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Telework Exchange Town Hall: Keynote Address

Today I am fortunate to attend 12th semi-annual Telework Exchange Town Hall conference in Washington D.C.

This year’s theme Mobility in the Fast Lane integrates two parallel tracks: Mobile IT and Mobile Workforce with best practice sharing around the rapid rate of adoption of technologies for telework, mobility, cloud, bring your own device (BYOD), collaboration, video and secure remote access to provide capabilities to address mandates including the President’s memorandum for 21st century digital government and the mobility strategy from the Federal CIO and CTO.

John D. Porcari, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation kicked off the conference keynote.  He is responsible for day-to-day operations of the 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 DOT employees nationwide and oversees.

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Telework Exchange Town Hall: Preview

Tomorrow, I’m heading to Washington D.C. for the Telework Exchange Town Hall.

The Town Hall Meeting “Mobility in the Fast Lane” will focus on mobile IT and the mobile workforce with 30 government and industry leaders keyotes and panel discussions on what it takes to build and manage a secure, mobile workforce. 

We will be capturing the highlights from each of the sessions in a blog series and sharing video interviews with keynote speakers and panelists. 


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Securing the Cloud with Common Criteria

Last week I attended the ICCC in Paris where Ashit Vora, Manager, Security Assurance, Cisco discussed the Cloud and how Common Criteria can be used to help mitigate threats.  The following is an excerpt from his presentation and food for thought on Cloud security.

More and more enterprises, including governments are moving their data “to the Cloud” in the hopes of saving infrastructure and maintenance costs.  But is this at the risk of security? As both private and public Clouds become pervasive, security is going to be a major concern.   Cloud infrastructure by definition has large amounts of information including proprietary information, competitive information, information of different classification levels, etc.  In addition, the types of mechanism available to access the information in the Cloud, such as B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Device), are increasing day by day. If the proper security mechanisms are not in place and validated, it could prove to be damaging to all users of the Cloud.

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Benefits of Common Criteria

Alicia Squires, Cisco Certifications Engineer and Common Criteria Users Forum (CCUF) Chair, discussed the benefits of Common Criteria yesterday at the International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC).

  • Single certification recognized by 26 nations
  • Improves availability of evaluated, security-enhanced IT products
  • Contributes to higher levels of citizen confidence in IT security
  • Improves the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the evaluation and certification process
  • Allows vendors to focus their resources on a common set of requirements to improve the security of products overall
  • Increases the breadth of certified products and technologies available to IT administrator

For more information visit the Common Criteria Users Forum.

Alicia Squires, CCUF Chair


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ICCC Press Conference – Update from Common Criteria Users Forum

Alicia Squires, Common Criteria Users Forum (CCUF) Chair, and Cisco Certifications Engineer, CC Users Forum press conference reviews the mission of the CCUF and the benefits of Common Criteria at the 13th Annual International Common Criteria Conference, held in Paris September 18-20, 2012.

The Common Criteria User Forum mission is to provide a voice and communications channel amongst the CC community including the vendors, consultants, testing laboratories, Common Criteria organizational committees, national schemes, policy makers, and other interested parties.

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