of Everything (IoE) is touted as the next big thing in 2014. Tech pundits, Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs and government officials predict that Internet of Everything will be a “multi-trillion dollar business,” which has the potential to transform our physical world with a variety of remotely operated objects. Cisco predicts some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020.
Within the public sector, IoE has the capacity to reveal new ways to manage infrastructure, reduce operational costs and improve the lives of citizens with innovative service offerings. This includes public safety initiatives involving first responders, physical security and fleet management in municipalities. For example, IoE helps keep first responders in constant communication with dispatchers, traffic management systems, and other agencies. It can also provide greater situational awareness with onsite video surveillance access and other environmental sensors. Similarly, IoE also provides greater safety and convenience for passengers and drivers with real-time monitoring of vehicles, GPS data mapped to schedules and interactive onboard services. Read More »
Tags: govtech, internet of things, IoE, IoT, SLG
This week I had the opportunity to attend the RSA Conference in San Francisco.
The theme for the conference this year was “Share. Learn. Secure” with a focus on recent breaches, surveillance programs and DDoS attacks with:
- Hundreds of educational sessions with insights, best practices and real implementation case studies
- Live keynote speakers
- Two expos featuring hundreds of solutions including Cisco and Sourcefire booths featuring threat-centric security solutions to reduce complexity, provide visibility, continuous control, and advanced threat protection
Cisco’s Chris Young, SVP, Cisco Security Business Group, and Padmasree Warrior, Chief Technology and Strategy Officer, delivered the keynote “The New Model of Security” sharing our vision and strategy Intelligent Cybersecurity for the Real World.
If you did not attend RSA in person, starting March 3 you can view an on-demand webcast of the keynote.
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Tags: cybersecurity, government, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things (IoT), secure BYOD, secure cloud