Federal CIO says 'digitization of everything' will help enhance cybersecurity across government

June 17, 2015

Dibya Sarkar

The federal government's top technology official said June 15 that "the digitization of everything" will help accelerate a new technological model that infuses cybersecurity as a core component.

"This digitization is relentless and it won't stop and it's accelerating and it's changing everything, including government," Tony Scott, the federal chief information officer, told government employees during his keynote at the inaugural CIO Council IT Symposium in Washington, D.C.

"We're going to see more change in the next three or four or five years as the technology industry responds to today's challenges and figures out new architectural models and paradigms for the future," he added.

Digitization, he said, is forcing the public and private sectors to "re-imagine everything," starting with what the customer wants and what they're trying to do. And this means applying new design techniques, business models and workflows. 

This will also change the way the government and private sector approach cybersecurity, which Scott called "one of the big challenges of our time," alluding to several high-profile cyberattacks such as the recent Office of Personnel Management hack that compromised information on 4 million current and former federal employees.

He said one of the problems is that most of the technology and systems architecture were designed and built in the 1970s or 1990s.

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