Infosec's Role in Feds' 25-Pt. IT Plan

Ex-OMB Deputy Admin. Tim Young Analyzes Initiative
A new White House plan to reform how the feds manage IT should not only drive efficiencies but help secure digital assets, says Tim Young, former Office of Management and Budget deputy administrator for e-government and IT.A 25-point plan to reform the way the federal government manages IT, announced this month by the White House Office of Management and Budget, should not only drive efficiencies but help secure digital assets, says Tim Young, the former deputy administrator for e-government and IT at OMB.

Young, a senior manager in Deloitte Consulting's federal practice, says in an interview with that one of the initiatives of the 25 Point Implementation Plan To Reform Federal Information Technology Management, eliminating at least 800 of the government's 2,100 data centers, should help reduce risk "because you are consolidating and reducing the government's technology footprint, therefore, leaving fewer assets on the ground and increasing the amount of resources you can apply to those assets to secure them from various security incidents such as infatuation, exfiltration and hacking."

In the interview, with's Eric Chabrow, Young also discusses:

  • Efforts by the government to assure cloud computing offerings are secure,
  • Initiatives to get agencies to share services that should free up resources, some of which could be security oriented and
  • Consolidation of network backbones and infrastructure that have IT security implications.

As OMB deputy administrator for more than five years, from 2003 to 2008, Young oversaw the formulation and executive of the federal IT portfolio and help define management and IT policies and priorities. He led more than 30 presidential e-government initiatives and managed a staff of about two dozen people who worked on a number of programs, including cybersecurity and identity management.

Young earned an MBA in management of global IT from American University and a BA in political science at Georgia Southern University.

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