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No Degrees of Separation: Security Clearance in a Socially Networked World

Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting), Hart Rossman (SAIC), Jeff Jonas (IBM Entity Analytics)
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The vetting of candidates, whether for security clearance or political office, involves forms, interviews, and background checks. Ensuring that those candidates, once cleared, retain their clearances requires even more work. But the advent of social networks and the Big Data tools to analyze them may forever change how we examine someone’s past—with important ethical and legal consequences. This panel will look at how open online lifestyles and easy analytics will change the process of security clearance, from the initial vetting of candidates to the tracking of their behavior once cleared and the protection of their digital reputations.

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Alistair Croll

Solve For Interesting

Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.

Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which is being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.

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Hart Rossman

SAIC

Hart Rossman is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cyber Security Solutions at SAIC. He also enjoys an appointment as a Senior Research Fellow with the Supply Chain Management Center at the University of Maryland, where he studies cyber supply chain security. Concurrently, Mr. Rossman is a faculty member with the Institute for Applied Network Security (www.ianetsec.com), represents SAIC-IRT in FIRST (www.first.org), and is a founding member of the Corporate Executive Programme (www.globalcep.com). He is on the Editorial Board for “IT Professional” magazine, a publication of the IEEE and co-author of their “Insecure IT” column. Mr. Rossman co-authored NIST SP 800-64rev2, “Security Considerations in the System Development Life Cycle”. He has earned a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP), received his B.A. in Communication from the University Of Maryland, College Park, and received his MBA from the University of Maryland, Robert H. Smith School of Business.

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Jeff Jonas

IBM Entity Analytics

Jeff Jonas is Chief Scientist, IBM Entity Analytics Group and an IBM Distinguished Engineer. The IBM Entity Analytics Group was formed based on technologies developed by Systems Research & Development (SRD), founded by Jonas in 1984, and acquired by IBM in January, 2005.

Prior to the acquisition Jonas lead SRD through the design and development of a number of unique systems including technology used by the Las Vegas gaming industry. One such innovation played a pivotal role in protecting the gaming industry from aggressive card count teams. The most notable known as the MIT team featured in the book “Bringing Down the House”, and recent movie “21.” This work is frequently featured in documentaries appearing on, the Discovery Channel, Learning Channel and the Travel Channel.

Following an investment in 2001 by In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA; SRD began playing a role in America’s national security and counterterrorism mission. One such contribution includes an analysis of the connections between the individual 9/11 terrorists.

Jonas is a Member of the Markle Foundation Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, a Board Member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF), on the EPIC Advisory Board, and a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Jonas also periodically testifies on privacy and counterterrorism in such venues as the Department of Homeland Security’s Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee, and other federally convened commissions.

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