Todd Gustafson, president ofÂ HPâ€™s federal arm, wrote in an articleÂ published Tuesday on FedTech MagazineÂ that there are three steps federal agencies should take to improve their cybersecurity posture as they pursue information technology modernization and the first is developing a comprehensive cybersecurity plan.
â€œAs those agencies increasingly migrate to the cloud and start sharing more information, the demand for a universal plan to maximize the security posture of every agency, not just a select few, is critical,â€ Gustafson wrote. â€œThis plan will have to start with defense in depth.â€
The next step calls for agencies to address the shortage in cybersecurity talent.
â€œFor agencies unable to pay as much as corporations, this could mean offering faster tracks for career advancement, more flexible hours or attractive international assignments,â€ Gustafson said. â€œIt could even involve developing talent at a college level through mentorship, internship and diversity programs.â€
He noted that agencies should forge partnerships with the private sector to protect government infrastructure from cyber threats.