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Barry West: Agencies Seek Holistic Approach to Mobile IT Management

mobile securityFederal agencies are transitioning to mobile information technology as more employees use personal electronic devices and as cloud takes over traditional IT infrastructure, Federal Times reported Wednesday.

Aaron Boyd writes Barry West, chief information officer of Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp., observed that agencies now consider mobility, cloud, social collaboration and big data when developing their IT strategies.

“In the new digital landscape we have to be looking at all those things,” West said during a recent panel discussion sponsored by CA Technologies and immixGroup.

“There are three pieces to keep in balance: capabilities, security and economics — both the costs and abiding by contracts,” he added, according to Federal Times.

Mark Goodge, chief technology officer at the Defense Health Agency, believes that mobility is necessary for agencies operating on a global scale.

He told the forum audience that a mobile strategy should work to ensure security and access to data anytime, anywhere.

Andre Mendes, director of global operations for the Broadcast Board of Governors, said organizations need tools to protect a mobile device user’s anonymity as as well as data transmission, according to the publication.

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