December Council Meeting Session Briefs

Securing the Federal IT Ecosystem: Concerns of Today & Opportunities for Tomorrow

  • Bob Brese, CIO, Energy; Keith Trippie, Executive Director, DHS; Cheri Caddy, Senior Advisor for Cyber Information Sharing, DNI; Chris Poulin, Chief Security Officer, Q1 Labs, an IBM Company

Accelerating the Speed of Adoption: Imperatives and Mandates

  • William ‘Curt’ Barker, Cybersecurity Standards and Technology Advisor, NIST

Industry Keynote Panel: Industry Perspectives: Securing the Federal IT Ecosystem

  • Matt Hur, Senior Director, Product Management, Centrify, Inc.; Gary Rogers, Senior Vice President, Sales, Accellion; Dan Carayiannis, Director, Federal Sales, RSA; Parham Eftekhari, Co-Founder & EVP, Research, GTRA

Insights from GAO Audits: The Do’s, The Don’ts, and The Future Trends and Mandates in IT Security

  • Greg Wilshusen, Director, Information Security Issues, GAO

Securing the Federal IT Supply Chain: Increasing Information Sharing while Effectively Managing Risks

  • Joanne Woytek, SEWP Program Manager/CoTR, NASA; Donald R. Davidson Jr., ICT SCRM Specialist, Defense; Eustace King, SCRM Lead, IAD, NSA; Gil Vega, Associate CIO for Cybersecurity, CISO, Energy; Jennifer Bisceglie, President, Interos Solutions





Fishing with the Wrong Bait: ROI on Computer Science / Management Information Systems Degrees

The information age is ushering in the new internet-based economy dependent on a qualified Computer Science (CS) and Management Information Systems (MIS) workforce, and analysts predict a shortage of qualified CS/MIS employees because of rising demand. This article will provide insight and definition of Return On Educational Investment (ROEI) as well as starting salaries for American degrees in CS/MIS.

Trust: The Foundation of Effective Teams & Good Leadership

As part of our commitment to focus on developing leadership skills in the federal IT community, this GTRA Research Brief will focus on a cultural characteristic we feel is critical to achieve deparment/agency-wide success: Trust. In this Brief, we will discuss why Trust is important and give the reader a list of actions he/she can take immediately to begin to demonstrate their commitment to Trust and ultimately help establish a culture of Trust in their organization.

A Tipping Point - The Fight for our Nation's Cyber Security

It is a widely accepted belief that an application, network or system must be built with security and risk management as a foundation, not merely a component or element of the whole. Despite this, there is still tremendous work to be done in the area of Cyber Security and as more information and services critical to supporting this country are moved to technology platforms, the urgency is only increasing. In this research brief, GTRA highlights the important security initiatives in 2009, identifies key areas of concern as voiced by executives, and discusses success factors required for cyber security activities moving forward.

Cyber Security: Solving an Ever-Changing Equation

In this Research Brief, GTRA focuses on the complex world of cyber security by first looking at how cyber security became a household term, digging deep into the top concerns of government IT leaders when it comes to protecting our nation’s digital and physical IT assets, and providing critical success factors government leaders should include in their cyber security strategy.

Government Security Challenges Through 2020

Twice a year, senior government executives gather at GTRA’s semi-annual Technology Council Meeting to share best practices, lessons learned, technologies, and solutions on the most pressing issues facing the community. At the December 5 – 7, 2010 Security Council Meeting, GTRA partnered with Karsof Systems LLC, a leader in multiple security areas including biometric security, forensics and IT intrusion prevention, to conduct research on current and future trends in federal cyber security. The findings, presented in this executive white paper, are a result of interviews conducted with over 100 senior leaders during research roundtables at the Council Meeting as well as one-on-one interviews held afterward in Washington D.C. On behalf of Karsof Systems, LLC and GTRA, we are pleased to share our findings with you in order to continue to provide value to the Government IT community we serve.

Managing Risk in a World of Shared Information

As cyber threats increase at unprecedented levels, the onus is on government IT leaders to stay ahead of the curve to ensure the security of our data and critical infrastructures. This is made more challenging with the rise in data sharing and new infrastructures such as Cloud, both of which ultimately result in data moving outside of your control. In this GTRA Research Brief, we will look at what is causing this rise in data sharing, what potential threats exist, and share ideas on what you can do to minimize your risk.

The Status of Federal IT Reform

In this Research Brief GTRA analyzes the current mindset of government IT executives toward OMB’s 25-Point IT Reform mandate, with particular focus on how executives are dealing with cultural and budget challenges in implementing reform, the role of Enterprise Architecture in reform, and perspectives on the use of light technologies. GTRA concludes that IT Reform has been welcomed by the community and is looked at as a positive, attainable and necessary initiative.

Critical Success Factors to Improving Long-Term Security Posture

Long term success in the nation’s fight for cybersecurity requires more than money, technology and resources. It will only be achieved when a culture is developed where leaders makes cybersecurity a top priority. This brief looks at critical success factors to achieve this goal and improve our long-term security posture.

Achieving Trust with your Cloud Vendor: Contracts, Requirements and Compliance

Embracing the Challenge

Engineering the Future - Pursuing the Road Less Traveled

This report analyzes the decreasing numbers of students pursuing engineering and mathematical degrees and the risk this trend poses to the Scientific and IT communities.

Techies, the Unsung Heroes

GTRA believes that the critical role IT plays in the overall machine we call the Government is often overlooked and undervalued, making it hard for practitioners to not only do their job but truly get excited about what they do. At the same time, this lack of ‘limelight’ also adversely affects the discussion on the responsibilities and duties facing IT practitioners as servants of the taxpayer. In this research brief, GTRA shares its view on why Government IT practitioners deserve more focus, presents facts it believes show that times are changing with regard to how IT is viewed in the government, and lists the responsibilities it feels members of the community must always remember while performing their day-to-day activities.

The Acceptance of Cloud Computing in the Federal Government

Only a few years ago, the term “Cloud Computing” was known only to the hyper-savvy techies of the world. Today, hardly a week goes by where technology publications and e-newsletters don’t mention the term and how it is revolutionizing the federal IT landscape. In 2009, GTRA has seen government executives go from bewilderment to general acceptance of Cloud as a viable model. In this research brief, we look at the key factors which have lead to Cloud’s acceptance, address the top concern federal executives have vis-à-vis implementing Cloud Networks, and take a glimpse into the future to see what government executives should do next.