House Oversight Panel OKs Updated FISMA Bill

ComputerLockThe House Oversight and Government Reform Committee unanimously approved a bill on Wednesday to update a law governing information technology security at federal agencies, Fierce Government IT reports.

David Perera writes the amended Federal Information Security Management Act would place the Office of Management and Budget in charge of agency information security policies and practices.

OMB transitioned that responsibility to the Department of Homeland Security in 2010, Perera reports.

Under the amended bill, all agencies would be required to have a chief information security officer and that person could also be the chief information officer, according to the report.

Bank Info Security reports CISOs would be responsible for developing a security program that uses continuous monitoring and for training personnel that hold information security responsibilities, among other actions.

If signed, the bill would create a federal information security incident center intended to provide technical assistance to operators of agency information systems in the event of security incidents, according to the report.

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