Secure Cloud Computing - "Progress & Best Practices"

June 1st at 12pm

Program will discuss:

  • Key Initiatives Around the "Cloud First" 25 Point Plan
  • Key Benefits Associated with Cloud Computing
  • Barriers or Contraints to still overcome
  • How to Address Security Concerns in a Cloud Computing Strategy
  • A Future Vision for the next 1-2 Years in Cloud Computing

David McClure - GSA
David Mihelcic - DISA
Pete Tseronis - DOE
Curt Aubley - Lockheed Martin
Greg Pryzby - Red Hat
Joe Moorcones - SafeNet

Moderator: Jim Flyzik -Flyzik Group

About the Panel

Jim Flyzik
The Flyzik Group

Jim Flyzik is the President of TheFlyzikGroup . The company specializes in Strategic Business Consulting, Performance Based Contracting Consulting and Training and Thought Leadership media events. The company assists small, medium and large companies in providing world-class government services. Jim also serves as the Chairman of the Information Technology Association of America Committee on Homeland Security. Jim also hosts the monthly radio program, The Federal Executive Forum on WFED 1500 AM and .

Jim served over 27 years in the federal government. He served as Senior Advisor to Governor Ridge in the White House Office of Homeland Security (OHS). He provided advice to OHS on the National Strategy and Information Management in support of the OHS mission. From February 1998 until December 2002, Jim also served as the Vice Chair of the Federal Government CIO Council overseeing numerous government wide IT initiatives. He was also a member of the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board.

Prior to this, from August 1997 until April 2002, Jim was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Information Systems and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Department of the Treasury. He provided oversight, strategic planning and management direction on over $3.0 billion in annual information technology and information infrastructure programs within Treasury and its fourteen Bureaus. Jim also served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Management for the Treasury Department from January 20, 2001 until February 8, 2002. In that role he provided oversight of all Treasury bureaus and served as the principal policy advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on matters involving the internal management of the Department and its bureaus. Jim received the Secretary Certificate of Appreciation on February 12, 2002 for his efforts during this transition period.

Prior to his Treasury positions, Jim worked for 15 years at the U.S. Secret Service where he held key IT management positions, including the Chief of the Communications Division, providing world class telecommunications in support of Secret Service tactical and operational requirements.
Jim served as Team Leader on Vice President Gore's National Performance Review (NPR) Information Technology Team. Following this assignment, he was selected as Chairman of the Government Information Technology Services Working Group, to implement the NPR Information Technology recommendations and coordinate the government services portion of the National Information Infrastructure (NII). He was given the prestigious Eagle Award as the government information technology executive of the year in 1994, a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award in 1995, the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award for Excellence in Information Technology in 1996, the AFFIRM Award for Outstanding Service to the Citizens in 1997, the Industry Advisory Council Award for Special Achievements and Leadership in 1997, the AFFIRM IRM Executive of the Year Award in 1998, and the Distinguished Rank Executive Award from President Clinton in 1999. In 2001 the Federation of Government Information Processing Councils presented him the John J. Franke award for outstanding government service. In March 2002, Jim was selected by the Federal CIO Council to receive the Azimuth Award as the Government Executive of the Year.

Jim has extensive public speaking experience and frequently serves as a featured speaker at industry events. He has developed, and currently teaches part-time, a graduate level course on Information Systems Security and Risk Assessment at the University of Maryland. Jim was given the Stanley J. Drazek Excellence in Teaching Award in 1998 by the University of Maryland.

Jim has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Computer Science and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Maryland with an area of concentration in Information Systems Management.

David McClure
Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Communications

David McClure was appointed as the Associate Administrator of the Office of Citizen Services and Communications (OCS/C) in the General Services Administration on August 26, 2009. The Office of Citizen Services fosters public engagement by using innovative technologies to connect citizens to government information and services. As part of this effort, OCSC runs the award-winning, the official website of the federal government. His office is rapidly becoming a leader in the use of new media and Web 2.0 technologies to bring government to citizens and citizens to government. Through its websites, call centers, publications, and other programs, OCSC facilitates more than 200 million citizen touchpoints a year. OCSC is also facilitating government-wide capabilities to support the President's Open Government Directive, such as idea management and challenge solutions. In addition, McClure is involved in implementing OMB's government-wide cloud computing strategy via and other avenues.

McClure most recently served as the managing vice president for Gartner Inc.'s Government research team. There, he managed the global government research agenda and analyst support and was lead researcher on government information technology management practices. McClure also served on the Obama-Biden Transformation, Innovation, and Government Reform Transition Team, which examined federal agency IT plans and status for the incoming administration.

Before working at Gartner, McClure served as vice president for e-government and technology at the Council for Excellence in Government. Previously, McClure had an 18-year career with the Government Accountability Office, where he conducted wide-ranging IT management reviews in almost all major Cabinet departments and agencies. He was instrumental in starting and creating GAO's "best practice" guidance for IT investment and capital planning, IT security, IT performance management, and IT architecture. He also served as ex-officio member of the Federal Chief Information Officer Council from its inception in 1996 through 2001.

McClure provided key input on major federal government IT reform legislation, such as the Clinger-Cohen Act of 1996 that created federal government CIOs and IT business case requirements, and the e-Government Act of 2002. He is a three-time winner of Federal Computer Week's "Top Federal 100" (1998, 2001, and 2004) for impact on government IT directions and improvements. Because of notable impact on government management reforms, he was elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2009. He also serves as a Member of the Commissioner's Future Systems Technology Advisory Panel at the Social Security Administration.

McClure received his Bachelor of Arts degree and a master's in political science from the University of Texas, and a doctorate in public policy from the University of North Texas. He also completed post-graduate work in IT management at Harvard and George Washington universities.

David M. Mihelcic Chief Technology Officer (CTO)
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)

David M. Mihelcic is the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA). As CTO, he serves as the Agency's senior authority on scientific, technical and engineering matters. Mr. Mihelcic is responsible for defining DISA's overarching technical strategy for synchronizing Agency's programs and services with the Department of Defense's net-centric transformation.

Prior to his appointment as CTO, Mr. Mihelcic served as the Deputy Program Director and Chief Executive Engineer for the Global Information Grid Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) Program. Mr. Mihelcic was the ultimate technical authority for this critical, $877 million expansion of DoD terrestrial communications and was responsible for defining the GIG-BE architecture and leading all technical aspects of the Program.

Previously, Mr. Mihelcic served as the Chief Executive Engineer for the Defense Information System Network (DISN), Commander of the Center for Horizontal Integration, and Deputy Chief Executive Engineer for Information Processing at DISA. Prior to his appointment to the Senior Executive Service at DISA in 1999, Mr. Mihelcic headed the Network Security Section of the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) and has also worked in private industry as a Senior Consultant with SRI Consulting.

Mr. Mihelcic is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. (Current as of January 2006)

Pete Tseronis
Associate Chief Information Officer (acting)
US Dept. of Energy

Peter Tseronis is recognized as a Federal Information Technology thought leader and among the Federal Government's top public speakers and communicators on cutting edge information management and technology transformation.

His capacity to build consensus and coalitions among the public and private sectors has produced high-quality results in a continually changing environment. Recently he was asked to further bridge the worlds of the private and public sectors in conjunction with the Obama Administration's new initiatives by leading the Federal Cloud Computing Advisory Council.

Currently, as the Associate Chief Information Officer (acting) within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) OCIO, he is responsible for providing strategic leadership, innovative direction, and expert advice regarding Department-wide information technology solutions. His responsibilities and passions include increasing the culture of innovation through the development and implementation of enterprise strategies, modernization of IT infrastructure and ultimately championing the ability of IT ability to support the Department and our Nation's strategic objectives.

Prior to joining DOE, Peter served as the Chief Technology Officer and Director of Network Services for the U.S. Department of Education (ED). During his 8 years in this role, Peter assumed a multi-million dollar budget to transform the Department's divergent voice, video, and data communications into an enterprise-level converged solution. His leadership and customer centric approach reduced operational costs, increased organizational flexibility, optimized workforce productivity, and improved organizational communications capabilities. Peter began his federal career more than 19 years ago as a management analyst at the Pentagon for the U.S. Army, Peter's leadership skills were rapidly recognized as he continued his career in financial systems modernization, procurement system management, security oversight related to program management, and network services administration.

Peter has been consistently engaged in key government-wide transformation programs and initiatives, including serving as the Chairman of the Federal CIO Council's IPv6 Working Group, President for the Association for Federal Information Resources Management, and a Government Advisor to the American Council for Technology/Industry Shared Interest Groups. His results-oriented approach has been recognized by Federal Computer Week's Federal 100 Award.

Peter received his B.A. in Communications from Villanova University and earned his M.S. in Information and Telecommunication Systems from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.

Curt Aubley
Vice President & Chief Technology Officer
Cyber Security & NexGen Innovation
Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions

Curt Aubley is Vice President and CTO of Cyber Security and NexGen Innovations for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions (LM IS&GS). In this role, Aubley is responsible for leading the creation of next generation cyber security, cloud computing, mission focused IT innovations, service management, and integrated solutions across Lockheed Martin product lines for a Federal customer base. He also leads Lockheed Martin's NexGen Cyber Innovation and Technology Center R&D and innovation, partner management, and the vendor technology evaluation group, which investigates new customer-focused innovations. Aubley has led the creation of several solution architectures using agile software development, system engineering techniques and ITIL operational processes for key new business captures and programs.

Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in 2002, Aubley held positions of increasing responsibility including: Member of Tech Staff, Raytheon Digital Systems Lab; Commander & Chief Communications Engineer, Mogadishu, Somalia CPT US Army; Computer Systems Performance Engineer, US Army Computer Engineering Center (TIC); Vice President of Performance & Engineering, Neal Nelson & Associates; Level seven Senior Systems Engineer, AT&T; Chief Systems Architect, NCR; CEO & CTO Of MightyView; Chief Information Officer & CTO of OAO Corporation.

Outside of his day-to-day responsibilities, Aubley also serves as the President of the Open Data Center Alliance led by Intel, and the Technology Advisory Board for Intel, HP, & McAfee as a subject matter expert in cloud computing, cyber security, solution architectures, virtualization, enterprise management, and computer performance. He also speaks frequently at industry events and has published various papers and articles on areas related to his subject matter expertise. His articles have appeared in a range of publications including: Department of Defense, Sunworld Magazine, Windows NT Magazine, InfoWorld, Windows Magazine, and LMIT's Precision customer publication. Besides his contributions to articles and papers, Aubley has also authored two books, Tuning and Sizing NT Servers and Tuning and Sizing Windows 2000 for Maximum Performance, both of which are in their second printings.

Curt Aubley is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), Certified/Qualified Ethical Hacker (CEH/QEH), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), NSA INFOSEC Assessment & Evaluation Methodologies (IAM & IEM), and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

Greg Pryzby
Red Hat

Greg Pryzby is a Senior Solutions Architect supporting the business development team in the Public Sector business unit. Greg works closely with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman Corporation, MITRE, Raytheon, Boeing and other system integrators to drive business in the public sector as partners. Greg started working with Linux and open source in 1992 and founded the Northern Virginia Linux Users' Group ( in 1993 and still leads the group today. Greg has worked for other Linux companies (VA Linux and Novell) and at large data centers (Sallie Mae and AOL). Greg is also a Red Hat Certified Engineer.

Joseph J. Moorcones
Corporate Vice President & General Manager Commercial
Enterprise Data Protection Division
SafeNet Inc.

Joseph Moorcones brings more than 40 years of leadership and experience to SafeNet. Since joining the Company in March 2008 as SafeNet's corporate vice president, Mr. Moorcones has lead the strategic positioning and migration of new technologies into SafeNet. He is responsible for assuring the continued impact of new technologies on the Company's highly successful product portfolios.

In January 2009, Mr. Moorcones was named General Manager of the Commercial Enterprise Data Protection Division (EDP). In this role, he is building the company's comprehensive EDP solution for reducing the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance, data privacy, and information risk management for commercial customers that secures data across the connected enterprise, from core to edge, protecting data at rest, data in transit, and data in use. In addition, the Office of the CTO reports into Mr. Moorcones.

Mr. Moorcones joins SafeNet from Johnson & Johnson, a Fortune 50 company, where he was the Vice President of Worldwide Information Security. In that capacity, he established the Company security strategies and technologies, and oversaw the security implementation of the worldwide information asset protection program that spans 250 independent operating companies within Johnson & Johnson and more than 100,000 global Enterprise users.

Prior to his 10-year tenure with Johnson & Johnson, Mr. Moorcones was the Assistant Deputy Director for Information Security at the United States National Security Agency. During his 24-year career at the agency, he held senior executive positions in information security research and technology, design & manufacturing, strategic planning, business process re-engineering and business development.

Mr. Moorcones also served on the President's Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection, which developed a report of national policy and strategy recommendations for the President to ensure the availability and continued operation of the United States five critical infrastructures (Information & Communications, Energy, Banking & Finance, Physical Distribution, and Vital Human Services).