GOVTek Monthly Newsletter: Issue 90, February 2012



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OMB Shared First Should Include Open Source, Says Group

The strategy, which calls for at least two commodity IT area to be moved to a shared environment will be explained in more detail in April


DHS Authority Would Increase Under Lungren Cybersec Bill

The bill gives DHS authority to coordinate cybersecurity activities across government, identify risks and performance standards throughout the private sector, and establish a cyber-threat information sharing body


Federal IT Executives Honored At GovTek Awards

Among the recipients were Interior CIO Nitin Pradhan, DISA's Dan Gahafer, and FEMA's Ira Grossman


Contact Lens Technology Could Give Soldiers 'Terminator' Capabilities

Soldiers might be able to ditch awkward goggles or helmets to access data while in the battlefield in favor of virtual reality contact lenses.



Blog: A Crash Course in Big Data

by Parham Eftekhari, Co-Founder & Director of Research, GTRA

As I tweeted back in December 2011, Big Data is well on its way to becoming the buzz of 2012. Here is a quick 101 to get you up-to-speed!


GTRA Research Brief: Critical Success Factors to Improving Long-Term Security Posture

by Parham Eftekhari, Co-Founder & Director of Research, GTRA

Long term success in the nation’s fight for cybersecurity requires more than money, technology and resources. It will only be achieved when a culture is developed where leaders makes cybersecurity a top priority. This brief looks at critical success factors to achieve this goal and improve our long-term security posture.



AOL Government: Federal IT Executives Honored At GOVTek Awards


Federal Times: GOVTek Awards Honor Federal, Contractor IT Execs


Press Release: GTRA Announced Executive Technology Award Winners at GOVTek Awards Gala


Press Release: Agiliance RiskVision Honored at GOVTek Awards


Blog: Intelsat General President Wins GovTek Women in Technology Award



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1.22.2012 - Work Off Of Standards, But Stay Flexible to Change (State)


1.19.2012 - Information Sharing at CSIS Next Week: Adapting and Improving an Expanded ISE (ISE)


1.18.2012 - Technology Agency Releases Annual Strategic Plan (State of CA)


1.12.2012 - The Mobile Opportunity (White House)


1.11.2012 - Protecting the Nation's Electric Grid from Cyber Threats (Energy)


1.7.2012 - Collaboration Through Innovation for 21st Century Global Development (White House)


1.6.2012 - New FedRAMP Security Requirements Benchmark IT Reform (DHS)


1.6.2012 - 12 Months of Health Information Technology: A Year of Momentous Progress (HHS)


1.5.2012 - Army Pauses Enterprise Email to Prepare Report for Congress (Army)



Management: The Virtual Workforce and Other Trends in 2012

Advances in mobility and apps are key drivers in the virtual workforce trend


CIOs Influence Growing Around Mission, Budget, Survey Finds

Many cite the OMB memo giving them authority over commodities spending as having a positive impact


U.S. CIO Unveils Mobile Strategy for Federal Government

2012 is the "year of mobile" and will focus on citizen engagement and creating efficiencies in us of mobility


DISA Returns to the Drawing Board on Cloud Plans

New strategy to include heavy reliance on commercial cloud providers who can provide the security DISA requires



Identity Proofing: Government’s First Line of Defense Against Fraud and Improper Payments

Government agencies don’t always know who they are dealing with, therefore failing to ensure the right benefits and services go to the right people


Advances in Digital Video: Getting the Most Value from Video Information

The use of video in the public safety and justice realm has taken on greater significance over the past decade, due primarily to advancements enabled by digital video


Using Defense-in-Depth to Combat Endpoint Malware

Application whitelisting provides a fundamentally different method for combating endpoint malware compared to patch management and AV


Spillman Technologies Receives IJIS Institute Award

Member Appreciation Award presented at Winter Industry Briefing


LexisNexis Launches “Fraud of the Day” Forum

Company educates government officials about how people are defrauding federal, state and local agencies


Lumension Recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

Lumension Endpoint Management and Security Suite (L.E.M.S.S.) recognized as a Visionary in Gartner’s latest “Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection



Passing on Passwords: Securing the Cloud through Identity Management

February 16, 2012  |  Washington, DC


Complimentary for Government Employees


In this executive briefing and highly interactive discussion, government and industry thought leaders will discuss the latest trends in IT security and how Cloud Identity Management plays a central role in securing Cloud deployments.



Managing Apple Devices in Government

March 14, 2012  |  Washington, DC


Complimentary for Government Employees


Integrating Macs? Needing to manage iPhones and iPads? This technical, half-day event includes an introduction to approaches and solutions that will help you get control of Macs and iOS devices in your department or agency. Learn from working peers how you can leverage your Windows infrastructure to manage your Macs and iOS devices.



GTRA Technology Council Meeting

June 24-26, 2012  |  Bedford Springs Resort, PA


The June 2012 GTRA Council Meeting will focus on Technology initiatives, strategies, topics and technologies in a context that is appropriate for CIOs, CTOs, Chief Architects, CISOs, and other Government IT Leaders.



HealthTech Council Meeting

Fall 2012  |  Washington, DC


The HealthTech Council Meeting is a 3-day executive level meeting where Health IT leaders convene to discuss strategies, best practices and technologies critical to their success.



GTRA SecureGOV Council Meeting

December 2-4, 2012  |  Bedford Springs Resort, PA


The December 2012 GTRA Council Meeting will focus on Cyber Security initiatives, strategies, topics and technologies in a context that is appropriate for CIOs, CTOs, Chief Architects, CISOs, and other Government IT Leaders.




February 15, 2012: BDNA SCCM GURU Webcast Series Episode 8: Configuration Items vs. Inventory - Sherry Kissinger

February 15, 2012  |  Complimentary Live Webcast | 11.00am - 12.30pm PST


Turn the Key on Telework: Telework Pilot to Enterprise-Wide Program

February 23, 2012  |  Complimentary Live Webcast | 1.00pm - 2.00pm EST


Implications of Budget Reductions in Training Operations

February 29, 2012  |  Complimentary Live Webcast | 11.00am - 12.30pm PST


Pledge to Telework During Telework Week 2012

March 5 - 9, 2012


Telework Exchange Spring 2012 Town Hall Meeting

May 2, 2012  |  Washington, DC Convention Center | Complimentary for Government


(ISC)2 Security Congress 2012: Driving Security's Future

September 10-13, 2012  |  Philadelphia, PA




Thank you to the GTRA Government Council

for their continued support, time, and

dedication to the Federal IT Community.





Benjamin Bergersen, Chief Information Officer, Office of Inspector General, Commerce (CXO Council)

Marian Cody, Chief Information Security Officer, HUD (Security Council)

Steve Elky, Chief Information Security Officer, Library of Congress (Security Council)

Peter Gouldmann, Security Architect & Knowledge Officer, Office of Information Assurance, State (Security Council)

Carmen Iannacone, Chief Technology Officer, Smithsonian Institution (CXO Council)

Chuck McGann, Director, Corporate Information Security, USPS (Security Council)

Joy Pritts, Chief Privacy Officer, Office of the National Health Coordinator, HHS (Health IT Council)

Tim Schmidt, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Transportation (CXO Council)

David Temoshok, Director, Federal Identity Management, Office of Governmentwide Policy, GSA (Enterprise Architecture & Infrastructure Council)

Dr. Robert "Rocky" Young, Director, Outreach and Communication for Cyber Security, Defense (Security Council)


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