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Friday, September 1 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Co-existing with Technology

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Presented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

As the future unfolds, we are thinking hard about our dependence on technology and how we’re going to co-exist in a world of hyper connectivity.
  • This discussion will change the way you think the role science and technology has on our hometown security.
  • In the digital age, you enjoy being connected to your family and friends 24-7/365 – right? However, with the evolution to connect to everything there are tradeoffs with tech capabilities, evolving threats, safety, security, privacy, and how to confront the unknowns.  
  • Just imagine this: as more of our planet relies on the cloud where billions of sensors are embedded in our operating systems -- the same ones which run public safety, transportation, agriculture, medical, finance, and utility networks – bad things happen that can interfere with all these systems.
  • What happens when things go dark or break – whether from natural causes or malicious activity? How does the government enable safety and security in a constitutional, federated democracy without becoming too much of a big brother?
  • This conversation will put a spotlight on what it will take for us to collectively co-exist with the enormous impact of technology in our lives while still keeping us safe and secure. Are you ready to think differently?

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John Verrico

Chief of Media Relations, Science & Technology Directorate, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
High-energy, thought-provoking and humorous trainer and consultant on motivational leadership and communication. John Verrico is the Immediate-Past President of the National Association of Government Communicators, and has more than 34 years of experience as a public affairs professional in federal and state government agencies, working extensively in media, community and employee relations, with significant emphasis in science, engineering and the security fields. Currently serving as the Chief of Media Relations for the U.S. Department of Homeland... Read More →

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Dr. Meghan Houghton

Staff Associate for Strategic Engagements, National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE)
Meghan supports an array of emerging CISE research frontiers, including Smart and Connected Communities, as well as cross-agency, industry, and international partnerships. Meghan is co-chair of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) Program’s Smart Cities... Read More →
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Scott Tousley

Deputy Director of the Cyber Security Division for the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T)
Scott’s responsibilities include organizational liaison, project leadership for educational/operational efforts such as the Computer Security Incident Response (CSIRT) project. He also supports several initiatives in critical infrastructure protection and cyber-physical systems. Scott served 20 years as an Army officer in the Corps of Engineers, many of these years in interagency technology programs. He led the Watch/Warning program in the Federal Bureau of Investigation as part of the National Infrastructure Protection Center during the Clinton... Read More →

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Stacy Bruss

Manager, Science Programming, Museum of Science Fiction
Stacy Bruss, MS, MSIS, is the engineering librarian at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). At NIST, she supports all Engineering Laboratory researchers and manages the Innovation Hub, a center with 3-D printers, technology bar, data visualization tools, and... Read More →

Friday September 1, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
5 - South (250)

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