What does living in a highly networked world mean for federal agencies? In Networked: The New Social Operating System, Lee Rainie explains the phenomenon of “networked individualism” where each of us develops relationships beyond our households and neighborhoods, sharing and obtaining information from a vastly larger community. Via the always-on connectivity of mobile devices and extensive social networking, there is the potential for more immediate learning, problem solving and decision making. How will this revolution affect the way federal teams function and how you receive & respond to feedback from digital citizens? With the push for a more transparent and open government, there has been the accompanying call to open up government data, allowing citizens and businesses to find new ways to use it and roll out products and services. This keynote will address the big data gold rush and how your agency can tap opportunities to collaborate with the private sector and academia.
Speaker:Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
Proposed legislation could change the way federal technology is purchased, granting CIOs long sought authority over IT budgets. Another major change would be the creation of a Commodity IT Acquisition Center overseeing large, governmentwide IT contracts, and Assisted Acquisition Centers of Excellence within agencies, which would share their expertise in certain purchasing categories (i.e. healthcare IT procurement) across government. Consolidation of federal data centers and continued migration to the cloud are also on the horizon. What type of changes can we expect in the next year in federal IT? Hear from congressional leaders who are shaping future priorities.
Speakers Include:Congressman Darrell Issa, Representative, 49th District of California; Chairman, Committee on Oversight and Government ReformCongressman Gerry Connolly, Representative, 11th District of Virginia; Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Technology, Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform
Mobile technology enables people to work anywhere, anytime, creating new efficiencies for government agencies, and new opportunities for hackers. Employees can open an email or download an application, making the agency vulnerable to spam, bots and worms and other security threats. As employees increasingly use smartphones to access mobile applications, security features must move from the device to the network. To stay ahead of threats posed by malicious mobile applications, we must act now.
Speaker:Rodney Dilts, Director, Security Technology-Network Based Security Engineering and Development, AT&T Chief Security Office
Big data. Watson. Hadoop. Big analytics. Everywhere you turn, Big Data is there. More and more agencies are working to tackle the big data conundrum and, more importantly, determine how to make use of the increasing amount of available data to make smart, actionable, mission critical decisions by taking advantage of big data. As the volume and velocity of the data increases, so does the complexity of dealing with this data deluge. You will gain insight into how to tackle and make better use of the data to deliver mission success. This session highlights how storage technologies are enabling mission requirements so that it’s easier and faster to deliver the results required -- whether in the office, in research environments or on the battlefield.
Speaker:Dave Denson, ISR Solution Architect, NetApp
Today's security threats can occur anywhere, at any time, from internal or external sources. Trends such as employee mobility, cross organization collaboration, cloud, and consumerization of IT are fundamentally changing the way people work and live, and forcing a fundamental re-evaluation of traditional security paradigms. Learn how recent computing advancements in machine learning can be used by organizations to analyze and uncover patterns, protect information assets, and identify and mitigate intentional and unintentional security breaches before they become the next news headline.
Speaker:Sam Kalbag, VP Global Accounts, Autonomy Inc.
A recent New York Times series asserted that data centers are wasting up to 90 percent of the energy they pull from the power grid. Running facilities at maximum capacity, regardless of demand, has contributed to this problem. As Federal agencies look to optimize their data center and cloud operations, they are becoming increasingly mindful of potential efficiency gained- both environmentally and in taxpayer dollars. This session will bring together stakeholders from various areas within government and the private sector that are successfully making the business case for the green cloud with a focus on cost savings.
Speakers Include:Dr. Dan Arvizu, Director and Chief Executive, National Renewable Energy LaboratoryUna Song, Program Manager, ENERGY STAR Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Moderated by:Katherine Peters, Executive Editor, Nextgov
Citizens demand a government that can keep pace with the speed of change and deliver services in a modern, efficient manner. Pockets of innovation are emerging to answer this call with mobile and digital applications that are enabling citizens to access services and useful information in an effective and meaningful way. This pressure will continue to rise and agencies must be prepared to create, sustain and expand their abilities to meet the needs of today’s citizen. This session will provide you with insight from agencies that are rising to meet these new challenges. You will hear how they have leveraged customer research to established clear goals, developed a culture that supports continuous innovation, mitigated risk while venturing into new areas, built stakeholder commitments, and more.
Speakers Include:Simon Szykman, Chief Information Officer, Department of CommerceAvi Bender, Chief Technology Officer, U.S. Census BureauXavier Hughes, Chief Innovation Officer, Department of LaborDana Grinshpan, Research Manager, Government Business Council
Moderated by:Joseph Marks, Correspondent, Nextgov
Federal agencies wishing to unlock the power of big data may find that they have a shortage of people with the skills and understanding required to do so. A report published by consulting firm McKinsey and Company found that the US faces a substantial shortage of both analysts who can make strategic decisions using big data and workers with deep analytical skills. The emerging need for data scientists leaves federal agencies struggling to devise a strategy for attracting, developing and retaining the talent they’ll need to extract key insights from complex data. Several agencies have looked to public competitions to make previously incompatible data sets homogeneous & usable- but is crowdsourcing a sustainable strategy? Join us and hear from leading minds who are making strides in tackling the challenge of the data science talent deficit.
Speakers Include:Micheline Casey, Principal, CDO, LLC; Former Chief Data Officer, State of ColoradoDr. Michael Rappa, Director of the Institute for Advanced Analytics and Distinguished University Professor, North Carolina State University; Academic Co-Chair, TechAmerica Foundation’s Big Data CommissionJeff Butler, Director, Research Databases, IRS Research, Analysis, and Statistics
Moderated by:Aliya Sternstein, Senior Correspondent, Nextgov
The security threat landscape is constantly evolving and agency staff must be prepared to do their part in ensuring information and infrastructure security. Increased security awareness for federal and contractor employees could go a long way in helping agencies avoid serious mishaps. Hear from leading experts on what emerging threats you should be preparing for and new strategies for building greater security awareness in the workplace. This session will leverage case studies of avoidable security lapses to provide insight into practical methods of mitigating risk for your agency.
Speakers Include:Dr. Alan Shark, Executive Director, Public Technology InstituteShawn Henry, President, CrowdStrike Services; former Executive Assistant Director, FBI