Federal IT Executives Convene to Discuss Budget Cuts Affecting Cyber Security

Dr. Paul Tibbits, Deputy CIO for Architecture, Strategy and Design, VA delivered the keynote “Reduce Spending while Enhancing Information Protection” which discussed how agencies can navigate the current fiscal climate without compromising security.

Research conducted by GTRA determined that insufficient funding and being asked to “do more with less” was the number one issue among IT executives, with specific concern on how this trend would impact cyber security.

“There is plenty of opportunity for stretching limited budget in information protection.” said Dr. Paul Tibbits “Looking for savings is hard work but it is still possible to maintain and enhance security”.

A panel of senior federal and state leaders discussed the important role innovation plays during times of fiscal uncertainty which was led by Larry Hale, Director Strategic Solutions & Security Services ITS, GSA, Vaughn Noga, CTO & Director Office of Technology Operations and Planning, EPA, Phil Wenger, Deputy Policy Lead, Budget Line of Business, OMB, and Erik Avakian, CISO, Commonwealth of PA.

“Without doubt, the single biggest worry keeping executives up at night is what their 2012 and 2013 budgets will look like and how they will continue to service their agencies and the citizens with reduced resources” said Parham Eftekhari, Co-Founder and Director of Research, GTRA.  

Industry thought leaders also shared their perspectives on how industry and government collaboration can help improve security while minimizing costs. The panelists discussed “Leveraging Industry/Government Partnerships to Reduce Costs while Improving your Security Posture” which included David McNeely, Director Product Management, Centrify, David Lingenfelter, Security Officer MaaS360 by Fiberlink, Rob Roy, CTO Federal, Fortify/HP, Andy Thurai, Chief Architect, Intel, and Chris Poulin, CSO, Q1 Labs.

“This meeting was an important opportunity for executives to share perspectives, lessons learned and resources in order to help alleviate these concerns and focus on developing strategies for a successful future” said Kelly Yocum, Co-Founder and CEO, GTRA.

About GTRA: GTRA brings together executive-level government technology Security, Enterprise Architecture, Green IT and Health IT leaders to collaborate, strategize and create innovative solutions. The semi-annual GTRA SecureGOV Council Meeting addresses the security topics identified through research with the government GTRA Council members and industry experts. By sharing best practices and lessons learned, knowledge is exchanged in a peer-to-peer forum, resulting in actionable government-wide strategic plans and cutting-edge solutions. Through a unique collaborative methodology, GTRA is revolutionizing the way government does business.

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