DHS S&T OpEx workers monitor computer screens in February 2016. (DHS photo)

Canceled: Government Shutdown Nixes 2019 S&T Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase

Due to the ongoing government shutdown, the 2019 Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Cybersecurity and Innovation Showcase at Washington Marriott Wardman Park has been canceled. The annual event, which features more than 130 presenters showcasing a combined $250 million in federally funded cybersecurity research and development, had also scheduled high-profile speakers including Internet founder Vint Cerf. 

“We regret to inform you that, due to the ongoing lapse in appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security, the 2019 S&T Showcase has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this cancellation has caused,” the DHS S&T Showcase planning team said in an email. “Once the government has reopened, we will determine whether the Showcase will be rescheduled and will send an email notification.”

The Science and Technology Directorate sponsors the event; the theme was “Solutions now, innovations for the future,” and the displays were to include a focus on mobile security, cybersecurity research infrastructure, support for law enforcement and identity management.

More: Here’s How the Government Shutdown Affects the Department of Homeland Security

Multimedia journalist James Cullum has reported for over a decade to newspapers, magazines and websites in the D.C. metro area. He excels at finding order in chaotic environments, from slave liberations in South Sudan to the halls of the power in Washington, D.C.

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