SIA to Present Panel on Cloud Computing at Government Summit

The Security Industry Association (SIA) will present Seeing Through the Cloud, an informational panel about the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative, Apps.Gov (a GSA provided service), and how the security industry can leverage cloud computing services.

The panel will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21 at the Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., and will discuss several important aspects of cloud computing—from what it is to why it matters to the security industry.

“The Federal Government has put out this strategy which, over time, will reprioritize Federal IT spending,” said Tom O’Connor, government relations manager, SIA. “Right now the government spends about $80 billion a year on IT spending. Within just a few years, as much as $20 billion of that will be cloud computing services. Cloud computing has the ability to transform how procurement is done for all services within government agencies, including security.”

Experts participating on the panel include: Steve Van Till, president and CEO, Brivo, who will discuss applying cloud computing to the physical security industry; Dr. Chiao-Fe Shu, CTO, IBM's Smart Surveillance Solution, who will provide an additional private sector perspective on cloud computing; Dawn Leaf, senior advisor, NIST, who will talk about what the government is doing in general and what NIST is specifically doing in relation to cloud computing standards; and Randy Hahn, director of cloud computing, Verizon, who will discuss Verizon’s experience with the process of offering and securing contracts with the federal government as part of the cloud computing contract just released by the GSA.

Part of the SIA Government Summit, this panel is designed to appeal to all levels of knowledge about cloud computing, from those who need a basic understanding of what it is, to those on the cusp of offering cloud computing services to the government.

“Cloud computing is here now,” O’Connor said. “This is a really important session to attend because cloud computing has the potential to reshape how our industry sells to the government.”

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