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Beth Cobert: OMB Guidance Aims to Bolster Security of Federal Data Networks

Beth Cobert
Beth Cobert

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget has released a guidance document aimed at improving data protection and privacy measures across the government.

Beth Cobert, OMB deputy director for management, writes Friday the guide is meant to help federal agencies guard systems in order to comply with the Federal Information Security Management Act.

The framework also calls for the Department of Homeland Security to take a proactive approach to addressing cyber vulnerabilities and attacks.

It recommends a network scanning methodology that DHS should follow to identify government network threats faster, according to Cobert.

Cobert says DHS has issued FISMA reporting metrics for fiscal 2015 and an updated federal security incident notification guide.

“Ultimately, these metrics are more than just a compliance exercise – they will get us closer to determining whether our processes are actually making us safer,” she stated.

The US-CERT Incident Notification Guidelines seeks to improve agencies’ cybersecurity reports as well as hasten response to threats in cyberspace.

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