MAPPS to Host Geospatial & Engineering International Conference in September

Is your engineering or geospatial firm looking for new business opportunities? Is exporting services to the international market in your growth plan? Discover How to Expand Global Business Opportunities and more at the Geospatial & Engineering International Conference, September 25-26 at the Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA.

Hear from leading U.S. Federal agencies providing assistance and contracting for professional services in the global market. Learn about opportunities to partner with private sector firms and gain experience from geospatial and engineering professionals already exporting internationally. Small and large businesses that are new to exporting or seasoned veterans will gain valuable information by attending the conference.

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Staying out of the jaws of a cyber attack



Please note that the webcasts associated with the Cyber Shark Event are available on-demand.


In looking at what event topics are trending on, security and more specifically, cyber security, continue to rise to the top in terms of sheer numbers of events. For good reason though--every week seems to bring a new report of a security breach in a major consumer brand. In fact, just last week, the largest breach ever reported was attributed to a Russian crime ring that stole 1.2 billion username and password combinations from companies and individuals worldwide. Of course the Edward Snowden leak at NSA is still top of mind as he was just granted another three-year stay in Russia. While this news is real and alarming, it is coming at such a steady rate that some people are starting to tune it out, reading headlines and saying, "oh, another one." Even with the media attention, it is important to look at the reality of cyber threats.

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Two Sides to the Event Attendance Story

The media has been packed with stories about the reduction in travel budgets and event spending. Last week some statistics came out that tell different stories about event attendance.

First, the upside. FOSE, a nearly 40 year-old conference aimed at providing access to the latest technology tools and best practices in government, reported that registrations for their 2014 conference were up 40% with nearly 5,000 professionals registered. They also noted a 25% increase in C-level registrants.  In addition to the exhibition of 150+ vendors, the FOSE speaker line-up included some unique speakers and topics including National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon; leaders of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies involved in catching the Boston Marathon bombing suspects; experts on change and agility in federal projects and programs; and women leaders in technology.

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FOSE 2014: Day One

May 13, 2014 - FOSE kicked off yesterday in Washington, D.C., offering more than 60 educational sessions covering 8 hot-button tracks: Cybersecurity, Cloud & Virtualization, Big Data & Business Intelligence, Mobile Government, Records & Information Management, Acquisition & Procurement, Cybercrime and Cyberterrorism and Project Management.

The morning opened with a keynote address from former National Security Advisor, Tom Donilon, who drew a large crowd as he explored an insider's perspective on America's foreign, defense & cyber policy. Donilon addressed multiple topics including: what a daily presidential briefing entails, how special forces played an integral role in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden, and the economic opportunities on the horizon relating to U.S.-China relations. Beth Cobert, Deputy Director, Office of Management and Budget, continued the trend and provided a packed room with insights from the Office of Management and Budget.

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