IoT Value and Risks in Today’s Connected Environment

The federal government is spending big bucks on connected technologies, otherwise known as the Internet of Things. Market research firm Govini estimated agencies spent almost $9 billion on these connected devices, with 56 percent of that increase on sensors alone.


Govini found that the cloud is driving the Internet of Things, specifically platform-as-a-service. The firms says the Defense Department accounted for 45.6 percent of spending on platform as a service between 2011 and 2015, and civilian agency spending was led by DHS, VA, DOJ, HHS and SSA.

With this huge spending spree on connected devices, it reasons that concerns about cybersecurity of this technology also will grow.

Earl Perkins, vice president of research at Gartner, says every industry from transportation to medical to entertainment will be effected by IoT making the attack surface larger than we’ve seen before.

Perkins says agencies, industry–really of us–have to recalculate the idea of risk as well as safety because IoT threats.

Perkins adds IoT will cause companies to rethink about how they will secure these connected devices at the embedded level so cybersecurity will have to be built into the device itself. And he says IoT can’t work without the cloud, requiring rethinking of how companies can secure these services as well.

As IoT continues to grow, there are still several questions that require answers, particularly about the government’s role in overseeing or helping to secure connected devices. Agencies, businesses and citizens also are still figuring out the tradeoffs between the efficiencies these connected devices bring and the cyber risk they can accept.



Jason MillerJason Miller, Federal News Radio

Jason Miller is an executive editor and reporter with Federal News Radio. As executive editor, Jason helps direct the news coverage of the station and works with reporters to ensure a broad range of coverage of federal technology, procurement, finance and human resource news.As a reporter, Jason focuses mainly on technology and procurement issues, including cybersecurity, e-government and acquisition policies and programs.



Barry Barlow(5x7)Barry Barlow, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Vencore

Barry Barlow is the senior vice president and chief technology officer at Vencore, Inc.  In this role, he ensures Vencore is positioned for short- and long-term success by assessing the technology needs of our customers, partners and suppliers, as well as developing a corporate technology roadmap to meet those needs.

Barry directs all technology and solution strategies within the company to optimize operational efficiencies in support of the corporate business plan. He leads customer outreach initiatives relative to technology and assists with the selection, implementation and integration of strategic partners. Barry also leads the planning and execution for all of Vencore’s Independent Research and Development (IRAD) projects.

Barry has over 35 years of government, commercial and academic experience in the defense and space industry. In addition to teaching Computer Science for 7 years, Barry also worked on the Space Shuttle program during its’ inception in the 70s, critical national programs in the US and abroad in the 80s, and at the first commercial satellite imaging company (Space Imaging) in the 90s.   Prior to starting in Vencore in 2013, Barry served as the first Director of Online GEOINT Services at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), delivering online, on-demand GEOINT services and advancing the end-to-end user experience. Barry also was the Director and Deputy Director of Acquisition at NGA, as well as NGA’s Chief Architect and Chief Engineer. As the Component Acquisition Executive, he oversaw a portfolio of programs for the National System for Geospatial Intelligence valued in excess of $5 billion that provided timely, relevant and accurate geospatial intelligence in support of national security. Barry also served as the Program Manager for the Allied System for Geospatial Intelligence, ensuring the successfully delivery of GEOINT services through collaboration with international partners.

During his federal career, Barry was honored with multiple awards, including the Presidential Rank Award as a Distinguished Senior Executive, Presidential Rank Award as a Meritorious Senior Executive, Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medal, and NGA Medallion for Excellence, as well as numerous Intelligence Community, Department of Defense and NGA Meritorious Unit Citations. In Dec. 2012, a flag was flown in his honor over the International Security Assistance Force’s headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, commemorating his distinguished service in Operation Enduring Freedom.

Barry also serves as a trustee and Sunday school teacher at Battlefield Baptist Church outside Warrenton, Va.