Technology drives change in societal behavior, and those societal changes fuel a demand for more technology. New technologies -- not just the computer but the airplane and the car -- enable changes in economies and government, and world events create the need for still more technologies.
Businesses face such changes every day with their success and jobs at stake. But it's government that has so much more at risk as technology drives change and change drives technology. It's government that holds our very safety, the welfare of humanity in its hands.
If government doesn't keep pace with change, all of us lose. We aren't just customers of government but stockholders as well.
How to deal with an uncertain future is one of the core themes of next month's 2016 SAS Government Leadership Forum, scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
Presenters will look at how government agencies can address today's challenges with the assistance of analytics. But they also will look at how to prepare for change a few years down the road, and much further down the road. How far? Let's say, two decades into the future, with some of the discussion focused on the National Intelligence Council's Global Trends 2035 report.
That report will be discussed by Dr. Gregory Treverton, chairman of the National Intelligence Council and adviser to the Director of National Intelligence, and Fritz Lehman, executive vice president and chief customer officer for SAS. The report examines global trends in areas such as economics, demography, ecology, energy, health, governance, security, identity, and geopolitics.
J.R. Helmig, chief analytics officer for SAS Federal, said in a recent interview, "We are going to be impacted, faster and more frequently than ever before, by changes in consumer trends (such as mobile devices and payments) and the velocity and impact of threats to communication and control systems (such as Internet-based communications, SCADA industrial controls, the use of automated attacks such as botnets, etc.). We also will be impacted in positive ways, such as the sharing of digital health records. All of this demands that government and industry leaders alike be proactive in identifying and implementing ever-evolving best practices in data collection, integrity, security, and governance. We cannot wait for something to become widespread and then think about how it should be used."
The conference keynoter is Gen. Michael Hayden, a retired four-star general who served as director of the CIA and the NSA during times when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate.
However, the conference isn't just about global security. The target audience includes representatives of many federal agencies, states, and government contractors. The agenda also reflects a focus on combating fraud in government.
Presenters will highlight the capabilities that the SAS Viya platform provide to fraud fighters. SAS last week introduced new Viya-based tools designed to support cognitive computing applications in the anti-fraud and cybersecurity space.
Helmig added, "We all face strains on resources -- not enough time, budget, or skilled personnel. By using analytics to identify threats or violations that have the highest impact, leaders can optimize the use of resources to investigate and prosecute criminal activity that has the widest impact or consequence at the ecosystem level. "
Still other presentations will focus on Internet of Things and on case studies highlighting successful use of data by US and international agencies.