NVTC Kicks Off Fall with Member Networking Event

September 14th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Membership - (Comments Off)

Over 100 NVTC members came together for a fun evening of networking on Sept. 13 at NVTC’s Member Networking Event. The highly-attended event at the Sheraton Tysons was an exciting kickoff to NVTC’s events season. Attendees enjoyed live music and delicious appetizers while connecting with fellow members and making new connections.

Members can visit www.nvtc.org/events for the latest NVTC networking opportunities.

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The world’s total digital data volume is doubling in size every two years, prompting organizations to find new ways to secure their complex data. In their new NVTC member blog, LMI provides tactics for determining cybersecurity threats in your organization’s digital supply chain and securing critical data.


LMILogoThe world’s total digital data volume is doubling in size every two years, and by 2020 will contain nearly as many digital bits as there are stars in the universe. Most of this data is created and communicated over the Internet, whose “population grew by more than 750 percent in the past 15 years to over 3 billion. This population shares more than 2.5 million pieces of content on Facebook, tweets more than 300,000 times, and sends more than 204 million text messages—every minute.”

With the advent of the Internet of Things and other innovative technology platforms, organizations must continuously analyze and secure their complex data. For supply chain operations, digitalization has enabled leaders to access data faster and build stronger connections within a given supply chain. While there are clear benefits of the digital supply chain, there are challenges that need to be overcome in order to realize its full potential.

According to Ernst & Young, complex data presents numerous challenges to supply chains:

  • The volume of data is skyrocketing as diverse data sources, processes and systems show unprecedented growth. Companies are trying to capture and store everything, without first establishing the data’s business utility.
  • The fact is, technology is enabling this proliferating data complexity—continuing to ignore the need for an enterprise data strategy and information management approach will not only increase “time to insight,” but it may actually lead to incorrect insights.

LMI IMagePerhaps, none of these challenges is as critical as an organization’s ability to successfully secure its supply chain data given the IT security risks posed by the Internet. In fact, 30 percent of supply chain professionals are “very concerned” about a data breach.” The concerns of these professionals are well-founded. The number of cybersecurity breaches is growing by 64 percent every year with 60 percent of cyber breaches linked to insiders—current and former employees, contractors, service providers, suppliers and business partners.

Unfortunately, many organizations are unaware of the security vulnerabilities within their supply chain or how to determine those vulnerabilities. To help organizations determine their vulnerabilities, start by answering the following three questions:
1. How will the product be used and managed in the system? While any system breach is bad, the compromise of a system managing classified data is a much worse than a system that is managing publically available data. Understanding the use of the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) equipment will help determine the resources appropriate to secure the system. In reviewing the product use, consider what other systems are connected to the focus system. A less secure system can serve as a pathway to attack a more highly secured connected system. This was the method used to steal credit card numbers from Target in 2013.

2. How is the system connected to the rest of the world? A system that is connected to the public Internet will need more reliable security, since it would be easy to find and attack. On the other hand, a system that is isolated from any other network would have a much lower risk of attack or data breach, since the attacker would need to be in physical proximity of the system.

3. Who are the system users? Are the users internal employees who are trained on security procedures or is the system accessed by a public user base which may not consider risky security behaviors? Simple security procedures, such as keeping passwords secret and maintaining current anti-virus software, cannot be counted on if you do not directly control users’ environments.

By answering these questions, organizations could quickly and effectively determine the security vulnerabilities within their digital supply chain. Organizations can also contact our cybersecurity experts who can help you monitor, prioritize, and effectively manage your risks to create an optimal level of security based on mission priorities and resource constraints.

 

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Virginia: A Global Technology Center

August 17th, 2017 | Posted by Alexa Magdalenski in Research - (Comments Off)

NVTC recently published the third infographic in its research series. The latest infographic highlights Virginia’s position as a global technology center and a top state for business. Continue reading for some of the key findings in the infographic.

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Virginia’s tech job opportunities are unmatched

  • Virginia ranks #1 in total employed and geographic concentration of cybersecurity workers.

Virginia’s cybersecurity workforce location quotient – a Bureau of Labor Statistics data-driven ratio highlighting a geographic area’s distribution within a given industry – is first in the nation at 4.47, far exceeding the 1.0 that is our national average. Or to put it another way, there are more cybersecurity workers per employed capita than anywhere else in the country.

  • Virginia ranks #1 in cybersecurity job openings.

Virginia ranked first again in the number of cybersecurity openings posted. Cyberseek heatmap openings totaled 35,837 for the period running April 2016 through March 2017.

  • Virginia has the second largest percentage of private tech sector employees.

In the 2016 CompTIA Cyberstates report, Virginia ranked second in terms of percentage of private sector workers employed by tech firms at 9.5 percent. The report also noted:

  • Virginia had the fourth highest number of all technology job postings;
  • Virginia had the fifth highest tech payroll compared to the national average wage differential at $31 billion; and
  • Virginia ranked sixth in the total number of tech workers (284,681), average wage ($109,038), total number of tech establishments (19,568) and tech as a percentage of state product (8.8 percent).

Startup growth is strong in Virginia

  • The Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship ranks Virginia #1 for startup growth.

The Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship uses three components of small business activity to provide an early indicator of small business growth, including the rate of businesses owners in the economy, the five-year survival rate of businesses and the established small business density.

Virginia is pro-business

  • Virginia ranks #4 in the 2015 top 10 pro business rankings

The Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States report details how well each state has positioned itself to retain and create jobs. Virginia is the only state that has been in the top five every year since the inception of the rankings.

Want to learn more about NVTC’s latest research initiatives? Email Research and Strategic Initiatives Manager John Shaw.

View NVTC’s cybersecurity and data analytics infographics.

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What do cloud and AI mean for human resources? Will automation replace human resource functions and associates? Read on to find out in Insperity’s newest NVTC guest blog.


insperity v2Cloud-based tech solutions for human resources offer the promise of easy installation and implementation, but does such software really eliminate the need for HR staff?

The short answer is no.

While new technical offerings can improve the efficiency and speed of many HR processes, the human touch is still needed to get the most out of the software.

For example, you’ll still need someone to “operate the machinery,” so to speak, or administer the software. In a smaller company, that may be one combination payroll and HR person. In a larger company, you may need one employee to do nothing but maintain, update and run the software so that your company gets the most from its capabilities.

When HR software works best

Technology is your friend when it comes to the tactical aspects of human resources. For instance, an online time tracking system that ties to your payroll and government reporting systems can save significant time and improve accuracy over manual tracking and handwritten reports.

Cloud-based HR software can automate formerly complex, time-consuming activities including:

  • New hire paperwork, such as the I-9 authentication and reporting of right to work in the United States
  • Storing of data for compliance
  • Tracking of critical HR data related to hours worked by project or department, turnover and more
  • Garnishments, reporting and mandatory requirements that vary by state

For example, a company operating in a big state like Texas may not be accustomed to the HR complexities of hiring across state lines. But open an office in New York, and you could have employees who work in that state but live in Connecticut or New Jersey.

HR software can help ensure your compliance with multiple states’ payroll tax requirements, and prevent you from having to learn and implement such widely disparate laws on the fly. The best-case scenario is when you have the right software in place to facilitate efficiency and compliance, with access to experienced HR professionals to guide you.

What to look for in HR software

Once you’ve decided whether an HR software package delivers the basic functions your business needs and will help drive company goals, it’s time to take a deeper dive into its functionality.

Some questions to consider:

  • What purpose will this software serve? Will it eliminate, add to or integrate with your existing systems?
  • Who will administer the software? Will they require extra training? If yes, how much? How much training is included in the price?
  • Is this software backed by HR on demand? For example, even with the best software, you’ll still have the occasional compliance question. Look for a software solution with human support.
  • Will this software integrate with other existing software for payroll, time and attendance, or enterprise resource planning (ERP)?

As you talk to software vendors, it’s vital you involve frontline workers who operate existing systems to help you evaluate any new HR software and its integration requirements. Depending on your current set-up, this may mean you bring in the payroll administrator, ERP data manager, compliance officer or the HR specialist managing the current performance system.

These are the people who can help you avoid the costly mistake of buying software that ultimately will not “play nice” with your other systems, since they know the intricate details of how your existing systems really work.

Why leadership is still needed

While cloud-based software may streamline many HR processes, there’s no substitute for sound leadership. Think “strategic” versus “tactical.”

Yes, software can help a company align its objectives and drive engagement through performance management, employee feedback mechanisms, people analytics, training, and compensation and rewards systems. But no software will ever replace a leader who communicates, inspires and motivates employees to achieve the organization’s goals.

As a business grows, it becomes harder to keep employees aligned with the company’s goals and strategies. Software can help keep your ship on the right course, but at the end of the day, any technology solution is only as good as the people behind it.

Learn more about Insperity here.

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On August 9, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that over 26,000 Veterans have been hired through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program since its inception in 2014.

VEI Logo SizedThe NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative (VEI) is proud to announce that NVTC member companies are responsible for over 6,000 of these Veteran hires!

The Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program is a Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Veterans Services Program. V3 helps employers understand, design and implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring and retaining Veterans. Nearly early 600 companies and state and local governments are V3-certified promising to prioritize bringing Veteran talent into their organizations.

The VEI is a strategic partner with V3. V3 Northern Virginia Program Manager Rick Ferry sits on the VEI Task Force and VEI Director Steve Jordon sits on the V3 Veterans Workforce Steering Committee.

Micron Event 080317 v2Currently 35 NVTC member companies are V3-certified and that number continues to grow. Micron is the latest NVTC member to be certified just last week (photo, left).

In 2015 and 2016, NVTC was honored by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services with the V3 Commonwealth Award. The Commonwealth Awards are presented to strategic partners and supporters of the Virginia Values Veterans V3 Program who have made significant contributions to the operation, strategy, and mission of the V3 Program and who have used their expertise to help make Virginia the most Veteran-friendly state in nation to work.

Interested in becoming V3-certified? Contact Steve Jordon or Rick Ferry to learn more.

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Final Logo Capital Health Tech Summit NVTC (2)The inaugural Capital Health Tech Summit took place on June 15, 2017 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. Following a series of “flash briefings” highlighting the latest innovations in health tech in Greater Washington, the Summit’s engaging Innovation Panel discussed how the Greater Washington ecosystem can catalyze and invest in innovations like those presented in the briefings. The panelists also discussed opportunities for innovators to work with the federal government to launch their innovations.

Panelists included FDA Senior Innovation Architect and Advisor to the CTO and Director of Innovation Steven Hubbard, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Acting Executive Director for Innovation, Immediate Office of the Secretary Sanjay Koyani, Dcode42 Founder and CEO Meagan Metzger, and MedStar Health Chief Innovation Officer and MedStar Institute for Innovation Director Dr. Mark S. Smith. Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Robert Silverman moderated.

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According to panelists, Greater Washington is a global leader in health innovation because of its:

  • Wealth of talent: the region’s talent pool is hungry to make a difference in people’s lives
  • Federal government opportunitiess: innovators can make a tangible impact on healthcare by taking advantage of real opportunities to launch technologies in the government (including challenge.gov)
  • Unmatched university and health systems open to embracing new health innovations and incorporating them into practice

The speakers also discussed the need for new partnerships between health systems, the private sector and incubators to spur innovation, and the need for enhanced innovation in the area of home health and preventive care, a booming field.

View full video from the panel:

 

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The healthcare industry is a top target for cyber criminals and can face a variety of security vulnerabilities. In fact, over 200,000 health systems were impacted by the recent WannaCry cyber-attacks.

Cyber panel v2At NVTC’s Capital Health Tech Summit on June 15, 2017, a panel of cyber experts discussed the current health tech threat landscape and highlighted the technologies and services being developed to protect the healthcare industry’s digital systems. Participating on the panel were Ostendio CEO and Co-Founder Grant Elliott, PwC Managing Director of Advisory Services Suzanne Hall, Berkeley Research Group Director Katherine Norris and Leidos Chief Cybersecurity Technologist Gib Sorebo. Carilion Clinic Senior Vice President and CMIO Dr. Stephen Morgan moderated.

Some of the key themes that emerged from the panel included:

  • Emerging tech fields like biomedicine and IoT devices need enhanced collaboration and stakeholder engagement around cybersecurity efforts.Cyber Panel Morgan v2
  • There is no shortage of new security techniques and applications to protect health systems today, but organizations still need to implement the basic cybersecurity controls and educate employees to mitigate human risk.
  • Cybersecurity must find its way into the boardroom with CISOs and CSOs at the table lending their perspectives; cybersecurity has huge business implications.

View full video from the panel below:

Check out panelist Grant Elliott’s recent piece in HIT Leaders and News on cybercrime in healthcare

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Did you know ninety-nine percent of Internet traffic travels through fiber cables on the ocean floor? Or that Virginia has one of the world’s most abundant fiber optic cable networks? In NVTC’s latest blog, DFT Data Centers Vice President of Product Management and NVTC Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee Leadership Board Member Vinay Nagpal discusses the fascinating world of fiber connectivity and the exciting new subsea fiber cables coming to Virginia Beach.  


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Subsea fiber cables on the ocean bed

Ever since the advent of the Internet, there has been a common myth that Internet traffic travels through satellites. That is not true. Ninety-nine percent of the world’s Internet traffic travels through subsea cables that are laid on the ocean bed, like the cable shown in the picture (image, left). The oceans cover over seventy-one percent of the Earth’s surface and the explosive growth of the Internet that we are experiencing is constantly challenging us to ensure that there is adequate infrastructure in the oceans to handle the growth.

Northern Virginia, also known as the “Data Center Alley” is not only the mecca of data centers in the world, but also has the most abundant fiber optic cable network installed underneath its roads, pavements, medians and sidewalks. This has resulted in an astounding statistic: upwards of seventy percent of the world’s Internet traffic passes through Northern Virginia. It is striking to note that up until now, all of that traffic when it leaves the eastern seaboard of the U.S., travels either north making its way to New York or New Jersey, or south, making its way to the Miami area, where landing stations exist connecting the land to ocean to get to the outside world. This land-ocean-land connection happens by virtue of subsea cables that are connecting two sea ports between countries, and often, between different continents altogether.

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The world at your fingertips

Why are subsea cables important? They are important because of the unimaginable growth of the Internet, and the way the Internet has been intertwined into our lives. The use of the Internet from wearable tech, to autonomous cars, to Internet-enabled toasters and refrigerators, is just the beginning and we have barely scratched the surface in the potential adoption of the Internet. The Internet has drastically changed the taxi, hotel and so many more industries. It has given us the freedom and power. Corporate America is moving their IT infrastructure out of their facilities, and placing it in the hands of the shared technology czars, who are managing enterprise data and making sure it is accessible by users in a cost-effective model.

Extremely connected is the world that we live in – from WiFi at the airports, railway stations, inside airlines, on cruise ships – to fast fiber connection in our homes, we often take this WiFi enablement for granted. Without fiber cables, there would be no streaming a 4K movie from the comfort of our reclining sofas. We wouldn’t have the ability to get the content and data when we want it, where we want it and how we want it.

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Subsea fiber cable

Fascinatingly, these fiber cables (image, right) are thinner than human hair and about 1,000 times stronger. The light transmitted through these cables carries all of our data from one point to the other, from one city to the other, from one state to the other, from one country to the other, and from one continent to the other.

The transoceanic cables connecting continents together is not a new concept – the very first trans-oceanic was laid on the ocean bed over 150 years ago in the 1850s. There are currently over 350 subsea cables carrying Internet traffic daily on the ocean beds, and over 40 active subsea cable projects underway across the world. We are doing a great job feeding the sharks. Yes, the sharks still look forward to biting on these cables, and it remains to be a persistent problem on the ocean bed.

These cables are extremely expensive to build and operate – typically few hundred million dollars. A cable can easily cost in the vicinity of $300-$400 million dollars and take about two to three years from the concept to operational. In that time period, there is the feasibility study that is done and you need to acquire permits and licensing; as you can imagine crossing international waters involves multiple countries and their laws.

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Virginia Beach connected to the world

For the very first time in the Commonwealth of Virginia, we are going to have a direct fiber cable crossing the Atlantic. This cable (click on image, above, to enlarge) will connect Virginia Beach to Bilbao, Spain. Co-owned by Microsoft, Facebook and Telxius (the subsea cable company, owned by Telefonica, the Spanish carrier), the cable, called MAREA (Spanish for “Tide”), when installed and operational will be the fastest cable crossing the Atlantic ocean ever. The second cable under development is BRUSA, connecting Virginia Beach to Puerto Rico to Brazil. A third project under final stages of consideration is Midgardsormen, which will connect Virginia Beach to Blaabjerg, Denmark. In addition, there are nine additional cable projects under consideration. Understandably, not all of these projects will see the day of the light (literally speaking); but by the time some of these projects become a reality, I am sure there will be additional new projects under consideration.

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NVTC Data Center & Cloud Infrastructure Committee meeting on July 13, 2017

On July 13, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) held its Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Committee meeting on the topic Subsea Cables Coming to Virginia Beach; What It Means for Virginia and the World. The distinguished panel included speakers from Telxius, AcquaComms, NxtVn, the City of Virginia Beach, with special cable samples and maps provided by TE SubCom.

Part 2 of the meeting will be held later this year and will focus on bringing the subsea capacity from Virginia Beach to Northern Virginia and other parts of the country. If you are interested in participating in Part 2 of the meeting, please contact Vinay Nagpal at vnagpal@dft.com.

You can view the presentation slides from the July 13 meeting by clicking here or viewing below.

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NVTC recently hosted the first-ever Capital Health Tech Summit on June 15, 2017 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. The fascinating field of pharmacogenomics, the study of how genes affect a person’s response to medications, was covered by an expert panel.

Final Logo Capital Health Tech Summit NVTC (2)Pharmacogenomics panelists included Translational Software Chief Science Officer Dr. Houda Hachad, Inova Center for Personalized Health Assistant Vice President of Personalized Health Franziska Moeckel and CGI Chief Architect and Corporate Ambassador, Global Health IT Practice, Stephen Saunders. Inova Translational Medicine Institute Chief Operating Officer Dr. John Deeken moderated.

Pharmacogenomics v2The session explored emerging solutions and opportunities for individualized therapies and patient-centric systems using pharmacogenomics. Key themes that emerged from the panel included:

  • Pharmacogenomics is putting data in patients’ hands, empowering them to live healthier lives
  • Pharmacogenomics has significant implications for reducing long-term healthcare costs and improving long-term health outcomes.
  •      According to panelists, 8% of all ER visits are because of drug reactions; pharmacogenomics can help reduce these visits and the medical costs associated with them considerably.
  •     Pharmacogenomics mapping, starting as early as maternity, can help ensure patients are receiving the most personalized, impactful care over their lifetimes.
  • The translational software fueling pharmacogenomics today is the missing bridge between laboratories and hospitals and doctors’ offices.

View the full video from the panel below to learn more:

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Final Logo Capital Health Tech Summit NVTC (2)The inaugural Capital Health Tech Summit took place on June 15, 2017 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health. One of the event highlights was the Health Tech Innovation Spotlight during which innovative companies from the region’s health technology sector presented 5-minute flash briefings highlighting their ground-breaking or unique innovations that could ultimately be game changers in health.

View full video from these presentations below and check out DC Inno’s article on the innovations!

Here are links to the companies that presented:

• 10Pearls
• Aperiomics
• Avanade
• CGI
• INF Robotics Inc.
• Perthera
• Protenus

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Click here for a full photo gallery from the Summit and stay tuned for more Summit content here on the blog!

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