Business goals

FDIC Modernizes IT with Business Goals in Mind

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is undergoing a major update to its network and IT infrastructure to move from legacy systems to cloud computing and automation. Deputy director of infrastructure services Isaac Hernandez said agencies can’t target technology-based modernization alone. As the banking industry evolves to meet market demands, FDIC business lines must also assess the impacts on achieving the agency’s mission.

Application migrations to low-code, no-code cloud platforms help reduce FDIC’s on-premises footprint from data centers, and in turn lower operational expenses. It also increases resiliency and reduces the likelihood of service outages, Hernandez said.

“By automating these various repetitive tasks such as creating an environment – whether we are building servers in a virtualization environment, installing software, supporting software, applying security patches – it increases our efficiency and accuracy which, otherwise, would have been lost over time. productivity and costs, ”he said on Federal Monthly Perspectives – Digital Modernization: Automation Month.

Isaac Hernandez, Deputy Director of FDIC Infrastructure Services

Automation is the key to one of the main goals of the agency: DevSecOp automation. Hernandez said his organization wanted to combine software development with security and IT operations. By targeting “container technologies” he said they can package these applications.

“We have already implemented certain practices, such as agility practices in our environment, where DevSecOps [would] really compliment these approaches, in order to achieve our goals, ”he said on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.

It also requires a culture change to get the necessary buy-in from the community. Sometimes people can be reluctant to lose something that they are comfortable with, but it is essential to bring everyone with them and make it clear that everyone’s goals and missions will always be met. Hernandez said some of the DevSecOps development work is done by federal FDIC staff, but the majority is done by contractors and partners.

Regarding the FDIC automation priorities, he said it was important to look at the fruits at hand, the areas that bring value to the lines of business, and not updating. or automate things just for the sake of modernization.

“So with that, we started to lay the foundation for governance development, for our target infrastructure framework for automation. This is important to avoid the traditional complexities that manifest organically in providing automation maintenance and support, such as what comes with the implementation of different tools and technologies, ”he said. -he declares.

The landscape of IT modernization is vastly different from what it was a generation ago. IIf Hernandez were to start a business today, he said he could go to a cloud service provider instead of building his own data center. And today it is also important not to retrofit in silos. Internally, the FDIC has governance processes, various technical review committees that enable decision making based on defined criteria. Businesses need funding reach, he said, and when conflicting priorities arise, senior management must help facilitate the way forward based on the company’s priorities and goals.

“So automation is just the basics and in some cases just like we find ourselves today – we talk to each other and we talk… virtually because of our COVID environment and in situations like this where unforeseen events may occur, we have had to adjust our business models and automation tasks that we traditionally do and do manually. We were forced to do it quickly, ”he said.