NextGov Limitless Government Event Recap
NextGov’s Limitless Government event brought government IT discussion to Los Angeles. Its “Technology as a Force of Change” session included panels featuring both federal and local government agencies including U.S. Customs & Border Protection, FBI, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, TSA and the City of Los Angeles. With topics ranging from “Tech’s Expanding Role in Government” to “the Evolving Threat Landscape,” the event’s “limitless government” theme was based on the principle that technology has vast potential to transform the way government runs.
The event opened with a panel featuring Dilllon Iwu, field representative for Rep. Karen Bass; Jeanne Holm, Deputy CIO and Senior Tech Advisory, City of Los Angeles; Dr. Bruce Huang, Director, UCLA SBI Lab; and Boyd Keith Jeffries, Federal Security Director, TSA. From their perspectives, the panelists discussed several cases for the most recent wave of technological innovation within government. For example, because 12% of the city’s footprint is allocated to parking, combined with the reputation as the nation’s worst traffic city, Los Angeles has a strong use case for autonomous cars. Other applications of technology in government that were discussed include: improving veteran healthcare and services, improving voting system security and improving government procurement and financial transactions.
Next on the agenda was the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Service’s presentation of how enhanced technological capabilities have better equipped them to manage security for the busiest port (42% of the nation’s imports) in the country.
In the Security 2020 talk, Michael Sohn, a Special Agent in the Cyber Division of the FBI covered the constantly evolving digital threat landscape. Mr. Sohn explained that there is a growing threat posed by “hackers for hire,” who can carry out a cyber-attack for minimal cost. With more than 10B new digital threats a day, according to Dell EMC, education and prevention can help reduce the impact of cybercrimes. In one recent example, hackers targeted home buyers by breaking into real estate agents’ email accounts to obtain real estate transaction data and subsequently convince buyers to wire funds to a fraudulent account. Read more about the threat in this FTC blog post.
Topics that could be considered themes for the event, based on their recurrence in the event discussions were: blockchain, autonomous cars, and of course, workplace transformation. There are certainly valuable use cases for these technologies and initiatives within government organizations, so it is certain that what was discussed at this event will translate into real-world government applications in the coming year. Thanks to NextGov for a great event!
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