DOE CIO outlines cybersecurity priorities

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Max Everett, chief information officer at the Energy Department, discusses how the agency plans to modernize their email using money from the Technology Modernization Fund, and why they need good cybersecurity across the enterprise.


The Department of Energy was one of the first three agencies to receive money from the Technology Modernization Fund. With the funding allocated to improve the department’s email servers, the agency is working to finish migrating that part of their enterprise to the cloud. Max Everett, chief information officer at the Energy Department, says that access to TMF funds has changed how DOE strategizes about their information technology.

 

“The fundamental aspect of TMF that we are happy about is that it changes how we approach all of our IT. This is just the first step, but really we want to make sure all of the IT projects, everything we are looking at, that we’re doing that business case analysis.” Everett said. “I think without that, you are not going to be able to do lifecycle planning [or] modernization in a prioritized manner. None of us are going to have enough money to keep things going on a regular basis if we can’t defend our decisions and show that we have some type of strategy.”

Everett said that a major priority for the Department of Energy is cybersecurity, because of the wide-ranging levels of risk that exist in DOE’s day-to-day operations.

 

“We have open science, which is low risk, and we’ve got the nuclear mission which is incredibly high risk. So, we want to make sure that we are understanding and doing that risk management apples to apples,” Everett told Government Matters. “We are in the process right now of putting together the departmental risk registers to match up with the ones that happen in the different sites and missions.”