December 16, 2016

WASHINGTON—In a letter sent to President-elect Donald Trump today, the IT Alliance for Public Sector (ITAPS) a division of ITI, representing leading technology and service provider companies who work closely with the government, offered its recommendations to the incoming administration on steps needed to improve cybersecurity at federal agencies and the Department of Defense. Citing the U.S. government’s highly-vulnerable aging information technology (IT) systems as threats to national security, they recommend an immediate inventory and assessment of federal IT systems and a systemic approach to modernize out of date technologies. Click here for the full letter.

“The federal government spent $80 billion on IT systems last year. Shockingly, 80% was spent maintaining costly, vulnerable IT systems that many American taxpayers would expect to see in a Smithsonian collection,” said ITAPS Senior Vice President for Public Sector Trey Hodgkins, who signed the letter to Trump. “We believe that achieving government-wide cybersecurity is dependent on two other imperatives: IT modernization and acquisition overhaul. Without them, ‘cybersecurity’ can be no more than a tagline.”

The recommendations end with a call for the Trump Administration and Congress to fix the government’s processes for buying IT goods and services which has trapped federal agencies from tapping innovations currently available commercially to U.S. adversaries.

The recommendations were developed by top experts in the technology product and services field convened by ITAPS in the weeks since the election.

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Public Policy Tags: ITAPS, Cybersecurity