Last week, President Trump announced that John Zangardi would take over the reins as the new CIO at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – bringing in a senior IT leader with deep expertise and domain knowledge.
Zangardi was previously the acting CIO for the Department of Defense (DoD, and he has also served as principal deputy DoD CIO and Navy Department CIO, and on active duty as a Navy flight officer.
During his role at the DoD, he focused on redefining our defense cyber capabilities, as well as improving the Defense Travel System services – all with the focus of better serving the warfighter.
“A task we have in IT is to drive efficiencies,” said Zangardi at the Adobe Digital Government Symposium, in May 2017. “The reason we want to drive effectiveness and efficiency is to get that capability out to the warfighter, to make sure they have the command and control assets they need to do their daily job.”
In addition, earlier in October, Zangardi signed a memo – based on the FedRAMP model – that outlines a new process for securing mobile apps that sets a baseline standard, promotes reciprocity across the military and clarifies which apps need to go through this new approach.
As part of his overall cybersecurity vision, he also believes that we need a dedicated partnership between the U.S. Defense Department and industry for developing both technologies and the work force needed to help the United States maintain a superior edge over adversaries.
For brining deep IT knowledge and vision for tackling some of our most pressing cyber challenges through industry partnerships, we are naming Zangardi as this week’s GovTransformer.
Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.