​Industry Move(s): VA makes some changes, including new acting CISO

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“…IT modernization is a priority across the federal government, and OI&T needs to develop and implement a cloud strategy to improve speed and agility and create a better user experience for our business partners and Veterans. This important initiative requires strong leadership, and Roopangi Kadakia will transition into a new role as cloud implementation expert in the Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO). Roopangi orchestrated the transfer of more than 160 systems into the cloud at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), one of the federal government’s largest cloud deployments to-date. She is uniquely qualified to lead cloud implementation and help OI&T modernize and drive improved outcomes.

To maintain continuity in cybersecurity, and achieve our goal of eliminating material weaknesses, Dominic Cussatt will serve as acting Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Over the past year, Dom provided executive leadership for the VA Enterprise Cybersecurity Strategy, composed of over 3,000 activities focused on building a comprehensive cybersecurity capability in support of VA’s overall mission…”

G2X TAKE: Thank you to the G2X member who passed along this email update from the acting CIO as Rob Thomas details some moves within the organization to include a new cloud implementation expert in the Enterprise Program Management Office (EPMO) and a new acting CISO. With a new administration on the ground and a new CIO to follow, there will be a lot of movement in the coming months as the new leadership looks to score some early wins. 

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