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JP Auffret to Co-Lead First-of-its-Kind Mason Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience

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January 17, 2023 / By John Hollis

George Mason University will expand its research and real-world impact in Northern Virginia with a pair of projects that were made possible by the efforts of U.S. Representative Gerry Connolly (D-VA) to address cybersecurity and mental health care needs.

Mason will receive $1 million in federal funding to support the creation a first-of-its-kind Mason Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience, and nearly $1 million for the Saving Lives and Decreasing Health Disparities project. Funding for both efforts came as part of the federal omnibus appropriations bill that President Biden recently signed into law to fund the government through Fiscal Year 2023.

Connolly, whose 11th District includes Fairfax, is a senior member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and his party’s lead on the Subcommittee on Government Operations.

“George Mason University is a pillar of our community, but the effects of its world-class education and world-changing research can be felt throughout the country,” said Connolly.

The future Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience will act as a strategic partner in federal government cybersecurity and IT modernization efforts, translate state-of-the-art research on technology modernization and cybersecurity in federal practice, collate and disseminate best practices on federal government agency cybersecurity, and foster U.S. government cybersecurity organizational capacity.

The center will bring together experts in IT modernization, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure systems to develop and provide in-person, hybrid, live virtual, and online executive education, tabletop exercises and workshops for federal government IT and cybersecurity executives and middle managers. In addition, the center will leverage Mason’s Institute for Digital Innovation, which integrates transdisciplinary centers and labs with deep interdisciplinary expertise across all facets of cybersecurity research, governance, policy, and education.

Amarda Shehu, associate vice president of research at the Institute for Digital Innovation, and professor of computer science with Mason’s College of Engineering and Computing, will operate the center along with J.P. Auffret, the director of research partnerships and grants initiatives in the School of Business and the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Computing.

“This is further evidence of the value and depth of Mason’s research, programs, and outreach in cybersecurity,” said Ken Ball, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing. “This funding will help us strengthen our programs and generate new discoveries that will make our nation more secure.”

“We are exceptionally grateful to Congressman Connolly for championing the central importance of cybersecurity for the federal government,” added Shehu and Auffret. “We are excited to engage with federal IT and cyber executives to modernize and secure systems, and advance excellence.”

Mason has a 25-year history in government IT leadership and governance education, including as a founding partner in the U.S. Federal CIO University and as a founding partner in the International Academy of CIO. Mason’s partners include the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative, the Commonwealth of Virginia state government, the West Virginia state government, Connected DMV, and others.

Andre Marshall, Mason’s vice president for research, innovation and economic impact, praised Connolly for his continued leadership in the areas of federal cybersecurity and IT modernization.

“I am so proud to have secured funding for the Mason Center for Excellence in Government Cybersecurity Risk Management and Resilience, the first of its kind, and I can’t wait to see the results in action,” he said.

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International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2022 Virtual MiniConference

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IAC 2022 MiniConference “Redefining the Role of the CIO in the Age of AI”

December 15, 2022 (Virtual)

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada) & 9:00 P.M. – 12:00 MIDNIGHT JAPAN TIME

TOPICS

CIO and IT Leadership
Institutions and Institutional Capacity Building
Digital Transformation and Society
CIO Education

SPEAKERS

  • Professor Toshio Obi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, International Academy of CIO
    Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of e Government, Waseda University, Japan, President of IAC Japan
  • Shaukat Ali Khan, Global CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals in Asia, Africa and United Kingdom, Pakistan
  • Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
  • YoungSik Kim- E-Government Consultant, UNU-EGOV, Digital Government Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – CIS Region, IDC, Kazakhstan
  • Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China
  • Suhono Supangkat, Ph.D., Director of Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
  • Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rector and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand
  • Ken Wang, Director, Department of Digital Service, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Taiwan
  • Francisco Magno, Ph.D., Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University, Philippines
  • Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia
  • Naoko Mizukoshi, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP, Japan
  • Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan
  • Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
  • Liao Hsin Chung, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Taiwan E-Governance Research Center, Taiwan
  • J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University; President, International Academy of CIO

AGENDA

7:00 a.m. Welcome

7:05 a.m. Professor Toshio Obi, Ph.D., President Emeritus, International Academy of CIO

7:15 a.m. Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of e Government, Waseda University, Japan, President of IAC Japan

Session 1 – CIO and IT Leadership

7:25 a.m. Shaukat Ali Khan, Global CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals in Asia, Africa and United Kingdom, Pakistan

7:35 a.m. Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia

7:55 a.m. Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – CIS Region, IDC, Kazakhstan

8:05 a.m. Liao Hsin Chung, Ph.D., Deputy Director, Taiwan E-Governance Research Center, Taiwan

Session 2 – Digital Transformation and Society

8:15 a.m. Ken Wang, Director, Department of Digital Service, Ministry of Digital Affairs, Taiwan

8:25 a.m. Francisco Magno, Ph.D., Director, Jesse M. Robredo Institute of Governance, De La Salle University, Philippines

8:35 a.m. Naoko Mizukoshi, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP, Japan

8:45 a.m. Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan

8:55 a.m. Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy

Session 3 – CIO, CIO Institutions and Capacity Building

9:05 a.m. Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rector and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand

9:15 a.m. Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India

9:25 a.m. YoungSik Kim, E-Government Consultant, UNU-EGOV, Digital Government Authority, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

9:35 a.m. Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy

9:45 a.m. Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA), Russia

9:55 a.m. J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University; President, International Academy of CIO, USA

10:00 a.m. Closing

For more information, please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

More information: https://iacio.org/

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Mason – NSF Local Government Cybersecurity Partnering Workshop – Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula

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Northern Neck & Middle Peninsula – Mason & NSF Local Government Cybersecurity Partnering Workshop at the Historic Beale Sanctuary in Tappahannock, Virginia

Hosted by George Mason University and National Science Foundation

The workshop is follow-on to the Virginia workshop we held in Richmond in the fall of 2017 and subsequent regional workshops in Roanoke, Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula, and Leesburg, Purcellville, Richmond and more.

Topics and discussion will include: ransomware update, cyber insurance, Commonwealth of Virginia update, CISA update, election security, K – 12, regional SOCs and new DHS and CISA funding opportunities amongst others.

Please RSVP: https://NorthernNeckMiddlePeninsulaMasonNSF.eventbrite.com. No cost to register / attend – Lunch provided.

Who should attend: State and Local Government Administrators, IT and Cybersecurity Administrators, K-12 IT and Cybersecurity Administrators and Police and Emergency IT Managers

For more information: jauffret@gmu.edu

Hosts and Organizers: George Mason University and the National Science Foundation.

About the Workshop:

The workshop builds upon many state and local government cybersecurity workshops held in 2019, 2020, 2021 & 2022 with the objective of discussing current cybersecurity challenges and associated potential partnering and funding opportunities.

The workshop is part of the George Mason-National Science Foundation Cybersecurity City and County Cross Jurisdictional Collaboration project, having the goal of furthering U.S. city and county cybersecurity efforts by developing foundations and policies that enable and foster city and county cybersecurity partnerships.

The Mason-NSF project has co-hosted 13 successful local government cybersecurity partnership workshops in Virginia and West Virginia between 2017 and 2022.

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New Date Announced for Mason Cybersecurity Innovation Forum

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The George Mason University Cybersecurity Innovation Forum

Please join us for the George Mason University Cybersecurity Forum. The Forum will consist of a series of 15-20 minute case study presentations by cybersecurity experts and technology innovators followed by a Q&A. There will be complimentary refreshments.

The focus of the events is on cybersecurity innovation including innovation rationale and motivation, technology, metrics, and lessons learned.

Please RSVP: https://CyberforumDec7.eventbrite.com

Mason's Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Adds "Fuse at Mason Square" as New Location

Recently announced, George Mason University’s Arlington Campus is now Mason Square, an urban destination of learning, collaboration, and economic development.

Fuse at Mason Square is a first-of-its-kind facility bringing together the public and private sectors in a collaborative alliance to solve grand challenges. Fuse houses faculty and students working with the Institute for Digital Innovation (IDIA) and their partners, and graduate programs from Mason’s new School of Computing. Designed to support digital innovation, active learning, cutting-edge research, business entrepreneurs, and tech incubators alongside education and policymakers, the new space offers nearly 350,000 square feet designed for the needs of the next generation of Northern Virginia’s technology workforce.

For a map of Vernon Smith Hall and information about public transportation and location, please go to: https://arlington.gmu.edu.

The Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Series is generously supported by Accenture.

George Mason University’s (GMU) College Engineering and Computing's Center for Assurance Research & Engineering and School of Business sponsor the events.

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Mason Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE) announces Tom Anderson as a Senior Fellow

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The George Mason Center for Assurance Research & Engineering (CARE) today announced the appointment of Tom Anderson as a Senior Fellow. Anderson joins to advance CARE’s mission of fostering IT leadership and developing and applying emerging technologies including in cybersecurity. CARE Senior Fellows are distinguished professionals from government, business and academia who contribute to CARE’s multidisciplinary efforts and research initiatives by providing expertise and a professional foundation to provide the essential connection between theory and practice.

“Mr. Anderson’s experience and deep expertise align well with CARE’s initiatives and we’re very appreciative of his continuing partnership with George Mason,” said J.P. Auffret, Ph.D, director of CARE. “The addition of Mr. Anderson as a CARE Senior Fellow will help us in refining our strategy and furthering our U.S. and worldwide engagement,” continued Auffret. “With the rapid development, evolution and adoption of new technologies in combination with many current economic and pandemic challenges, Mr. Anderson will provide insights on promising initiatives and technology adoption and leadership. I am looking forward to working with Mr. Anderson in the coming years.”

Tom Anderson brings to CARE expertise in technology innovation and executive leadership. He is the Managing Partner at DataStrategi, LLC, a management consulting company that delivers data-driven solutions and strategic planning to the Public Sector and GovCon companies.  DataStrategi’s core focus is delivering solutions that relate to strategic planning, growth/development initiatives and the realization of corporate initiatives. DataStrategi utilizes the rapidly increasing volume and variety of data, “Big Data,” generated by people, machines, and systems to harness quantitative, actionable, and data driven insights and develop opportunities for organizations and governments to optimize how they deliver goods and services.

Mr. Anderson has previously held executive roles in major Fortune 500 technology companies including as President, Civil and Health Services Group, Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC); President, Science, Technology and Engineering Group, Wyle; Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Raytheon Information Solutions; and Vice President, Strategic Programs, Northrop Grumman Information Systems.

“It is an honor to join CARE as a Senior Fellow,” said Anderson. “I look forward to contributing to their initiatives and efforts in cybersecurity and the application of emerging technologies.”

The Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) is a research center in the College of Engineering and Computing (CEC) at George Mason University. CARE is a multidisciplinary research to practice center focusing on technology, policy and leadership and management of cybersecurity and application of emerging technologies. CARE has projects and partnerships with governments, companies and universities in the U.S., Asia, Europe, Africa and South America. For more information, please go to: www.care.gmu.edu.

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16th Waseda University – International Academy of CIO World Digital Government Ranking 2021 Survey Results Announced

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The Institute of Digital Government at Waseda University in Japan, in cooperation with the International Academy of CIO (IAC) has released the 16th Waseda IAC World Digital Government Rankings Survey 2021, which marks digital transformation in 64 countries/economies.

The Institute was established in 2002, and the ranking survey model was created in 2005 by Prof. Dr. Toshio Obi, a Founder of the Institute and President of IAC at the time of the First Ranking Survey. Dr. Obi was awarded a spot on “The World’s Most Influential 100 People in Digital Government in 2018” by “Apolitical,” a UK based Think tank. In 2021, both the Institute and the ranking survey are mainly managed by Prof. Dr. Naoko Iwasaki of Waseda University.

For more information and the full rankings report, please go to: https://iacio.org/the-16th-waseda-iac-international-digital-government-rankings-2021-report/.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

Dr. J.P. Auffret is the co-founder and president of the International Academy of CIO (IAC), the director of the Center for Assurance Research and Engineering (CARE) in the Volgenau School of Engineering and the director of the Research Partnerships and Grants Initiatives in the School of Business at George Mason University.

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George Mason University Cybersecurity Innovation Forum 2021-22 Season Dates

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International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference Announces Speakers

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 IAC 2021 Mini Conference “COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G” Announces Speakers

DATE: December 7th & 8th, 2021 (Virtual)

TIMES:
December 7, 2021 AT 7:30 AM – 1030 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada)
8:30 PM – 11:30 PM

TOKYO TIME
December 8, 2021 AT 7:3
0 AM – 10:30 AM – Eastern Time (US and Canada) 8:30 PM – 11:30 PM TOKYO TIME

The International Academy of CIO (IAC) 2021 Mini Conference is set for December 7th & 8th, 2021 with timely topics featuring COVID-19, Digital Resilience and Economic Recovery in the Age of AI, Robotics and 5G.

The mini conference will explore technology and country responses to COVID-19, the subsequent and ongoing economic recovery and current industry and supply chain challenges.

The mini conference will also consider new opportunities arising from the development of AI, Robotics and 5G in light of COVID-19 and the economic recovery.

The IAC 2021 Mini Conference brings together government, private sector and academia speakers and participants.

Please RSVP here: https://iac2021miniconference.eventbrite.com

Speakers include:
-Hong-Wei Jyan, Director General, Department of Cyber Security, Executive Yuan (Cabinet), Taiwan (ROC)
-Hiroko Kudo, Ph.D., Professor Public Policy and Management, Chuo University, Japan
-Alexander Ryzhov, Ph.D., Professor, Head of Chair, Russia Presidential Academy of Public Administration (RANEPA)
-Naoko Iwasaki, Ph.D., Professor, Institute of eGovernment, Waseda University, Japan
-Luca Buccoliero, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
-Elena Bellio, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Marketing, Bocconi University, Italy
-Suhono Supangkat, Ph.D., Director of Smart Cities and Communities Innovation Centre, Institut Teknologi Bandung, Indonesia
-Andrew Beklemishev, Vice President – Central Asia, IDC, Kazakhstan
-Jirapon Sunkpho, Ph.D., Vice Rec
tor and CIO, Thammasat University, Thailand

-Fengchun Yang, Ph.D., Director, Academy of eGovernment, Peking University, China
-Sundar Balakrishna, Ph.D., Special Secretary, Department of Information Technology, Electronics, and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh, India
-Voahangy Rakotonirina, Ph.D., Professor, Economics, Professor, University of Antananarivo, Madagascar
-Kenneth Wang, Director, National Development Council, Taiwan
-Serge Adouaka, Director, Technology and ICT Leadership Accelerator, Central African Republic
-Naoko Mizukoshio, Founder and President, Leftright Law and IP
-Shaukat Ali Khan, CIO, Aga Khan University and Hospitals, Pakistan
-Tomi Dahlberg, Professor, Information Technology, University of Turku, Finland
-Pierre El Haddad, Professor, Management, St. Joseph University, Lebanon
-J.P. Auffret, Ph.D., George Mason University, President, International Academy of CIO, USA

For more information, please go to: https://iacio.org/iac-2021-mini-conference-december-virtual-international-academy-of-cio. Or please contact J.P. Auffret at jauffret@gmu.edu.

About the International Academy of CIO (IAC):
The IAC or International Academy of CIO was founded in 2006 in Japan by co-founders including Japan, USA, Indonesia, Philippines, Switzerland and Thailand. The IAC members, partnerships and alliances now span all regions with economies such as China, Cambodia, Netherlands, India, Korea, Laos, Hong Kong, Macao, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Nigeria, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, Russia, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The IAC has active participation from more than 50 countries and partners with NGOs and multilateral organizations including APEC, OECD and ITU.

For more information, please go to: www.iacio.org.