GSA’s Dan Jacobs on How Agencies Should Approach Cloud Security

Jeff Brody

Dan Jacobs, a security expert at the General Services Administration, said agencies should deal with cybersecurity with a focus on people and processes as they transfer workloads to the cloud, Nextgov reported Thursday

“Many of the problems we face as a security community aren’t actually technical problems at all,” he said Tuesday at a lunch hosted by Symantec. “Many times they’re human problems. If we’re not equipped to deal with that, we’re going to continue to bang our head against the wall trying to figure out the way forward.”

Jacobs, senior security architect for GSA’s Technology Transformation Services and Centers of Excellence program, called on agencies to invest in bug bounty programs and threat intelligence and consider security as a team sport. Agencies should also reassess the types of skills they look for when hiring cyber professionals.

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