Kevin L. Jackson is a globally recognized cloud computing thought leader, Engility Technical Fellow and Founder/Author of “Cloud Musings”blog, recently named a “Top Federal IT Blog” by FedTech Magazine (2016). Mr. Jackson has also been recognized as Huffington Post “Top 100 Cloud Computing Experts on Twitter” (2013),“Top 100 Cybersecurity Influencer and Brand” by Onalytica (2015) and a “Top 50 Cloud Computing Blogger for IT Integrators” by CRN (2015). Mr. Jackson’s professional career includes service in the US Navy Space Systems Command, Vice President J.P.Morgan Chase, Worldwide Sales Executive for IBM and NJVC Vice President, Cloud Services. His recent projects have included NATO Advanced Transformation Command (ATC) Command and Control 2020 Study when he served as Program Manager to deliver a study and live demonstration of a future command and control architecture that would incorporate a federated trust environment (FTE) capable of leveraging global cloud services providers. The study highlighted and demonstrated the use of effective IT governance, data security and dynamic hybrid cloud management capable of leveraging alliance national capabilities and commercial cloud service providers.
In January 2012, he led a multi-corporation team funded by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and managed by the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC) tasked to design and demonstrate how an interoperable cloud-based environment could be used in supporting international humanitarian assistance and disaster response efforts.The project leveraged the cloud service brokerage paradigm to instantiate and manage a federated cloud computing infrastructure. Participants included Boeing,Raytheon, Telos, The Aerospace Corporation, Winthrop Corporation and NJVC. Cloud platforms included OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, Google and CenturyLink(Saavis).
NATO Communications and Information Agency(NCIA) Information Technology Strategy Study, December 2012 - He also served on an industry team funded by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) that was tasked with developing a cost benefit analysis, business case and operational strategy for the newly formed NATO Communication and Information Agency (NCIA). Mr. Jackson was responsible for providing quantitative and qualitative support to the business case associated with deploying a multi-national private cloud computing infrastructure. Participants included IBM, Deloitte, Thales and NJVC. Study results were cited as key evidence in support of a multi-billion Euro NATO cloud computing adoption effort ITM White Paper No. 1,” NATO’s First Step to the Cloud: Overview and Business Drivers”.
He is currently managing a cloud computing continuous cybersecurity monitoring project for an agency in the US Intelligence Community (IC). Before this current assignment, he was part of a team responsible for on-boarding mission applications to the IC Commercial Cloud Service (C2S). He is also a National Cyber security Institute Fellow. His first book, “GovCloud: Cloud Computing for the Business of Government” was published by Government Training Inc. and released in March 2011. His second book, released in 2012 by the same publisher, is titled “GovCloud II: Implementation and Cloud Brokerage Services". His latest publication, “Practical Cloud Security: A Cross Industry View”, was released by Taylor & Francis in July 2016.