The world has changed so much recently. The pandemic has tested the security of organizations in unprecedented ways. If we’re not thinking differently, we will not achieve the results needed to keep pace with emerging threats and improve the economic health and security of our country. We recognize the urgency to address new opportunities and growing demands, which is why the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is hosting a series of virtual discussions this fall, focusing on how science, technology, and partnerships are needed to achieve common objectives to protect people, commerce, and infrastructure.
Starting this month, we’ll be convening a diverse group of public-private partners to discuss new ideas and solutions to protect people, commerce, and infrastructure. Diverse perspectives and shared goals on trends, needs, and capabilities will inform how technologies can be integrated, secured, and protected to secure our future now. We invite you to join the conversation as we present the following:
Clearing the Path: Responding to Disasters During a Crisis
On September 24th at 1:00 p.m. EST, we will be discussing how the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responds to disasters during a crisis. When responding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, emergency responders, hospitals, and supply chains are working at capacity, all while the nation is also facing hurricanes, wildfires, and floods. For communities to adapt and respond to these compounding pressures, they must understand how technologies can inform risk-based decision making in areas of neighborhood health monitoring, supply chains, securing evacuation shelters, crisis communications, and information sharing among front-line responders. Innovation in autonomous, predictive analytics, modeling and simulation, and mobility offer new solutions to tackle immediate challenges and prepare for emerging threats.
Faced with Disruption: Securing your Digital Connection
On October 6th at 5:00 p.m. EST, we will be convening public-private partners, focusing on how advances in 5G, artificial intelligence, and IoT, are disrupting government and business sectors by increasing online services of telemedicine, education, voting, commerce, and public safety, to name a few. Yet, despite advances in speed, access, and information sharing, risks remain with protecting personal and business data, which impacts trust in how government and industry deliver products and services. In the face of complex threats and rapid innovation cycles, tune in to hear how DHS is investing in new capabilities to secure your digital connections and keep services uninterrupted for diverse security environments.
Moving to the Edge: Securing the Shift to Prediction and Preparedness
In November (date to be determined), we will be discussing the advances and capabilities of machine learning, quantum systems, and connected technologies. These advancements require new partners and knowledge of how emerging technologies are accelerating risk-informed decision making for critical infrastructure operations. From public safety and public health, to smart transportation and infrastructure, this conversation will lay-out how data-driven edge computing presents new capabilities for how the Department of Homeland Security can stay ahead of complex threats and help build smarter, safer, and more resilient communities.
I encourage you to stay engaged—tune in, follow us on social media (@dhsscitech), and share with us what else you’d like to hear about. Visit our events page to register and learn more about the “Securing our Future Now” virtual series.