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Sean Connelly on Agencies’ Trusted Internet Connections Pilots

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Sean Connelly
Sean Connelly

Sean Connelly, Trusted Internet Connections program manager at the Department of Homeland Security, said the pilot projects completed by the departments of Energy and Justice and the Small Business Administration as part of the TIC program influenced the use cases for remote workers or branch offices, Federal News Network reported Friday.

“One of the things we need to do is work with multiple pilots to capture that broad spectrum of cloud services that are available,” Connelly said in a March interview on the network’s Ask the CIO program. “It’s also important to us that when agencies are articulating what their vision is to understand their data flows. Agencies really need to understand the data they need to protect.”

He called SBA’s TIC pilot a gold standard. Through the pilot, the agency used cloud security platforms to look at its cloud network and on-premises services and act on network vulnerabilities and other threats in real time.

Connelly also discussed DOE’s TIC pilot. “One of the interesting things with working with Energy’s team was we built out the baseline for how they wanted to secure their environment, but they recognized they wanted some security solutions above and beyond what TIC was offering at the time. TIC is that baseline and agencies are welcome to go beyond the baseline,” he said.