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FCW : October 15, 2012
Trending October 15, 2012 FCW.COM 3 FCW CALENDAR 10/16-17 Big Data in Health Care Esther Dyson, Tim O Reilly and other health data experts discuss new systems, policy implications and health analytics at this O Reilly Strata Rx Conference.San Francisco is.gd/zo do 10/17 Government in the Cloud GSA s Kathy Conrad and In-Q-Tel s Greg Shipley are among the speakers exploring FedRAMP, agency cloud strategies and lessons from outside government at InformationWeek s GovCloud 2012. Washington, D.C. is.gd/serahe Given the urgency of protecting the nation s cyber infrastructure from attack, one would think it would not become a partisan issue, but no such luck. Competing cybersecurity bills have stalled in Congress, and now both sides are sparring over a potential executive order to address the threats. Department of Homeland Secu- rity Secretary Janet Napolitano told senators at a hearing in late Septem- ber that the draft order is close to completion, and what appears to be a working copy of the text has circu- lated online. But as of press time, the administration had given no indica- tion of when President Barack Obama might issue the order. The primary point of contention remains how much in uence the gov- ernment should have over private-sec- tor cybersecurity standards. A bipar- tisan measure championed by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) would have established a public/private part- nership to set standards, an approach critics claim would be a back door to excessive government regulation. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) pushed a bill that would instead put the onus on industry with little government involvement. Neither measure made it out of the Senate, and this summer, the administration began exploring an executive order to implement at least some cybersecurity provisions. The executive order is said to take an approach similar to the bipartisan bill s: The partnership would be led by DHS, with the National Institute of Standards and Technology working with industry to create the framework. Not surprisingly, it has drawn similar Cybersecurity: Is there any time to waste? 10/22-23 Cybersecurity NASA s Linda Cureton and DOD s Robert Carey keynote at this two-day conference, put on by FCW and 1105 Government Events. Co-located with sister conferences on mobile government and cloud/ virtualization. Washington, D.C. is.gd/jofaje 10/22-25 Electronic Governance The annual International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance explores the potential of technology to transform governments relationships with citizens and other stakeholders. Albany, N.Y. is.gd/upegub criticisms. "The White House is pre- paring an executive order...that uni- laterally imposes more mandates and regulations," wrote McCain and Sens. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) and Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) in the Wall Street Journal. And the Christian Science Moni- tor reported that Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), a proponent of the order, has written to CEOs of America s 500 largest companies essentially seeking to learn if they oppose that approach to cybersecurity as rmly as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce does. Although the parties are unable to agree on the best approach, no one seems to doubt that the issue is of criti- cal importance. Of primary concern is the safety of the nation s critical sys- tems, de ned by a 1996 executive order as "certain national infrastructures [that] are so vital that their incapacity or destruction would have a debilitat- ing impact on the defense or economic security of the United States." 10/28-30 Leadership in Tech This year s ACT/IAC Executive Leadership Conference focuses on mobility, the knowledge workforce and big data, and features DOD s David Wennergren, DHS Richard Spires and federal CIO Steven VanRoekel. Williamsburg, Va. is.gd/qojujo Continued on Page 12 Nov. 23 is the six-month milestone for the White House's digital strategy. Governmentwide standards for APIs and open data are due.
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