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Securing Data in Government and Health

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For June's meetup, we will be travelling to the Universities at Shady Grove for our first meetup in Montgomery County.

Often in data science, the discussion centers around the tools, techniques, and skills used by developers and statisticians to extract value from data. What is overlooked though is data security. In the two talks tonight, we will discuss the security challenges that organizations facing with the growth of data analysis.

6:30 PM -- Networking & Food

7:00 PM -- Greetings

7:05 PM -- Health IT Mobile - Gavin O'Brien

7:50 PM -- Securing the Data - Uma Ahluwalia

8:35 PM -- Time for Drinks at Quench (


We are honored to be hosted by Universities at Shady Grove ( Please note that parking at USG is on a first-come-first-serve basis, no visitor passes – and it’s free. We are scheduled to be in the Multi-purpose room which is in Building II. Prefer refer to this campus map (


Health IT Mobile (

Established in 2012 through a partnership between NIST, the State of Maryland and Montgomery County, the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) is dedicated to furthering innovation through the rapid identification, integration and adoption of practical cybersecurity solutions. The NCCoE’s first use case within the Secure Exchange of Electronic Health Information Demonstration Project focuses on securely exchanging information through the use of mobile devices. Gavin will speak on the NCCoE’s process for developing practical cyber solutions and status of the Health IT Mobile Device Use Case.

Securing the Data

Health and Human Services (HHS) agencies around the county are presented with a set of unique opportunities and challenges regarding data and new technology. HHS in Montgomery County must face a growing, diverse population with a constrained budget. New technologies and data analysis capabilities have empowered service workers to operate with more mobility. However, securing that data to comply with federal laws and other mandates requires caution. Uma will speak on the technology challenges facing her department in the coming years and the opportunities she sees for improved analytics.


Gavin O’Brien is a computer scientist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence. He launched the center’s first Health IT and, since early 2013, has been overseeing a use case for mobile device security. Prior to joining the center in 2012, Mr. O’Brien spent 13 years at NIST’s IT Laboratory. Mr. O’Brien received a BS in Mathematics from Bates College and a MS in computer science from the University of Tennessee.

Uma Ahluwalia is the Director of the Department of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County, MD. Previously, she was Assistant Secretary for Children’s Administration for the State of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services, and from 2001 to 2003, she was Acting Assistant Chief of Staff in the Office of Maryland Governor Parris Glendening. Ahluwalia holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Delhi in India and a Specialist Post-Masters in Health Services Administration from George Washington University.


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