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Andy Ozment: DHS to Measure, Guide Cybersecurity Progress of Federal Agencies

US department of homeland securityAndy Ozment, assistant secretary of the Department of Homeland Security‘s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, says federal agencies are starting to fully acknowledge the importance of cybersecurity and cyber-risk management, Federal News Radio reported Friday.

Jason Miller writes that Ozment’s office plans to establish a scorecard to measure the progress of federal cybersecurity measures based on existing programs and policies such as continuous diagnostics and mitigation, smart card authentication and Trusted Internet Connections.

Ozment also highlighted DHS’ goal to share information on cyberattacks and cyber risks with the private sector, as well as utilize information shared in turn by the private sector.

The report said Ozment’s office is also focused on continuing to implement and manage the operations of the White House-mandated cybersecurity framework.

“We are focused on helping our customers, departments and agencies understand and manage their risks,” Ozment told the station.

“Then we help them with enterprise capabilities … which will give the departments and agencies a tool to better manage their networks and to ensure their devices and systems aren’t vulnerable.”

Ozment also said his office will work with both the White House and individual agencies to improve cybersecurity performance.

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