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Register for 14 Jan 2014 @AFCEABethesda Big Data Technology Symposium

By Bob Gourley

The AFCEA Bethesda chapter is known in the DC community for pulling together some of the most virtuous/mission focused events in the community. If you are unfamiliar with them I’ll just say that the attitude of this group of volunteers is always focused on doing the right thing for critically important missions and they have a great reputation for collegially working across industry, government and academia to build events that really help people get their jobs done.

On 14 Jan AFCEA Bethesda will be facilitating their third annual Big Data technology symposium. They have lined up some great champions from industry and government to interact with and have sponsors from the most capable technology firms in the community ( is a media sponsor).

Here is more from their site at

Big Data is exponential growth of data being collected today. Last year IBM reported that 2.5 exabytes of data was being created on a daily basis. As massive amounts of information become more readily available, the government has the opportunity to transform this data into intelligence, enabling agencies to make better decisions and meet their mission objectives. In today’s budget-constrained environment, a Big Data strategy can help government identify insights, trends and patterns that can create greater operational efficiencies, while providing better customer service and lower an agency’s costs . However, along with the enormous amount of disparate data sets produced by a variety of sources and devices, comes a multitude of challenges.Join AFCEA Bethesda for the 3rd Annual Big Data Symposium on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC to hear leading industry and government speakers and panelists discuss lessons learned from the implementation of their big data projects.Attendees will learn about:

  • Cyber: How to address the evolving cyber threat landscape by using analytics to correlate data points from multiple resources, predicting potential threats and preventing them before they occur.
  • Management Effectiveness: How today’s budget-constrained environment affects federal CXO’s and how the Federal Shared Service marketplace will attract more business, while sustaining operations – delivering better performance and rendering greater transparency.
  • Oversight and Review: How to identify patterns early on to mitigate fraud, waste and abuse.
  • Situational Awareness: How analytics can be used to leverage interagency cooperation to predict and prevent catastrophic events.
Continuing Education Units (TBD)
AFCEA Bethesda will be providing Continuing Education Units to all symposium attendees from the Graduate School USA. The Graduate School USA is an independent, educational, not-for-profit institution with a rich history that spans nine decades. By providing challenging education and training opportunities to aspiring and seasoned professionals, the Graduate School USA prepares individuals to enter and advance in careers in government, as well as related pursuits with private and not-for-profit organizations. The Graduate School USA’s range of programs and services includes continuing education, academic programs, career development and certificate programs—all designed to service the needs of organizations and individuals in both government and the private sector.
For more information on AFCEA Bethesda or to view the full event calendar, please visit
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
The Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, Washington, DC
Agenda subject to change
 6:30 AM – 7:45 AM  Registration and Networking Breakfast
 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM Opening Keynote Presentation

  • Cynthia Mastalesz, Assistant Chief Data Warehouse, State of New Jersey Division of Taxation (pending final approval)
 8:45 AM – 9:00 AM Networking Break
 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM Education Sessions (Two Concurrent Sessions) Session 1A: Leveraging Big Data for Preventative Analytics
Billions of dollars are lost to fraud and waste each year. Corporations and government agencies are striking back at the problem with big data and analytics. By employing early warning management techniques, multiple sources of disparate information can be used to predict and prevent fraud, waste and abuse – making operational processes more efficient and-cost effective.Attendees will learn:

  • How to use identity management technology to mitigate fraud, waste and abuse
  • How to implement identity management techniques without making the customer experience and the organization’s procedures more difficult
  • The challenges of sharing identity information
  • How the government views big data and analytics
  • How to demonstrate big data and analytics ROI to decision-makers
  • Real world examples of how big data and analytics have improved corporate and government programs


  • Moderator: Mercedes Westcott, Vice President of Public Sector, Cloudera
  • Jamie Berryhill, Senior Analyst, Forensic Audits and Investigative Services, Government Accountability Office
  • Bryan Jones, Deputy Assistant Inspector General, Data Mining Group, Office of the Inspector General,United States Postal Service
  • Rajib Roy, President, Equifax Identity and Fraud Solutions (IFS)
  • Herb Strauss, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Systems and Deputy Chief Information Officer, Social Security Administration

Session 1B: Situational Awareness: Cooperation Through Information Sharing
Government agencies collect an enormous amount of data, but understanding its value and knowing what to do with it is a challenge. Analytics can enable agencies to turn vast amounts of unrelated information into intelligence that can then be shared with multiple organizations to help leaders make better decisions.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to leverage interagency awareness to predict and prevent catastrophic events
  • How key partners and stakeholders can share situational awareness to improve end results
  • How leaders can use different types of data sources to anticipate and facilitate rapid decision-making regarding possible disastrous events


  • Moderator: Peter LaMontagne, CEO, Novetta Solutions
  • Gary Eilerts, Senior Program Manager, FEWS NET, United States Agency for International Development
  • Chris Poulin, Principal Partner, Patterns and Predictions and Director, The Durkheim Project
  • Lee Wight, Executive Director, Washington Regional Threat Analysis Center (WRTAC), Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency
 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Networking Break
 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM Education Sessions (Two Concurrent Sessions)Session 2A: Optimizing Government Performance
Federal CXOs are facing a myriad of challenges in today’s budget-constrained environment. The concept of shared services with the objective of reduced with development, modernization and enhancement  spending is gaining attention within the government and industry. This session will discuss how the Federal Shared Service marketplace will attract more business, while sustaining operations, delivering performance and rendering greater transparency.Attendees will learn:

  • OMB’s position and the direction of Big Data Shared Services Strategy in the federal Government
  • How Shared Services and Strategy can help the government save more money and become more transparent along the way
  • How predictive analytics, big data technologies such as no-SQL databases, in-memory computing contribute to efficiencies and cost savings
  • How price and performance of shared services can be measured, while steering healthy competition amongst FSSPs
  • The top three focus items that federal CXOs should start planning for, given the appetite for innovation, change in culture and current mindset


  • Moderator: Ryan Barker, Senior Director of Big Data, CRGT, Inc.
  • Richard McKinney, Chief Information Officer, Department of Transportation
  • Dominic Sale, Chief of Data, Analytics and Reporting, Office of Management and Budget (pending final approval)
  • Kathleen Turco, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Finance, Veterans Health Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs

Session 2B: Going Beyond Traditional Cybersecurity to Determine Risk
Cybersecurity is more than just a lengthy password and an impenetrable firewall. Corporations and government agencies need to utilize big data and analytics to address the ever-evolving cyber threat landscape. Many organizations are focusing less on cybersecurity risks outside of the traditional buckets and more increasingly tactics like behavioral analysis, working with information already in-hand to predict and mitigate the next attacks.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to use analytics to correlate data points from multiple resources, predicting potential threats and preventing them before they occur
  • How to determine the proper placement of resources in your cyber strategy
  • How big data and analytics can be used to focus on disparate data sources that already exist to detect threats and make better decisions


  • Moderator: Caron Kogan, Strategic Planning Director for Big Data, IS&GS, Lockheed Martin
  • Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Director, US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security
  • C. Brian Rexroad, Security Analytics Lead, AT&T
  • Rod Turk, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of Commerce
 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Closing Keynote Presentation

  • Mark Orndorff, Director, Mission Assurance Executive, Defense Information Systems Agency (pending final approval)

Sponsors include:



cloudera    crgt     LockheedMartin    microsoft          novetta



HPVertica        mapr       REI




1105media     ctovision      fiercegovit     OTF      GovExec






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Bob Gourley, former CTO of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), is Founder and CTO of Crucial Point LLC, a technology research and advisory firm providing fact based technology reviews in support of venture capital, private equity and emerging technology firms. He has extensive industry experience in intelligence and security and was awarded an intelligence community meritorious achievement award by AFCEA in 2008, and has also been recognized as an Infoworld Top 25 CTO and as one of the most fascinating communicators in Government IT by GovFresh.

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