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DHS CIO John Zangardi on Multicloud Approach

John Zangardi

John Zangardi, chief information officer at the Department of Homeland Security, said DHS believes a multicloud approach would be the best way to advance information technology modernization, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. He said savings on hardware is one of the major factors to consider with cloud technology.

“So our focus right now is within the HQ organization,” Zangardi said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin. “I’m going to start with training, we’ve held two cloud stand-down days, where we’re doing online training. And the initial phase of this is to focus on creating a general understanding of what cloud offers to my workforce.”

He said the second phase will focus on personnel performing the work and the last phase will deal with identifying the certification and training needs of people who will deliver the services.

Zangardi said his office provides standards to help DHS agencies oversee their components through the multicloud approach and that his primary concern is mission accomplishment and data security in the cloud environment. He also discussed the department’s data center consolidation and cloud migration efforts.

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