An official of the National Security Council today affirmed that IT modernization is critical to cybersecurity, according to a report in Politico.
According to Politico, Heather King, an acting senior director for cyber at the NSC, told members of a government cyber advisory group: "IT modernization is fundamental to improve cybersecurity [as] legacy IT is extremely difficult to secure." Not only would a shared services model efficiently enable the government to prioritize the latest in cybersecurity and focus on mission, it would also help agencies manage costs, improve performance, and boost service delivery for citizens.
This was a focus of a recent briefing on President Donald Trump's cybersecurity executive order for members of the technical standards agency NIST's Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board. The Trump administration has taken steps to prioritize cybersecurity and shared services. You can read about those in CSRA’s Cyber EO Resource Center.
"The president knows how challenging it is to ensure that hundreds of departments and agencies are all protecting taxpayers' information and addressing the national security implications of weaknesses in this area," King added, per Politico. The move toward shared services will help drive that critical effort.
One of the biggest challenges for federal CIOs is the need to modernize legacy networks and replace aging infrastructure. Not only do outdated systems make it difficult to drive mission success, they also threaten our government’s ability to protect data because they are not equipped to withstand today’s highly sophisticated cyber threats.