Cris Paden, communications manager, Symantec Public Sector organization
Gigi Schumm will post a few of her thoughts after the event, but this year marks the sixth year of Government Symposium and it is the largest event so far. It’s not surprising given the recent rash of high profile cyber security incidents, whether it’s the data breaches at Sony, Epsilon, the IMF; or the spearphishing attacks on RSA’s Secure ID devices and on targeted Gmail accounts of users. Government agencies also find themselves in a tremendous period of change. Last year we barely talked about cloud adoption or the proliferation of mobile devices. Here we are a year later, and we face a completely different work landscape because of those two issues. In addition to all of this, we are honored to have Gen. Colin Powell provide the morning keynote at our event, and Rand Beers of DHS provide the luncheon keynote. I have attended and worked at all five of the past Government Symposiums, but I have to say this one is probably the most exciting one yet and the one that has generated the most anticipation. We’ll follow up with more information afterwards.