Zscaler for Public Sector

Zscaler enables organizations to fully embrace the cloud and modernize IT by leveraging zero trust to securely connect users to applications, regardless of device, location, or network.

WHAT WE DO

Securing government and education with the power and scale of the cloud.

Zscaler supports public sector organizations in their mission to transform and modernize securely. Our Zero Trust Exchange enables the seamless, secure exchange of information, transforming the way we work today and for tomorrow.

Modern Workplace Enablement

Fast, secure application access from anywhere and any device.

Modern Workplace
Enablement

Allow employees, partners, customers, and suppliers to securely access applications from anywhere.

Infrastructure Modernization

Simplify branch and cloud connectivity, reducing your carbon footprint.

Infrastructure
Modernization

Simplify branch and cloud connectivity by replacing costly, complex networks.

Zero Trust
Security

Prevent cyber threats, protect your data and users, and meet government mandates.

Zero Trust
Security

Move from legacy security to zero trust to prevent cyberthreats, secure data in SaaS applications and public clouds, and prevent data from being exfiltrated.

Zscaler Supports a Cloud-First Approach for the Public Sector

Enhance user experience

Provide users a consistent and seamless experience when connecting to the internet or application from any device or location

Improve security

Improve security

Use policy to securely connect users to the internet externally or to internally managed applications

Reduced cost

Reduce costs and infinite scalability

Reduce CapEx and scale as needed with a per user price devoid of cap or bandwidth limits

Reduce risk

Deliver consistent protection regardless of user location or device

Achieve IT modernization

Optimize cloud-enabled infrastructure to foster agility and adoption

Secure shared services

Multi-tenant architecture eliminates the need for security stacks, delivering efficiencies and sharing of threat data at scale

Cloud-Based Telework Solutions: Secure your Remote Workforce at Scale

Telework solutions for federal agencies

Zscaler's FedRAMP High service uses an internet-based cloud architecture to connect authorized teleworkers to agency applications in a quick, seamless, and more secure manner than with a VPN.
Read How Zscaler Supports new TIC 3.0 Telework Guidance.

Enabling telework for state and local governments

As agencies revisit their telework strategies and remote workforce policies, now is a time for a fresh look at best securing the workforce regardless of location.
Read how Zscaler supports use of the cloud VPN for fast secure access.

Zscaler enables our clients to securely embrace the cloud

Learn how our public sector customers are modernizing to meet mission goals

CUSTOMER STORIES
FCC

See why the FCC is replacing TIC with Zscaler to improve security and reduce Costs

With 50% of FCC users working from home, they needed a solution to provide trusted and secure, monitored access to applications based on individual needs.

CUSTOMER STORIES
City of Boston

Read how the City of Boston moved securely to the cloud to modernize its services

Boston’s IT team successfully reduced its data center footprint through shifting its infrastructure, applications, and data to the cloud.

Read the Case Study
CUSTOMER STORIES
Oklahoma

Hear how the State of Oklahoma strengthened its cybersecurity posture through the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange

Oklahoma’s Office of Management Enterprise Services not only achieved an enterprise standard they were looking for but also was able to rapidly deploy Zscaler to enable 10,000 users secure access to applications from anywhere.

CUSTOMER STORIES
City of Los Angeles

See how the City of LA kept the city running when they implemented a work-from-anywhere platform for over 18,000 employees.

As the second largest city in the United States, with over 50,000 employees, the City of Los Angeles is able to continue providing critical city services regardless of their employee’s locations.  The City’s secure digital transformation has led to and increase in employee morale, a better work life balance and reduction in traffic and congestion in the area.

Modernize confidently with the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange

Public sector organizations are transforming their networks by moving applications to the cloud and allowing users to connect from anywhere and on any device.
Thus, federal, state, local governments, and educational institutions must deliver secure access regardless of device, user, or location.
The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange provides public sector organizations with improved security while reducing cost and complexity to deliver a better user experience.

Modernize confidently with the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange

Public sector organizations are transforming their networks by moving applications to the cloud and allowing users to connect from anywhere and on any device.
Thus, federal, state, local governments, and educational institutions must deliver secure access regardless of device, user, or location.
The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange provides public sector organizations with improved security while reducing cost and complexity to deliver a better user experience.

Modernize confidently with the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange

Public sector organizations are transforming their networks by moving applications to the cloud and allowing users to connect from anywhere and on any device.
Thus, federal, state, local governments, and educational institutions must deliver secure access regardless of device, user, or location.
The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange provides public sector organizations with improved security while reducing cost and complexity to deliver a better user experience.

Modernize confidently with the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange

Public sector organizations are transforming their networks by moving applications to the cloud and allowing users to connect from anywhere and on any device.
Thus, federal, state, local governments, and educational institutions must deliver secure access regardless of device, user, or location.
The Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange provides public sector organizations with improved security while reducing cost and complexity to deliver a better user experience.

Public Sector Partner Ecosystem

Learn more about how our partnerships empower clients to embrace a modern zero trust approach in government and education.

Technology Alliance Partners

Federal

SLED

Service Providers

Transform securely while meeting the highest standards of government compliance

Industry’s only FedRAMP High company dedicated to cloud security

FedRAMP Logo

Zscaler Private Access has achieved an official authorized status with the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) of High Authority to Operate (ATO).  Zscaler Internet Access has achieved Moderate ATO and is "In Process" for High ATO.

Service Organization Control (SOC) 2, Type II Certification

Zscaler has received the Service Organization Control (SOC) 2, Type II Certification, an independent validation that Zscaler security controls are in accordance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ applicable Trust Services Principles and Criteria

ISO 27001 Certified

The Zscaler Cloud Security Platform is fully compliant with the ISO 27001 security standard for its cloud services and operations

ISO 27018 Cetified

The Zscaler Cloud Security Platform is fully compliant with the ISO 27018 for cloud privacy protection

FIPS 140-2 Cryptography Certification

Zscaler is compliant with the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS 140-2), meeting NIST requirements for cryptographic modules

Criminal Justice Information Services

Zscaler maintains compliance with Criminal Justice Information Services, ensuring the protection of information as required by CJIS Security Policy

StateRAMP

Zscaler Private Access and Zscaler Internet Access have achieved ready status with the StateRAMP program office

Zscaler proudly serves public sector organizations through a variety of contract vehicles listed below:

Federal

State and Local

Education

Meet the Team

The Zscaler Public Sector Leadership team brings extensive industry experience to our clients in the government and education markets. We understand the unique needs of public sector to meet mission goals and deliver superior outcomes.
Peter Amirkhan

Peter Amirkhan

Senior Vice President, Public Sector

Peter Amirkhan

Peter Amirkhan

Senior Vice President, Public Sector

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Pete Amirkhan, Senior Vice President, Public Sector

Pete Amirkhan’s career spans over 20 years of experience building and leading high-technology Sales, Customer Success, Field Engineering and Channel organizations. As Senior Vice President of the Public Sector at Zscaler, Pete leads the company’s go to market strategy and sales efforts for the U.S. Government and Education markets. Pete has played a pivotal role in establishing Zscaler’s strong position as the leading cloud security provider and Zero Trust Authority for public sector organizations.

Prior to Zscaler, Pete was the Chief Revenue Officer at Druva Inc, the leader in data protection as a service. Before joining Druva, Pete served as the Corporate Vice President of AMD’s Data Center Solutions practice. Prior to AMD, he began his technology career in Business Development at NetApp.

Preceding his career path in high tech, Pete got his start in public accounting and moved into corporate accounting with General Ledger responsibility for a $500M division of Clear Channel Communications. Pete also served as CFO of SLO Ticketing which was acquired by Ticketmaster.

Pete currently advises several high-technology, venture backed start-ups on go to market strategy and the development of world class teams.

Pete is based in San Francisco, and works out of Zscaler’s Headquarters in San Jose, CA.

Danny Connelly

Danny Connelly

Chief Information Security Officer

Danny Connelly

Danny Connelly

Chief Information Security Officer

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Danny Connelly, Chief Information Security Officer

Danny has 20 years of cybersecurity experience split between offensive computing as an ethical hacker and defending some of our most important networks. As a highly regarded thought leader and trusted cybersecurity advisor, Danny has provided guidance and formulated strategies to combat emerging threats for various agencies across the federal government.

Prior to joining Zscaler, Danny was the Associate CISO, Operations Branch Chief for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his 11 year tenure at CDC, Danny was responsible for implementing operational capabilities to support incident response, forensics, cyber threat intel and insider threat functions. He has designed, implemented, and optimized enterprise cyber security capabilities to effectively detect, prevent and respond to emerging cybersecurity threats.

Andrew Schnabel

Andrew Schnabel

Vice President, Federal

Andrew Schnabel

Andrew Schnabel

Vice President, Federal

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Andrew Schnabel, Vice President, Federal

Andrew (Drew) is an experienced sales leader with a demonstrated history of success working in the technology industry supporting the US Federal government.  As Vice President of Federal at Zscaler, Drew focuses on ensuring agencies can achieve a true zero trust approach in providing secure access for users regardless of device, location, or network.

He is a committed leader working with his team to ensure government agencies and federal systems integrators can take advantage of cloud technologies securely, to empower their teams, meet their missions, and deliver exceptional citizen services.  Drew’s standout leadership skills and success in partnering with the US government in their journey to IT modernization has been most recently recognized by WashingtonExec as a Top 20 Cloud Executive to Watch and a 2021 Federal 100 Award Winner. 

Prior to Zscaler, Drew served as Vice President of Sales for US Public Sector and Director of DoD Sales at Riverbed Technology. He also worked as an Account Manager at NetApp supporting the SOCOM, CENTCOM, and the US Army SWA communities and has held roles at EDS and Unisys.

Ian Milligan-Pate

Ian Milligan-Pate

Regional Vice President, State and Local Govt. and Education

Ian Milligan-Pate

Ian Milligan-Pate

Regional Vice President, State and Local Govt. and Education

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Ian Milligan-Pate, Regional Vice President, State and Local Govt. and Education

Ian Milligan-Pate brings over a decade of leadership experience in SaaS and cybersecurity to his current role at Zscaler.  As Regional Vice President of Sales, he is focused on leading Zscaler’s go to market strategy for State and Local Government and Education. He has been instrumental in building a sales team to support government and education organizations in their IT modernization efforts and in helping them strategize on the most secure route to cloud adoption.

Prior to joining Zscaler, Ian held various sales leadership roles at Proofpoint across enterprise as well as public sector sales.  Before joining Proofpoint, Ian spent 6 years at McAfee, including as the Director of SaaS & Managed Services Sales for the Americas. Preceding McAfee, Ian spent 5 years in sales and sales management capacities at MX Logic, a SaaS based cybersecurity startup.

Stephen Kovac

Stephen Kovac

VP of Global Government and Compliance

Stephen Kovac

Stephen Kovac

VP of Global Government and Compliance

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Stephen Kovac, VP of Global Government and Compliance

As VP of Global Government and Compliance, Stephen has responsibility for overall strategy, productizing, and certification of the Zscaler platform across all global governments and compliance programs.  In his role, Stephen leads his team’s efforts to advance Federal IT modernization by delivering cloud security solutions through direct-to-cloud connections and zero trust security capabilities.

Stephen is a frequent author, speaker, and industry’s most vocal advocate for Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) policy reform.  He is also a staunch supporter of the FedRAMP program, leading the Zscaler team to achieve numerous FedRAMP authorizations including the first and only FedRAMP High Baseline, JAB authorization for a zero trust remote access solution. 

He has been most recently recognized for efforts and collaboration within industry and government as a 2019 MeriTalk Cyber Defender, 2020 FedScoop 50 Finalist, and a 2020 Fed100 Winner.

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

VP of Public Sector Channels and Alliances

Laura Davis

Laura Davis

VP of Public Sector Channels and Alliances

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Laura Davis, VP of Public Sector Channels and Alliances

Laura brings over 20 years of sales and operational leadership in the public sector market to Zscaler’s Channels and Alliances Team.   As VP of Public Sector Channels and Alliances she is responsible for leading the go-to-market strategy and development of our channel and alliance partner programs for the Government and Education verticals. 

In her role Laura leads the team in forging lasting partnerships and building valuable programs to enable our Systems Integrator, channel, technology alliance, distribution and service provider partners.   

Prior to Zscaler, Laura held long tenured roles at industry leading technology manufacturers to include Vmware, NetApp and Cisco.

Tom Stamos

Tom Stamos

VP of Civilian Sales

Tom Stamos

Tom Stamos

VP of Civilian Sales

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Tom Stamos, VP of Civilian Sales

Tom Stamos has a proven track record in sales leadership with over 20 years of federal sales experience with some of the world’s leading technology organizations. He is passionate in helping Zscaler’s government clients in their mission to transform and modernize securely. 

In his current role as VP of Civilian Sales for Zscaler, Tom is responsible for leading the sales team in their efforts to help support U.S. Federal Civilian agencies on their path to secure cloud adoption. He has been pivotal in establishing the company’s strong position as the only FedRAMP authorized, fully end-to-end Zero Trust Platform solution for government.

Prior to Zscaler, Tom led top performing teams as a Regional Manager at Cisco Systems.  Tom also held sales roles at Symantec, VERITAS and EMC.

Jose Padin

Jose Padin

Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector

Jose Padin

Jose Padin

Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector

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Jose Padin, Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector

Jose M. Padin is Zscaler’s US Public Sector Director of Sales Engineering. Jose engages with government customers at a strategic level to identify solutions to their top IT challenges, including security and compliance, digital transformation, and cloud migration. Jose combines 20 years of IT leadership with more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, including advising the Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, federal system Integrators and state and local governments.

As SE Director, Jose creates and communicates Zscaler technology vision for the US public sector. He and his team of engineers help government organizations understand how current and upcoming Zscaler technologies can help them fulfill their mission. He is a featured speaker and panel member at numerous industry events.

Jose joined Zscaler in 2020. Prior to Zscaler, he spent 14-years with Citrix, in various leadership positions. Earlier in his career, he gained hands-on experience in IT as a manager and engineer.

Jose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Pete Amirkhan, Senior Vice President, Public Sector

Ian Milligan-Pate brings over a decade of leadership experience in SaaS and cybersecurity to his current role at Zscaler. As Regional Vice President of Sales, he is focused on leading Zscaler’s go to market strategy for State and Local Government and Education. In his role he leads the sales team and their efforts to support government and education organizations in their IT modernization efforts and in helping them strategize on the most secure route to cloud adoption.

Ian has been instrumental in driving Zscaler's platform offering to support the unique needs state and local agencies and education systems face today as they move to cloud. He has built a team that spans the nation to better support SLED organizations in their mission to serve, protect, an educate and to provide consistent, seamless and secure services to users regardless of location or device.

Prior to joining Zscaler, Ian held various leadership roles at Proofpoint across enterprise and public sector sales. Before joining Proofpoint, Ian spent 6 years at McAfee, including as the Director of SaaS & Managed Services Sales for the Americas. Preceding McAfee, Ian spent 5 years in sales and sales management capacities at MX Logic, a SaaS based cybersecurity startup.

Danny Connelly, Chief Information Security Officer

Danny has 20 years of cybersecurity experience split between offensive computing as an ethical hacker and defending some of our most important networks. As a highly regarded thought leader and trusted cybersecurity advisor, Danny has provided guidance and formulated strategies to combat emerging threats for various agencies across the federal government.

Prior to joining Zscaler, Danny was the Associate CISO, Operations Branch Chief for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). During his 11 year tenure at CDC, Danny was responsible for implementing operational capabilities to support incident response, forensics, cyber threat intel and insider threat functions. He has designed, implemented, and optimized enterprise cyber security capabilities to effectively detect, prevent and respond to emerging cybersecurity threats.

Andrew Schnabel, Vice President, Federal

Andrew (Drew) is an experienced sales leader with a demonstrated history of success working in the technology industry supporting the US Federal government.  As Vice President of Federal at Zscaler, Drew focuses on ensuring agencies can achieve a true zero trust approach in providing secure access for users regardless of device, location, or network.

He is a committed leader working with his team to ensure government agencies and federal systems integrators can take advantage of cloud technologies securely, to empower their teams, meet their missions, and deliver exceptional citizen services.  Drew’s standout leadership skills and success in partnering with the US government in their journey to IT modernization has been most recently recognized by WashingtonExec as a Top 20 Cloud Executive to Watch and a 2021 Federal 100 Award Winner. 

Prior to Zscaler, Drew served as Vice President of Sales for US Public Sector and Director of DoD Sales at Riverbed Technology. He also worked as an Account Manager at NetApp supporting the SOCOM, CENTCOM, and the US Army SWA communities and has held roles at EDS and Unisys.

Ian Milligan-Pate, Area Vice President, State and Local Govt. and Education

Ian Milligan-Pate brings over a decade of leadership experience in SaaS and cybersecurity to his current role at Zscaler. As Regional Vice President of Sales, he is focused on leading Zscaler’s go to market strategy for State and Local Government and Education. In his role he leads the sales team and their efforts to support government and education organizations in their IT modernization efforts and in helping them strategize on the most secure route to cloud adoption.

Ian has been instrumental in driving Zscaler's platform offering to support the unique needs state and local agencies and education systems face today as they move to cloud. He has built a team that spans the nation to better support SLED organizations in their mission to serve, protect, an educate and to provide consistent, seamless and secure services to users regardless of location or device.

Prior to joining Zscaler, Ian held various leadership roles at Proofpoint across enterprise and public sector sales. Before joining Proofpoint, Ian spent 6 years at McAfee, including as the Director of SaaS & Managed Services Sales for the Americas. Preceding McAfee, Ian spent 5 years in sales and sales management capacities at MX Logic, a SaaS based cybersecurity startup.

Stephen Kovac, VP of Global Government and Compliance

As VP of Global Government and Compliance, Stephen has responsibility for overall strategy, productizing, and certification of the Zscaler platform across all global governments and compliance programs.  In his role, Stephen leads his team’s efforts to advance Federal IT modernization by delivering cloud security solutions through direct-to-cloud connections and zero trust security capabilities.

Stephen is a frequent author, speaker, and industry’s most vocal advocate for Trusted Internet Connection (TIC) policy reform.  He is also a staunch supporter of the FedRAMP program, leading the Zscaler team to achieve numerous FedRAMP authorizations including the first and only FedRAMP High Baseline, JAB authorization for a zero trust remote access solution. 

He has been most recently recognized for efforts and collaboration within industry and government as a 2019 MeriTalk Cyber Defender, 2020 FedScoop 50 Finalist, and a 2020 Fed100 Winner.

Laura Davis, VP of Public Sector Channels and Alliances

Laura brings over 20 years of sales and operational leadership in the public sector market to Zscaler’s Channels and Alliances Team.   As VP of Public Sector Channels and Alliances she is responsible for leading the go-to-market strategy and development of our channel and alliance partner programs for the Government and Education verticals. 

In her role Laura leads the team in forging lasting partnerships and building valuable programs to enable our Systems Integrator, channel, technology alliance, distribution and service provider partners.   

Prior to Zscaler, Laura held long tenured roles at industry leading technology manufacturers to include Vmware, NetApp and Cisco.

Tom Stamos, VP of Civilian Sales

Tom Stamos has a proven track record in sales leadership with over 20 years of federal sales experience with some of the world’s leading technology organizations. He is passionate in helping Zscaler’s government clients in their mission to transform and modernize securely. 

In his current role as VP of Civilian Sales for Zscaler, Tom is responsible for leading the sales team in their efforts to help support U.S. Federal Civilian agencies on their path to secure cloud adoption. He has been pivotal in establishing the company’s strong position as the only FedRAMP authorized, fully end-to-end Zero Trust Platform solution for government.

Prior to Zscaler, Tom led top performing teams as a Regional Manager at Cisco Systems.  Tom also held sales roles at Symantec, VERITAS and EMC.

Jose Padin, Director of Sales Engineering, U.S. Public Sector

Jose M. Padin is Zscaler’s US Public Sector Director of Sales Engineering. Jose engages with government customers at a strategic level to identify solutions to their top IT challenges, including security and compliance, digital transformation, and cloud migration. Jose combines 20 years of IT leadership with more than 15 years of experience in the public sector, including advising the Department of Defense, federal civilian agencies, federal system Integrators and state and local governments.

As SE Director, Jose creates and communicates Zscaler technology vision for the US public sector. He and his team of engineers help government organizations understand how current and upcoming Zscaler technologies can help them fulfill their mission. He is a featured speaker and panel member at numerous industry events.

Jose joined Zscaler in 2020. Prior to Zscaler, he spent 14-years with Citrix, in various leadership positions. Earlier in his career, he gained hands-on experience in IT as a manager and engineer.

Jose earned a Bachelor of Science degree in management information systems from Rochester Institute of Technology. He is based in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

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