Scott Klososky, author, entrepreneur and advisory board member for Critical Technologies, kept the audience at American Council for Technology-Industry Advisory Council's Executive Leadership Conference in Williamsburg, Va., entertained with an hour-long evening keynote on the untapped potential of technology tools.
Early on, he noted that disgraced actor Charlie Sheen has attracted a sizeable Twitter following for his unfiltered musings. Klososky asked the audience if they followed Sheen. Only a few hands went up, but that was enough. "Stop it," Klososky commanded. "You're just encouraging him at this point."
Later, Klososky pointed out that young people are young people regardless of the technologies available to them. A 10-year-old boy is going to waste little time with a connected device before he's searching for terms like "kissing" or "naked." After waiting a moment for the audience reaction to fade, he said, "Don't act like you weren't a 10-year-old boy!"
"But I wasn't!" came a female voice in response.
Posted by Michael Hardy on Oct 23, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Everyone wants better federal cybersecurity, and the ISC2s group of information security professionals is honoring individuals and teams that are making it happen.
Winners of the U.S. Government Information Security Leadership Awards for 2011 announced on Oct. 19 were:
For technology improvement by an individual, the ISC2 honored Emma Garrison-Alexander, assistant administrator for IT at the Transportation Security Agency, led development of the TSA's Redaction Toolbar that helps to prevent release of sensitive security information.
The team award for tech improvement went to the information assurance program management team at the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, led by Austin Pearson and supported by Mary Johnson. The team designed an architecture to host an automated classified spillage solution.
For workforce improvement, the ISC2 honored the Cyberspace 200/300 Professional Continuing Education Team at the Air Force Cyber Technical Center of Excellence, led by Harold Arata III. The team developed senior rating courses for a cyber career force.
Davin Knolton, chief information officer of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center, won the individual award for process and policy improvement. The team award went to the Air Force’s Military Satellite Communications Systems Directorate’s information assurance manager team, led by Steven Martin.
For community awareness, the ISC2 honored Henry Yu, chief information security officer of NASA, for outstanding contributions to an IT security video project.
The team awarded for best community awareness was the cybersecurity communications working group at the Homeland Security Department, led by communications manager Joel Benge.
Shawn Wilson, senior manager of information security for Verisign, Inc., won the federal contractor award for his efforts to executive certification and accreditation at the General Services Administration’s .gov registry.
The team contractor award went to NJVC LLC’s cyber dashboard team, led by Chris Hughes, for creating a dashboard application that helped to foil several hacker attempts against Defense Department systems.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Oct 19, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
At the Transportation Security Administration, Blogger Bob has been reading the tabloids. In a recent blog post, he referred to two articles and used them to clear up misconceptions about TSA.
The first article Bob used, from TMZ, told of how Kim Kardashian’s husband Kris Humphries dropped his wedding ring after taking it off to walk through a TSA metal detector.
“This near disaster could have been averted,” Bob writes. “Passengers do not have to remove jewelry. Our officers can advise you as to what might be making you alarm the detector, but it’s up to you whether or not you remove your rings, watches, necklaces, etc.”
The second story, from the U.K. Daily Mail, implied that a TSA scanner could tell whether Jessica Simpson is really pregnant. In fact, Bob explained, none of the scanning technologies TSA uses is strong enough to see through a body.
Posted on Oct 13, 2011 at 12:56 PM1 comments
Perhaps yon immixGroup has a lean and hungry look?
Lean & Hungry Theater, which appears to be the only radio drama company in Washington D.C., has received a $10,000 donation from immixGroup. The contribution makes the federal contracting company the first corporate sponsor of the group, which has performed adaptations of several Shakespeare plays broadcast on the Washington-area public radio station WAMU.
Alex Zavistovich and Jessica Hansen co-founded the theater troupe in 2006. Its name is derived from a line in Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."
The donation makes immixGroup a Silver Level sponsor of the theater’s educational mission of bringing the classics of literature to underserved communities.
“This is a tremendous vote of confidence for Lean & Hungry Theater from the Washington, DC area business community,” said Zavistovich, Lean & Hungry’s managing director. “Our operations have been largely bootstrapped since we began. The backing of a company the caliber of immixGroup proves that our work has genuine value to a broad audience demographic, and our mission has the support of organizations that believe in giving back to the community.”
The next production of Lean & Hungry Theater is “Hamlet,” to be broadcast live on WAMU-88.5, at 6 p.m. October 30.
Posted on Oct 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Molly Wilkinson, a senior staff member for Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), plans to leave Capitol Hill for Regions Bank to be a senior vice president of governmental affairs, Federal New Radio reports.
She will leave her Senate position in November.
Wilkinson has worked in various positions throughout the government. Before her work as general counsel for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, she was chief of staff at the Small Business Administration. Prior to that, she was the chief acquisition officer at the General Services Administration.
She was a Federal 100 winner in 2009 for her work in improving SBA’s efficiency, including the Business Development Management Information System. It’s a system that allows small businesses to file applications for 8(a) status online.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Oct 04, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments
At the Defense Information Systems Agency, Tony Montemarano has been named been director of strategic planning and information. He previously served as DISA’s component acquisition executive. Montemarano succeeds Paige Atkins, who has left DISA to become vice president for cyber and information technology research at Virginia Tech's Applied Research Corporation in Arlington, Va., according to Federal News Radio, which reports that Montemarano’s old job will be filled by Rebecca Harris, DISA vice component acquisition executive, until a replacement is named, per an an agency spokesperson.
A new Pentagon cyber policy chief has been named, replacing Bob Butler, who retired from DOD in August. Eric Rosenbach will succeed Butler as the senior executive service as deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs. Rosenbach previously served as principal global cyber security practice lead at Good Harbor Consulting in Washington, D.C.
At the Fort Belvoir, Va.-based Defense Logistics Agency, Edward Case has been assigned as director of Defense Logistics Agency Information Operations. Case previously served as deputy director and information operations/chief technical officer at DLA.
Mae Devincentis has been assigned as DLA vice director. Devincentis previously served as DLA director of information operations.
Robert Foster has been assigned as deputy director of DLA Information Operations. Foster previously served as DLA program executive officer.
Clyde Hobby has been assigned as deputy director of DLA Logistics Operations. Hobby previously served as DLA executive director of strategic programs.
Posted by Amber Corrin on Oct 04, 2011 at 12:56 PM0 comments