A new year brings changes afoot, including a new columnist for "Incoming." Robert K. Ackerman, SIGNAL's editor in chief, notes:
The 2010 Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) cycle has begun. Organizations interested in participating in the event can go to the Federal Business Opportunity site for details about how to participate.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sponsors the annual event, which supports the U.S. Defense Department and homeland defense and security acquisition decisions. Federal, state and local government organizations identify the technology solutions they are seeking.
Executive Editor Maryann Lawlor provided coverage from the floor of last week's National Conference of Emergency Communications in Chicago. Read all her coverage from the conference here.
Next in SIGNAL's webinar series, "Securing the Data Center: A DOD Architecture for Information Assurance" will take place on May 7, 2009 at 11:00 AM ET. Targeted attacks by hackers and insiders are aimed where they'll do the most damage and where the most valuable assets are located - the agency data center. Government agencies can increase protection and reduce operational costs when security issues are considered at the very beginning of data center planning. So it's ironic that data center security is often an afterthought. A well thought-out defense-in-depth strategy includes multiple layers of security and different overlapping technologies.
Attendees will learn how a secure data center architecture can:
Managing virtual environments is becoming more complex, Federal initiatives are piling on, and your organization's infrastructure is what it is. Is the promise of virtualization a pipe dream? How do you manage it all and keep your sanity?
This webinar, to be held March 19, 2009, at 12 noon ET, will explore:
SIGNAL's next webinar will be on February 26 at 11 a.m. and features Kurt Dickey, Unified Communications Specialist at Cisco Federal. From the description:
Organizations that maintain separate voice and data networks are confronted with the challenge of increasing productivity while reducing costs.
SIGNAL Editor in Chief Robert K. Ackerman puts some perspective on the Incoming column in this month's "Behind the Lines":
Two years ago, we began a new column called Incoming. Located on the last page of the magazine and featured online each month as part of SIGNAL's blog, Incoming featured a guest columnist providing commentary on a wide range of SIGNAL coverage issues. The past year, the magazine and its readers were fortunate to have Lt. Gen. Harry D. Raduege Jr., USAF (Ret.), chairman of the Deloitte Center for Network Innovation, provide 12 months of his perspective on many of the pressing issues for the AFCEA community.
AFCEA Headquarters will be closing at 12 noon on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and reopening on Dec. 29. We will follow a similar schedule next week, closing at 12 noon on Dec. 31 and reopening on Jan. 5.
From all of us at AFCEA and SIGNAL Magazine, have a happy and safe holiday.
GovLoop is a social network dedicated to connecting the government community. More than 3,200 members strong, the community's membership ranges from local and state officials to feds from a wide range of agencies.
GovLoop founder Steve Ressler created a group forum for AFCEA, which we moderate. Just a few members so far, but there are a lot of great conversations taking place there, unlike some social networks where people join but never talk.
Visit the AFCEA on GovLoop page here.
The next event we will feature here on SIGNAL Scape will be TechNet Asia-Pacific, Nov. 3-6 at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, Honolulu, Hawaii. SIGNAL Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman will be sending us updates as things break from the conference.
Registration for the conference is still open. For more information, click here.
Tune in August 19-21 for coverage of LandWarNet from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. from Robert K. Ackerman and Rita Boland of SIGNAL Magazine.
Use this link to go directly to the coverage.
Mr. Paul Cofoni, President and Chief Executive Officer, CACI International, Inc, and Ms. Natalie Givans, Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton, have been elected to lead AFCEA International. Mr. Cofoni will serve as Chairman of the Board and Ms. Givans will serve as the first Vice Chairman of the Board.
SIGNAL continues its webinar series on July 16, 2008, 12 noon ET, with Securing a Highly Available Infrastructure. The webinar will feature William F. Clark, VP, Technical Sales and Public Sector CTO, CA, Inc., discussing how you build and operate a secure, federated, authenticated, connected world and still have a life? DoD IT organizations face an increasingly complex set of challenges around information sharing, security, SLAs, industry standards and mandates.
This Webinar will address two important and intertwined concepts:
From the first AFCEA Solutions Series on Information Sharing:
Details have been announced for the next AFCEA Solutions Series webinar, which will be on May 21, 2008, 1-2 p.m. SIGNAL Editor-in-Chief Robert K. Ackerman will moderate the panel, which includes:
Robert Lentz, Director for Information Assurance, OASD NII