As the number of cybersecurity incidents increase, departments and agencies are doing a better job of complying with the law that governs IT security in the U.S. federal government, a new report to Congress from the White House says.
Days before the release of the Obama administration's cybersecurity framework, Senate Republicans issued a report detailing vulnerabilities in federal IT, suggesting the White House get its own house in order.
While preparing a speech to be delivered in Korea, NIST's Ron Ross wanted to convey the message of the importance of computer security. He hit on five themes - threat, assets, complexity, integration and trustworthiness - which form the acronym TACIT.
Jeh Johnson, the new secretary of Homeland Security, is expected to become one of the top advocates of the administration's cybersecurity policy as the White House shifts more IT security responsibilities to DHS.
The latest FISMA audit of the Department of Homeland Security furnishes fodder for both sides of the argument over whether Congress should codify Obama administration actions that have granted DHS sway over other federal civilian agencies.
The White House is intensifying its effort to get federal agencies to adopt continuous monitoring and move away from the paper-based checklist compliance they've followed for a decade under the Federal Information Security Management Act.
Jeh Johnson, at his confirmation hearing to be the next Homeland Security secretary, pledges to fix internal cybersecurity problems at DHS before seeking further authority to have the department help other agencies get their IT security houses in order.
Major agencies continue to struggle with implementing the Federal Information Security Management Act, which governs government cybersecurity, more than a decade after its enactment, according to a GAO report.
A bill to reform the Federal Information Security Management Act, which is heading to the House of Representatives, delineates the responsibilities for each agency's chief information security officer. Read what they are.
Debate over cybersecurity bills last year coupled with recent, highly publicized attacks have raised the visibility of the threat, and that could push Congress to enact IT security legislation in 2013, White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Michael Daniel says.
As enterprises move more applications to the cloud, continuous monitoring will play a greater role in assuring the software is patched in a timely manner, says John Streufert, DHS director of federal network resilience.
In light of growing threats and the increasing complexity of information technology, organizations must get everyone in the enterprise, especially top leaders, involved in assessing and managing information risk.