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  1. Kevin Kelly on Federal News Radio: Federal Tech Talk,

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    April 7, 2017
    http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-tech-talk/2017/04/the-culture-of-innovation/

    The Culture of Innovation

    Today’s guest  LGS Innovations CEO Kevin Kelly. Kevin started off at Bell Labs has stayed with the essential parts of the company that handles federal government contracts.  Today, LGS Innovations is comprised of over 750 scientists and engineers who work on complex problems for many federal agencies.

    During the interview, Kelly details many of the ways LGS promotes innovation. For example, they support many local STEM initiative including a K -12 STEM symposium that attracted over 3,000 students.

    When the typical listener hears about a company who works on inventing new ways to manage spectrum for federal communications you ask if they “eat their own dog food.”  They do.

    LGS Innovations has borrowed a concept from Bell Labs and calls it the Innovator’s Showcase.  LGS allows employees to “pitch” new ideas to the management team.  In true “shark tank” fashion, the bad ideas are discounted and the good ideas are rewarded.  In fact, in 2017 the Innovator’s Showcase or LGS employees resulted in creative new ideas involving RF Photonics, Big Data Analytics, 4D sonar, and cybersecurity.

    The culture of innovation started by Bell labs lives on in the activities of LGS innovators.

  1. Solving the Science Problems that Keep the IC Awake,

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    WashingtonExec
    March 22, 2017

    There is no better way to get new, game-changing ideas than by simply asking for them—and that is just what the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the Science and Technology directorate at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have done. In May, INSA will host its 10th Innovators’ Showcase, where researchers and developers can show the government their work to solve some of today’s biggest science and technology challenges.

    Kevin Kelly, CEO at LGS Innovations and one of the founding members of INSA’s Innovation and Technology council, said the showcase was originally modeled after an annual event held by Bell Labs, of which LGS Innovations is the remaining vestige of the federal portion of the labs.

    “Bell Labs used to have 200-250 concurrent research projects,” he said. “Researchers used to say, ‘Well, I wish I knew what everybody else was doing so I could increase collaboration and avoid reinventing the wheel.’ So Bell Labs’ Research Summit was an opportunity to get everyone on the same page.”

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  1. IoT Security Is a Top Federal Tech Concern,

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    As the Internet of Things, or IoT, steadily migrates from fantasy to reality, the accompanying cybersecurity challenges posed by billions of connected devices have become not only evident, but a leading concern for federal technologists.

    The lack of IoT security tops a list of critical concerns for surveyed professionals wrestling to address the challenges increasingly front and center as the sheer number of connected devices and sensors grows, according to results of a recent Brocade survey.

    When it comes to the devices and sensors that agencies use to transmit all sorts of data, 60 percent of survey respondents said security takes top priority over other issues. The concern eclipsed stability, accuracy, speed, service delivery and even data accuracy, the last rather revealing given the focus that users, particularly those in the military, place on trust in the data used to make life-or-death decisions, says Judson Walker, chief technology officer for federal at Brocade Communications.

    Along with listing security as a top worry, 58 percent say they are only somewhat, not very, or not at all confident in the security of their edge devices, or those in the field that provide access to networks, Walker points out.

    With Gartner’s predictions of more than 20 billion connected devices by 2020, there is reason to be concerned. “By looking at this survey, we have identified that the biggest challenge around security, especially security of the IoT, is awareness,” Walker offers. “Consumers are asking, ‘Is this really as big a problem as we perceive it to be in the news and the tech [magazines], or is it just something interesting to talk about?’ But if you look at the numbers … people can clearly see that that number is astronomically large and the concept of trying to secure all those devices is simply daunting.”

    Brocade surveyed 442 technologists from 30 agencies, largely senior staffers. Sixty-nine percent are at the GS-12 level or higher, 53 percent are supervisors and 25 percent hold ranking positions in the Defense Department.

    The survey results reflect a mix of IT professionals’ perception and reality regarding the security of connected devices, Walker says. While cybersecurity within the IoT ecosystem is not all the doom and gloom that some make it out to be, the lack of industry standards and the rush to push apps and devices to market does make the environment rather unstable.

    “If you look at the IT professionals in the industry now, and they look at the challenges regarding funding as well as procurement process, there is definitely an awareness that, ‘Hey there are some vulnerabilities out there that we need to address now as it pertains to the IoT,’” Walker says.

    The mobile device and sensor industries lack uniform security standards and a system of checks and balances, Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations, has said. “It’s really left the door wide open for bad actors, bad practice and people being careless with developing devices.”

    To read more, visit SIGNAL Magazine online: http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=iot-security-top-federal-tech-concern

  2. Solving the Science Problems that Keep the IC Awake,

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    WashingtonExec
    March 22, 2017

    There is no better way to get new, game-changing ideas than by simply asking for them—and that is just what the Intelligence and National Security Alliance and the Science and Technology directorate at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have done. In May, INSA will host its 10th Innovators’ Showcase, where researchers and developers can show the government their work to solve some of today’s biggest science and technology challenges.

    Kevin Kelly, CEO at LGS Innovations and one of the founding members of INSA’s Innovation and Technology council, said the showcase was originally modeled after an annual event held by Bell Labs, of which LGS Innovations is the remaining vestige of the federal portion of the labs.

    “Bell Labs used to have 200-250 concurrent research projects,” he said. “Researchers used to say, ‘Well, I wish I knew what everybody else was doing so I could increase collaboration and avoid reinventing the wheel.’ So Bell Labs’ Research Summit was an opportunity to get everyone on the same page.”

    CLICK HERE for the full story

  3. LGS sponsors 4th annual K-12 STEM Symposium,

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    As a pioneering leader in the application of new science and technological solutions, LGS Innovations understands the vital need to link today’s STEM classroom curricula to impactful careers. We promote STEM education programs in many ways, including scholarships, paid internships, and financial support for employees engaged in volunteer STEM programs in their communities.

    LGS Innovations is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor at the fourth annual K-12 STEM Symposium hosted by WashingtonExec at the NySmith School for the Gifted in Herndon, Virginia, on Saturday, March 25. The K-12 STEM Symposium is a free, exciting, interactive forum that engages children, parents, teachers, and representatives from corporate, government, academia, and nonprofit organizations who have a vested interest in the Washington D.C.-area STEM pipeline.

    At this year’s Symposium, elementary, middle, and high school students will learn about computer and robotics programming, 3D printing, drones, connected cars, healthcare, and other topics through a wide range of fun and interactive exhibitors and speakers.

    In addition to serving as the lead sponsor of this year’s STEM Symposium, LGS speakers will address topics including STEM Workforce Needs and Solutions, Opportunities in STEM, and more alongside fighter pilots, astronauts, and politicians. Our scientists and program managers will also present a series of interactive demonstrations including breaking wine glasses, virtual reality, fun with liquid nitrogen, and many others across the fields of sound/radio waves, video, and robotics.

    “We’re excited and honored to be the lead sponsor of this year’s K-12 STEM Symposium,” says LGS CEO Kevin Kelly. “When it comes to ensuring our nation’s continued leadership in science and engineering, it takes a village—and it starts early. We’re proud to support STEM initiatives here in the D.C. area and in other communities where LGS offices are located across the country.”

    The K-12 STEM Symposium will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, at the NySmith School in Herndon—register now!

     

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