A 1998 American Presidential directive set up a national program to identify critical infrastructure components that needed elevated protection from possible terrorist attacks. Critical infrastructures can include any element that supports emergency services, telecommunications, energy, financial, water, food, transportation sectors, and anything involved in ensuring continuity of government.
Government leaders are managing and leading agencies through big technology shifts: from proprietary to open platforms, analytics to AI, and from single to multiple clouds vendors. The opportunity to advance missions, increase security and create impact for stakeholders within this shift is significant, but agencies can travel only as fast as as their people and processes let them.
Government has more potential than any other organization to generate insight from data to help address public challenges. Yet too often technological and political silos prevent agencies from leveraging the data.
Agencies at all levels in the Commonwealth of Virginia are undergoing tremendous change. The complexity of managing multiple clouds and data centers, and fragile legacy applications create opportunities and challenges to modernizing IT and improving resiliency.