Collaborative IT Solutions Day: Monday March 26, 2012

Sign-up for this in-depth and interactive series of workshops and examine the most current perspectives from the foremost experts in different aspects of collaborative IT. Experienced operators will gain exposure to advanced concepts and techniques, while others will gain the familiarity and exposure necessary for them to inform their decision making.

8:30am Registration and Coffee

11:00am-12:00pm Lunch

12:00pm-2:00pm Actual lessons learned: Analysis and Training (SimBAT) – Heuristics, Biases and Problem Solving

This session will discuss developments in Simulation-Based Analysis and Training (SimBAT). Specifically with regard to cognitive and cultural heuristics and biases in intelligence analysis, the role of heterogeneous collaboration in problem-identification and hypothesis-generation and the application of advanced methodology in hypothesis-testing and problem solving.

Additionally, in order to develop sound strategic modeling and planning, the session will cover new strategic model-design methodology which helps guide analysts in strategic 'critical factors analysis' (CFA): the identification and characterization of what DoD calls political, military, economic and social 'critical factors' (centers of gravity and associated critical capabilities, requirements and vulnerabilities).

What will be covered:

  • Hands on perspectives and experiences
  • Practical applications of SimBAT and other techniques
  • Methods to improve intelligence analysis capabilities via collaboration

How you will benefit:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of SimBAT
  • Learn how heterogeneous collaboration methods can enhance analysis capabilities
  • Exposure to the cognitive pitfalls that hinder intelligence analysis

Session Leader:

Timothy Smith
Program Manager
National Maritime Intelligence Center

2:00pm-4:00pm Safeguarding intelligence in a shared environment: Cyber Security Perspective - How Social Media and Other Threats Have Impacted Information Sharing

This workshop will provide knowledge concerning the myriad challenges involved in maintaining security in an increasing open information environment. Information today moves through channels that are unprecedented – namely, via social networks. Social media represents a massive body of data and is an increasingly important method for sharing data worldwide. As such, the IC cannot afford to avoid the social web. When tapping into this resource, striking the appropriate balance between network security and the ability to rapidly access a wide set of data is a critical issue if efforts towards increased collaboration are to be sustained. Recent security breaches, resulting both from leaks and technical exploits, will be examined with an eye on how organizations can move away from reactive measures.

What will be covered:

  • The penetration methods that agencies can expect to face in the future
  • Proper techniques and protocols for gathering social data
  • Case studies outlining the impact of social media on national security

How you will benefit:

  • IC operators will gain exposure to techniques for conducting cyber investigations via social media
  • Decision makers will learn hands on lessons for containing and dealing with cyber threats
  • Managers of emergency response organizations will be able to understand the nuances of balancing privacy and civil liberty with investigative demands

Session Leader:

Brad Barker
President and Founder
HALO Corp.

4:00pm-4:45pm Crowdsourcing- Bringing Together Separate Elements in the IC

Alon Ben-Meir
Professor of International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies
The New School and New York University