Stephen Warren: VA Reconsiders Use of Public Cloud Amid Cyber Threats

Stephen Warren
Stephen Warren

The Department of Veterans Affairs is developing a new cloud strategy as it reconsiders the use of commercial cloud services for some applications, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes that VA Chief Information Officer Stephen Warren said the strategy will guide the department’s path to using public clouds alongside its use of private clouds.

“The point of this meeting is: What are the standards? What is it that we can do? What are the blockers? Are there policy blockers? Are there knowledge blockers?” Warren told reporters recently.

Miller reports that VA worked with agency partners such as the Department of Homeland Security and General Services Administration and leaders from Mitre and Gartner to discuss potential opportunities with cloud, particularly in releasing new capabilities.

Warren said Paul Tibbits, deputy CIO for architecture, strategy and design at VA, is heading the strategy development discussions and will have recommendations in approximately 30 days.

The report noted that VA’s previous concerns with the public cloud include compliance with the Trusted Internet Connection directive and agency requirements.

Miller writes that Warren has pointed to the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program’s high and medium baselines as points of interest amid an increase in cyber attack attempts against the agency’s systems.

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