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Big Data Success Requires Balanced Approach

Download this event overview to learn what you missed at FCW’s Face-to-Face event held on June 24th in Washington, DC.

The Federal IT community has been engaged in a lively discussion about “big data” and how to analyze it for the past several years. There is no debate that people and organizations are generating and retaining data types at an unprecedented rate. The important question today is what does this mega-trend mean for managing enterprises and how can data scientists efficiently exploit what they have to make better business- and policy-driven decisions?

The event overview will allow you to understand current methods in use and how they might be employed to support your organizational goals in 2014 and beyond.

Featured Speakers:

  • Philip Ashlock
  • Chief Architect, Data.gov, General Services Administration
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    Phil serves as the Chief Software Architect on Data.gov, the open data initiative for the U.S. Government. He leads efforts there in open data, transparency, and open source.

    Phil has spearheaded community-driven civic technology initiatives with global reach. Most recently he served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow working with the GSA and the White House Office of Digital Strategy on Project MyUSA. Previously he was the Open Government Program Manager at OpenPlans where he established the Open311 initiative. Open311 is a standard for publicly reporting and tracking civic issues and is now implemented in dozens of cities around the world. In partnership with Code for America he also co-founded Civic Commons, an initiative to help governments share technology and their experiences using it.

    Phil has also facilitated broader collaboration between cities and other government bodies around open government initiatives, standards, and open source civic technology. He’s been active in the Open Government Partnership and served as a member of the NYC Transparency Working Group where he helped shape one of the world’s strongest open data laws: NYC Local Law 11 of 2012.

  • Steven Hernandez
  • Chief Information Security Officer, Office of Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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    Steven Hernandez is the chief information security officer for the Office of Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). His varied background in information assurance includes work for international heavy manufacturing, large finance organizations, academia, and government agencies. Mr. Hernandez is an expert on topics such as risk management, information security return on investment, and the implications of privacy in electronic commerce.

  • Patrick Howard
  • Senior Cyber Security Consultant, SecureInfo and former CISO, US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
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    Patrick D. Howard has over 35 years of experience in the security industry, and has worked in the computer security field for the past 16 years. Mr. Howard has served as the Chief Information Security Officer in the Office of the Chief Information Officer at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission since March 17, 2008, and is responsible for managing NRC’s enterprise-wide information security program. Prior to joining NRC, Mr. Howard was employed at the Department of Housing and Urban Development for 3 years, where he served as HUD’s Chief Information Security Officer and managed the Department’s enterprise-wide information technology security program. Mr. Howard led HUD to a first ever “A+” score on Congress’ 2006 FISMA Report Card and was recognized as a 2007 Fed 100 winner for his accomplishments in government information technology. Prior to joining HUD, Mr. Howard was employed by the Titan Corporation supporting the Department of Transportation where he served as the Department’s Certification and Accreditation Program Manager. Mr. Howard is co-author of the Total CISSP Exam Prep Book, and authored Building and Implementing a Security Certification and Accreditation Program. Mr. Howard received a bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Oklahoma and an masters degree in International Relations from Boston University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a Certified Information Security Manager (CISM). He is also a member of the Federal Systems Security Governance Board and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium’s Government Advisory Board.

  • Adelaide O'Brien
  • Research Director, Smart Government Strategies Team, IDC Government Insights
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    Adelaide O'Brien is responsible for developing and publishing research for innovative government services delivery. Her research includes government information transparency, cross agency directives and collaboration, smart government maturity models, annual predictions, and go-to-market strategy guides with comprehensive views of IT trends, challenges and opportunities that shape the U.S. federal, state, and local government sectors. Ms. O’Brien is often quoted in CIO Magazine, Government Technology, Washington Technology, Federal Times, Federal Computer Week, Nextgov.com, and Web 2.0 Journal. She is a frequent speaker/moderator at American Council of Technology Industry Advisory Committee (ACT-IAC), Women in Technology, the Digital Government Institute, and industry events.

    Ms. O’Brien began her career working in various state and local governmental staff positions, including Minnesota State Government. She draws on more than 25 years of experience in high-tech corporations, including Honeywell, AT&T, Lucent, and Avaya. She has a long track record of translating customer preferences into actionable business initiatives. Throughout her career, Ms. O’Brien has been recognized and received many awards for leading cross-functional teams to achieve outstanding results through change management and customer focus. She serves as a member of the Digital Government Institute Customer Services Advisory Committee to provide leading-edge education programs on key topics facing government IT managers. Ms. O’Brien has received a Volunteer of the Year Award from Women in Technology, and currently is Chair of the ACT-IAC Collaboration and Transformation Shared Interest Group.

  • Christopher Steel
  • Chief Solutions Architect, Software AG Government Solutions, Inc.
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    Christopher Steel is Chief Solutions Architect for Software AG Government Solutions. He is an IT professional with over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry successfully directing, developing and delivering mission critical systems, products and services for financial, telecommunication, defense, healthcare and software companies. As an accomplished software architect, author, speaker, and relationship builder, Mr. Steel is adept at presenting architectural vision to senior executives and in driving innovation across corporate and government boundaries.

  • Dan Waddell
  • Director of Government Affairs, (ISC)2
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    Mr. Waddell has over 20 years of experience in information technology, information assurance, and cybersecurity, with over 15 of those years in management. He is an experienced cybersecurity program manager and subject-matter expert for multiple disciplines and skill areas including CISO/CSO advisory services, secure cloud computing, privacy, data loss prevention, regulatory compliance, threat and vulnerability assessments, incident response, disaster recovery/business continuity and risk management. He is currently the co-chair of both the (ISC)² North American Advisory Board and the Government Advisory Board for Cyber Security, providing guidance and expertise on pressing information security policies and trends and recommendations regarding (ISC)² professional certification and education programs. Mr. Waddell is also a frequent speaker, contributor and volunteer on several cybersecurity-related initiatives including our Safe and Secure Online program, and is a 2013 (ISC)² President’s Award recipient.

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