In Focus: Incident Response in Government

Intelligence Community’s Wally Coggins: Automated data flows can rev cyber incident response

Wally Coggins, the director of the IC Security Coordination Center in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has a full plate this year. He says that in the dynamic threat environment, he and his staff are working on three initiatives.

One, automating the data flows between the security coordination center and the intelligence agencies. The goal: improving speed at which everyone gets information on metrics such as vulnerability management, endpoint security, and actual incidents.

Two, integrating functions that traditionally have been stovepiped. For example, he’s bringing counterintelligence experts in to work with cyber personnel in the center’s analytical cell to root out insider threats.

Three, he’s conducting a continuous cybersecurity exercise program – tabletop war  games and live range exercises to test realistic and complex scenarios and share lessons learned and best practices.

 

Host

Tom Temin

Tom Temin has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years.  Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.

 

Guest

Wally Coggins, Director, IC Security Coordination Center, ODNI

Mr. Coggins serves as the Director, Intelligence Community Security Coordination Center (ICSCC), within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), IC Chief Information Officer. The IC SCC provides for the integrated defense of the IC’s information environment and serves as the Federal Cybersecurity Center responsible for coordinating the IC’s defensive response to major cyber incidents, threats, and vulnerabilities.

Prior to his current assignment, Mr. Coggins served as the ODNI’s Deputy Chief Management
Officer, leading and managing internal ODNI administration, finances, and policy, and as the
ODNI Executive Secretary responsible for coordination of official correspondence and other
communications on behalf of the DNI. Mr. Coggins also served as a Director responsible for
acquisitions, integration, and evaluations along with other assignments within the ODNI
Acquisition, Technology, and Facilities component.

Prior to joining ODNI, Mr. Coggins served as program manager and contracting officer at the
Naval Air Systems Command for the development and acquisition of major weapons systems
including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, F/A-18 tactical aircraft, electronic warfare, mission
planning, and missile programs.