The Department of Homeland Security is working to speed up its âauthority to operateâ process as it seeks to modernize its operations through cloud technology, Federal News Network reported Wednesday.
John Zangardi, chief information officer of DHS, told the publication in an interview that he spearheaded a new âauthority to proceedâ process that will help identify a capabilityâs vulnerabilities and risks ahead of time.
âAt the end of the year, if we did, we give it a regular ATO and put it into the continuous monitoring process and off it goes,â he said. âWeâve done this in a way that hopefully will help us speed things up because thatâs the key.â
Risk management and reciprocity will help quicken theÂ ATO process, he noted. In addition, Zangardi said that agile and nimble cyber compliance and oversight procedures will accelerate the deployment of applications to agency networks.
The General Services Administration and National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency have also launched efforts to quicken the ATO process while ensuring strict compliance. The Office of Management and Budget is also prioritizing the replacement of compliance-based authorization processes with risk-based decision-making procedures.