GovSec Conference to Educate Law Enforcement and Government Officials on Latest Trends for Protecting Information, Infrastructure and Public Safety

FBI and U.S. CERT Leaders to Deliver Keynote Addresses to Paid Conference Attendees

GovSec/U.S. Law 2011

FAIRFAX, VA--()--The trends and tactics used to protect information, critical infrastructure and public safety will be at the forefront of four tracks of educational sessions during the 2011 Government Security Expo & Conference (GovSec) featuring the U.S. Law Enforcement Conference & Exposition, produced by the 1105 Event Group. The paid conference agenda also includes keynote addresses by top officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity Division.

“In a world where cybercrime and terrorism know no boundaries, it is important that government officials and law enforcement at all levels are equally knowledgeable about all potential threats, as well as how to prevent and respond to attacks,” said Col. Jenni Hesterman (U.S. Air Force-Retired), Director of the National Security Studies program for the American Military University, and chair of session on Homegrown Terrorists & Lone Wolves. “I’m excited to be a part of the GovSec Conference which successfully addresses the growing number of issues agencies face in their mission to protect public safety.”

The GovSec educational conference runs from Tuesday, March 29 through Thursday, March 31. The majority of the conference, including keynote addresses, four educational tracks and networking events will take place before the trade expo opens, in order to eliminate the need for attendees to have to choose between attending sessions and visiting the trade show.

March 29 will feature the two keynote addresses:

  • Randy Vickers, director of the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team at the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cybersecurity Division, will open the conference with his remarks at 9 a.m.
  • Greg Fowler, special agent in charge (SAC) of the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force will speak at 1 p.m. on “The Evolving Threat,” examining how the face of terrorism has changed since Sept. 11, and what can be expected in the future.

The educational conference will be broken into four distinct tracks: Critical Infrastructure Protection; Protecting from Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime; Domestic and International Terrorism; and Law Enforcement: Case Studies, Tactics and Technologies. Featured speakers in these tracks will come from top government agencies and law enforcement organizations, including:

  • Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
  • Alexandria, Va., Police Department
  • American Military University
  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Police
  • Fairfax County, Va., Police Department
  • FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Idaho National Laboratory
  • National Cyber Forensics & Training Alliance
  • National Tactical Officers Association
  • Office of the Chief of Naval Operations
  • U.S. Army War College
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Department of Commerce
  • U.S. Department of Defense Naval Facilities Engineering Command / Engineering Service Center (NAVFAC ESC)
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Security and Strategic Information
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • U.S. General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department

Highlighted sessions from these tracks include:

Critical Infrastructure Protection

  • F/ICAM: Next Steps for Federal ICAM Architecture: Led by Deborah Gallagher, chair of the General Services Administration’s Roadmap Development Team, this session will review current and future developments related to the Federal Identity, Credential and Access Management (F/ICAM) standard.
  • It’s Easy To Smuggle Illegal, Threatening And Deadly Items Into So Called Secure Environments: Despite claiming that facilities are secure, undercover security intrusion testing showed that government facilities were easily breached with simulated IEDs and weapons. This session explains why this happens and how to prevent it happening in the future.
  • Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Attack: Idaho National Laboratory’s Rob Hoffman, and Curtis Papke will discuss the multiple interactions and coordination necessary between local, tribal, state, federal, government, private sector and international partnerships for an effective response to emerging cyber security threats.

Protecting from Cyberterrorism and Cybercrime

  • Cyber Security Issues in the Field: Mobile computing has redefined the need to protect edge devices – like smartphones and mobile computers used by government and law enforcement agencies. This session will outline the emerging threats to mobile computing devices and the tools used by cybercriminals to access sensitive data.
  • Advanced Persistent Threats - Current Trends in Cyber Crime: This session will give attendees an appreciation of highly organized, sophisticated and targeted hacking campaigns that are being employed to steal intelligence and proprietary information, as well as discuss the tools and techniques to protect against such attacks.
  • Being Proactive and Less Reactive in Security Operations and Cyber Attack Response: This session will show attendees create and maintain a baseline security policy, and discuss the importance of security preparedness and response techniques.

Domestic and International Terrorism

  • An Update on Homegrown Terrorists & Lone Wolves: This panel discussion will examine the threats posed by homegrown extremists, and the challenge of identifying them as part of the war on terrorism.
  • Mumbai & Beyond: Lessons for American Law Enforcement: In this session, Don Alwes, an instructor with the National Tactical Officers Association, will explore the potential threat of terrorist-sponsor active shooter attacks, as well as how to patrol and respond to these incidents.
  • Improvised Explosive Devices: This session will give attendees an opportunity to look at various IEDs and gain a better understanding of what makes an IED work in order to identify potential warning signs.
  • Times Square VBIED Case Study: Led by Lt. Timothy Carroll, FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness, will examine this attack, how it was mitigated, and the threat it posed to communities outside the target area as well as responders nationwide.
  • Connecting the War on Drugs and the War on Terror: In this panel discussion, law enforcement experts will discuss the connection between domestic gang issues and international terrorism, what has been done to break this connection to date, and what the future holds.
  • Suicide Bombings – When It Happens Here: This session will show participants how the Israeli’s have dealt with and prepared for each wave suicide bombings, and discuss the responsibilities of each emergency responder and their respective organization as the events unfold.

Law Enforcement: Case Studies, Tactics and Technologies

  • Social Networking Investigations for Threat Assessment: In this session, attendees will learn how social media can be a revealing source of information about the intentions, capacity for violence and mental status of individuals.
  • From Intelligence Led Policing to Predictive Policing: How Technology and Information Fuse a New Paradigm: This presentation will provide an in-depth explanation of the new “all threats, all crimes, all hazards” policing policy today being utilized by the NJ State Police and the role of state fusion centers in the strategy.
  • Law Enforcement Response to Mentally Disturbed Persons or “MOs”: The presentation will help security and law enforcement personnel who come into contact with mentally disturbed persons to potentially recognize the disorder in an expedited manner, ensure safety and yield vital information to better manage the situation.
  • Active Shooter Response Capabilities and Training Standards: Learning From Those Who Have Gone Before Us: This session will update law enforcement officers, administrators, trainers and policy makers on current trends both in the United States and abroad regarding active shooter tactics, addressing training standards, methodologies and possible curriculum changes to existing active shooter training programs.

The early bird registration rate to attend the full conference, including two keynote addresses, four session tracks and networking events, is $395 for government employees and $445 for non-government attendees. Individuals wishing to attend only select law enforcement sessions are invited to pre-register for those at a rate of $25 per session.

About GovSec featuring U.S. Law Enforcement

The Government Security Expo & Conference (GovSec) takes a comprehensive approach to securing our nation and its critical infrastructure by addressing the convergence of physical security, cybersecurity and law enforcement. This combination provides security professionals and first responders with the necessary insights, tools and tactics to protect their communities and our nation. U.S. Law Enforcement at GovSec provides the newest tools, tactics and technologies for law enforcement on the federal, state and local level to protect their communities and critical infrastructure from domestic and international terrorism, and natural and accidental disasters, while serving as the first line of defense in homeland security and as a partner in terrorism investigations. For more information, visit

About 1105 Event Group

The 1105 Event Group is a division of 1105 Media Inc. and is the leading producer of exhibitions, conferences, and executive events for the government and defense information technology industry as well as the private sector enterprise computing markets. Flagship events include FOSE, GovSec/U.S. Law, Visual Studio Live!, TechMentor, and Web Design World conferences, as well as the FOSE Institute conference series. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, Calif., with primary offices throughout the United States and more than 300 employees. For more information, please visit


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Brad Wills, 240-752-7171


Wills & Associates Public Relations
Brad Wills, 240-752-7171