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National Cybersecurity Center for Excellence: A Promising Fortress

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 »

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User Behavior and Training Critical to Secure Mobility

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. MWEhotzone

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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2014 is here… Starring: Internet of Everything

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.

VAS graphicWhile 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 »

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Courts Excellence in a Changing World: Highlights from Day 2

02The 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 24x7 citizen services, reduced costs, increased transparency, access from anywhere at anytime, increased citizen satisfaction, and more.

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Courts Excellence in a Changing World: Highlights from Day 1

IACA DubaiI am fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the Courts Excellence in a Changing World conference in Dubai, UAE this week.  Hosted by the International Association for Court Administration (IACA) in association with the Dubai Courts and the DIFC Courts as host judiciary.

This event in Dubai is the first of its kind in the Middle East region and the sixth International Conference to be held by IACA and the largest so far with representation from over 50 countries around the world.

The agenda’s theme is  “Court Excellence in a Changing World” with leaders from judicial organizations from the Middle East and all over the world attending to share, and gain knowledge about best practices, latest strategies for change and successful examples of court efficiency.

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