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DHS Eyes Risk Scoring Tool for CDM Program’s Next Phase

The Department of Homeland Security aims to develop an approach for government chief information security officers to assign and compare risk scores to agency networks, Federal News Network reported Friday.

The 2019 FISMA guidance now requires federal organizations to submit a justification memorandum to procure monitoring products and services not covered under CDM contracts.

The justification document must be sent to the CDM program management office, OMB resource management office and the Federal Chief Information Officer’s cybersecurity team.

OMB has also permitted the use of existing resources that align with CDM requirements but are not acquired through General Services Administration contracts.

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Federal CIO Suzette Kent: Federal IT Leaders Should Expect New Cybersecurity Reporting Metrics Before Year Ends

Federal Chief Information Officer Suzette Kent has said federal agencies should expect the White House to implement new cybersecurity reporting guidelines, as part of the administration's efforts to have agencies reflect its IT goals, NextGov reported Tuesday.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein Introduces Federal Network Protection Act

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has introduced a bill that will clarify directives the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security can implement for the protection of federal computer systems. The Federal Network Protection Act allows the DHS secretary to issue Binding Operational Directives for the removal of compromised systems on federal …

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OMB Sets 2018 Deadline for Annual FISMA Reports

The Office of Management and Budget has released a memorandum that requires federal civilian agencies to submit their annual Federal Information Security Modernization Act reports to OMB and the Department of Homeland Security by March 1, 2018, MeriTalk reported Wednesday. Agencies should also file their FISMA reports with the Government …

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Inspector General: IRS Cybersecurity Center Should Improve Incident Reporting, Employee Training Activities

The Treasury Department‘s inspector general for tax administration has urged the Internal Revenue Service‘s cybersecurity center to address gaps in its employee training and incident reporting and response efforts. TIGTA said in a report published Aug. 28 it reviewed 100 cyber incidents in fiscal years 2015 and 2016 and found that IRS’ Computer …

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OMB Moves to Reduce Agency IT, Procurement Data Reporting Requirements

The Office of Management and Budget has issued a new memorandum that aims to reduce reporting requirements for federal agencies, NextGov reported Thursday. OMB Mick Mulvaney revoked several directives in the areas of information technology, procurement, financial management, performance management and customer service. OMB eliminated five memoranda on IT security that were issued …

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Inspector General: 18 OPM IT Systems Lack Valid Authorization

The Office of Personnel Management’s inspector general has assessed OPM’s compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act and found that over 18 of its information technology systems operate without valid authorizations. OPM IG said in a Nov. 9 report that it performed the audit at the agency’s Washington headquarters from April 2016 to …

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