As federal government agencies become more innovative with their data, it is critical that they have comprehensive knowledge of the latest trends, best practices, and technologies for their data systems. That is why Quest is holding its first annual Quest EMPOWER virtual conference.
In the modern cybersecurity environments that many organizations face today, there is no shortage of concerns and risks. Federal agencies today must take advantage of all available resources to bolster their options, chief among them a zero trust approach. However, cybersecurity is just a single part of what an organization can do with the power of modern technology.
Data-driven solutions and best practices are the key drivers towards a more effective and modern IT network. Events like Empower 2021 present opportunities for government IT to learn exactly what it takes to succeed and thrive today and tomorrow.
On November 10-11, 2021, Quest EMPOWER 2021 will bring together its global community of customers, partners, and friends to learn and expand their understanding of technologies across data operations, data protection, and data governance, and how Quest solutions can help with government agencies’ pressing initiatives, such as migration to the cloud, protecting sensitive data, modernizing their applications, and more.
On day two of Quest EMPOWER 2021, Dr. Andreas Weigend, noted author and data scientist, will be presenting the conference’s keynote address on the “data dilemma,” where he will discuss the current data privacy climate, as well as focus on the value of data and the rights and responsibilities of individuals and organizations as they extract that value.
As federal government agencies collect massive volumes of data, Dr. Weigend proposes that the right question to ask is not “do we have the data?” but rather “what is the value of the data?” According to him, the value of data lies in the decisions that are based on it.
These issues surrounding the use and safe storage of data have long been under scrutiny as federal agencies have access to far more data than many similarly sized companies, and that data is often much more sensitive. Following on from recent legislation in the EU about the protection of data, many states in the US are considering adopting similar legislation.
During his keynote address, Dr. Weigend will explore the exponential pace of today’s data growth, and the conflicting expectations on how data should be treated. He will also delve into other concepts, such as the ownership of data, data refineries, trust in data, and the importance of data literacy.
Dr. Weigend previously served as chief scientist at Amazon and served as a member of Angela Merkel’s Digital Council of Germany. His book, Data for the People, is also a bestseller that has been translated into eight languages.
There is much to cover from events like this, but ultimately, attendees can expect to hear from many noted experts about how to best convert modern IT solutions into actionable plans. With the recent Executive Order on cybersecurity already encouraging changes to how federal IT operates, now is the time for those same organizations to take their overhaul beyond just security, but towards the IT system as well.