Frederick, MD 21703
Amélie Erin Koran
DATE OF BIRTH:
Security, Technology and Policy Executive
Bicycling, Swimming, Motorcyling, Music
SOMETHING ABOUT ME
Adept senior technology leader with broad experience in both public and private sectors across a range of business sectors. Over 20+ years of progressive hands-on experience in advanced technologies and cybersecurity practices, developing tactical and strategic execution goals. Led teams of over 100 staff to deliver solutions across multiple product and service delivery lines utilizing Agile frameworks in a DevSecOps environment.
At the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG), executed over $40m budget to 99.97% efficiency. Developed comprehensive proposals across organizational divisions to continue investment in new technologies and modernization, resulting in year-over-year increased portfolio growth, delivery, and comprehensive resource management activities.
Bootstrapped numerous major initiatives across government and industry; including the US Digital Service (USDS), the President’s Management Agenda for the Open Data Initiative, U.S. Department of the Interior’s first mobile technology strategy, and led the 2014 revision to the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) through agency clearance and approval at Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President (EOP).
A “Free” Beer Swilling Puppy – The Quandary of Open Source Software Security
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Fighting the (f)IR(e) : Bucket Brigade, Not More Matches
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A Confederacy of Dunces — The Role of Education and Experiences in Cybersecurity
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Life (and Tech) After Government
During my career, I’ve worked for or in the Federal government several times, nearly in every way you could – a contractor, as an FFRDC staff, and two tours as[…]Read more
“Test-Driven Democracy” — A DevOps Analysis of the Iowa Democratic Caucus
Unless you’ve been living under a rock news-wise in the United States, this has been a very hefty week in American politics, topped off with an Impeachment vote that may,[…]Read more
Love In the Time Of COVID-19 : Social Separation, Adaptive Technology And You
Much is to be said about the benefits and downfalls of technology in the age of a global pandemic and how individuals adapt to either the availability of it or[…]Read more
2021 – PRESENT
-ELECTRONIC ARTS, INC.
DIRECTOR, EXTERNAL TECHNOLOGY PARTNERSHIPS
Created, enhanced and facilitated relationships with important external partners, while guiding research and advising on EA’s technology decisions and priorities related to external technology partnerships.
Managed evaluations of external technology solutions, as needed to coalesce informed well-communicated recommendations to game teams, technology teams and executives. Researched new industry technologies that may become strategically important to EA, and distill to what is either beneficial and/or necessary for EA’s objectives
2019 – 2021
SENIOR TECHNOLOGY ADVOCATE
Executive and senior-level engagement for IT markets regarding DevOps/DevSecOps practices, IT transformation, modernization, data governance and management for current and prospective customers.
Advocacy roles for in-person events, on-line and print media, and strategic engagements with internal and external groups to counsel on best practices, future capabilities and community and customer outreach.
2018 – 2019
-U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
Managed the analysis and digital transformation of various business processes to support HHS OIG mission activities and strategic priorities, including business process reengineering and resource management techniques.
Led the introduction of new cloud services platform, and development of “first of its kind” services within government, including human resource processing and investigative support solutions.
2017 – 2019
-U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES – OFFICE OF THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
DEPUTY CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Provided oversight, program direction and planning for management and support of information technology activities nationwide within HHS OIG by leading the formulation, development and administration of information technology systems objectives, plans, policies, and projects to meet organization needs.
Consulted with customers and IT managerial staff to identify and define strategic requirements that will allow the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to significantly improve agency operations whether that might be in terms of effectiveness, efficiency or both.
2015 – 2017
-U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY
MANAGER – SECURITY ARCHITECTURE AND SERVICES
Provided oversight and expertise in information security of all IT systems operated by or on behalf of the Department of the Treasury to ensure they are adequately protected to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability in order to minimize the risk of unauthorized access, use, disclosure, disruption, modification or destruction.
Provided guidance and leadership to support and implement a disciplined information security management strategy that focuses on managing risk and optimizing cost-effectiveness for the Department of Treasury’s Office of the Chief Information Officer.
2014 – 2015
-THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY
SENIOR ARCHITECT – ARCHTECTURE AND TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY
Developed enterprise-wide technology strategy to address differences between business units, and also find efficiencies through shared technologies and services
Provided vendor screening and management, research and solution evaluation to Walt Disney Company business units including those encompassing cloud, mobility, security, application and data services and technologies
2010 – 2014
-U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
CHIEF ENTERPRISE SECURITY ARCHITECT
Served as lead technical advisor to the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) and other Agency divisions on information service and technology planning, development, construction, and implementation of security controls, techniques and policies.
Provided technical security evaluations of new exploratory technologies, including guiding development of security technical implementation guidance (STIG) and associated policies.
2014 – 2014
-OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT AND BUDGET – EXECUTIVE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
IT POLICY ANALYST – STRATEGY, POLICY & COMMUNICATIONS
Provided technical and editorial review on OMB circulars, exhibit updates, revisions as well as draft and proposed legislation and served as subject matter expert for cybersecurity, policy development, workforce analysis and user experience activities
Reviewed proposed legislative activity and provided feedback on feasibility, implementation challenges and potential agency impacts, including most cybersecurity related activities, and served as internal technical expert in cybersecurity and applied information systems to E-Gov office and sponsored working groups.
2009 – 2010
-CERT/CC – CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY / SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INSTITUTE
COMPUTER SECURITY INFORMATION ANALYST
Primary liaison for a collaborative information-sharing environment supporting and of assisting in criminal, counterintelligence, counterterrorism, and fraud investigations of the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations (DCIOs) and DoD counterintelligence activities.
Lead consultative resource for analysts and division leadership regarding incident handling and response, mentoring resource for analysts and primary technical reviewer for generated analysis products