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Managing IT and cyber chaos

Jan. 31, 2014 - 03:45AM   |  
By Lt. Gen. HARRY RADUEGE   |   Comments
Lt. General Harry Raduege (USAF ret.), is director, Deloitte Services LP and Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation.
Lt. General Harry Raduege (USAF ret.), is director, Deloitte Services LP and Chairman, Deloitte Center for Cyber Innovation. ()
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Today, we’re hearing more and more about the growing need for managing IT and cyber chaos. This seems to be a central theme in government, industry, the media, and among many IT- and cyber-related symposia and conferences.

President Obama has noted that government IT procurement is a “systemic problem.” His administration can speak from experience, especially in establishing the HealthCare.gov website for implementing the Affordable Care Act. We’re all awaiting the president’s required Cybersecurity Framework for the 16 critical infrastructures of our nation, which is scheduled to be signed into effect in February. Dr. Phyllis Schneck, deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, notes that, “The framework presents an opportunity to focus on ways to build a market around investing in cybersecurity, ways to invest for our companies to protect themselves, large and small, ways to build new science, new innovation.”

Capitol Hill has been wrestling with IT reforms and cybersecurity issues for years. On the front-burner for quite some time has been consideration for passing the Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act, which would be the most significant piece of legislation since the Information Technology Management Reform Act of 1996, commonly known as the Clinger-Cohen Act. However, it appears that FITARA has lost momentum.

Others throughout government and industry have noted that IT and cyber program management is a bigger problem than procurement. Still others note that government needs to look and act more like industry when dealing with IT and cyber.

Indeed, it seems like IT and cyber frustration, confusion and chaos are with us today – nationally and internationally.

To delve into many of these issues, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) is sponsoring the annual CyberSpace Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, February 4-6. The theme this year addresses the concerns we’re hearing from the White House to the far reaches of the Earth: “Managing Cyber Chaos: Integrating Education, Industry, and Government into the Anarchy of the Virtual World.” This symposium is supported by the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Space Command, and the Army Space and Missile Defense Command. This popular symposium provides a forum for military, government, civilian, and industry leaders to specifically address cyberspace, space, defense, and homeland security issues, along with many IT- and cyber-related issues.

At this year’s Symposium, I’m privileged to lead an Industry Panel that will address managing cyber chaos, by discussing future leaders and game changers. Our panel members include industry leaders from IT and cyber entrepreneurs, to Silicon Valley investors looking for the best ideas for the next 10 to 15 years, to global evangelists, to cyber-experts fighting the daily onslaught of attacks and fraudulent behavior affecting our individual and business lives – from both inside and outside the organization. We’ll all be looking to our industry experts for answers and best approaches in managing IT and cyber chaos.

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