Some might say C-SPAN has never been so exciting because this week’s coverage featured live and recorded footage of GovLoop’s training session, “The Internet of Things (IoT): Connected Government.” The half-day session offered up important information concerning how the public sector can leverage the IoT. The panel, moderated by Chris Dorobek, featured innovation and thought leadership from the the United States Postal Service (USPS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as well as other industry experts.
The federal buying season is in full swing and to help federal IT leaders prepare, 930GOV is hosting the 930GOV End-of-Year- Intelligence Conference, Tradeshow & Training Symposium on August 26th at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington, DC. This year’s conference promises to be an exciting and worthwhile event, with over 20 sessions appealing to five technical communities, enabling IT leaders in finalizing their end-of-year buying.
According to research firm IDC Corp., more than 200 billion devices will be connected by 2020, which far exceeds the number of devices anyone considered possible just a few years ago. With such expansive connectivity, it is difficult to gauge what the effects of the IoT will have on businesses, local and federal governments and even private citizens.
In the last days of July 2015, the White House released a new Executive Order (EO) focused on creating a National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI). The purpose of this EO is to establish a “cohesive, strategic effort within the Federal Government and a close collaboration between the public and private sectors” that will “maximize the benefits of high-performance computing (HPC) research, development, and deployment.”
While it used to be enough to vouch for a company doing work for your agency based on their convincing responses in RFPs and cost quotes, it is no longer enough, if those questions don’t include inquiries into a company’s security track record. The consequences of working with a vendor that is not at least up-to-date, if not on the cutting edge, in terms of cyber security awareness, education, and training could be catastrophic for businesses. For government agencies specifically, outdated knowledge and procedures could have disastrous consequences in the face of the near constant cyberattacks that agencies face today.
Data is one of the most valuable assets that government agencies hold, and not only from a cyber-security perspective. With government agencies being inundated with petabytes of information, the ability to parse that data to leverage the maximum amount of information for mission-critical activities is essential. However, if data quality is poor, the ability to manipulate and apply that data to different activities both within and between agencies is compromised. In the end, not only is time to deliver on mission increased, but the costs of delivering on the mission are also increased as data needs to be accessed multiple times in order to derive value.