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Sunday, March 18, 2012

NJVC® VP and GM, Cloud Services, Kevin L. Jackson to Speak on Cloud Security at 2012 Emerging Threats and Cyber Defense Symposium

Vienna, Va., March 15, 2012 — NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions (IT) providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, is pleased to announce that Kevin L. Jackson, vice president (VP) and general manager (GM), cloud services, will speak at the 2012 Emerging Threats and Cyber Defense Symposium, March 20 -21 at Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta. The conference is hosted by the Defense Industry Cyber Threat Working Group and Federal Bureau of Investigations, Atlanta Division.

Jackson’s presentation will center on the issues surrounding the security of cloud computing in the highly secure IT environments of the intelligence community. He will dispel myths about the lack of security in the cloud, and discuss how the adoption of the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program by the federal government will ensure a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. Jackson will also outline the implications of FedRAMP for IC agencies and federal systems integrators that serve them.

Title: “Cloud Computing and Security”

Presenter: Kevin L. Jackson, VP and GM, cloud services, NJVC

Date: March 21

Time: 9 – 10:30 a.m.

Location:  Georgia Tech Research Institute, Conference Center, 250 14th St., NW, Atlanta, GA

Presenentations will include:
  • User Education as a Network Defense Element - Cheryl Conley- Cyber Security Education and Awareness Senior Manager, Lockheed Martin 
  • Open Source Intel Collection and Social Network Threats - Daniel Clemens- CEO, PacketNinjas LLC 
  • Targeted Cyber-Espionage Operations Against Western Economic and National Security Resources- Dmitri Alperovitch - President, Asymmetric Cyber Operations LLC
  • APT and Robust Network Defense - Chris Bream- Manager, Mandiant
  • Cloud Computing and Security - Kevin Jackson- Vice President & General Manager for Cloud Services, NJVC LLC 
  • Active Defense - Dr Ronald Ross- Fellow, National Institute for Science and Technology (NIST)
  • Counterfeit Parts - Art Ogg- Art Ogg Quality Consulting
  • Organized Criminal Hacking - Scott Warren- Special Agent, FBI Atlanta Cyber
  • Network Defense and Intrusion Response  - Dr. Ron Ross, NIST , Paul Huesken, Director of Global Information Assurance, The Coca Cola Company , Randy Coleburn, CISO, SRC , Carl Holton, Information System Security Manager, Lockheed Martin , SSA David West, FBI AT Cyber Supervisor
Attendees from throughout the southeast, specializing in IT, IT security, the defense industry, finance and banking, and energy are expected to attend, as well as representatives from national and international corporations. 



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About NJVC

With a focus on information technology automation, NJVC specializes in supporting highly secure, complex IT enterprises in mission-critical environments, particularly for the intelligence and defense communities. We offer a wide breadth of IT and strategic solutions to our customers, ranging from strategic consulting to managed flexible services in five business areas: Cloud Services, Cyber Security, Data Center Services, IT Services and Print Solutions. Our global workforce includes dedicated and talented employees with 94 percent holding security clearances located at more than 170 customer sites. We partner with our customers to support their missions. To learn more, visit www.njvc.com.

Contact

Michelle Snyder
NJVC7
03.893.7609
michelle.snyder@njvc.com

Audra Capas
5StarPR
703.437.9301
audra@5starpr.com


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NJVC’s Kevin L. Jackson Co-Authors INSA White Paper on Cloud Computing for the Intelligence Community

Findings Reflect Insight from More than 50 Cloud Thought Leaders
 
VIENNA, Va.--()--NJVC®, one of the largest information technology solutions (IT) providers supporting the U.S. Department of Defense, announces that a white paper addressing the risks and benefits of cloud computing for the intelligence community (IC)—co-authored by Kevin L. Jackson, NJVC vice president and general manager, cloud services—was released today. The Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) released the white paper in conjunction with Government Executive magazine at a cloud computing panel discussion at the National Press Club in Washington.
“The government-industry collaboration demonstrated by this study serves as an important model for us all. I thank everyone involved for their individual contributions in support of the whole.”
The white paper, “Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community,” was developed by Jackson and other members of INSA’s Cloud Computing Task Force: Bob Gourley, task force chairman, Crucial Point, LLC founder and chief technology officer; Maureen McGovern, KSB Solutions president; and John Totah, task force team leader and Oracle National Security Group technical director.
Based on information collected from more than 50 interviews with cloud thought leaders and policy makers in the public and private sectors, the white paper found:
  • IC decision-makers are focused on the business model implications of cloud computing, which represents a new approach in the provisioning and consumption of IT.
  • For the IC, the decision to move to the cloud must be focused on “mission enablement” on a case-by-case basis. Cost savings must also consider the entire IT lifecycle, not periodic budget cycles.
  • Information security must be baked into the cloud computing architecture from the very beginning.
  • The type of cloud model adopted by an IC agency is directly related to the sensitivity of its data.
  • IC agencies looking to migrate to the cloud must also consider “impacts on organizational culture.”
  • Adoption of cloud computing may improve the way IC agencies procure IT services, software and hardware.
  • “Thoughtful federal input” about emerging cloud computing standards (e.g., FedRAMP) can contribute to the cloud’s security and cost efficiencies. An IC-based cloud architecture also must be able to support multiple standards.
  • Sharing lessons learned from the IT industry, private sector and academia is essential to reducing cloud computing risk in the IC.
“NJVC is proud to be a member of the INSA Cloud Computing Task Force and to have contributed to the organization’s new white paper on cloud computing for the IC,” Jackson said. “This study provides important contributions to both IC mission requirements and the Director of National Intelligence’s fiscal goals.”
“The expertise of Kevin Jackson and NJVC in the IC market was hugely beneficial to the INSA white paper development team,” Gourley said. “The government-industry collaboration demonstrated by this study serves as an important model for us all. I thank everyone involved for their individual contributions in support of the whole.”

The whitepaper is available for download at http://www.slideshare.net/kvjacksn/insa-cloud-computing2012final

About NJVC®
With a focus on information technology automation, NJVC® specializes in supporting highly secure, complex IT enterprises in mission-critical environments, particularly for the intelligence and defense communities. We offer a wide breadth of IT and strategic solutions to our customers, ranging from strategic consulting to managed flexible services in five business areas: Cloud Services, Cyber Security, Data Center Services, IT Services and Print Solutions. Our global workforce includes dedicated and talented employees with 94 percent holding security clearances located at more than 170 customer sites. We partner with our customers to support their missions. To learn more, visit www.njvc.com.

About INSA
The Intelligence and National Security Alliance is the premier intelligence and national security organization that brings together the public, private and academic sectors to collaborate on the most challenging policy issues and solutions. As a non-profit, non-partisan, public-private organization, INSA’s ultimate goal is to promote and recognize the highest standards within the national security and intelligence communities. INSA has more than 160 corporate members and several hundred individual members who are leaders and senior executives throughout government, the private sector and academia. To learn more about INSA visit www.insaonline.org.

Contacts

NJVC
Michelle Snyder, 703-893-7609
michelle.snyder@njvc.com
or
5StarPR
Audra Capas, 703-437-9301
audra@5starpr.com


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

INSA Study on Cloud Computing in the Intelligence Community: Rollout 13 March 2012 | SYS-CON MEDIA

(Originally posted by Bob Gourley at CTOvision)

        Over the last year I’ve had the pleasure of serving with a team of volunteers from the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) as we dove deep into topics associated with Cloud Computing and the Intelligence Community. National security technologists have long been thought leaders when it comes to adopting advanced technology to serve important missions and have long been leveraging the emerging benefits of cloud computing and mission focused applications like Big Data. Our study sought to learn lessons from these pioneers in the IC and we also sought to provide useful information to the government from our interactions with industry. Frankly this last piece was quite a challenge, since the technologists working this issue in government are very well plugged-in to the developments in industry in this cloud computing space.  However, in the end, we believe we produce something that will help further the dialog on this interesting topic.
         The paper was a collaboration, but a team of key leaders and subject matter experts rose to the top and are deserving of special note. One is Kevin Jackson, a highly regarded cloud computing thought leader, author, and industry executive with extensive experience in delivering world class solutions. Having the benefits of Kevin’s deep background in this topic gave us a firm footing in reality and ensured our conclusions were as relevant as possible. John Totah, a renowned technologist who has a proven capacity to understand any enterprise technology, led a team of professionals who interviewed industry thought leaders from around the country, ensuring our study was founded in what is now and what is known to be coming from the tech sector in this cloud computing domain.  Maureen McGovern, a highly respected leader and enterprise strategist, led teams of interviewers who interfaced directly with the most senior leaders in the IC. Together with a large cadre of other INSA volunteers, the team produced a short document which offers food for thought we believe will be of use in and out of the Intelligence Community.

Read more at:

INSA Study on Cloud Computing in the Intelligence Community: Rollout 13 March 2012 | SYS-CON MEDIA

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

International Public Sector Cloud Computing Summit in DC

Next week at the Hyatt Regency in reston, Virginia, the Cloud Standards Customer Council will be holding it's Public Sector Cloud Summit. This two day cloud event will feature international public sector Cloud leaders to exchange information about current projects, future plans, and prioritized requirements. Standards Development Groups, and Cloud Providers will be present to discuss progress related to the prioritized requirements. Attendees will explore possible frameworks for ongoing discussion and coordination across international public sector Cloud initiatives, SDOs, and Cloud Providers.


This summit will emphasis standardizations .needed in technology, best practices, organizations, and policies for interoperability, portability, and trust of Clouds across national and regional boundaries. A key topic will be Priority Action Plans for international security, portability and interoperability standards as called for in NIST's Cloud Technology Roadmap

Highlights will include:
  • NIST Keynote - NIST US Government Technology Roadmap Progress and Next Steps Dawn Leaf, Senior Executive for Cloud Computing,
  • GSA Keynote - David McClure Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Communications will present an update on GSA Cloud activities
  • EC plan for the year 2012 in the area of Cloud Computing , Jean-Fran├žois Junger, European Commission, Head of Sector, DG Information Society and Media will present "EC plan for the year 2012 in the area of Cloud Computing", as announced by Vice President, Neelie Kroes in Davos.
  • Europe (VISION Cloud Project) Massimo Villari - Prof. At University of Messina, Italy "Storage Cloud Challenges: VISION Cloud EU Project"
  • India - Renu Budhiraja (+ M.R. Rajagopalan), Sr. Director, and Head of Division, State Data Center, e-Governance Group,Department of IT, GOI. + Director C-DAC, The Chennai Unit of the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC))
  • UK - Andy Tait - Former Deputy Director for the G-Cloud, UK Cabinet Office
  • Korea - Jeongwon Yoon - Executive Director National Information Society Agency
  • Standards Tracking Groups Perspective - TechAmerica State and Local Government Cloud Commission Daniel Kent, Co-Chair of Commission and Cisco CTO for US Federal Solutions "Best Practices and Policies Recommendations"
  • Asia Cloud Computing Association - Mark Ross, Co-Founder and Executive Director "Cloud Computing in Asia"
  • Cloud Best Practices Network - Neil McEvoy, Founder "Hybrid SaaS - Platform for Software as a Service in the public sector"
  • Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), Kevin Jackson Chairman, NCOIC Cloud Computing Working Group "Using Cloud for Geospatial Interoperability"
  • Cloud SDO Status and Plans Related to Public Sector Requirements OASIS - Jamie Clark (+ Paul Lipton) General Counsel (+ TOSCA Lead)
  • Amazon, Mark Ryland, Chief Solutions Architect, Global Public Sector, AWS "Cloud Computing Requirements in the Public Sector"
  • Google, David Mihalchik, Strategy & Business Development Lead, Google Federal Enterprise
  • Matthew Goodrich (GSA) and Allison Stanton (DOJ) "Creating Effective Cloud Computing Contracts for the Federal Government"

 Full agenda and registration is available at http://cloud-council.org/March2012/agenda.htm .
 
SEE YOU THERE !!!


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