Had a great time on Wednesday on a panel at the “Defense 2.0″ conference, at the Arlington Ritz-Carlton. I believe I learned as much from my fellow panelists from Cisco, IBM and so forth - about the importance of information security and assurance – as any conference in recent memory. The story in Government Computer News (“Defense 2.0 a Work in Progress“) captures the views of most of the speakers.
I had a gentle and gentlemanly disagreement with the keynote speaker, Mike Nelson. Mike has a distinguished career, working with Internet-inventor Al Gore while he was VP, and later Director of Internet Technology and Strategy at IBM. I offered that he was perhaps slightly overly enamored of the “rush to the Cloud” school of thinking. I’ve written about that school of thought before, and the balance of where computing power is likely to reside in future, given Moore’s Law for the foreseeable future. The GCN quotes capture my thinking in short form: there’ll be the cloud, along with increasingly powerful computing in local form factors (some desktops, more laptops, handhelds, mobiles, and embedded-computing forms of all sorts).
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