Don’t Miss The GovSec Conference And Exhibition
May 9 kicks off the 6th annual GovSec, U.S. Law and Ready! Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC. This years conference—running through May 10 at the Washington Convention Center—has major focus on how to prevent the next physical or cyber attack, the psychology of terrorism, advances in communications technology, as well as Al Qaeda operations and tactics across the globe. Each day will feature specialty sessions on Emergency Management Fire Services, Homeland Security-Counterterrorism Interoperability and IT and Physical Security.
The conference addresses the needs of federal, state, county and local Homeland security, while also highlighting the leading edge in security, and the newest ideas and issues. It also gives attendees a chance to network with 10,000 colleagues.
Keynote speakers in the Homeland security field will headline the sessions. Tom Ridge, formerly first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will offer a candid view of America’s national readiness and response capabilities in his speech, “Preparing for the Unknown: Crisis Management.” Ridge, who also is a member of an independent panel to investigating the recent Virginia Tech shootings, will speak about response times of police and emergency medical officials to the tragedy. Read more about Ridge and his upcoming speech here.
Also speaking is Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Frances Fragos Townsend. She will discuss the lessons the nation has learned since creating the Department of Homeland Security and cover to the nation’s response to Hurricane Katrina.
There will be several Homeland security and counterterrorism-focused workshops included over the days of the event. Read about each session covering these issues here.
Other major speakers include Andy Mohr, a lawyer in Washington, DC and lecturer at American University, who will begin a session about Reaching Government Customers and Navigating GSA Schedule Opportunities and Requirements with an overview of federal procurement rules and regulations – and exceptions to those same rules. Mr. Mohr is a regular columnist for Government Security magazine. Read his latest article here.
The session continues as Lynn de Seve, who leads a government contracting consulting firm, will explain the recent changes affecting current GSA Contractors and Prospective Contractors for Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Preparedness.
Paul Zimmerman will wrap it up by sharing insider tips for identifying, attracting and convincing key government decision-makers about the merits of various security-related offerings. See a complete schedule of speakers here.
Even more programming will be offered at the Presentations Theater on the show floor.
The topic of the country’s next step for the future will be covered in, “A Conversation with Bob Woodward.” The Pulitzer prize-winning journalist, author and icon of American history will share his insight and opinions on what the future holds for the Bush Administration and the war in Iraq. The Operation Gunway “fashion” show will showcase the latest security and protective gear. Read more about Presentations Theater events here.
The convention is also giving an opportunity, starting on May 8, for hands-on law enforcement training plus everything from learning more about analyzing wireless security, to a session about emergency medical services. Also included is training for technological issues in “How to Make Sure Your Applications Are Secure,” plus a guide in “What’s New in Security Awareness.” Learn more about the training opportunities here.