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October 5, 2017

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month – a month focused on raising awareness around the cyber security threats facing our nation and encouraging individuals and organizations to actively engage in better protecting their networks and their data.

In the last week our attention has been brought back sharply to the impact of cyber threats with a series of high-profile incidents including the Equifax breach that put that personally identifiable information (PII) of hundreds of millions at risk.  If the average American faces persistent threats to their information security, imagine the risks faced by federal government agencies.

The federal government and the United States military are the prime targets of malicious actors for obvious reasons.  From top secret intelligence to blueprints for warfighting and the PII of all Americans federal government agencies hold a vast repository of highly valuable information that’s wanted by nation states and private actors alike. 

Each week during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we’ll be featuring a new interview on the Thinking Next, Now podcast with an experienced security professional from the CSRA team to talk about one of the key areas of cybersecurity: cyber defense, cyber risk, cyber operations, cyber resilience, and cyber analytics.  We’ll discuss why they’re vital to the nation’s security and best practices to help guide federal agency leaders to build a more secure future.

In the first of this five-part podcast series, we talked with Amy Howland, CSRA's Chief Information Security Officer. Amy is an experienced cybersecurity professional, having held senior information security positions before joining CSRA last year. During our discussion, we talked about what cyber defense entails, how the government can improve its cyber defense and how partnerships with industry can provide even more robust and resilient cyber defenses.

Listen to the full podcast below.

For additional information about CSRA’s Cyber Services and how they can better prepare the federal government to face persistent cyber threats, visit

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