The Federal Emergency Management Agency has moved to address cyber threats through a review of the agency’s resilience and security posture, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.
Adrian Gardner, FEMA’s chief information officer, told the station the review aims in part to respond to disasters with the use of mobile technologies and big data analytics over the next five years.
He said the big data effort is part of the agency’s effort to modernize its information technology infrastructure by standardizing data with open systems and geospatial platforms, Jason Miller reports.
“We have gone out and looked at all of FEMA’s assets and resources to look at them from a security and resiliency standpoint, to ensure we have thought about not only the current state of those capabilities, but what’s next,” Gardner told the station.
“That’s something we’ve been doing over the last nine months and it’s a big deal for us,” Gardner added.
Gardner told Federal News Radio his agency will also work to eliminate redundancies.
FEMA plans to back up its IT modernization initiative through an IT governance board that Gardner said would meet every two weeks, according to the report.