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September 10, 2008

Enterprise Architecture

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Everyone these days is talking about cyber security (we know because we hacked into their emails), so it makes sense our friends at AFCEA International would hold an information assurance conference yesterday at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. We joined 450 others in hearing about all the ways to protect our computer's deepest secrets.


Hey, it's Booz Allen's Kat Hollis with AFCEA vice chair (and Booz Allen VP) Natalie Givans. Natalie tells us government agencies are all pushing to beef up cyber security, but it's not just the newbies entering data in the system. "You get some upper execs who are not tech savvy and the hackers go after them, so everyone has to be careful at all times." Natalie just returned from Crested Butte, Colo. where she played golf and her husband went para-gliding (that's jumping off a cliff with a glider for anyone crazy enough to try it).


Will give you one guess what time of day we caught the Institute for Defense Analysis' Katherine Burton and MITRE's Bill Neugent. We're guessing these two had a lot to talk about: Both organizations collect and analyze federal research data, only MITRE is a lot bigger. John tells us MITRE is assisting DoD in implementing cyber security defenses like cutting external connection points. His biggest project, though, is a second book (his first hit the Top 500 on Amazon) teaching techies to be more social. We'll avoid making a joke.


That's ezenia!'s John Watkins with Data Access' Tim Seute. Tim tells us his company, which makes forensic analysis software, is bidding on TMAT, the big DISA forensics contract in a few months. John's firm makes collaboration software that lets co-workers share voice, video and other data on projects, so maybe he can use that to bemoan the loss of Tom Brady on his beloved New England Patriots.


Signal Solutions Richard Holzer with Securify's Brenna Plesich, Robin Fantin and John Morgan. Richard tells us Signal Solutions, a GDIT company, is doing IT support for Arizona's Fort Huachuca, while John tells us Securify specializes in controlling access to IT infrastructure and is currently working on the Army's enterprise network. In two months the Securify folks are heading to Hawaii for, get this, a conference! Why don't we think of that?


General Dynamics Robert Chagnot and Jericho Systems John Killian. John's company builds open source enterprise software - primarily for the Army - that can quickly be tailored to a client's needs. The DoD is currently using the company's EnterSpace Security Suite to demonstrate next-generation information sharing for war fighters. John is heading on a trans-Atlantic voyage next month to London on the Queen Mary II.


The Ronald Reagan Building also hosted Enterprise Architecture '08 yesterday, sponsored by 1105 Government Information. Above, Department of Interior's Jillian O'Connell, Bernard Gordon and Michael Schievelbein and the National Park Service's Ann Sulkovsky. Ann tells us the department is working on creating geographic information systems that map every mile of the nation's parks.


FEMA's Ira Grossman and DHS' Ken Rogers and Richard Marinucci. Ira says FEMA is of course focused on Hurricane Ike, promising "we'll be ready this time." Ken tells us DHS is working with Iron Key, who recently released a prototype of secure thumb drives for government use. Ken could have used one of those on his recent camping trip to Rocky Gap, Md.

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