GTRA Announces SecureGOV Council Meeting Government Award Winners – December 7, 2011 – Washington, D.C. – Today GTRA announced the speaker and technology award winners for the Government Technology Research Alliance (GTRA) December 2011 SecureGOV Council Meeting.  Senior executives at the Government Technology Research Alliance’s semi-annual council meetings voted among their peers nominating technology leaders in the areas of cloud, security, privacy, and mobility.

Sharing her insight and expertise and the importance of the collaboration of both private and public sectors to create solutions in the areas of cyber security included her opening keynote, “DHS: Your Cyber Security Partner”, Roberta Stempfly Director of the National Cyber Security Division at DHS was voted “Most Dynamic Speaker” at the GTRA Council Meeting.

Peter Mell, Senior Computer Scientist at NIST was awarded “Best Cyber Security Presentation” for his session titled “The NIST Cloud Reference Architecture and Security Considerations” for discussing the security concerns in cloud and the need to “apply existing controls in operative ways.”

The “Most Innovative” award for their speaking session on “Innovating to Promote Enterprise-Wide Security”  included Larry Hale, Director, Strategic Solutions & Security Services, ITS, GSA; Vaughn Noga, CTO, EPA; Erik Avakian, CISO, Commonwealth of PA; and Phil Wenger, Deputy Policy Lead, Budget Line of Business, OMB. The session focused on cloud security in enterprises, making informative decisions based on best practices, and using implemented solutions when prioritizing projects.

Richard Russell, Deputy G-2, Senior National Intelligence Service, Army Materials Command and Dara Murray, Director, ISS LOB, HHS won the “Most Cutting Edge” at the GTRA Council Meeting for their dynamic speaking session titled, “Secure Information Sharing in a Growing Hostile Environment.” Their session included how to make informative decisions regarding communications and sharing information and how application security can be implemented without being over-dependent on software solutions.

“Best of GTRA” speaking award was won by Ronald Ross, Senior Fellow, NIST and the Honorable Theresa Grafenstine for their speaking session titled “The Future Directions of Cyber Security and Risk Management.” Key points of this session include the need for cooperation with the IT community to “create a holistic approach” to cyber security solutions as it is a government-wide issue that could be solved with the partnerships and relationships throughout the government.

All of the GTRA SecureGOV Council Meeting Award recipients receive an automatic nomination entry for the GOVTek Government Executive Awards which will be voted on by a panel of judges and the government IT community. The GOVTek Award nominees will be celebrated and Award winners announced at the GOVTek Gala, hosted by GTRA taking place February 2nd, 2012, 6-10pm at the Newseum in Washington, DC.

About GTRA: GTRA brings together executive-level government technology Security, Enterprise Architecture, Green IT and Health IT leaders to collaborate, strategize and create innovative solutions. The semi-annual GTRA SecureGOV Council Meeting addresses the security topics identified through research with the government GTRA Council members and industry experts. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, knowledge is exchanged in a peer-to-peer forum, resulting in actionable government-wide strategic plans and cutting-edge solutions.  Through a unique collaborative methodology, GTRA is revolutionizing the way government does business.

Kerri Tompkins
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