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October 13, 2017

What does it mean for a federal agency to be cyber secure?  In the first episode of the Thinking Next, Now National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) podcast, we talked with CSRA’s CISO, Amy Howland, about strategies for federal agencies to strengthen their cyber defenses. 

This week, we caught up with Ron Nixon, Chief Technology Officer for Army IT at CSRA, who explores another important aspect of cybersecurity—cyber resilience. In this episode, our Thinking Next, Now podcast host, Ryan Schradin, talks with Nixon about how agencies can become more resilient in the face of constant cyber attacks. What’s most interesting about their conversation is that Nixon offers insight on building resiliency that won’t break the budget—even if you have to retrofit legacy systems. 

According to Nixon, the key to building cyber resiliency starts with understanding what your core mission is and identifying how to keep mission-critical systems operating in the face of a disruptive event. With that central goal established, cyber teams can identify what parts of the people, process, and technology triad they need to retrofit in order to build resiliency. One of the interesting parts of the conversation is how Nixon contends that resiliency can be built without any financial investment but instead by improving policy and processes.  At its core, he contends, cyber resiliency is an operational mindset rather than a IT issue.

What do you think of Nixon’s focus on resiliency as a key part of cybersecurity? Do you agree that an organization as complex as a federal agency can build resiliency without additional investment? Share you thoughts with us on Twitter

You can listen to this week’s podcast below and catch up with the first episode here.

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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