Partnerships between the government contracting industry and theÂ U.S. intelligence community, as well as the IC’s items of importance were among theÂ key points of discussionÂ at the Potomac Officers Clubâs “2015 Intel Summit”Â Wednesday in McLean, Virginia.
More than 300Â executives from the GovCon and public sectorÂ arenasÂ heard from several of their peers from the government, business and academic worlds to gain insight and perspective into how theÂ intelligence community has adjusted itsÂ prioritiesÂ and the private sector’s role in the IC for this fiscal year and beyond.
Jim Garrettson, founder and president of this website’s parent company Executive Mosaic, kicked off the half-day summit with an announcement of this year’s class of inductees into Executive Mosaic’s Wash100, a group of influential leaders in the GovCon arena as selected by the company’s editorial and organizational leadership.
The Wash100 represents a cavalcade of executives and other notable peopleÂ across the worlds of business, government and academia that Executive Mosaic’s staff recognized for their push to drive vision and innovation for U.S. citizens.
James ClapperÂ –Â a Wash100 inductee himself who serves asÂ country’s top intelligence official as director of national intelligenceÂ –Â gave aÂ keynote address shortly after Garrettson’s announcementÂ to chart the intelligence community’s history over the previous 10 years.
Clapper, a retired three-star Air Force general, told the audienceÂ one of his office’s goals asÂ is to show “no concern for who owns programs” in the management of the 17 agencies that are members of the intelligence community.
He also offered the GovCon and federal leaders in attendance tips on how to secure their information technology systems in the wake of cyber incidents such as the attack on Sony.
“Use IT security patches, segment your data, read the FBI and DHS threat bulletins and teach your staff all about spear phishing.
Other individualÂ speakers in order of appearance included:
- David Shedd, acting director of the Defense Intelligence Agency
- Mike Rogers, former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
- Jim Martin, director of defense intelligence at the Pentagon
Shedd, who will retire from DIA and government Friday, described the context of world events as featuring actors such as China, Russia and non-state entities who believe “the rules don’t apply to them or have a drop-down menu of rules.”
With that backdrop, he says the rules of engagement and operations are being rewritten because of cybersecurity’s evolution.
Analytics modernization has also been a point of focus for him, he said.
Rogers, now a TV and radio commentator, Â addressed the possibility of legislation to facilitate the exchange of cyber threat intelligence between government and industry.
He called President Obama’s mention of cyber issues in the State of the Union Tuesday as “good news” and said any bill should first “start with cyber sharing and build from there.”
Rogers also gave a description of the events in the Middle East such as the rise of the Islamic State militant group and other non-threat actors and how the intelligence community’s budget picture could be shapedÂ by that.
Al Tarasiuk, chief information officer for the intelligence community, also moderated a panel discussion of the IC Information Technology Enterprise concept, which is intended to give the intelligence community a single IT infrastructure.
The panel also overviewed the role of the private sector in the work to implement the “IC ITE” model.
- David Allen, deputy CIO at the National Reconnaissance Office
- Lonny Anderson, chief technology officer at the National Security Agency
- Janice Glover-Jones, chief information officer at DIA
For the next POC event onÂ February 11, Â attention will shift to theÂ “Big Data & Analytics Visualization” breakfast event for an interactive discussion of how agenciesÂ can address challenges related to theÂ storage, management, analysis, visualizationÂ andÂ securityÂ of data.
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