The VA has drastically cut down the time it takes to authorize a new application for operational use on its multi-cloud network. Joe Fourcade, lead cybersecurity analyst at the VA’s Enterprise Cloud Solutions Office, says the streamlined “authority-to-operate” process helps gives VA projects “the ability to focus resources on the operation of their system, and only the controls that are really required of them.”
Agencies are modernizing their IT infrastructure, moving their data into cloud computing services and adopting modern software practices.
The Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response sees a key opportunity to ensure the future U.S. electric grid is more secure from cyber threats.
For a long time, cybersecurity has been treated as an afterthought by system engineers. But a revised National Institute of Standards and Technology publication says security should be an “emergent system property.” NIST senior fellow Ron Ross says engineering “trustworthy” systems will be increasingly important as the cyber and physical worlds converge.