On August 5th, INSA’s Vice President, John Doyon, sat down with Greg Smithberger, Director of the Capabilities Directorate and Chief Information Officer at NSA, for a discussion on his Directorate's top priorities, ongoing innovations in cloud computing, and NSA’s strategies for integrating advanced technology into classified and unclassified environments.
Mr. Smithberger began by identifying NSA’s two core missions as signals intelligence and cyber security and explained to the audience how the Capabilities Directorate provides the advanced technology needed to fulfill these globe-spanning demands.
Mr. Smithberger highlighted NSA’s focus on cloud computing modernization. He told #INSAWedWisdom viewers how IC Gov Cloud, a classified information-sharing environment, has been successful in fusing data from NSA and other IC sources into one shared asset that allows analysts to be more efficient in gathering information and drawing conclusions. Mr. Smithberger also touched on the ongoing Hybrid Compute Initiative, which he refers to as the “next generation of IC Gov Cloud,” stating that it will optimize the cloud environment to improve capacity and scalability.
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In responding to questions from the audience, Mr. Smithberger revealed how the pandemic has favorably pushed ahead some of NSA’s high-priority strategic initiatives, many focusing on integrating classified and unclassified intelligence into protected environments to enhance remote work capabilities. As his directorate prepares for permanent changes post-pandemic, he noted that incorporating Microsoft Office 365 into their infrastructure at all classifications levels is one of the Directorate’s top innovation priorities.
Mr. Smithberger emphasized how increased work in a less protected environment will make collaboration with industry more seamless, and ultimately drive innovation and allow NSA to meet new challenges as they arise. He concluded, “we have to keep moving forward just to maintain current ground, sprint to make progress, and the smarter we can be in this process, the less exhausting it will be.”