Michele Thomas, U.S. Department of Transportation, Chief Information Security Officer

Foresight and Information Sharing - The Keys to CDM Success

  • Think ahead, and share information with agencies that have already been through what you’re facing to find
    creative, effective ways to prepare for and manage the tasks ahead.
  • Plan for each phase as if it were the initial rollout of any technology or capability. That includes budgeting, personnel and training to ensure that all users understand what’s coming and how it will affect them.

“I can get ahead of the game. I can contact the product vendor and run a pilot of the software to at least ramp up my staff on what the software is, how it works and how can we use it.”

Foresight and information sharing are key elements of successful CDM activities according to Michele Thomas, CISO
and director of IT compliance for the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Before NHTSA, Thomas was with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which is where she began Phase 1 of CDM. “When the legislation passed,” she says, “I looked at the list of approved products and noticed that everyone had formed a partnership with one particular hardware asset management solution.”

This is an excerpt from CDM From the Frontlines. The eBook was generously sponsored by Tenable.