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Kevin L. Jackson

CEO at GovCloud Network

Manassas, United States

64158 Followers 11400 Followers

Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing expert, Thought Leader, Industry Influencer and Founder/Author of the award winning “Cloud Musings” blog. He has also been recognized as a “Top 100 Cloud Computing Influencer and Brand” (Onalytica 2017), a “Top Federal IT Blog” (FedTech Magazine 2015,2016). As an Associate Consultant with A.T. Kearney, he provides cloud computing and cybersecurity management consulting services to the firms Middle East clients. Other internationally recognizable firms that have sponsored articles authored by him include Cisco, Microsoft and IBM. Mr. Jackson has also been featured in podcasts and online video with Dell, IBM, Intel Corporation and National Public Radio. In May 2018 he was awarded an Information Security Leadership Award for his work in the US Federal Government Sector by the President, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2.

Mr. Jackson’s commercial experience includes Vice President J.P. Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and Engility Corporation Director Cloud Solutions. He has served on teams that have supported digital transformation projects for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the US Intelligence Community. Publications include, “GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government” (Government Training Inc., 2011), “GovCloud II: Implementation and Cloud Brokerage Services" (Government Training Inc, 2012), “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View” (Taylor & Francis, 2016), and “Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions” (Packt, 2018). Mr. Jackson also delivers online training through Pluralsight. Professional certifications include:
• Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) - (ISC)2 License #521762
• Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) - (ISC)2 License #521762
• AWS Certified Solutions Architect – License AWS-ASA-20726
• Professional Cloud Solutions Architect - Cloud Credential Council, License PCSA141001
• Executive FedRAMP Credential - Cloud Credential Council, License EFC141001
• Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge - Cloud Security Alliance, License 993683001566
• Certified CloudMASTER - National Cloud Technologists Association
Kevin has been deeply involved in the broad collaborative effort between industry and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology on cloud computing adoption. He has been certified as an instructor by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2, National Cloud Technologist Association and the Cloud Credential Council. Mr. Jackson has delivered half-day executive training seminars and four-day cloud computing training classes to multiple US Army Commands in the US, Europe and Korea. His formal education includes a MS Computer Engineering from Naval Postgraduate School; MA National Security & Strategic Studies from Naval War College; and a BS Aerospace Engineering from the United States Naval Academy.
Mr. Jackson retired from the U.S. Navy in 1994, earning specialties in Space Systems Engineering, Carrier Onboard Delivery Logistics and carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Control. While active, he also served with the National Reconnaissance Office, Operational Support Office, providing tactical support to Navy and Marine Corps forces worldwide.

Kevin L. Jackson Points
Academic0
Author202
Influencer774
Speaker9
Entrepreneur0
Total985

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Company Information

Company Type: Company
Theatre: Global
Media Experience: 20+ years
Last Media Interview: 11/06/2018

Areas of Expertise

Cloud 100
Cybersecurity 60.36
Digital Transformation 56.45
Emerging Technology 60
Govtech 37.24
Innovation 36.12
Leadership
Marketing 31.08
Digital Disruption 48.12
AI 33.96
Big Data 36.42
Culture 33.50
Analytics 31.68

Industry Experience

Aerospace & Defense
Federal & Public Sector
Financial Services & Banking
High Tech & Electronics
Professional Services

Publications

20 Article/Blogs
2018 AT&T Business Summit: Security “in” and “of” the Cloud
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November 10, 2018
While public cloud is undoubtedly an outsized piece of the conversation, news headlines of the latest data breach can make this move a very frightening proposition. The question of how to balance the downside of cloud computing risks with the upside of promising cost savings is, therefore, top of mi

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My Brush with Royalty: Queen Latifah
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November 09, 2018
Queen Latifah! Hip Hop Icon. Movie Star. Television Star. Fashion Model. Songwriter. Producer. Entrepreneurial Genius!? YES! Dana Elaine Owens, her given name, is co-owner of Flavor Unit Entertainment, a firm that includes television and film production units, a record label and an artist manageme

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What’s New in Puppet 5?
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November 09, 2018
Puppet 5 is released and comes with several exciting enhancements and features that promise to make configuration management much more streamlined. This article will take a comprehensive look at these new features and enhancements. Puppet 5 was released in 2017, and according to Eric Sorensen, direc

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5 Reasons Why Ansible is the Best CM Tool Out There?
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November 09, 2018
Amidst volatile markets, dynamic technology shifts, and ever-increasing customer demands, it is imperative for IT organizations to develop flexible, scalable and high-quality applications that exceed expectations and enhance productivity. A software application has numerous moving parts, which, if n

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Machine learning APIs for Google Cloud Platform
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November 09, 2018
Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is considered to be one of the Big 3 cloud platforms among Microsoft Azure and AWS. GCP is widely used cloud solutions supporting AI capabilities to design and develop smart models to turn your data into insights at a cheap, affordable cost. (The following excerpt is ta

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What Is The Most Important Part of Architecture?
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November 09, 2018
I always find it interesting to hear what people view architecture as. A lot of people think it’s just about the design aspect, where you get to put pen to paper and create a solution. Even more people think that it’s just about putting together different technical components in a server room. A

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Cloud migration best practice Part 4: Executing the migration
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September 16, 2018
This series has stepped through cloud migration best practices. After providing an overview, we discussed: Classifying business-critical data. Updating organizational IT governance policies. Application screening and cloud workload selection. How to select the most appropriate target deployment env

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Cloud Migration Best Practice Part 3: Application Portfolio Analysis
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September 16, 2018
In part three of this series on cloud migration best practice, I will focus on migrating the application itself. If you haven’t had the opportunity to read our recommendations from part two, “Classifying Your Data,” check it out — those activities are crucial to the decisions addressed in t

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Why Use Immutable Storage?
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September 11, 2018
Data has become a global currency, and its value has nowhere to go but up.  According to The Economist online, the world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data. The volume and velocity of data creation are astounding, and some estimates say that something like a self-driving car can

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Tags: Big Data, Cloud

CLOUD ACT: What Does That Mean for Your Cloud Storage
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August 31, 2018
When Congress names a law after you, it’s getting serious.  That is where we are now with cloud computing.  The Clarifying Lawful Overseas Use of Data Act or CLOUD Act (H.R. 4943) is a United States federal law that amends the Stored Communications Act (SCA) of 1986.  This amendment allows f

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Tags: Big Data, Cloud

Cloud migration best practice: Executing the migration
IBM
August 27, 2018
Cloud provider selection is an area that many enterprises ignore. Executives looking to take advantage of the real business value that the cloud delivers often view providers simply as commodity technology providers. With this mindset, decision-makers usually pick the most familiar name. But this strategy is little more than throwing the dice.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Disruption, Digital Transformation

Cloud migration best practice: Application portfolio analysis
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August 08, 2018
In part three of this series on cloud migration best practice, we focus on migrating the application itself.
The post Cloud migration best practice: Application portfolio analysis appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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Cloud migration best practice: Classify your data
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July 27, 2018
Cloud computing has done more than change the way enterprises consume information technology. It's also changing how organizations need to protect their data.
The post Cloud migration best practice: Classify your data appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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Cloud migration part one: An overview
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July 16, 2018
Business is all about efficiency and effectiveness.  In today’s world, however, those twin goals almost always lead to journey to the cloud .  This anecdotal observation is supported by Gartner which sees worldwide public cloud service revenue jumping to over $300B by 2021. Independent research

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The incumbent disrupter
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May 02, 2018
Digital disruption isn't just for hip startups. Incumbents can not only compete but actually lead radical industry change.
The post The incumbent disrupter appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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Get ready for hybrid IT and multi-path digital transformation
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April 23, 2018
A Gen 2 IT operations model depends on a high level of infrastructure visibility and governance that controls assets and usage patterns.
The post Get ready for hybrid IT and multi-path digital transformation appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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How a farmer’s son thinks about cyber resiliency
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February 28, 2018
Parents wonder if they are doing enough for their children. This truism is made real in "Pioneers of Possible," where we meet Chandra Pulamarasetti, a farmer's son and IBM VP of Resiliency Services.
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Real business innovation happens at industry seams
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February 14, 2018
Real business innovation happens at industry seams. Learn more from IBM General Manager Sanjay Rishi in this "Pioneers of Possible" podcast episode.
The post Real business innovation happens at industry seams appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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Develop your digital workforce strategy with intelligent automation
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January 19, 2018
In the latest episode of the "Pioneers of Possible" podcast series, Elli Hurst explores how she helps IBM clients use intelligent automation to enable globally integrated capabilities.
The post Develop your digital workforce strategy with intelligent automation appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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How to fuel IT transformation with Watson
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January 05, 2018
The "Pioneers of Possible" podcast series highlights IBM subject matter experts engaged with delivering the future today.
The post How to fuel IT transformation with Watson appeared first on IT Biz Advisor.

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4 Books
Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions
Packt
May 30, 2018
Cloud adoption is a core component of digital transformation. Scaling the IT environment, making it resilient, and reducing costs are what organizations want. Architecting Cloud Computing Solutions presents and explains critical Cloud solution design considerations and technology decisions required to choose and deploy the right Cloud service and deployment models, based on your business and technology service requirements.

This book starts with the fundamentals of cloud computing and its architectural concepts. It then walks you through Cloud service models (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS), deployment models (public, private, community, and hybrid) and implementation options (Enterprise, MSP, and CSP) to explain and describe the key considerations and challenges organizations face during cloud migration. Later, this book delves into how to leverage DevOps, Cloud-Native, and Serverless architectures in your Cloud environment and presents industry best practices for scaling your Cloud environment. Finally, this book addresses (in depth) managing essential cloud technology service components such as data storage, security controls, and disaster recovery. By the end of this book, you will have mastered all the design considerations and operational trades required to adopt Cloud services, no matter which cloud service provider you choose.

What you will learn
Manage changes in the digital transformation and cloud transition process
Design and build architectures that support specific business cases
Design, modify, and aggregate baseline cloud architectures
Familiarize yourself with cloud application security and cloud computing security threats
Design and architect small, medium, and large cloud computing solutions
Who This Book Is For
If you are an IT Administrator, Cloud Architect, or a Solution Architect keen to benefit from cloud adoption for your organization, then this book is for you.

Small business owners, managers, or consultants will also find this book useful.

No prior knowledge of Cloud computing is needed.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Innovation

Practical Cloud Security: A Cross-Industry View
CRC Press
August 05, 2016
Melvin Greer and Kevin Jackson have assembled a comprehensive guide to industry-specific cybersecurity threats and provide a detailed risk management framework required to mitigate business risk associated with the adoption of cloud computing. This book can serve multiple purposes, not the least of which is documenting the breadth and severity of the challenges that today’s enterprises face, and the breadth of programmatic elements required to address these challenges. This has become a boardroom issue: Executives must not only exploit the potential of information technologies, but manage their potential risks.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Disruption

GovCloud II: Implementation and Cloud Brokerage Services
Government Training Inc.
October 31, 2012
The public and private sector have vigorously embraced cloud computing and its implementation is increasing efficiency and return on investment with significant savings in cost.

Implementation, however, has not been without problems which is why publication of GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government last year was so timely. It contained an easy to understand five step process that explained what cloud computing is all about and what are the best options to meet particular needs. It discussed in detail all the latest developments in this area – from administration requirements to the search for industry-wide standards.

Now authors Kevin Jackson and Don Philpott have followed up this highly-acclaimed manual with GovCloud 11 – Implementation and Cloud Brokerage services, a handbook aimed at IT professionals and senior decision-making managers that outlines and explains an industry-leading approach to cloud transition and adoption.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government
Government Training Inc.
February 10, 2011
GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government, a new book written by Kevin Jackson, an acknowledged international expert in this arena. With writer Don Philpott, he has created an easy to understand five-step process that explains what Cloud Computing is all about and what the best options are to meet your particular needs. It discusses, in detail, all the latest developments in this area – from administration requirements to the search for industry-wide standards. The book describes the key characteristics of Cloud Computing and various deployment and delivery models. It contains case studies and best practices, how to set and meet goals, how to implement and use Cloud Computing and how to make sure it is working. It is packed with practical tips, checklists and unique templates that can be used to design and implement Cloud Computing to meet agency-specific needs.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

1 Book Chapter
Cybersecurity in Our Digital Lives (Protecting Our Future)
Hudson Whitman/ Excelsior College Press
February 28, 2015
In Cybersecurity in Our Digital Lives, twelve experts provide much-needed clarification on the technology behind our daily digital interactions. They explain such things as supply chain, Internet of Things, social media, cloud computing, mobile devices, the C-Suite, social engineering, and legal confidentially. Then, they discuss very real threats, make suggestions about what can be done to enhance security, and offer recommendations for best practices. An ideal resource for students, practitioners, employers, and anyone who uses digital products and services. Contributors include Diane Burley, Ron Carpinella, Dave Chesebrough, Reg Harnish, Kevin Jackson, Thomas Malatesta, Pete O'Dell, Andrew A. Proia, Drew Simshaw, Derek Smith, James Swanson, and Justin Zeefe.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Disruption

1 Influencer Award
Top 100 Cloud Influencer and Brand 2017
Onalytica
March 20, 2017
Cloud computing is a model for delivering IT services in which resources are retrieved from the internet through web-based tools and applications rather than a direct connection to a server. This allows companies to avoid up-front infrastructure costs (e.g. purchasing servers), as well as enabling organizations to focus on their core businesses instead of spending time and money on computer infrastructure. Worldwide spending on public cloud services and infrastructure will reach $122.5 billion in 2017, an increase of 24.4% over 2016. By 2020, IDC forecasts public cloud spending will reach $203.4 billion worldwide with Software as a Service (SaaS) remaining the dominant cloud computing type, capturing nearly two thirds of all public cloud spending.

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Tags: Cloud

3 Media Interviews
The CUBE interviews Kevin L. Jackson
The CUBE
September 14, 2018
Kevin L. Jackson talks with Peter Burris and Dave Vellante about artificial intelligence (AI).Topics they discuss include "data supertankers", AI agency, data driven business models, AI ethics and data sovereignty. This video was taped at theCUBE NYC 2018 in New York, New York.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Culture

The CUBE interviews Kevin L. Jackson
The CUBE
September 14, 2018
Kevin L. Jackson talks with Peter Burris and Dave Vellante about artificial intelligence (AI).Topics they discuss include "data supertankers", AI agency, data driven business models, AI ethics and data sovereignty. This video was taped at theCUBE NYC 2018 in New York, New York.

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Tags: AI, Big Data, Culture

AT&T Cybersecurity Insights Report Influencer
AT&T
August 09, 2016
Share this post to eliminate the “wall & moat” #cybersecurity mentality. Use datacentric security methods that reduce risk associated with near-real-time access to company data by employees, third parties, and suppliers. I addressed this point in the latest #attcyberinsights report from @ATTBusiness at http://snip.ly/qwji13 #ATTinfuencer

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Tags: Analytics, Big Data, Cybersecurity

3 Panels
Security "in" and "of" the Cloud
AT&T
December 02, 2018
Danessa Lambdin, Vice President of Cybersecurity for AT&T Business, Jim Reavis, co-founder and CEO of Cloud Security Alliance, and Kevin L. Jackson, CEO of GovCloud Network address the overwhelming task of securely using “the cloud.”

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation

Challenges of Deploying CLoud
CloudExpo
November 13, 2018
This "Power Panel" will discuss Cloud Transformation and why it's so taxing professionally, mentally and emotionally. It will explain why cloud transformations require a change in mindset and how you should use a continuous stream of relevant data to gain the needed insights. These experts will also answer your questions on how to continuously sense the information technology marketplace to better align your professional transformation to your organization's goals.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Emerging Technology

Cloud Expo Power Panel
CloudExpo
November 12, 2018
Cloud computing is changing strategies and enabling innovation at every turn. Cloud is changing IT economics. Cloud is blurring the lines and breaking down traditional silos. Cloud is blending roles and redefining boundaries. Regardless of which industry we are in, or the position we hold, cloud computing is changing everything; how we work, how we play, and how we communicate.

Cloud Computing Is a Transformation, Not a Migration

This "Power Panel" will discuss Cloud Transformation and why it's so taxing professionally, mentally and emotionally. It will explain why cloud transformations require a change in mindset and how you should use a continuous stream of relevant data to gain the needed insights. These experts will also answer your questions on how to continuously sense the information technology marketplace to better align your professional transformation to your organization's goals.

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Tags: Cloud, Digital Transformation, Innovation

1 Podcast
Practical Cloud Security: A Cross-Industry View
Get Published
November 11, 2018
Paul Brodie of "Get Published" interviews Kevin L. Jackson

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Marketing

2 Speaking Engagements
How to Innovate In The Cloud
Microsoft
June 22, 2018
Microsoft Gov Meetup

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Govtech

How to Innovate In The Cloud
Microsoft
June 22, 2018
Microsoft Gov Meetup

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Govtech

3 Videos
Providing Secure Cloud Applications
Pluralsight
October 11, 2018
Cloud Computing is changing industries and careers. This course will train you to design secure cloud applications, how to successfully migrate legacy applications to the cloud, and how to securely operate in the cloud computing environment.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation

Managing Data in the Cloud
Pluralsight
May 18, 2018
This course will provide you with the background needed to understand and explain the management of data in the cloud, as well as the technical, business, and security issues associated with legal, jurisdictional, and data sovereignty requirements.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation

Cloud Computing and the Security Challenge
Pluralsight
September 29, 2017
Cloud computing is revolutionizing every industry. This course will provide you with the background needed to understand and explain cloud computing as well as the key cybersecurity challenges associated with cloud transition.

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Tags: Cloud, Cybersecurity, Digital Transformation

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