Sep 04 2012

FedBytes: Upcoming Federal IT Events and More Cybersecurity News

Hardware, software and tech news from across the government and around the country. This week: upcoming events.

There is a good reason for all the cybersecurity talk on this website. It is one of the most important government technology issues facing public workers today. Luckily, there is good news, including the fact that strong security can save agencies money.

  • A recent interview on GovInfoSecurity highlights the efforts of U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who has led federal prosecutions of international cybercrimes. Durkan says the key to successful prosecutions is “collaboration with international partners. In the interview, Durkan discusses the hacking arrest of David Schrooten, also known as Fortezza, who allegedly was involved in a hacking scheme that included the underground sale of more than 180,000 debit and credit card accounts.” Read more on GovInfoSecurity.
  • At the blog Solve for Interesting (and reposted at O’Reilly Radar), Alistair Croll rounds up numerous responses to his recent post about big data and civil rights. It’s a fascinating conversation that touches on a number of issues to watch out for as big data looms ever larger in the world of IT. Read more on Solve for Interesting.
  • The CIO Council recently released a toolkit for government agencies, filled with case studies and best practices for BYOD. FedTech’s Jimmy Daly offered five takeaways from the report.
    • Let employees choose their devices.
    • Know that BYOD is not guaranteed to be cost-effective.
    • Have a plan for data security.
    • Educate your employees.
    • Do your research.

    Read more on the BYOD toolkit here.

  • AOL Government reports that improving cybersecurity can have a positive effect on costs. In the article, Donna Dodson, deputy cybersecurity adviser for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, explains that “standards and guidelines are often overlooked” in security efforts. Read more on Aol Gov.
  • Looking for in-depth discussion of critical federal IT issues? Several upcoming events around the Washington, D.C., area can help satisfy your thirst for knowledge. Two sure bets in the coming months are AFCEA Bethesda’s Health IT Day and Telework Exchange’s Telework Town Hall Meeting.
    • Health IT Day, October 18 at the Bethesda North Marriott and Conference Center, will feature IT professionals from federal agencies, including the Health and Human Services Department, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, the Veterans Affairs Department and the Defense Department.
    • The Telework Town Hall Meeting, September 25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, will offer insight into how mobility is affecting federal IT. Among the speakers and panelists will be Robert Carey, deputy CIO of the Defense Department; Rick Holgate, CIO of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Kimberly Hancher, CIO of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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