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FCW : July 15, 2015
Last month, the Professional Services Council and member company Grant Thornton released the 25th Annual Federal CIO and Chief Information Security Officer Survey. This year’s report, “Expanding the Role of the CIO: Integrating Mission, Innovation, Technology, Services and People,” pro- vided a number of interesting insights into CIO priorities and challenges. The report is worth reading by both gov- ernment and industry leaders and will hopefully foster additional conversa- tions on how to leverage technology to deliver effective mission results. Here are some of my takeaways: • Cybersecurity. Not surprisingly, cybersecurity was identified as the top priority this year. Although it’s good that attention is focused on this cru- cial issue, much still needs to be done — from basic blocking and tackling to a willingness to adopt new ideas and approaches. It’s well past time to fin- ish implementing Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12, Trusted Inter- net Connections, encryption, intrusion detection and an optimized security architecture. And nowadays, those are just table stakes. We must also move forward on continuous monitoring, managed security services, data-level security, attribute-based access control and trusted computing from untrusted devices — to take advantage of today’s technology environment and embrace secure information sharing rather than security through denial of service. That is truly a national imperative. • Cloud computing. Consumption- based buying figured prominently in the report, with a compelling value proposition for cloud computing and other “capabilities as a service.” Unfor- tunately, aspirations exceed implemen- tations at some agencies, with only 8 percent of interviewees saying they had progressed as far as they wanted in implementing cloud-based solutions. Managed services allow govern- ment to take advantage of industry best practices and innovations, avoid large upfront capital expenditures and depreciation, increase the speed of implementation, and rapidly adjust to changes in demand. The convergence of technology and services allows a focus on delivering outcomes rather than just delivering systems. Four years after the “cloud first” pol- icy, we need to move faster and ensure BY DAVID WENNERGREN IT leaders can take advantage of the changes that are happening with technology, acquisition and the workforce by removing barriers to progress 7 insights into what CIOs really think 24 July 15, 2015 FCW.COM DrillDown Use of agile development Not using agile Agile in early stages Comfortable with agile Agile is the default 9% 31% 27% 33% 0715fcw_024-040.indd 24 6/24/15 9:43 AM
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