Today’s evolving cyber threats faced by Federal departments and agencies (D&A) cover a wide range of malicious activities from nation-state sponsors, criminal organizations, terrorist groups, hacktivists, insider threats, and others. These threats come from highly advanced, group-based entities that seek to operate inside of and maintain a presence on and in their target’s systems. When coupled with increasing regulatory requirements and oversight, the move to a risk management versus a compliance approach, and growing resource constraints, these threats presents huge challenges.
To be effective in this operational environment, Federal D&As must employ a cybersecurity program that focuses on operating in cyberspace instead of reacting to it. The need for innovative cybersecurity approaches, methodologies, and best practices that address interoperability, usability, and privacy is critical for the nation and the Federal government.
Cloud computing has spurred transformation and innovation across the IT industry. However, successfully leveraging cloud computing continues to present challenges to organizations. Areas of concern include data security; insufficiency of resources and expertise, particularly of employees with technical skills in cloud computing; IT services governance; cloud cost management; strategizing multi-cloud environments; compliance; cloud migration; vendor lock-in; and cloud integration – ensuring on-premise apps and tools work together with the cloud. None of these challenges, however, mean that your IT modernization and transformation activities need to remain grounded. Criterion has the expertise to help organizations put a well-managed cloud adoption journey in place.
Criterion’s Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) provides our customers with a cross-functional team that drives cloud maturity forward. It:
Kicking off or transitioning complex, fast-moving IT projects can be relatively straightforward due to strategic planning and requirements development. However, conflicting priorities, technological change, lack of official authorization, insufficient process, and low visibility/accountability frequently act as barriers to successful completion. Program and executive leadership may not have the right information or timely access to the expertise required to successfully support effective decision making, adding to the challenge of keeping projects on track. To meet this challenge, Criterion developed its Program Management Framework, which is comprised of processes, methodologies, and templates to help us guide customers towards greater maturity, no matter their starting point.
Criterion’s PM Center of Excellence provides our customers with the expertise and tools needed to ensure program success: