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Webinar on Cybersecurity: Building Secure Federal Systems

March 8th, 2010 · No Comments · cyber-security, government business, scada

I was pleased to be asked to be part of a webinar sponsored by Government Executive this Thursday at 2:00pm EST and even happier when Pat Howard, the CISO from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepted an invitation to join me.

The webinar, moderated by Adam Ross, the Managing Editor from the SANS Institute, will focus on some of the challenges faced in creating secure Federal Systems. With the growing movement for speed-to-market and the movement to the cloud, and associated buzz words, and with the increased publicity about cyber-attacks, how we should best deal with such issues is becoming a still greater issue.

Pat and I will look at these issues in three parts.

First, we will look at the context that we now face. I find that without understanding the context of a problem, it becomes difficult to really deal with the systemic issues. Second, I will review some of the high-level goals that I would focus on, putting on my now dusty CIO hat from my Department of Transportation days. Finally, Pat will tackle real-world issues with implementation suggestions, looking at how to integrate security planning rather than dealing with it as an afterthought. He will also offer his thoughts relating to SCADA design issues (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisiton – e.g. computers managing things like the electrical grid, power plants, and so forth).

Registration details are at:


The Government Executive website is at: http://www.govexec.com/

Powertek Corporation’s web site is at: http://www.powertekcorporation.com/

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s web site is at: http://www.nrc.gov

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