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OSSI - DHS Industry Day recap

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Open Source Government and Industry Day event focuses on Department of Homeland Security technology needs


Washington, DC – The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) hosted its second Industry Day conference to address how open source software solutions are used within federal government systems on Monday, January 14, 2013. The theme of the conference focused on the technology mission interests and needs within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. More than 300 industry, government and open source development community representatives attended the one-day event which was held at the Maritime Institute Conference Center outside Baltimore, MD. 

Technology topics for the event were coordinated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Software Assurance National Cyber Security Division. Primary tracks addressed issues regarding open source and software assurance, open source software life cycle management and future trends in open source software technology.

Individual panel discussions covered topics of policy and governance; process, practices and expectations for building mission critical software solutions; cyber security tools and technologies; lessons learned from the DHS Homeland Open Security Technology program; managing requirements and expectations of open source solutions; answering support questions for open source solutions; big data analytics; open source and cloud computing; and hardware and embedded defined systems.

A special lessons learned briefing was provided by representatives from Persistent Systems and Avwatch who used open source-based technology to supported the US Coast Guard efforts to restore critical communications networks after operations systems were destroyed during Hurricane Sandy.

Keynote speakers included Joe Jarzombek, DHS Director for Software Assurance National Cyber Security Division; Bob Bigman, recently retired chief information security officer for the Central Intelligence Agency; and Keith Trippie, Executive Director for Enterprise System Development Office for DHS office of the chief information officer.

Additional government speakers represented a variety of security, intelligence and defense agencies as well as research and development communities. Agencies represented included: Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, George Mason University, Georgia Tech Research Institute, Institute for Defense Analysis, National Institute of Science and Technology, National Security Agency, Oak Ridge National Labs and the US Navy.

Industry speakers included representatives from: Aspect Security , Avwatch , BAE Systems , CAST Software , Data Tactics , Deloitte , Hewlett-Packard , Horton Works , Incident Logic , KeyW , LexisNexis , Mission Concepts , Northrop Grumman , Persistent Systems , R4IT , Red Hat , Sqrrl , SuSE , TASC , Thermoplae S&T , Veracode , VMWare

“The goal of OSSI's Industry Day events is to provide an opportunity for government and industry leaders to share experiences of how open source software is being be used within federal government technology systems,” said OSSI volunteer event chairman John Farrell of Fortify/HP Enterprise Security Products. “We were delighted with the turn-out and initial feedback indicates that we were able to once again bring together an excellent slate of speakers from government, industry and the open source community.”

Planning is now underway for the next OSSI Government and Industry Day to be held in the spring. OSSI also host monthly technology-specific events in the Washington, DC area. For information on all OSSI events, please visit the OSSI website at www.oss-institute.org.

OSSI (www.oss-institute.org) is a membership-based non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development and implementation of open source software solutions within US federal, state and local government agencies.