'How to Do Business with Department of Homeland Security' Among Featured Topics at IEEE Homeland Security Conference in Waltham

Oct 25, 2011, 17:15 ET from IEEE-USA (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers)

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kristina Tanasichuk, founder and CEO of Government Technology and Services Coalition, will discuss "How to do Business with the Department of Homeland Security" at the 2011 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security (HST 11) in November.

Tanasichuk, whose coalition advocates for small and medium security-focused companies in the federal security marketplace, is also president and founder of Women in Homeland Security. She will speak on a business panel, "Doing Business in the Homeland Security Marketplace," on Tuesday 15 November at 4 p.m.

"The climate for small and mid-sized firms is extremely competitive in the current congressional budget environment -- both for technology and services firms -- yet there are many opportunities for companies that know where to look, how to develop their strategy and have reasonable expectations of the possibilities," Tanasichuk said. "This panel will explain all the components of the process: relationship building, congressional impact, the technology transfer process and areas of investment within DHS."

Joining Tanasichuk on the podium will be Chani Wiggins, former DHS assistant secretary for legislative affairs and principal at the Joseph Group, LLC; and Michael Kelly, executive advisor, homeland security & defense, The Analytic Sciences Corp.

HST 11 is 15-17 November at the Westin Waltham Boston in Waltham, Mass. The annual event gathers global science and technology thought leaders to foster homeland security technology innovation. Three additional business panels will focus on 1) alternative financing for small businesses, 2) homeland security technology commercialization and 3) fostering homeland security and defense innovation.

The event will also showcase peer-reviewed technical papers highlighting emerging technologies in four tracks:

* Cybersecurity

* Land and maritime border security

* Biometrics, forensics and physical security

* Attack and disaster preparation, recovery and response

For more information and to register, visit www.ieee-hst.org or contact Robert Alongi at information@ieee-hst.org or +1-781-245-5405. The full program is available at http://www.ieee-hst.org/agenda/program/IEEE_HST_11_overall_conf_agenda_10-11-11.pdf.

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