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Looking Forward to the Rocky Mountain AFCEA Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium, Colorado Springs, CO

By David Kovach •  February 3, 2014

Hope to see you this week, February 4-6, at Telos’ Cyberspace Symposium site, Booth #14.

It’s well known in our circles that the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) hosts some of the world’s most useful and informative technology events. AFCEA has been building relationships among the armed forces, private-sector enterprises, and educators for more than 65 years. For 15 years, the Rocky Mountain AFCEA chapter has hosted a world-class technical symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.

Like the Alamo AFCEA chapter that I serve as Executive VP, Rocky Mountain is dedicated to the ethical sharing of ideas and information between industry an2014-Symposium-sidebar-ad_2070aa8f-dd9f-41f9-b265-cc656d0cb5d0-prvd government, serving our members by promoting the exploration of IT-related issues relevant to supporting the defense, homeland security, and intelligence communities.

The Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium attracts over a thousand attendees from around the world and hosts many local US government and DoD organizations, including the USAF’s Cyber Lead Command, AF Space Command, a Combatant Command, NORAD/USNORTHCOM, and other major missions and units.  It is in support of these diverse missions, and to generate support for STEM, IT cyberspace education and training that AFCEA’s local chapters host conferences, symposia, and other events.

A New and Exciting Rocky Mountain Gathering

This week the 16th annual Cyberspace Symposium will convene in Colorado Springs, and expects some 1300 attendees among its communities of interest, USG/DoD, corporate sponsors and exhibitors.  This three-day event will host nationally recognized industry and government keynote speakers and interactive panel discussions addressing the critical technology and security issues facing our nation. There is a wide variety of reasons to attend and participate:

 All Attendees:

  • Visit nearly 100 exhibits that showcase the latest technology and solutions
  • Interact with some of America’s most brilliant strategic thinkers
  • Earn Continuing Education Units required annually for certifications such as PMP, CISSP, CISM, CompTIA, etc.
  • Contribute to STEM scholarships for Colorado students and the Education Foundation
  • Support The Home Front Cares, a Colorado-based non-profit organization directly benefitting wounded veterans and their families

 Government Employees:

  • Participate in a world-class professional development forum
  • Provide awareness to government leaders and employees of commercial technology available to enhance mission effectiveness

 Sponsors and Exhibitors:

  • Network with customers and industry partners in an approved, ethical, equal-opportunity forum for government /industry interaction
  • Participate in a growing interaction between government and industry

Prospective participants can view AACE details, including the full technology and training agendas at www.rockymtn-afcea.org.

As an AFCEA Symposium chairperson and event planner for several years, I’ve learned to appreciate the value that we cyber and IT network operators and security professionals gain from taking the time to meet, engage, and discuss the changing landscape of technology, requirements, capabilities and resources. Each year, the discussion always seems to bring it all back to center: We’re all struggling to meet new and vexing challenges, and we’re all networked together, working toward common goals.

See What’s New and Exciting in Mission Assurance Solutions

And, as somewhat of a technologist, I’ve enjoyed past Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium activities that allow me to enjoy the discovery of new technologies on display in the Broadmoor’s exhibit hall.

When you visit the hall, please stop by the Telos booth (#14) to see what we’ve been developing and deploying most recently. We really appreciate the opportunity to hear how our customers and partners have been combating the endless barrage of threats and vulnerabilities to our networks and national assets.  We’ve invested considerable time and energy into visualization and have been making great strides in viewing the right data at the right time to help make critical decisions. We’ve also been working to fully integrate the concepts of Cyber-Defense within a Mission-Focused Operational Construct.

Lastly, I’m proud that Telos Corporation has been a strong supporter of the AFCEA events around the world.  Most gratifying is the robust scholarship and STEM education program support, as well as local wounded warrior contributions, that Chapters like Rocky Mountain and Alamo generate both locally and nationally through the AFCEA Education Foundation.

Look forward to seeing you San Antonio for an interesting and rewarding event.

David Kovach

Col. Dave Kovach (Ret.) is the vice president of strategic capture at Telos Corporation. See full bio...

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