/oct 25, 2022

Why Security is Central to Citizen Experience Part 3: A Helping Hand from the Private Sector

By Torey Vanek

The final part of this series reveals how Veracode’s FedRAMP authorization is all about supporting the government and its citizens. (Part three in a three-part series.) 

Building trust in government is both my passion and part of my character. Last year, when I found myself contemplating my next career move, I knew that I wanted to be at an innovative company devoted to rebuilding trust in federal agencies

It didn’t take long for me to realize that Veracode and I were a perfect fit. Immediately I saw how the company’s mission and innovative application-security technology aligned with my values. I joined the Veracode team in May, bringing to my new job a wealth of private- and public-sector experience. I also arrived with a mental map for navigating government, a map that was updated during the Covid era. 

Indeed, agencies are having to overcome new technological obstacles that emerged during the pandemic. The challenge to advance cybersecurity, for example, has strained the resources of some government organizations. The post-pandemic environment is unpredictable; implementing initiatives quickly and securely requires collaboration. 

Many agencies used to separate IT from cybersecurity groups. Now they seem to be coming together more with the realization they're fighting a similar battle, and I’m proud to be fighting this battle from a FedRAMP-authorized organization ready to supplement agencies’ strained resources. 

How does Veracode’s FedRAMP authorization play a part in building citizen trust? 

Veracode’s recent FedRAMP authorization reflects our perspective on the government (and its citizens) needing more robust cyber protections. We want people, ourselves included, to be able to trust the services they’re getting from the government. At Veracode, we’ve worked hard to ensure the right products are being offered to make this a reality. 

FedRAMP certifications enable organizations to keep up with a cyber threat landscape that is constantly evolving. FedRAMP is continuously monitored, so an organization doesn’t just receive the authorization and stop there. 

Though the process varies from agency to agency, the General Services Administration (GSA) has made significant improvements to the FedRAMP program, cutting the time and cost of getting innovative software into service, which ultimately benefits the American people.  

We all want the government to have the latest and greatest software to continue to update systems and further modernization efforts. FedRAMP gives federal agencies that opportunity with guidance for ensuring security. 

Veracode’s offerings are crafted with today’s and tomorrow’s application security market in mind. We work to deliver a developer-friendly user experience and support federal, state, and local governments. Our platform creates a bridge between security and development teams. We’re constantly working on updating our solution to meet the demands of cloud-native development, as shown by our FedRAMP authorization.  

Looking ahead, I would love to see Veracode become well-known as a trusted AppSec provider in the public sector. Our customer support is top-notch and our products continue to impress. I’m incredibly excited for more federal agencies to get that experience with Veracode – and for citizens to ultimately benefit as well. 

That’s a wrap on this series. If you missed the other parts of the series, check out part one here and part two here. To learn more about how Veracode serves the public sector, click here

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By Torey Vanek

Torey Vanek is the Director of Strategic Product Management for Government and Regulatory at Veracode. She helps agencies within the Federal Government, State and Local Government, and European Union to understand and remediate application security challenges in support of their missions. She has led and worked on projects with the United States Marine Corps, the U.S. Tax Court, and the Department of Energy. She has product and technical experience from her work with the Internal Revenue Service, Bloomberg, and her work with the National Cancer Institute through ICF. She graduated from Colorado State University and completed a graduate program in Information Technology, from the University of Virginia. She resides in Fairfax, VA with her husband, 13 year old daughter and goofy German Shepherd.