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VA CIO LaVerne Council Seeks to Implement New Agency-Wide Cyber Strategy

LaVerne Council
LaVerne Council

LaVerne Council, chief information officer at the Department of Veterans Affairs, has assembled a team of information technology professionals within VA to develop a cybersecurity strategy for the department’s enterprise, FCW reported Tuesday.

Adam Mazmanian writes one of Council’s VA IT security goals is to implement an offensive model that would leverage the Einstein 3 network intrusion detection platform.

“An offensive posture is really one in which we engage the resources, the employees, to understand what they can do,” she told FCW in an interview.

Council came to VA as the department seeks to modernize its Veterans Health Information Systems and Technology Architecture, and has observed employees having a cultural attachment to the system, Mazmanian reports.

She added to FCW that she believes VistA has the potential to support an open‑source environment for managing veterans’ healthcare.

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