Annual FISMA Report Shows Decline in Cyber Incidents; Suzette Kent Quoted

Suzette Kent
Suzette Kent

A Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) report submitted by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to Congress shows an 8 percent drop in cybersecurity incidents reported by agencies in fiscal year 2019.

The number of agencies that secured an overall rating of “managing risk” in the risk management assessment process rose from 62 in FY 2018 to 72 in FY 2019, according to the FISMA report.

FedScoop reported that only three of the 28,581 cyber incidents in FY 2019 were tagged as “major” and occurred at agencies within the Department of Homeland Security with low, negligible or minimal impact.

“This FISMA report reflects improvements in areas of focus under the President’s Management Agenda and Federal Agency elements of the National Cybersecurity Strategy,” Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said in a statement. “It shows Agencies are making significant progress in managing risk and also highlights that focused efforts to secure government mobile devices have been especially important in today’s expanded telework environment.”

The report attributed the cyber improvements to DHS directives and programs as well as updated policies concerning Trusted Internet Connections, high value assets and identity credential and access management.

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