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Former Transportation CIO Richard Mckinney Details Agency’s Network Security Mgmt Effort

Richard McKinney

Richard McKinney, former chief information officer at the Transportation Department, has said Riverbed‘s performance monitoring and diagnostics tools helped the department detect 200 unexpected devices on its networks, FedTech Magazine reported Friday.

Mckinney told Mike Gruss in an interview that the Transportation Department used Riverbed’s SteelCentral suite of products to measure bandwidth use which led to the discovery of more than 1,000 devices operating within the agency’s networks.

The former CIO said the detection of 200 additional devices was an “unintended consequence” that gave the department a better understanding of its network.

He told both the Federal CIO Council and former federal CIO Tony Scott that CIOs should not assume that they understand their agencies’ networks without automatic network detection and management tools in place.

Mckinney said he would verify whether a federal department has a way to automatically detect and manage networks as his first agenda if appointed to another agency CIO post.

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