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KeysJune 16th 2014
CSA Seattle Chapter Luncheon


Speaker:  Michael Hamilton, CEO and Managing Consultant with M.K. Hamilton and Associates LLC.

“Potential Security Benefits of Cloud Adoption by the State of Washington”

Washington state government currently spends close to $1 billion per year on technology.  Mr. Hamilton will  discuss the State’s strategy for technology investments and how Cloud Computing fits into that strategy.  He will discuss cloud adoption in the public sector, and share some key learnings from actual projects using Cloud computing including:

  • Efforts by the State of Washington Office of the CISO to streamline cloud adoption in local governments.
  • How the State is encouraging  adoption of public cloud platforms.
  • Encouraging State Agencies to adopt Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for applications.
  • Adoption of private cloud platforms across agencies to enable easy migration of workloads.

The state of public-sector knowledge of the issues surrounding cloud adoption will be discussed from an empirical point of view, as will how well-considered adoption of these services can have unexpected benefits in security. He will also discuss PRISEM “This cybersecurity monitoring and real-time alerting system is the only one of its kind in the country,” said Hamilton. PRISEM processes event logs for seven cities and counties, six maritime ports, and others. Funded by the Department of Homeland Security, this unique, visionary effort is expected to form a model for similar systems in other states.

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About Michael Hamilton
As former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for the City of Seattle, Hamilton managed policy, strategy, and information security operations for 28 departments, including law enforcement, public safety, human services, energy and water utilities, and transportation management. Currently, Michael is a Policy Advisor for the State of Washington Office of the CIO, and is spearheading the Public Regional Information Security Event Monitoring (PRISEM) project, a statewide cybersecurity and cyber event warning system. He is the Managing Partner for MK Hamilton and Associates; the company addresses IT security for the infrastructure that enables life-safety, life-sustaining and quality of life services provided by State, Local, Tribal and Territorial government.

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