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Tony Scott: FITARA Implementation Could Drive IT Security Posture Improvement

Tony Scott
Tony Scott

U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott has said agency CIOs should include cybersecurity strategies in their Federal IT Acquisition Reform Act implementation plans, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

“While there’s nothing specific in FITARA about cybersecurity, this is going to be one of the great benefits of FITARA — a greatly improved cybersecurity posture,” Scott told audience during a forum hosted by the Association for Enterprise Information.

Agencies are required to develop and submit their action plans to the Office of Management and Budget by mid-August.

FITARA authorizes federal CIOs to govern information technology projects within component agencies, bureaus or offices.

Scott said that authority includes responsibility for ensuring government IT systems are secured against cyber vulnerabilities and threats, according to the report.

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