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June 8, 2012
 
 
Beer Is Cybersecurity Fix

 
Here's Part II of our meaty Bisnow Cybersecurity Summit coverage. Our experts had lots of advice for improving industry and government relations and motivating workforces to care about cybersecurity. (Getting a credit card stolen and used to buy a divan online should teach us all about cybersecurity.)
 
Garcia Cyber Partners principal and former DHS assistant cybersecurity and communications security Greg Garcia
The rocky relationship between government and industry in tackling cybersecurity is as equally perplexing to both camps. Garcia Cyber Partners principal and former DHS cybersecurity and communications security assistant secretary Greg Garcia says things are changing. “We’re making progress based on the foundational notion that none of us is as smart as all of us,” he says. Some examples: a national communications integration center that includes industry and DHS; the national cyber training alliance, which involves sharing gov and industry info; and InfraGard, where FBI is sharing and improving critical national infrastructure data with industry.
 
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Planet Technologies government strategy manager Rocky Campione
Beer, that’s the answer, says Planet Technologies government strategy manager Rocky Campione. (While we love the idea that someone would give birth to a Rocky, his real name is Christopher.) A trusting relationship can start with casual conversation over a brewsky. “And then you start realizing that we’re talking about the same issue,” he adds. And the more industry and government work together, the more trust is built. Rocky joined Planet Technologies three years ago after working as an Energy Department senior advisor to the deputy secretary.
SAIC cyber programs CTO Hart Rossman
SAIC cyber programs CTO Hart Rossman says progress has been made in cybersecurity, but if the pace isn’t quadrupled, other countries will blow past the US. One of the best ways for government industry collaboration is by incentivizing market-based cybersecurity innovation. There are also events like HHS’ health data initiative forum where apps and services are created using the agency’s open data. SAIC is also a part of the Security Innovation Network, which holds events to bring industry and government together and showcases disruptive cybersecurity technologies.
Ernst & Young executive director Jeff Johnson
Ernst & Young executive director Jeff Johnson says cybersecurity has to become an impulse with workforces. “It’s going to take an investment but not as much as tech,” he adds. Employees should be given financial incentives for identifying the top 20 security vulnerabilities within their IT system. And despite all the concern about how well industry and government work together on cybersecurity, Jeff says the reality is that the relationship and awareness is better than where it was prior to 9/11.
DHS national protection and programs directorate deputy undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding
Don’t even think for a second that cybersecurity risks only sit on IT systems. Physical security is also fair game, says DHS national protection and programs directorate deputy undersecretary Suzanne Spaulding. “You cannot have effective physical security without good cybersecurity,” she says. (Not to say you should stop lifting weights, but maybe exercising your knowledge of code would help more.) There’s evidence of hackers getting into control systems and shutting down security cameras. DHS is looking at both cyber and physical security, and Suzanne urged industry to do the same.
 
Ernst & Young's Marc Andersen and Jeff Johnson
Ernst & Young U.S. Government & Public Sector markets leader Marc Andersen cheered (not jeered) Jeff as he broke down cybersecurity challenges. Jeff was brought on in March to add muscle to the firm's IT risk and assurance practice. His cybersecurity career has its roots as a Navy intel specialist and since then he's been in commercial and government fighting the bad guys in cyber space. We can guarantee he's never fallen for those e-mails from Africa. Thanks Ernst & Young for being a fantastic sponsor.

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Helios CEO Kathy Albarado and co-presenter Declan Leonard from sponsor law firm Berenzweig Leonard flank award-winning Ogilvy’s Taylor Billingsley and Ellen Birek. The other companies taking home an Apollo Award were Booz Allen Hamilton, Pariveda Solution
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25 Points See Some Wins
 
Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel
It’s been 18 month since the Obama administration launched the 25-point plan. Federal CIO Steven Van Roekel announced yesterday what’s worked so far: 267 data centers have been decommissioned as of March (429 is the goal by year’s end.); cloud migration took off, changed federal mindset, and unveiled a promise of $100M in annual savings for e-mail alone starting FY’13; the Shared Services Strategy identified 60 initiatives that can be migrated to a shared service model, with $34M in cost savings; TechStat, a program to shut down underperforming IT projects, has saved $4B. So what’s next? OMB and GSA will launch on Saturday the data center marketplace inside government to help agencies better utilize spare capacity within operational data centers.
 
Where has the 25-point plan failed? Any thoughts? Send them to Tech Bisnow's Tania Anderson.
 
 
 
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