About Us


Publication: 2012-11-03



Name:Owen Ambur



Description: is a forum for IT providers and leading industry experts dedicated to promoting trusted and responsible cloud computing solutions for the public sector. By fostering a more comprehensive understanding of cloud technologies, including their benefits, capabilities and limitations, works to empower government users to make well-informed procurement choices from the growing universe of marketplace offerings.


  • IT Providers

  • Public Sector

  • Government Users

  • contributors include leading industry experts dedicated to fostering a better understanding of both the benefits and challenges of cloud computing and proposing solutions and guidance to ensure customers are equipped with an IT infrastructure that best meet the needs of users and funding agencies.

  • Scott Expert Contributor -- Director of Cloud Computing, Lockheed Martin: Scott Andersen recently joined Lockheed Martin IS&GS with 15 years of experience from Microsoft where he served as the Director of Cloud Computing. Andersen consults with sophisticated technical teams across the organization to help drive technical and "go-to-market" strategies and commercial best practices. Andersen earned his BS from Indiana University. Andersen holds positions on the Board of Directors and the Board of Education for the IASA (International Association of Software Architects).

  • Julie Expert Contributor -- Managing Director, Civitas Group: Julie M. Anderson is an expert in the management of government and organizational transformation. Before joining the Civitas team she served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in the Obama Administration. Prior to her appointment, she worked for IBM Public Sector Global Business Services as an associate partner focusing on strategy for health care, homeland security, and cyber security markets.

  • Scott Expert Contributor -- Vice President of Strategic Ventures, L-3 STRATIS: Scott Aken has almost 15 years experience in information security and is an expert in cyber strategy. He currently manages the Strategic Ventures team within the Chief Growth Office. This office develops corporate-wide cyber strategies, cyber product and solution offerings, determines key investments, completes strategic partnering, and provides thought leadership within the cyber domain. Prior to L-3, he was Vice President for Cyber Operations at SAIC and a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. While at the FBI, he specialized in cyber counterintelligence computer intrusion investigations and was a member of their elite Cyber Action Team. Prior to the FBI, he spent nine years working in the software and Internet industry including being a Vice President of Program Management for VeriSign / Network Solutions and Sr. Manager in General Electric’s Information Systems business unit.

  • Bob Expert Contributor -- Senior Advisor, Chertoff Group: Bob Butler serves as a senior advisor to The Chertoff Group offering specific insight and advice on the current threat landscape as it relates to cyber and the innovative, cost-effective solutions being sought to counter this evolving threat. He also serves as a Special Government Expert to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force Scientific Advisory Board and other organizations on cyber security. He was recently appointed as the chairman of the Texas State Cyber Security, Education and Economic Development Council. Previously, Mr. Butler served as the first Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy (August 2009-August 2011.) In this role, Mr. Butler acted as the principal advisor to the Secretary of Defense and other Defense leaders on the development of cyber strategy and policy. Mr. Butler has a distinguished career in information technology, intelligence and national security which spans 32 years of both public and private sector experiences. He is a retired US Air Force colonel and a former member of the Defense Department’s senior executive service. He has also been an Account Executive and senior cyber strategist with Computer Sciences Corporation. Mr. Butler earned a bachelor degree of science in computer information systems from Manhattan College and a master’s degree in business administration from the School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is a former RAND fellow, and has served as a National Defense Fellow at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He has received a number of public service awards.

  • Michael Expert Contributor -- Managing Principal, Chertoff Group: As Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security from 2005 to 2009, Mr. Chertoff led the country in blocking would-be terrorists from crossing our borders or implementing their plans if they were already in the country. At Chertoff Group, Mr. Chertoff provides high-level strategic counsel to corporate and government leaders on a broad range of security issues, from risk identification and prevention to preparedness, response and recovery. "Risk management has become the CEO's concern," he says. "We help our clients develop comprehensive strategies to manage risk without building barriers that get in the way of carrying on their business.

  • Bryan Expert Contributor -- Principal, Cunningham Partners LLC: Bryan Cunningham is an information security and privacy lawyer and Principal in the law firm of Cunningham Partners LLC, where he advises clients, including Fortune 500 companies, government, and multinational entities, on information security and data privacy and protection programs and other security-related issues. Cunningham is the principal author of legal and ethics chapters in multiple authoritative textbooks, and is one of the only private sector attorneys certified in the National Security Agency Information Security Assurance Methodology. Mr. Cunningham has served in senior intelligence and law enforcement positions in the United States Government for Administrations of both political parties, most recently as Deputy Legal Adviser to then-National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice. At the White House, Cunningham drafted significant portions of the National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace, the Homeland Security Act, executive orders on terrorism and intelligence, and other terrorism-related policy documents, and was one of the primary attorneys working with the 9/11 Commission. He also served six years in the Clinton Administration, as a senior CIA Officer and federal prosecutor. Cunningham was founding vice-chair of the American Bar Association CyberSecurity Privacy Task Force and was awarded the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement for his work on information issues. Cunningham has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures, and is a member of the non-partisan Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age. He currently serves on the Bipartisan Policy Center's Cyber Security Task Force.

  • Clark Kent Expert Contributor -- Director, Aspen Institute: Clark Kent Ervin is the Director of the Aspen Institute’s Homeland Security Program and a partner at the law firm of Patton Boggs, LLP. He served as the first Inspector General of the United States Department of Homeland Security, from January, 2003 to December, 2004. Prior to his service at DHS, he served as the Inspector General of the United States Department of State and the Broadcasting Board of Governors, from August, 2001 to January, 2003. Mr. Ervin is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

  • Karen Expert Contributor -- Partner, KE&T Partners: Karen Evans serves as the National Director for the US Cyber Challenge, a nationwide program focused specifically on the cyber workforce. She is also an independent consultant in the areas of leadership, management and the strategic use of information technology. She retired after nearly 28 years of federal government service with responsibilities ranging from a GS-2 to Presidential Appointee as the Administrator for E-Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. She oversaw the federal IT budget of nearly $71 billion which included implementation of IT throughout the federal government.

  • Richard A. Expert Contributor -- Principal, Chertoff Group: Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath is a Principal with The Chertoff Group, where he advises clients on a broad array of homeland and national security issues relating to counterterrorism, law enforcement, physical and digital network security, and risk management. In addition, he is a contributing editor at Bloomberg News, a Shelby Cullom and Kathryn W. Davis Adjunct Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and Homeland Security at the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Director's Review Committee of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a member of the Defense Threat Reduction Advisory Committee, and a member of the Aspen Strategy Group.

  • Mark Expert Contributor -- Chief Technology Officer, InterAct: As chief technology officer, Mark is responsible for overseeing the strategic development and integration of InterAct’s industry-leading public safety systems. Mark has played many roles over the course of his 24 years in corporate IT, consulting, and the software business including programmer, software architect, project manager, seminar instructor, consulting branch manager, entrepreneur, product manager, product development executive and eBusiness creator. He believes that information technology will succeed in the market when visionary leaders and expert managers creatively align diverse elements of technology, marketing, sales, finance, service, and business operations.

  • Jeff Expert Contributor -- CEO & Director of Research, Peerstone Research: Jeff has 20 years of experience in technology publishing and IT market research. Prior to co-founding Peerstone, he worked 6 years at technology publisher CMP Media in a variety of senior editorial positions before being named Director of Strategic Marketing for CMP Europe. Prior to CMP, Jeff spent six years as CEO of Datastrategies SA, a European IT market research firm he founded in 1988.

  • Melvin Expert Contributor -- Senior Fellow, Chief Strategist, Lockheed Martin: As Lockheed Martin Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist Cloud Computing, Mr. Greer develops actionable SOA and Cloud computing strategy and functions as a principal investigator in advanced research studies. He significantly advances the body of knowledge in basic research and critical, highly advanced engineering and scientific disciplines. He is adjunct faculty at three universities and is an accomplished author, "The Web Services and Service Oriented Architecture" and "Software as a Service Inflection Point" are his most recently published books. Greer received his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems and Technology and his Master of Science in Information Systems from American University, Wash. D.C. He also obtained his Post Graduate Certificate in Executive Leadership, Cornell University, Johnson Graduate School.

  • General Michael Expert Contributor -- Principal, Chertoff Group: As Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, General Hayden was responsible for overseeing the collection of information concerning the plans, intentions and capabilities of America's adversaries; producing timely analysis for decision makers; and conducting covert operations to thwart terrorists and other enemies of the US. At Chertoff Group, General Hayden will use his broad geographic and political knowledge to brief clients on intelligence matters worldwide - including developments in cybersecurity - that may affect their businesses.

  • Eric Expert Contributor -- CTO for Security and Privacy, Hitachi Data Systems: Eric Hibbard is the CTO for Security and Privacy at Hitachi Data Systems where he is responsible for product security strategy as well as identifying and defining new storage security architectures. Mr. Hibbard is a senior security professional with 30+ years experience in information and communications technology, working for government, academia, and industry. Hibbard serves as the International Representative for the INCITS/CS1 Cyber Security, Co-Chair of the ABA eDiscovery & Digital Evidence Committee, Co-Chair of the Cloud Security Alliance International Standardization Council, Chair of the SNIA Security TWG, and the Vice Chair of IEEE Information Assurance Standards Committee. He also serves as the Editor of ISO/IEC 27040 (Storage Security), ISO/IEC 17788 (Cloud computing – Vocabulary), and IEEE Std 1619r (Cryptographic Protection of Data on Block-Oriented Storage Devices). He is also involved with INCITS/T11, IEEE P1619, CSA, ISACA, ISSA, TCG, and IEEE-USA CIPC. Mr. Hibbard is a frequent speaker at international events and has materials published in multiple books. Mr. Hibbard currently holds the (ISC)2 CISSP certification as well as the ISSAP, ISSMP, and ISSEP concentration certifications. He also holds the ISACA CISA and the SNIA SCSE certifications. His educational background includes a B.S. in Computer Science and a Certificate of Proficiency in Data Communications.

  • David Expert Contributor -- Managing Director, Civitas Group: David Howe is an expert on homeland security issues, including defense against weapons of mass destruction, preparedness, response and incident management, and counter-terrorism. Prior to joining Civitas, he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Emergency Preparedness and Response at the White House Homeland Security Council and as Chief of Staff to the President's Critical Infrastructure Protection Board where he helped draft the National Strategy for Cyber Security.

  • Gavin Expert Contributor -- Managing Director, Civitas Group: Gavin Long is a Managing Director at Civitas Group, where he focuses on engagements in the firm’s M&A support and investment due diligence practice. Prior to joining Civitas Group, Mr. Long was the Head of M&A and Strategy for BAE’s Global Security Initiative, working across operating groups and business areas to bring solidarity to the strategy and identify platform and bolt-on acquisition targets for the broader enterprise. In addition, Mr. Long led the market analyses and strategy efforts for the U.S. businesses for the North American, Saudi Arabian, and Indian security markets.

  • Doug Expert Contributor -- Principal Consultant, Milltech Consulting: Doug Miller has worked in the enterprise and government IT space for over 25 years. For the past 8 years, Doug has been the principal consultant with Milltech Consulting, a company focused on business and technical consulting in the areas of interoperability, migration and competitive strategy. Doug was formerly the CEO and co-founder of Softway Systems, the creators of the Interix UNIX subsystem and migration solution for Windows. The company was acquired by Microsoft in 1999 and Doug moved to Microsoft where he held various positions until 2004 including heading up competitive strategy for the Windows Server business and leading the enterprise migration solution group.

  • General Ken Expert Contributor -- Managing Director, Paladin: Lieutenant General Ken Minihan is a Managing Director at Paladin. He retired from the U.S. Air Force on June 1, 1999, after more than 33 years of active commissioned service to the nation. On his final tour of duty he served as the 14th Director of the National Security Agency/Central Security Service, a combat support agency of the Department of Defense with military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. As Director, he was the senior uniformed intelligence officer in the Department of Defense. He has also served as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has over thirty years experience in national, defense and military information services, information technology development and diverse customer support services.

  • Andrew Expert Contributor -- Director, Security and Infrastructures, Hitachi Data Systems: Andrew Nielsen is the Director of Infrastructures and Security Product Management for Hitachi Data Systems where he is responsible for driving the product security direction for the company as well as the Data Networks and Data Center Infrastructure portfolios. Mr. Nielsen is a senior security professional with 10+ years experience in information technology and security, working for government, financial services, and industry. During that time Mr. Nielsen has specialized in PKI, identity management, infrastructure and venture backed emerging security technology. He currently serves as the HDS representative to the PCI Security Standards Council and is a frequent contributor to the SNIA Security Technical Working Group on issues regarding storage security and data protection. Andrew currently holds the (ISC)2 CISSP certification as well as the ISSAP and ISSMP concentration certifications. In additional to his security certifications, Mr. Nielsen also holds the ISACA CISA and various Microsoft certifications. His educational background includes a B.A. in Creative Arts from San Jose State University.

  • Larry Expert Contributor -- Chairman and Founder, Ponemon Institute: Dr. Larry Ponemon is the Chairman and Founder of the Ponemon Institute, a research "think tank" dedicated to advancing privacy and data protection practices. Dr. Ponemon is considered a pioneer in privacy auditing and the Responsible Information Management or RIM framework.

  • Paul Expert Contributor -- Senior Advisor, Chertoff Group: Paul Rosenzweig, Esq. is a Senior Advisor to The Chertoff Group and the founder of Red Branch Law & Consulting, PLLC. Mr. Rosenzweig formerly served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy in the Department of Homeland Security and twice as Acting Assistant Secretary for International Affairs. In these positions he has responsibility for developing policy, strategic plans, and international approaches to the entire gamut of homeland security activities, ranging from immigration and border security to avian flu and international data protection rules. Mr. Rosenzweig is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute. During 2011 he was a Carnegie Visiting Fellow at the Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern Univesity. He is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University and a Visiting Fellow at The Heritage Foundation. He serves as a Senior Editor of the Journal of National Security Law & Policy.

  • Mark Expert Contributor -- President and Managing Director, Civitas Group: Mark Shaheen is a President and Managing Director at Civitas Group. At Civitas Group, he leads the firm’s efforts focused on the commercial market including strategy consulting and acquisition support and investment due diligence in the homeland security, defense, and intelligence sectors. Prior to joining Civitas Group as one of the firm’s original principals, he was a Foreign Service Officer at the Department of State. In this capacity he led critical counterterrorism initiatives and coordinated interagency policy and numerous bi-lateral efforts in the region. Previously, Mr. Shaheen had served on the staff of the Secretary of State and also held overseas assignments as a Political/Economic Officer at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Havana and as Special Assistant to the Ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in London. He has worked in numerous advisory roles related to homeland security and foreign policy/national security. Mr. Shaheen served as an officer in the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division. He is a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University.

  • Dr. Peter Expert Contributor -- Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, RR Donnelley: Dr. Peter Tiemeyer is the Chief Information Security and Privacy Officer, and Sr. VP for IT Governance, at RR Donnelley - a global provider of integrated communications, printing, logistics and business process outsourcing products and services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector. Peter has been with RR Donnelley since 1999 serving in IT security, governance, strategy and operations roles. Prior to coming to RR Donnelley, Peter was a policy analyst and the Group Manager for the Behavioral Sciences at RAND, a non-profit, public policy analysis organization.

  • Andrew Expert Contributor -- VP, Strategic Policy and Planning, Aveshka, Inc.: Andrew Weis has played a major role in developing most of the nation's homeland security laws since 2004, including the Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, and the SAFE Port Act. Prior to joining Civitas, Mr. Weis served as the Minority General Counsel for the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs where he advised Ranking Member Susan Collins and was directly involved in matters ranging from infrastructure protection and emergency preparedness and response to information sharing.

  • Jeff Expert Contributor -- Senior Director, Aveshka, Inc.: As the first Cyber Exercise Program Director at the National Cyber Security Division and the architect for the National Cyber Exercise series Cyber Storm, Jeff Wright has been instrumental in the development of major cyber exercises for the Department of Homeland Security. His work in cyber exercises included extensive collaboration with interagency groups, federal departments, state governments, international partners and the private sector.

  • PartnersWe are grateful for the support from our partners, without whom this forum would not be possible. Partner organizations include:

  • Partner -- Centrify solutions centralize identities, secure privileges and continuously monitor cross-platform systems allowing Federal organizations to achieve compliance and scorecard priorities using an infrastructure they already own - Active Directory. Proven in over 60 Federal agencies, Centrify's lightweight approach supports data center consolidation, promotes shared services and secures mobile devices and cloud computing for civilian, defense and intelligence organizations. For more information, visit

  • Chertoff Partner -- The Chertoff Group is a strategic security and risk management advisory firm that assists clients with addressing a broad array of homeland and national security issues in addition to providing merger and acquisition advisory services for clients in the security, defense and government services industries. For more information, visit

  • Civitas Partner -- Civitas Group llc is a strategic and management consulting firm serving corporate, financial sector, and public sector clients in the national and homeland security markets. For more information, see:

  • Cyber Innovation Partner -- The mission of the Cyber Innovation Center/National Cyber Research Park is to create a knowledge-based workforce and diversify the region's economic base by promoting research, education, and technological innovation and fostering collaborative and strategic alliances between governmental agencies, private industry, and academic institutions. For more information, see:

  • Hitachi Data Partner -- Hitachi Data Systems serves the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Intelligence Community agencies with high-availability storage solutions. With the explosion of data collections in these agencies, the demand for storage solutions has expanded from just high availability to cloud infrastructure, data content and information content. Collecting data at the edge, processing the data and adding custom metadata to the information are critical to getting data back to the cloud, which supports analysts’ work on various missions. For more information, visit:

  • Homeland Security & Defense Business Partner -- The Homeland Security & Defense Business Council is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization of the leading companies that bring homeland security solutions to the marketplace. The Council works to ensure that the perspective, innovation, expertise and capabilities of the private sector are recognized, respected and integrated with the public sector. For more information, visit:

  • Partner -- InterAct is a leading provider of public and private safety software solutions. Our mission is to improve the safety and well-being of people and their communities with the most innovative online technology which connect the right people with the right data at the right time. For 37 years, InterAct has been providing state-of-the-art, integrated incident response software solutions. In 2011, we delivered a new level of innovation with the industry's first fully CJIS-compliant and cloud-based online Records Management System (RMS). For more information, visit:

  • Juniper Partner -- Juniper Networks enables federal enterprises to "cloud ready" their data centers by combining network infrastructure and security platforms purpose built for next generation data centers and cloud environments with the lessons of cloud computing. Juniper can increase cloud efficiencies, achieve economies of scale, improve agility and accelerate secure delivery of IT services at significantly reduced cost. For more information, see:

  • KE&T Partner -- Under the leadership of Karen Evans, former Administrator of the Office of Electronic Government and Information Technology at the Office of Management and Budget, KE&T Partners provides strategic Information Technology advisory services to corporate and government executive leadership.

  • L-3 Partner -- L-3 STRATIS provides cybersecurity, intelligence, and enterprise information technology services and solutions to the Intelligence Community; the Department of Defense; U.S. federal civilian, state, and local government agencies; and international customers. For more information, see:

  • Lockheed Partner -- Lockheed Martin is the #1 provider of IT services to the Federal Government and delivers innovative technologies for cloud computing and cyber security. For more information, see:

  • Partner -- Microsoft e-government solutions enable government IT to help agencies improve citizen services, increase efficiency, keep data more secure, and meet budgetary goals. For more information, see:

  • Peerstone Partner -- Since 2001, Peerstone Inc. has produced Expert Insights focused exclusively on enterprise software and hardware for its diverse client base. The firm has advised hundreds of IT decision makers with analysis and Expert Insights on trends on enterprise software use. For more information, see:

  • The Ponemon Partner -- Ponemon Institute is considered the pre-eminent research center dedicated to privacy, data protection and information security policy. It offers independent strategic advisory services to help companies enhance the effectiveness of their privacy and data protection programs and meet compliance and regulatory requirements in the United States and abroad. For more information, see:

  • RR Partner -- RR Donnelley is a global provider of integrated multi-channel communications. The company employs a suite of leading Internet based capabilities and other resources to provide premedia, printing, logistics, supply chain management, business process outsourcing, and other services to leading clients in virtually every private and public sector. For more information, see:

  • The Partner -- The SI is a leading provider of full life cycle, mission-focused systems engineering and integration services to the U.S. Intelligence Community, Department of Defense, and other agencies. For more information, visit:

  • Partner -- Smarsh provides email and electronic message archiving solutions that help federal, state and local entities manage and enforce flexible, secure and cost-effective compliance and records retention strategies. For more information, see: