SOURCE: Government Executive Media Group

May 20, 2014 08:15 ET

The 2014 Akamai Government Forum to Take Place on June 5th in Washington, D.C.

Public and Private Sector Cloud Experts to Discuss the Future of the Cloud in Federal Government

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 20, 2014) - Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM) will be holding its annual Government Forum on June 5th in Washington, D.C. The 2014 Akamai Government Forum will present a new path forward for the future of cloud-based solutions and cybersecurity in federal government. The event will be produced by Government Executive Media Group, the government and defense division of Atlantic Media.

The Forum will feature a keynote presentation from Tom Leighton, CEO of Akamai Technologies who will be sharing his view of Trends & Challenges in a Hyperconnected World. A second keynote presentation from Steven Chabinsky, Chief Risk Officer, CrowdStrike and former Deputy Assistant Director for the FBI's Cyber Division, will address The Bad Guys Evolve, Are You Keeping Up?

The day will kick off with a panel discussion on Cloud and Efficient IT: How Can the Cloud Help Agencies More? Attendees will listen to government-wide best practices and case studies of efficient cloud adoption and usage from panelists who have first-hand experience in effective cloud implementation. The panel, moderated by Casey Coleman, Client Executive Vice President at AT&T Government Solutions, will host thought leaders from across the public and private sector. Featured panelists include:

  • Jennifer Gray, Cloud Lead Office of Strategic Planning & Governance-Enterprise Architecture, Department of Health and Human Services
  • Sonny Hashmi, Acting Chief Information Officer, General Services Administration
  • Chris Smith, Vice President, AT&T Government Solutions

The June 5th event date will coincide with the deadline for the FedRAMP program's Cloud-First initiative for all federal agencies to demonstrate that their cloud-based service providers meet the requirements put in place by the program. As such, the Forum will feature a panel discussion on the FedRAMP program, its effect on agency operations to this point, how it will affect the future of agency operations, and best practices across all federal agencies. The panel will be moderated by David Blankenhorn, Chief Cloud Technologist, DLT Solutions, and will feature:

  • Matt Goodrich, FedRAMP Program Manager, GSA
  • John Keese, President, Autonomic Resources
  • Joe Vehemente, Director of CISSP, Akamai Government Solutions

The second half of the day will also offer three other tracks for attendees to choose from focusing on topics such as: the Threat Landscape and Cybersecurity in the Cloud, ID Management in the Cloud, and Optimizing Your Cloud.

The full day Forum event will be held in the Renaissance Downtown D.C. Hotel, 999 9th Street, NW Washington, DC 20001.

Registration for the event can be completed online at the Forum registration page, here, until the day of the event. There will be on-site registration.

To learn more about the event, please visit the 2014 Akamai Government Forum event page, here.

For more information, please contact Alicia Field at or by telephone at (202) 266-7048.

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