NASCIO Conference Day 1

Here are some of my highlights from the first day at the NASCIO Conference in San Diego

by / October 22, 2012

I am at the National Association of State CIOs Annual Conference in San Diego, and here are some of the first day highlights.

 The roundtable sessions over breakfast covered over a dozen topics, and I attended a session on BYOD led by the CIO from Delaware. The session was excellent with comparsions between public and private sector organizations on the use of different mobile devices. All of the topical discussion sessions seemed well attended, and it was a great way to engage professionals from around the country with different approaches to this cutting-edge issue.

 The opening keynote was called: Overhauling the Ship: Extreme Government Makeover - led by Ken Miller who is the Founder of the Change and Innovation Agency. He used a lot of analogies and his basic message was that "the house of government doesn't need another layer of paint or new carpets, but an extreme makeover." His points on process improvement were very well made.

The next session covered multi-jurisdictional collaboration with panelists from Michigan, North Carolina, Montana and Cook County, Illinois. The examples and stories made it clear that more sharing of services is coming nationwide - both within states and across state lines. Great session that was lively with a good Q/A session afterwards.

After lunch, there was a general session which covered the results of a State CIO survey by TechAmerica and NASCIO. Priorities discussed included: moble devices and applications, social media, cloud computing, big data and the public safety broadband network. The examples and overall discussion were excellent.

I also attended a breakout session called "Batten Down the Hatches on Health Data Exchange" which was a great look at the latest security and privacy actions being taken in California, Arkansas and around the country.  It is clear that progress is being made on health data, but many hurdles remain. The panelists were not as optimistic on this topic as they were a year ago, and many questions from the audience seemed to have "we'll see" answer to them.

Tonight, the NASCIO best-practice awards to states are given out at dinner.

More after Day 2.

Are you at the NASCIO conference? Any comments to share?

Dan Lohrmann Chief Security Officer & Chief Strategist at Security Mentor Inc.

Daniel J. Lohrmann is an internationally recognized cybersecurity leader, technologist, keynote speaker and author.

During his distinguished career, he has served global organizations in the public and private sectors in a variety of executive leadership capacities, receiving numerous national awards including: CSO of the Year, Public Official of the Year and Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leader.
Lohrmann led Michigan government’s cybersecurity and technology infrastructure teams from May 2002 to August 2014, including enterprisewide Chief Security Officer (CSO), Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) roles in Michigan.

He currently serves as the Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist for Security Mentor Inc. He is leading the development and implementation of Security Mentor’s industry-leading cyber training, consulting and workshops for end users, managers and executives in the public and private sectors. He has advised senior leaders at the White House, National Governors Association (NGA), National Association of State CIOs (NASCIO), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), federal, state and local government agencies, Fortune 500 companies, small businesses and nonprofit institutions.

He has more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, beginning his career with the National Security Agency. He worked for three years in England as a senior network engineer for Lockheed Martin (formerly Loral Aerospace) and for four years as a technical director for ManTech International in a US/UK military facility.

Lohrmann is the author of two books: Virtual Integrity: Faithfully Navigating the Brave New Web and BYOD for You: The Guide to Bring Your Own Device to Work. He has been a keynote speaker at global security and technology conferences from South Africa to Dubai and from Washington, D.C., to Moscow.

He holds a master's degree in computer science (CS) from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and a bachelor's degree in CS from Valparaiso University in Indiana.

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