GovCIO: Good Cybersecurity Requires Enterprise-Wide Collaboration, VA CDO Says

Data interoperability standards and enterprise-wide collaboration could harmonize zero trust efforts with cybersecurity strategies, Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) CDO Kshemendra Paul said at ACT-IAC’s Cybersecurity Forum 2022.

“Cybersecurity and zero trust are a big data problem,” Paul said during the forum Friday. “There’s a lot of emphasis on sharing what’s going on in the different [VA] departments. This is an area where, while there are differences between departments, we’re all better served through higher degrees of standardization. That doesn’t happen automatically; it is a pretty heavy lift. It only happens if you have effective data governance.”…

“These problems that are so cross-cutting and only really work at the level we need to when we take an enterprise approach that goes across functional domains, that partners with our mission stakeholders,” Paul said. “We start to do it in a more uniform way, regardless of what domain, and add that little bit of customization.”

VA’s Data Strategy focuses on a holistic, enterprise approach with five key elements: stewardship, analytics, secure technology platforms, a data literate workforce and governance. The strategy is focused on data analytics, but the agency’s leadership, including the CISO and CIO, plan to build out additional frameworks around zero trust and IT modernization… Read the full article here.

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