What a year! As the FTC worked through the challenges of COVID-19, we did not slow our support for you or our state for even a moment. This year the FTC was appointed to Governor Ron DeSantis' Task Force to Re-Open Florida to represent Florida’s Information and Technology sector. As a result, your voice was delivered clearly and Florida’s tech industry boomed while similar businesses in other states, without this unified voice and strong support from their Governor, found themselves in jeopardy of going out of business or significantly reducing their workforce. The Florida Technology Council was also recently appointed to the Credentials Review Committee. Keep reading to learn about FTC's incredible past, present, and future events and how you can become involved!
FTC's State Advisory Workgroup, comprised exclusively of former State & Municipality CIOs, CISOs and agency heads, brings leadership from across the nation to provide guidance for both Florida's public sector State Agency and Municipality staff and private sector members of the Florida Technology Council. Recent Talk Series events have included influential speakers such as;
Congressmen Neal Dunn joined FTC Member Ryan Hardenbrook of Proofpoint, and FTC CEO James Taylor on stage during the 2021 Tech & Innovation Summit. This was just one of the incredible sessions provided as JMI and FTC brought together thought leaders in policy, industry, and media to discuss how Florida can continue to lead the future. We hope you didn’t miss this event!
Speakers at this event included...
If education is your thing, then we need to talk! This year's FAMIS Conference featured speakers such as Andre Smith, CIO of the FLDOE, and Stephen Bowen, Assistant Deputy Commissioner - Data Systems. Florida Technology Council members Henry Martin, the CIO of Walton County School District, and Adam Ricciardiello, Director of Strategic Accounts at Tanium, joined FTC CEO...yeah you know who he is, on stage to showcase this successful collaboration between our two members, demonstrating the need and impact of penetration testing in a school district.
For three consecutive years FTC has provided insight, education and trainings for those interested in becoming a state agency CIO. Erin Rock, FTC Member and world-renowned former Secretary for the Department of Management Services, moderates leadership to foster discussion and dialogue on what it means to be a successful CIO in the public sector and how to use IT as a strategic tool.
Recent Guest Speakers have included;
FTC Cyber members are invited to participate in an opportunity of a lifetime, and play a critical role in protecting our country. Congressman Dunn, recently appointed to the Republican China Task Force (RCTF), joins FTC for this roundtable discussion, seeking input and guidance from our industry experts. The RCTF will focus on how to win the technological and economic competition and how to best counter China’s malign influence at home and abroad. Participation in this event is open to all members. We are currently seeking Cybersecurity industry experts to sit at the roundtable with the Congressman, as well as sponsors for the event. Contact FTC immediately if you are part of a cybersecurity organization interested in sitting on this exclusive roundtable panel with Congressman Dunn.
This year's FTC board meeting is going to be bigger than ever. As always, all FTC members are invited to participate. This year's meeting will be combined with the event above to ensure you are able to get the most out of your time. With more than 15 events in the works, you'll want to focus on those that provide the greatest ROI.
Successful cyberattacks are Florida’s number one threat. Not a lack of interoperability. Not hurricanes. Not mosquitos. According to 49 out of 50 State CIOs nationwide, Cybersecurity and Risk Management need to be our number one focus. For that reason, FTC is focusing on providing Cyber Trainings across our state in collaboration with the FBI, State Agency and District CISOs, higher education institutions, and YOU - our members. If you wish to participate in one of these events, or more, as an industry expert, please contact us ASAP.
Florida Technology Council is proud to partner with the Official Cyber Security Summit again for the Virtual Inaugural Miami / South Florida Cyber Security Summit held on Tuesday, September 14. Join us & learn about the latest cyber security threats facing your company, best cyber hygiene practices, solutions to protect against a cyber attack, and much more – all from the comfort and safety of your home/office. Earn up to 8 Continuing Education Credits by attending the day in full.
The Director of Operations of The NSA, Red Team will be leading a Security Keynote – “Looking Through the Eyes of the Cyber Attacker” - Exclusively at the Cyber Security Summit! Additional thought leaders include the Associate Director for Analysis, National Risk Management Center of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) - US DHS and SME’s from Center for Internet Security, Darktrace, Verizon, ExtraHop, Cybercrime Support Network, and many more.
You are welcome to share this invitation with your IT Security Team and other Senior Level colleagues who would benefit from attending this event. Please note: Admission is for C-Suite/Senior Level Executives, Directors, Managers, and other IT/Cyber Professionals and Business Leaders. Those in Sales / Marketing and Students are not permitted.
We encourage you to attend this invitation-only event, rated Top 50 InfoSec Conference to Attend Worldwide!
Admission is normally $95 but we have secured Exclusive FREE Admission! To secure your pass, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for your exclusive discount code.
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If you would like to exhibit and / or speak at the Cyber Security Summit, contact Megan Hutton at MHutton@CyberSecuritySummit.com
Join us for our second year of Miami Live. We are proud to welcome you as our guest for this year's "Online Business Tour."
Connect worldwide with founders, entrepreneurs, Institutional Investors, Venture Capitalists, Incubators, and Associations from the United States, Latin America, and France.
Attendance is free for all FTC Members. Virtual Booths, complete with Live Chats, Video Links, and 1 on 1 Presentations, are available at a discounted price for FTC Members.
Not finding the employees you need? The Florida Technology Council and Tallahassee Community College are working with all 28 Florida colleges to locate gaps in education where Florida's Tech Businesses can provide solutions.
FTC and the Florida Department of Elder Affairs is connecting with students across our state to address the growing isolation that has been generated by a lack of basic digital skills in our elderly population. FTC is joined by members Epic Group and The Workmans to create a website to deliver educational trainings, virtual vacations, and opportunities for youth and elderly connections across Florida's Livable Communities.
Did you know Florida will pay you to hire an intern? You probably missed it tucked deep inside a 54 page legislative bill that, on May 21st,Governor DeSantis signed into law. The Florida Internship Tax Credit Program is real, however. This bill authorizes a corporate income tax credit of $2,000 for each student intern employed by a qualified business, up to a maximum of $10,000 in any taxable year for taxable years beginning on or after January 1, 2022. The program ultimately was picked up in SB 7068 and can be found in sections 23,24, and 27 on pages 11-12 of the linked bill analysis. A more substantive analysis can be found on SB 258, when the program was a standalone bill.
Want to know more? Of course you do. That's why FTC is working with Florida Senator Shevron Jones to bring you everything you need to know. Stay tuned!
Tech is everywhere. This year FTC will partner with new legislators, new agencies, and new media sources. Florida is not only open for business, but FTC members are leading the way. We are already on our way to filling the Capitol Courtyard, Tundra, and multiple floors. As always, there is no cost for FTC members to participate and show off what you're doing to make this state great!
FTC continues to play a lead advisory role for Florida’s Digital Government and CIO Academy. This year’s event is being held virtually with sponsorships by FTC Members: AT&T, CDW-G, Lumen, Deloitte, Oracle, DocuSign, Google Cloud, KPMG, Kyra Solutions, Tanium, and Veritas.
This is where you'll meet them. New and "seasoned" legislators and their staff. Come on up to the 22nd floor of the Capitol and join us for food, drinks, and music. This private event is open to FTC Members, legislators and staff, agency leadership, and the folks staffing our open bar. (Date TBA)
Participation/attendence information coming soon.
Thank you for being an active member of FTC. It is participating industry experts from organizations like yours that have built our voice into one of the most respected resources in the state. This strength allows us to carry on our united mission of building a better, safer, stronger, and more efficient Florida.
If you have questions or require further information or clarification regarding events or your membership, please contact:
Florida Technology Council