Andras R. Szakal
VP and CTO, IBM US Federal

Abstract:  Governments and large enterprises are cognizant and appreciative of the benefits of globalization. At the same time, they recognize their increasing reliance on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) information technology (IT) components (software and hardware) to deliver mission critical operations. As cyber-attacks increase in sophistication, stealth and severity, governments and larger enterprises have also begun to take a more comprehensive approach to risk management and product assurance. In addition to enhancing information security by improving security practices across the enterprise, governments and enterprises have begun inquiring about the practices information technology suppliers use to protect the integrity of their products and services as they move through the global supply chain. Governments and commercial consumers have expressed specific interest in understanding how suppliers manage the risks inherent in globalized product development and manufacturing including:

  • Practices that can mitigate potential risks of significant supply chain attacks;
  • Risks to confidentiality, integrity, and availability to a customer’s environment or critical infrastructure as a result of procurement by customers of counterfeit components and products;

Biography:  Mr. Szakal is Vice President and Chief Technology Officer IBM U.S. Federal. He is responsible for IBM’s industry solution technology strategy in support of the U.S. Federal customer. Mr. Szakal was appointed IBM Distinguished Engineer in 2005.  He received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Computer Science (’84) and a Masters Degree in Computer Science (’89) from James Madison University. Prior to joining IBM, he was appointed Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff within Bell Atlantic’s (Verizon) Federal and Broadband Systems Divisions (’95). He became an employee of the IBM Software Group AIM Division in 1998.  Mr. Szakal represents the IBM Software Group on the Board of Directors of The Open Group and AFEI. He currently holds the Chair of the Open Trusted Technology Forum and Chairs the Open Certified Architect (OpenCA) standard.