Dereck Johnson
FCW
May 1, 2018

Nearly every federal employee, even those whose IT experience begins and ends at using a computer for work, is capable of contributing to the protection of U.S. government networks.

While CIOs and CISOs bring the expertise and experience needed to manage large IT enterprises, chief financial officers bring money and vision. Their control over an agency's budget requests and strategic planning process makes them gatekeepers whose support can often mean the difference between getting the necessary funding for critical cybersecurity priorities and simply making do.

"Why should I be collaborative with my CFO? That's where the money is," said Rod Turk, acting CIO of the Commerce Department at a May 1 event hosted by the Association of Government Accountants. "And frankly…if you start talking bits and bytes to your CFO, they're not going to understand. When they don't understand, guess what? You don't get the money."

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