Data consolidation, an inherent aspect of agency modernization efforts, is an even more viable option for agencies as cloud and super computing take IT to levels barely imaginable 30 years ago.
There have been many events to mark National Cyber Security Awareness Month, from Twitter chats to Two Factor Tuesday. One event that stands out for information security leaders in the federal government was a conversation between Ann Barron-DiCamillo, Director, US-CERT Department of Homeland Security; Bill Lay, Chief Information Security Officer, Department of State; Dr. Ron Ross, Fellow, NIST; and Fed News Radio’s Jason Miller. The conversation, which started with a question about whether there was any difference between cyber security and data security, developed into an insightful prescription for how to keep driving the momentum agencies achieved this summer during the OMB’s 30 Day Sprint.
With the next FITARA deadline coming up at the end of 2015, federal CIOs need to “understand their options and obligations under the new law,” commented Darryn Graham, Chief Architect for Software AG Government Solutions. In a recent article published by NextGov, Graham shared his perspectives on FITARA and recent comments made by federal CIO Tony Scott at the FIITARA Implementation Symposium, hosted by the Association for Enterprise Information (AEFI) in Arlington, Virginia.
Did you know that last August a single rogue Android app took down the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency’s (NOAA) national digital forecast system?
As a result of EA’s mercurial nature, stress can exist for CIOs and agency IT leaders. Paula Ziehr, Reality Check contributor, suggests in regard to EA: “Just breathe…that is my advice when you are feeling the pressures … Just breathe – and start planning. That old adage ‘failing to plan is planning to fail’ has never rung so true.” Ziehr stresses throughout “Enterprise Architecture: Just Breathe and Find the Time to Plan” the importance of planning and remaining calm throughout the EA development process.
There is no doubt that 2015 has been a critical juncture for federal government agencies in how they approach cyber security. Spurred by the OPM breach, Federal CIO Tony Scott first announced the 30-day cyber security sprint, which, over the summer, became the foundation of a coordinated federal cyber security strategy. Combined with the empowerment of the CIO role under the auspices of FITARA, it seems that federal agencies are poised to make major strides in all aspects of cyber security – from infrastructure to data security.