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Cybersecurity Chat: A Conversation with DHS, CIA, & Congressman Connolly

How do we accelerate progress in federal IT and maintain the velocity that we currently have? That was the main question asked during a lively conversation at the recent FedTalks in Washington, D.C.

Just over a month after the White House appointed its first U.S. chief information security officer (CISO), Greg Touhill, cybersecurity took center stage at FedTalks. During the FedTalks Cybersecurity Chat, Steve Schmidt, VP & CISO at AWS, sat down with Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va), John Edwards, CIO of the CIA, and Luke McCormack, CIO of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to gather insights into how agencies can improve cybersecurity and create an actionable cyber strategy during a transition of power within the U.S. federal government.

With the focus on the future, the panelists shared what has worked for them and how cloud computing strategies will continue to contribute to a strong cybersecurity posture.

Watch the video of the full panel discussion to learn how agencies can use the cloud safely, securely, and at a lower cost to protect vital information.

A collaborative approach of sharing cybersecurity best practices between the public and private sectors raises the security protection bar to better defend against evolving cyber threats. We listen to our customers and innovate to deliver on the speed, agility, flexibility, and security they need. Amazon looks forward to continued collaboration with agencies.

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AWS Public Sector Blog Team

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