Aug 28 - 29, 2013

"The North Carolina Digital Government Summit has been a tradition for years and its timing couldn't be better in 2013. Governor McCrory has made it his mission to streamline government while improving customer service. Technology makes it possible, and a lot is expected of us. Let's use this Summit as an opportunity to step outside the box and brainstorm with our peers and industry solution providers to explore new and better ways to get things done. I hope you can join the discussion and I look forward to seeing you there."

- Chris Estes, Chief Information Officer, North Carolina

North Carolina Digital Government Summit 2013 Overview

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Speaker Presentations:

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Keynote Speakers

International explorer, photographer, author, and television host Josh Bernstein has traveled more than 1,000,000 miles by train, plane, bus, bike and camel to over 65 countries, exploring the biggest mysteries of our planet in pursuit of knowledge and discovery.

Josh has traced the Ark of the Covenant from the caverns of Jerusalem to the mountains of Ethiopia, searched for the Holy Grail in the bowels of Nazi Germany, and communed with tribal chiefs in the darkest jungles of the Amazon Rainforest. He has ventured deep underground with NASA scientists to explore the origins of life on Earth and has hunted with alleged cannibals by moonlight in the forests of Papua New Guinea--all in a quest to uncover some of the most fascinating mysteries of our planet.

Josh's television career began when he debuted as the host of a new adventure-archaeology series called Digging for the Truth on The History Channel. The series quickly became the highest-rated original series in the network's history. Later, Josh moved to Discovery Channel, where he served as host and executive producer of Into the Unknown with Josh Bernstein. Josh is currently developing a number of new projects.

In addition to his work on television, Josh is also the president and CEO of the Boulder Outdoor Survival School, the oldest and largest wilderness survival school in the world. Josh is a fellow of The Explorers Club and The Royal Geographical Society and a patron of the American Museum of Natural History.

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Bill Bott uses a team approach to tackle organizational challenges, such as strategic planning, process improvement, project management, customer satisfaction, and problem solving. He uses the same tools developed by leading private sector companies to facilitate change from within the organization. Bill's specialty is in helping to make elements of square pegs fit into the round holes that make up the work we do.

Bill is best known for his role in consolidating the IT functions and staff in the state of Missouri, which saved the state over half a billion dollars in real costs in less than 10 years. For this, Bill was named a GOVERNING Public Official of the Year in 2007, and in 2008 he was recognized as one of Government Technology's Doers, Dreamers, and Drivers. He also received accolades from the American Business Awards for his innovative approach to IT management and was chosen to represent the United States as a young leader by the American Council on Germany.

Bill joined the Change and Innovation Agency in 2009 and now works with public servants across the country. A regular speaker on Project Management, his message of true process improvement before automation is a frequent theme in his writings and in his workshops.

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Kristy Fifelski is recognized as a national leader in government social media and digital strategy.

Kristy works closely with e.Republic Inc., the parent company behind popular industry publications such as Government Technology and GOVERNING magazines. She is also the creator and host of GovGirl, a unique online video show focused on government innovation. What started off as a small blog about her experiences during her 10-year career in government turned into a popular video series followed by government employees all over the country.

She served on the board of directors of the National Association of Government Web Professionals, and her government career included being the web manager for the City of Reno, NV, public relations coordinator for the City of Wheaton, IL and deputy clerk for the Town of Cortland, IL.

Kristy holds a Master's Degree in Communication from Northern Illinois University, where she graduated with honors.

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John Garing is a Vice President of ViON Corporation of Washington, DC. Prior to joining ViON, he was a Principal Consultant with Suss Consulting. Until June, 2010, he was the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Director for Strategic Planning and Information. He supported the DISA Director in decision making, strategy development, and funding and resource allocations for an $8 billion budget. He was also DISA's Chief Information Officer exercising CIO authorities for both internal systems and enterprise services for the DoD. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Garing led DISA's Defense Enterprise Computing Centers, DoD's 18 major data centers serving 5 million customers as a $700 million business in the Defense Working Capital Fund. He pioneered utility computing and developed innovative financing of data processing with acquisition of commodity-based, capacity on demand processing and storage as managed services rather than as capital assets. Prior to returning to federal service in 1997, Mr. Garing worked in the private sector for eight years. Mr. Garing enjoyed a 24 year career in the United States Air Force in telecommunications and IT retiring in the grade of colonel.

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Scott has been working with Enterprise and Public Sector customers in the security space for the past 6 years. His focus has been on solutions that address email and web security - two of the primary threat vectors for things like malware - along with data loss prevention and user authentication. His years of experience with large regional financials, healthcare organizations, manufacturing, retail and the Public Sector have given Scott experience with best practices and solutions that address complex requirements around network and application security as well as compliance requirements like HIPAA, PCI, and Sarbanes-Oxley. Scott spent four years as a Content Security Specialist at Cisco before joining Symantec to focus on Information and Identity Protection. Scott has recently rejoined Cisco with a new perspective and understanding of the challenges that CISOs and Information Security professionals encounter.

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Thursday Aug. 29 10:45AM

Winning the Cyber Security Battles

In The Art of War, 6th century BC, it is written: If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in... more