2008 FOSE sessions

The GCN handicapper's guide to the exposition.

GCN Lab TV at FOSE 2008 The GCN Lab guys take their testing on the road to the FOSE trade show in downtown Washington DC. Come check out all the great products from the show that may soon be installed at your federal agency. Watch them here.

Wondering how you can enhance your FOSE experience? A number of interesting speakers and panels are scheduled to discuss a wide range of topics from cloud computing to green computing, security and Web 2.0. Here are some picks by GCN staffers of sessions not to miss during FOSE's three-day lineup. Of course, what really matters to you depends on your job and particular interests, so review the entire conference schedule (www.fose.com) before making your own picks.

TUESDAY, APRIL 1

Opening keynote

9-10 a.m. | 10:30-11:30 a.m.


David Girouard, vice president and general manager of Google Enterprise, will discuss the evolution and implications of cloud computing. Followed by Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystems' always-colorful chairman.

Session 3-1

Trusted Internet Connection: Keys to Effective Implementation

1:45-2:45 p.m.


The Office of Management and Budget's Trusted Internet Connection initiative is asking agencies to get together and reduce their Internet connections to around 50. We've been hearing a lot of questions ' if not outright grumbling ' about how to do so. David Wennergren, deputy chief information officer at the Defense Department, might have an idea or two.

Session 2-2

Greening of the Data Center: Essential Considerations

3-4 p.m.


Want to make your data center more environmentally friendly? Or do you want to just cut your agency's power bills? The path to either goal is the same: greater energy efficiency. Data centers are a good place to start because they can be as much as 40 times more energy-intensive as conventional office buildings. Vic Berger, technologist at CDW Government, and the Treasury Department's Richard Reeves share the stage with other panelists to steer you in the right direction.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 2

Morning keynote

9-10 a.m.


Struggling to keep up with the latest technology innovations? Then you don't want to miss this keynote. David Pogue, New York Times Technology columnist and CBS News technology correspondent, will give you an update on what's new and what's next.

Session 2-3

Web 2.0 Technologies: Real-World Applications for the Public Sector

10:15-11:15 a.m.


We're interested in the chance to hear Don Burke and Sean Dennehy of the CIA. The CIA, of course, bounded ahead of other agencies in using these new-fangled Web 2.0 technologies. It used wiki software to create Intellipedia, a collaborative worksite where analysts can post and share and update intelligence.

Session 3-4

Web Site Security Essentials and Impacts on Business Operations

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


This should be an interesting talk about Web security. At a recent SANS training conference, we learned of a whole new class of vulnerabilities that Webmasters now face, such as cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery. The Commerce Department's Michael Castagna and the Justice Department's Mischel Kwon will weigh in with their experiences.

Session 3-5

Identity Management Implementation: Accomplishments and Challenges

2:45-3:45 p.m.


Stick around to the end on Wednesday ' this should be a good talk on identity management, featuring a few folks who have confronted the problem on the largest scale, including Mary Dixon, who oversaw the rollout of 4 million-plus Common Access Cards for the Defense Department.

Also on the panel will be Michael Mestrovich, who works for the Federation for Identity and Cross-Credentialing Systems, a coalition of commercial companies, government contractors and not-for-profit organizations.

THURSDAY, APRIL 3

Morning keynote

9-10 a.m.


Finally, be sure to come in on Thursday for a tale of extraterrestrial success. Still reeling after the tragic loss of the Columbia space shuttle ' and the negative publicity ' NASA scored a slam-dunk with the Mars Rover mission. Steven Squyres, Cornell University professor of astronomy and scientific principal investigator of the Mars Exploration Rovers Project, will describe the technical challenges his team faced in trying to get two robotic explorers to the surface of Mars, the creativity and teamwork needed to solve those problems, and the rovers' adventures and discoveries on Mars.

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