DHS CIO Dr. John Zangardi Discusses IT Priority Areas with NVTC Board of Directors

Dr. John Zangardi, Chief Information Officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), addressed the NVTC Board of Directors on March 13 at the Inova Center for Personalized Health.

Dr. Zangardi outlined his office’s efforts to assure effective, resilient communications, to provide trusted information to enable collaboration across DHS, and to optimize IT investments through improved planning, resourcing, acquisition and management. Dr. Zangardi also addressed the need to be innovative about how services are deployed by the agency internally.

Specifically, Dr. Zangardi shared updates on efforts related to cloud computing and data center optimization across DHS, including a new federated enterprise approach that is hybrid and vendor agnostic. He also expressed the need to make the software acquisition process more nimble.

Improving cybersecurity and mobility were two additional focus areas highlighted in the dialogue. Dr. Zangardi discussed how an enhanced, automated cybersecurity threat detection process will help the agency deliver stronger real-time threat protection. He also emphasized the importance of streamlining the credential process across DHS mobile devices.

Integral to all of DHS’ IT priority areas is talent, according to Dr. Zangardi, who called for increased engagement from the technology and academic communities in developing the future tech talent pipeline and in fixing the security clearance logjam.

Following the discussion, Dr. Zangardi answered questions from Board members and shared his thoughts on the DHS IT budget, progress being made on real-time data collection and sharing across government agencies, and how the technology sector can support DHS’ IT priorities.

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Dr. John Zangardi, Chief Information Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, addressed the NVTC Board on March 13.