EPA CIO on building cybersecurity-aware culture along with IT modernization

“Where IT modernization is concerned, the Environmental Protection Agency’s information leader said, ‘everything is fair game.’

As EPA CIO Vaughn Noga said, historically the agency has evaluated IT systems and applications continuously, rather than just when something becomes obsolete. He said his organization is routinely looking for more efficient and cost-effective solutions…”

“The CIO’s office is also ensuring that data is accessible and driving decision-making – that means using data that as close to 100% digital as possible. To this end, EPA last year looked at all information collection requests and identified opportunities to move paperless activities to digital, Noga said…”

“One caveat for EPA is that Noga’s office is tied to systems operated by regulated industries or by states, which collect data on emissions and related matters – data that is then sent to the agency. So if EPA wants to modernize its technology beyond what those reporting parties are using, that is where the Central Data Exchange comes into play. EPA began an initiative called CDX Reimagined so that regulated entities can do business with the agency more easily.

Overall, Noga said EPA wants to create a cybersecurity-aware culture, and that requires a fair amount of educating the workforce about what to look for in the systems, which they put in place to protect against malicious actors…” Read the full article here.

Source: EPA wants to build cybersecurity-aware culture along with IT modernization – By Amelia Brust, April 28, 2021. Federal News Network.

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