Long-Term Goals Guide CDM Success
- A long-term technology strategy starts with clear vision into existing capabilities. When you have that clear view, you can map the most logical path to the future.
- Network visibility highlights technological weaknesses. Once you know those weaknesses, then you can select the best solution to address them.
“The biggest problem was trying to build a technology stack that wasn’t one-size-fits-all because every agency has its own requirements, mission and standards.”
Prior to becoming senior vice president and chief cybersecurity strategist at vArmour, Mark Weatherford ran the cybersecurity program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. There, he hired John Streufert from the U.S. Department of State to come to DHS and design what became the CDM program. “The idea was that we would create a program that each federal agency could—but didn’t have to—participate in. We wanted to give agencies visibility into their networks,” Weatherford explains. “As we developed the program, we realized that there were significantly more security features we could build into the overall CDM solution.”