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
It is one thing to recognize cyber threats and their potential to disrupt entire companies, agencies and institutions. It is another thing to do something about it. In light of recent threats we cannot sit still and wait for the next one.
On February 18, I was honored to join Governor O’Malley, Senator Mikulski, NIST director Pat Gallagher, and Montgomery County Chief Executive Ike Leggett in the partnership agreement signing ceremony to expand the National Cybersecurity Center for Excellence in Montgomery County. Federal and Maryland officials signed the agreement with the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg to develop new cybersecurity technology and educational opportunities. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, cybersecurity, govtech, IT, NIST
Worker mobility has become an essential practice for government agencies. From teleworking on the road to accessing critical data on your smart phone, mobility increases productivity and employee satisfaction. And the trend toward mobility is growing. In fact, the Cisco Visual Networking Index predicts there will be more than 10 billion mobile devices worldwide by 2017. With the increased proliferation of mobile devices comes the need to ensure that appropriate policies and procedures are in place so agencies can take advantage of increased capabilities while still maintaining high levels of security.
By and large, government agencies are doing a good job of balancing the need for mobility with security requirements. However, according to a new study by Mobile Work Exchange, which was commissioned by Cisco, 41 percent of government employees are putting agencies at risk with secure mobility habits. Clearly, there is some room for improvement.
The study used the Secure Mobilometer, an online self-assessment tool, to capture data from end-users and agencies. The tool ranked their mobility habits based on practices of user inputs, password protection, data loss prevention, mobile device policies and security training.
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Tags: byod, cybersecurity, federal, govtech, hot zone, secure mobility
The Internet of Everything (IoE) is touted as the next big thing in technology. Tech pundits, Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, and government officials predict that IoE will be a “multi-trillion dollar business,” which has the potential to transform our physical world.
While some are waiting for this revolution, we recognize that the winds of change are already here. IoE is creating unprecedented opportunities for organizations, individuals, communities, and entire countries to realize significant value from the increased connectedness. At Cisco’s IoE Value at Stake Roundtable today, expert panelists discussed the ways in which IoE can specifically benefit the public sector. Based on a Cisco study, we estimate that the IoE offers $4.6 trillion in value to the public sector through reduced costs, increased productivity, improved citizen experience and new sources of revenue. Read More »
Tags: CES, CES2014, CiscoCES, IoE, value at stake, whyIoE
The second day of the Courts Excellence in a Changing World conference was even better than the first with a number of best practices demonstrating court excellence. Many of these best practices involve technology innovations that provide the foundation for transformation.
The best practices shared provided the courts capabilities for 24×7 citizen services, reduced costs, increased transparency, access from anywhere at anytime, increased citizen satisfaction, and more.
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Tags: 21st Century Government, Connected Justice, Court Excellence, International Association for Court Administration, Smart Courts