The universal and ever-changing world of cyber waits for no one. That’s why it’s so important for cyber experts from across the federal government, academia, and private industry to combine forces to advance cyber and information technology modernization efforts.
The 2018 Department of Energy (DOE) Cyber Conference in Austin, Texas, brought these experts together in an interactive forum for communication, collaboration, and training. The annual meeting also serves as a platform for sharing information and best practices to support energy, science, nuclear, and national security missions.
“We need to look at the DOE enterprise as one organization and work together. We need to consider our mission, our needs, and security and cover those areas. Let’s step away from the one size fits all mentality and take this opportunity to make changes, work together and do this right,” said NNSA Chief Information Officer (CIO) Wayne Jones while discussing transitioning to the cloud.
Breakout sessions fostered new cooperation and partnerships, while practical training exercises enhanced the capabilities of the information technology and cyber workforce. Ensuring cybersecurity in the face of the latest developments was a common theme, as was policy innovation.
Goodman Bellamy, NNSA Director of Policy and Governance, moderated a panel discussion on the historic Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act, which Bellamy explained exists “to centralize the authority and responsibility of Agency CIOs to acquire, provide oversight, and report all IT and Cyber Security spending.” He also discussed the importance of Capital Planning and Investment Control reporting – a federally mandated system for electing, managing, and evaluating information technology investments.