By Steve Kapinos, ICIT Fellow & VP of Cognitive Cyber, ManTech

In continued support of our mission to cultivate a cybersecurity renaissance that will improve the resiliency of our nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors, defend our democratic institutions, and empower generations of cybersecurity leaders, ICIT has embarked on a journey to hold candid interviews with some of the brightest minds in national security, cybersecurity, and technology. Our goal is to share their knowledge and insights with our community to shed light on solutions to the technology, policy, and human challenges facing our community. We hope that their words will motivate, educate, and inspire you to confront your organizations’ challenges.

This Bright Minds Q&A explores crucial considerations for government cybersecurity leaders developing and implementing their 2023 strategic plans. In addition to the responsibilities and challenges all cybersecurity leaders are facing, such as the talent gap and continually evolving adversaries, Government leaders are tasked with balancing public-private partnership and working within established government processes; one such example is the Authorization to Operate process.