Meetup replay: Future of Gov Security – Automated ATOs, Revamped TIC & Beyond

Karina Homme

I recently had the opportunity to host a dynamic discussion among leading IT security and compliance experts at our latest Microsoft Azure Government DC Meetup, Future of Gov Security – Automated ATOs, Revamped TIC and Beyond, at 1776 in Crystal City, Virginia.

With government accelerating its IT modernization efforts, the focus on strengthening security remains top of mind for agencies as they work to realize the benefits of cloud and increase their agility. This was highly evident as our speakers and more than 80 members of the Microsoft Azure Government DC user community explored a range of perspectives on security in government, both current state and where we’re headed.

Mark Cohn, CTO of Unisys Federal, kicked off the evening with his perspectives on the definition and evolution of security for federal agencies, including IT modernization and its impacts on society. Mark set the stage for an engaging discussion.

Our panelists then shared valuable insight and expertise, taking great questions from our community, on how to get started with authorizations to operate (ATO), top challenges for government customers, and strategies and toolsets for overcoming these hurdles including the NIST Risk Management Framework, Azure Blueprint program, and automating ATOs. Featured on the panel were:

Greg Elin, CEO, GovReady; and former chief data officer, Federal Communications Commission • Nate Johnson, director, Cloud Security and Compliance, Microsoft • Scott Thompson, cloud solution strategist, Microsoft

Segment 1: Welcome & Introductions
Segment 2: Security, Digital Trust and the Future
Segment 3: Automated ATOs, Revamped TIC & Beyond Panel Discussion

I encourage you to watch the Meetup replay videos on the Microsoft Azure Government Meetup Channel (and, be sure to subscribe to our channel for the latest videos!).

Meanwhile, I invite you to RSVP and join us at the next Microsoft Azure Government DC Meetup, Cloud DemoPalooza – Gov Style, on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 6 – 8:30 p.m., at 1776 in Washington, DC.

If you’re not in the DC metro area, please join us via livestream starting at 6:35 p.m. at, and engage in the conversation at #AzureGovMeetup.

Be sure to follow the conversation at #AzureGovMeetup.



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