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AITP Chicago Meets with Delegation from China

Thursday, October 03, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paul Dittmann, Chicago Chapter Past President
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On September 20th, Gary Czubak, Chicago Chapter President, and Paul Dittmann, Chapter Immediate Past President, met with Li Jian, the Director General of China’s Ministry of Public Security and 21 of his Provincial Section Chiefs. The delegation was on a 3 city tour to learn about innovation and technology in the field of law enforcement. The tour started in D.C. and was moving on to Los Angeles after their stay in Chicago.

Prior to our presentation, the delegation had visited the Cook County Sheriff’s Office and the Oak Park Police Department to learn what technology tools those agencies were using to address cyber security and public safety in general. Our meeting focused on presenting the role of AITP in the IT Ecosystem and included discussions in the following areas:

  • AITP National – Its vision, mission, structure and benefits
  • AITP Chicago and Its Partners – How AITP provides value to its members
  • Innovation Resources in Chicago
  • Innovation Trends
  • IT Industry Trends
  • Hiring and Recruiting Trends
  • Cyber Security Overview – Roles and Responsibilities of the various local, state and federal agencies and of the various private sector participants

Coming from a country with a strong centralized government, they were interested in learning how the various levels of government were able to agree on who was responsible for what, and on how the private sector coordinated activities with the various levels of government. For them coordination was simple – all of the provincial security executives worked for and reported directly to the Director General.

Since cyber security has no borders, centralization simplifies coordination, tool deployment and sharing of best practices. In the U.S., the FBI serves this centralization role, although coordination with the state and local law enforcement agencies makes this more complex. Where total centralization falls down is in the creativity and innovation the private sector provides, in terms of developing and testing new security tools and practices. One of their questions was what specific tools companies and government agencies were using. They were surprised to learn that to a large extent each company and agency gets to choose from the thousands of products available. In effect, the marketplace determines which products predominate, but each organization selects which ones they want to deploy.

Although many of the delegates were primarily focused on technical issues, the Director and several of the delegates showed interest in how AITP was able to serve as an information hub to encourage sharing and collaboration across a wide range of public and private organizations. It was a great opportunity for both sides to gain cultural insights in an IT and Business context.

The presentation can be viewed at: http://www.aitp.org/resource/resmgr/2013-IE-Files/AITPChicago-China092013.pdf.

 

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