October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and while federal agencies are vigilant all year long, this month is a time to reiterate the importance of cyber awareness and look to the tools of the future. Speaking of the future, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is slowly but surely entering the government lexicon. In recognition of how AI will shape our future, the White House is holding a special symposium on how AI will drive innovation in key areas of civil society. Finally, learn how Rob Klopp, CIO of the Social Security Administration is encouraging his peers to think big when it comes to IT modernization to avoid becoming stuck in a cycle of outdated tech.
White House Encourages Exploration of New Frontiers of Science and Technology
Today in Pittsburgh, the White House is hosting a conference that asks participants to imagine what America – and the world – will look in fifty years and beyond and how science and technology will shape that future. One of the focus areas for the conference is how Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its applications will drive innovation in healthcare, education, energy and the environment. As Deputy CTO, Ed Felton, and Terah Lyons, Policy Advisor in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy noted in a recent article “AI will contribute to economic growth…it is critical that industry, civil society, and government work together to develop the positive aspects of the technology, manage its risks and challenges.” It looks like this week’s conference will be just the beginning of a vibrant discussion. You can learn more about the future of AI here.
NIST Warns of Cybersecurity Fatigue, Highlights Pain Points
Federal workers are highly attuned to the importance of information and data security in the light of constant cyber attacks launched against agency assets. While government cyber teams have done good work in both improving their overall cyber security posture and educating federal workers about good cyber hygiene, a recent blog post from NIST warns about the dangers of security fatigue and how the lack of usability in most security solutions, plus constant warnings create the very behaviors they’re intended to deter. You can learn more about security fatigue and what the researchers at NIST recommend to combat its effects here.
SSA CIO Klopp Encourages Bold Vision for IT Modernization
Federal CIOs are under tremendous pressure to do away with legacy systems, modernize infrastructure, and to futureproof their information technology environments. So, it’s no wonder that there’s a good deal of trepidation about how to begin these massive projects. One federal CIO who has stepped boldly into the modernization effort and is sharing his insights and lessons learned so far is Rob Klopp, CIO of the Social Security Administration.
At a recent AFCEA event, Klopp described the vision behind his agency’s $300 million modernization effort. During his talk he said: “There’s lots of talk of IT modernization… [b]ut I think we need to have a perspective on what it means to be modern. And that perspective can’t be just a slight increment over what we do today.” In other words, CIOs need to do their best to future-proof systems to avoid creating a constant cycle of being outdated and playing catch-up.
Is that an achievable goal? Find out why Klopp thinks so, here.