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White House: Agencies Making Strides Against Cybersecurity Risks

WhiteHouseThe White House sees progress in federal agencies working toward three cross-agency goals to safeguard their cyber networks, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jason Miller writes that the three goals are to constantly monitor networks, secure Internet gateways and utilize two-factor authentication when accessing federal information.

“This quarter, combining all three goals, we’ve increased by 5 percent in a single quarter so our overall score is 81 percent,” Andy Ozment, senior director for cybersecurity in the Executive Office of the President, told the radio station.

He added that adoption of the Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 by agencies increased 14 percentage points to 67.2 percent.

According to the report, the White House aims for agencies to get a 95 percent score across all three objectives at the end of 2014.

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