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Recap: 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum in Baltimore

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The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum took place in Baltimore from January 28-30, 2014. Yep, the Baltimore Convention Center hosted an exclusive information assurance gathering for the biggest government cyber security vendor meet-up of this winter. Who knew one establishment could hold so much IT security solutions in one building. The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum was a one stop shop for everything cyber security to include 9 general sessions, 40 educational breakout sessions and a Cybersecurity Innovation Expo with over 60 exhibitors. Talk about an abundant of trusted computing and security mechanization technologies!

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The information gathering took place over a three-day event sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the National Security Agency as principal contributing organizations.

The first day consisted of a general speaking session from Phil Venables, Managing Director and Chief Information Risk Officer, Goldman Sachs and a sponsored Networking Event hosted by Intel & Wave. The primary purpose of the nine general sessions was to “motivate adoption and implementation of trusted computing and security automation technologies across the U.S. private sector and U.S. government.”

The second day highlighted a speaking keynote address by Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President & Cybersecurity Coordinator, White House and educational session titled “Compliant and Connected: Building Herd Immunity in Our Networks,” hosted by Jessica Fitzgerald-McKay, NSA. The main goal of the 40 educational breakout sessions was to train and advise attendees “on trusted computing-based cyber model supported by security automation and information-sharing.”

Did you know? The forty educational breakout sessions were categorized in four tracks: Trusted Computing, Security Automation, Information Sharing and Research.

The last day of the 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum featured a great vendor Expo Hall breakdown and Ice Cream Social. The core aim of the Cybersecurity Innovation Expo was to encourage “product and service research and innovation by IT vendors and academia.”

All and all, my main professional takeaway from The 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum is the notion that it takes a village yep, numerous IT security solutions to safeguard any enterprise architecture security. It’s seems like quite a maze! Although security solutions don’t eliminate all risks and vulnerabilities; the vision of the United States federal government is to create “trusted computing and security automation technologies to be ubiquitously embedded and used within enterprise architectures and enabled by automated information-sharing in order to facilitate a secure U.S. IT infrastructure.”

Be sure to check out the attached photo slideshow for a glimpse into the Cybersecurity Innovation Expo.

You can also acquire further information about 2014 Cybersecurity Innovation Forum by phoning the Federal Business Council via 1(800)- 878-2940 or emailing


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