The Public Eye with Eric Chabrow

A Personal Preview of RSA

Unveiling the Results from Our Inaugural Government IT Security Survey
A Personal Preview of RSA

For those interested in government IT security, there's no shortage of fare on the menu at RSA 2011, the information security conference being held in San Francisco this week.

Personally, the highlight of the conference will be on Thursday, when unveils the findings from the premiere Government Information Security Today survey, our poll of those in local, state and federal governments charged with safeguarding IT. I'll be joined by David Matthews, deputy chief information security officer for the city of Seattle, who will add his interpretation to the results. I'm pleased that David's joining me in this presentation because part of our survey addresses secure cloud computing, and he's a recognized expert in the use of cloud computing in government.

Our survey, by the way, didn't ask government IT security practitioners about how often they update patches or how they manage servers or Internet connections; we did ask about their attitudes toward IT security leadership, vulnerabilities, regulations, budget challenges, skills and cloud computing. If you're attending RSA, please stop by for the presentation. The session is entitled "Government Security: The State of the Union," and will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. PST in Orange Room 309 at the Moscone Center.

Several members of the's advisory board also will be presenting at RSA 2011, including:

  • David Matthews, this time moderating a panel entitled "Cloud Computing Privacy and Security: The Legal, Ethical, Regulatory Framework" that features lawyers with expertise in cloud computing. Tuesday, 1 p.m., Orange Room 305.
  • Karen Evans, national director of the U.S. Cyber Challenge, will discuss the Cyber Challenge's goal to develop the next generation of cyber guardians. She'll be joined by our friend Alan Paller, research director at the SANS Institute. Wednesday, 1 p.m., Orange Room 309. (Watch our brief video about the U.S. Cyber Challenge: Searching for the Good Hacker.)
  • James Lewis, senior fellow and director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, will moderate a keynote panel discussion entitled "Cyberwar, Cybersecurity and the Challenge Ahead." Panelists include former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, former National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell and BT CTO Bruce Schneier. Wednesday, 2 p.m., Main Hall.

  • Christopher Ipsen, Nevada chief information security officer, will be a panelist in the session entitled "The Richard A. Clarke Challenge: Public and Private Sector Collaboration." This session will frame a debate on critical cyber defense topics, outline a legislative agenda, share "The Nevada Example" of public/private dialogue and engage the attendees utilizing "crowd-sourcing" techniques. Thursday, 1 p.m., Orange Room 309.

Please look for me, either at my session or around the Moscone Center if your attending RSA, or virtually on Twitter at @GovInfoSecurity.

About the Author

Eric Chabrow

Eric Chabrow

Retired Executive Editor, GovInfoSecurity

Chabrow, who retired at the end of 2017, hosted and produced the semi-weekly podcast ISMG Security Report and oversaw ISMG's GovInfoSecurity and InfoRiskToday. He's a veteran multimedia journalist who has covered information technology, government and business.

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