Beyond Cloud First: Making the Most of Cloud Computing

The central theme of U.S. CIO Steven Van Roekel’s Federal IT Budget Priorities in FY2013 is “Doing More With Less.” According to the report, the federal IT budget is expected to decrease another .7 percent in 2013. To ensure federal agencies deliver on their missions, Van Roekel says federal IT budget priorities must focus on solutions that maximize the ROI of existing investments, improve productivity, business and citizen interaction and cybersecurity.

Federal government has long considered cloud computing to be a key enabler of doing more with less. Although federal agencies have made significant strides to implement cloud computing solutions and services to improve productivity, collaboration and cost-savings, many federal IT leaders agree that agencies must now create shared services that span the enterprise in order to fully leverage the power of their cloud investments.

Agencies are beginning to discover that an enterprise approach to cloud computing makes it possible to build full-scale operations that are more cost-effective, secure and manageable than individually operated cloud environments.This webcast will provide listeners with practical advice on how to make the move to cloud-based shared services and still meet FedRAMP security requirements. Hear from Jennifer Gray, Information Security Specialist for HHS, on how the agency integrates cybersecurity throughout enterprise cloud solutions to provide better IT governance in determining the risk posture to improve business operations, control costs and facilitate the delivery of HHS agency missions and programs to the public throughout the system lifecycle.

    Participants will learn how to:
  • Accelerate the adoption of secure cloud soluitons and achieve consistent security authorizations
  • Protect sensitive and highly confidential data over the Internet, in databases, and on tape to meet privacy goals and prevent fraud
  • Avoid duplication and share resources among agencies and other stakeholders

Jennifer Gray is an Information Security Specialist at the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Cybersecurity Program within the Office of the Chief Information Officer.

Currently, Jennifer serves on the Security Engineering Team within the HHS Cybersecurity Program. She is responsible for developing strategies to promote the integration of security through the IT governance and system development lifecycle by engaging with specific Federal priority working and interest groups, and by participating in all stages of design and oversight through the Enterprise Performance Lifecycle (EPLC) community.