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December 12, 2008
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Cyber Security;

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We’re like most people at multi-day conferences: We go for the early stuff and sneak out before it’s over, but AFCEA had such a great group of speakers at its cyber security conference at the Reagan Building we had to come back yesterday for the beginning of Day 2 (you can read coverage of Day 1 at bisnow.com). And thankfully the conference is over, because our body is ready to rebel over all the 6:00 AM wakeups.


If the uniforms didn’t give these guys away as military, the short haircuts sure did.  Naval Network Warfare Commander Vice Admiral Denby Starling, Coast Guard Deputy CIO Capt. Marshall Lytle, Air Force Cyberspace Commander Maj. Gen. David Senty, Marine Corps CIO Brig. Gen. George Allen, Army Chief Cyber Officer Brig. Gen. Steve Smith. As you can guess, these guys are important!


Steve, shown here making a note about moderator Joe Grace (a Navy reservist who dared to make cracks about Army football), told the audience cyber threats are unsettling because the enemies are already inside cyber-borders, but the Army is working closely with industry to keep up on defense. “I’ve pushed for quicker contracts and procurements because cyber is an area so complex that the military and industry need to work quickly to keep the country safe,” Steve said.


Marshall says the Coast Guard maintains one computer network to comply with DHS cyber security standards and to reduce the number of portals susceptible to cyber attacks. “We are obviously smaller than the four military services so we have a different set of challenges, but protecting our information and our systems is still a top priority,” he said.

Emtec Federal

Earlier this week we met Emtec EVP Frank Blaul who tells us the New Jersey-based IT services provider (the company’s federal division is in Chantilly) just landed a contract to deliver HP’s PC Blades system to agencies across the government. The company also just won a contract with Gwinnett County, GA to implement new technology infrastructure to more than 160 schools. The $225 million publicly traded company also recently signed a similar deal with Duval County, FL schools. Frank tells us the company, which is split into two divisions, Emtec Global Services and Emtec Systems Division, is doing a number of things with federal law enforcement agencies, but is sworn to secrecy.


A Cumberland-native and Frostburg State graduate, Frank came to Emtec about a year and a half ago after serving as VP at Clear Cube Technologies. He’s also held a number of senior positions at EDS, IBM and ViON Corporation and is a member of IAC and the NVTC. Frank has four kids, so you can guess what he spends his free time doing -- although he sneaks the family out to ski now and again and likes to run.

Julie Surfaces

Our friends at Association Bisnow met up with former Tech Council of Maryland CEO Julie Coons, in her first week on the job as CEO of the Electronic Retailing Association. The association features a $6 million budget and members in 40 countries. (We’re hoping that means she can get us a discount on an X-Box 360 this holiday season.) Beside the new job, Julie is remodeling her DC home and will be heading to Palm Springs for the holidays.

David Stegon woke up at 6:00 AM the last two days (he’s happiest when he sets the alarm for 8:45) while his vacationing girlfriend got out of bed “some time after 2:00.”  Send story ideas to David@Bisnow.com

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