US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) is responsible for strategic deterrence, global strike, and operating/defending the Department of Defense (DoD) Global Information Grid. We also provide a host of capabilities to support the other combatant commands, including strategic warning; integrated missile defense; global command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; and measures to combat weapons of mass destruction. Our priority in cyberspace is to improve our ability to operate and defend the DoD network at network speed, to make sure our critical activities can continue even in the face of adversary attempts to deny or disrupt them.
My talk will address challenges and initiatives within DoD and USSTRATCOM to improve information assurance and protection of what we call key terrain in cyberspace. I will speak to the general nature of cyber threats and conduct of war from and through the cyberspace domain. My talk will provide an overview of several initiatives to improve our security posture, to include the DoD Joint Information Enterprise and Defense Industrial Base pilot. I will also provide a review of important policy and authority challenges.
Ms. Kerry Kelley is Director of C4 Systems and Chief Information Officer, United States Strategic Command, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. Her directorate is responsible for providing and assuring global-integrated Command, Control, Communications and Computer Systems capabilities for US Strategic Command to execute support of full spectrum operations spanning global strike, space, ISR, and cyberspace operations. Her responsibilities include implementation of communications and information policies across the command. As the CIO, she is also responsible for developing, coordinating, and implementing USSTRATCOM enterprise information environment consistent with DoD initiatives, policy, and guidance.
As a global payments provider, First Data provides infrastructure that makes it possible for commerce to be executed smoothly around the globe. First Data processes payments with a product portfolio that enables retailers and financial institutions to meet consumer demand with their own secure services.
I will discuss how First Data provides processing power around the globe, and the challenges associated with doing so in today’s world. Commerce today requires processors to provide scalability and continuous availability delivering transactions with increasing speed and security. As part of this presentation, I will discuss how consumers, financial institutions and merchants all are looking for payment solutions that are keeping pace as the world becomes more mobile and online and offline worlds merge into a new customer experience.
Brad Masterson is Principal IT Architect for First Data. He is responsible for providing technical consultation for North American information technology projects. Masterson also manages the North American technology consulting team responsible for assessing the health of various technology platforms and providing strategic recommendations regarding quality, availability and compliance with corporate technology standards. Since 1994, Masterson has held various leadership and technology roles with First Data. His responsibilities have included overseeing online application teams handling authorization and online transaction support, managing application development for various components of First Data’s systems, and serving on the corporate team responsible for the creation of test systems and cycles, disaster recovery, and quality assurance testing. Masterson lead the team responsible for application development for First Data’s Oil Services organization, which provided credit card services to oil companies, and managed a 24/7 data center for the execution of the Mobil Oil credit card system. Before joining First Data, he held several technical and management positions with Mobil Oil Corporation. Masterson served as team lead in developing a Pan-European credit card system and had responsibility for developing a cost allocation model for Mobil oil credit card systems. He also worked as part of a team assigned to the development of retail gasoline marketing strategy for Southern California and Arizona.
Railways constitute one of our nation's critical infrastructures. They provide Americans with the safest, most fuel-efficient and reliable form of ground freight transportation. Since the 1980s the rail industry has pursued a rigorous program to improve train safety. This has resulted in an 80% reduction in train accident rates and an 82% reduction in employee injury rates. In 2008, the federal government issued a mandate that a Positive Train Control (PTC) system be created and implemented for our nation's railway system by the end of 2015.
In this talk, I will discuss the incident that led to the federal mandate for Positive Train Control (PTC), current methods of train control, the requirements of the federal mandate, the technology being developed to meet requirements of the federal mandate along with the technical, operational and financial challenges of PTC. I will also discuss the projected growth of the rail industry and the demands that business will require of train control systems.
Jeff D. Young is the Assistant Vice President of Transportation Systems at the Union Pacific Railroad Company. Jeff Young joined Union Pacific Railroad in 1976 at Idaho Falls, Idaho in the Transportation department. Since that time Jeff has held various positions in the Operating and Information Technology departments. In 1987 Jeff was appointed to the position of Director – Advanced Train Control Systems and for the past 25 years has been involved with the development and implementation of communication based operating and control systems. Jeff regularly represents Union Pacific or the rail industry in technical conferences and government proceedings and currently serves as Chairman of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) PTC Policy Committee. He currently is responsible for UP’s new Computer Aided Dispatching System, Positive Train Control System, Advanced Terminal Management Systems, Crew Management and Timekeeping System, and all other transportation related technology for Union Pacific.