Tag Archives: FISMA

House Panel Releases Proposed FISMA Update Bill

The House Oversight Committee has released the latest version of a federal cybersecurity bill, Federal News Radio reports. The bill updates the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, according to a statement on the committee’s website. FISMA aims to improve on information technology systems framework, security oversight, and regular …

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Proposed Cyber Bill Puts DHS in Charge of Assessing Infrastructure

A bipartisan group of senators proposed a cybersecurity bill Tuesday that would put the Department of Homeland Security in charge of assessing risks and vulnerabilities to critical infrastructure. The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 also asks the government to improve the security of cyber networks through the Federal Information Security Management Act. Sens. …

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Dave McClure: GSA Not Reinventing the Wheel with FedRAMP Guidelines

The General Services Administration’s Dave McClure told an AFCEA crowd this week that GSA-led “tiger teams” are working to improve the cloud-computing security guidelines FedRAMP, short for Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. But McClure said they aren’t interested in reinventing the wheel. Speculation has swirled that creating FedRamp is …

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OMB Sets IT Deadlines for Agencies

The Office of Management and Budget is setting deadlines for agency chief information officers to implement monitoring software, according to budget documents obtained by Federal News Radio. Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra sent agency CIOs guidance as part of the 2012 budget request in December. The continuous monitoring mandate …

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Kundra, Carper and Streufert Take Home Top Cyber Honors for Work on ‘Continous Monitoring’

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra and State Department Chief Information Security Officer John Streufert were awarded the National Cyber Security Leadership Award by the SANS Institute. Carper, Kundra and Streufert were selected by the information security training organization and think tank for their efforts to …

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Feds Procrastinate on Cyber Deadline

Federal agencies may miss a key deadline in the implementing of new cybersecurity reporting guidelines, according a recently published survey. Only a small minority of federal managers have used the new CyberScope reporting tool, according to a survey of 34 chief information officers across a number of federal agencies conducted …

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Google Receives FISMA Certification for Cloud Services

Google has announced it has received the first Federal Information Security Management Act certification for its Google Apps government cloud-computing services. David Mihalchik, business development executive with Google, explained Google is now certified as meeting the security controls under FISMA and a full suite of office applications will now be …

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Cyber Czar Howard Schmidt Highligths Progress in Cybersecurity

The White House yesterday released a progress report on what concrete steps have been taken to make cyberspace a more secure place, highlighting identity authentication, a comprehensive cyber incident response plan, and new performance metrics introduced by the Federal Information Management Security Act. Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt yesterday hosted an …

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Government Smartphone Policy: What You Need to Know

Last month, we brought you the top iPhone apps for government, but since they’re mostly worthless if you can’t use them on the job, we took a look at federal smartphone policy to determine when and where government workers can use their iPhones or BlackBerrys. In compliance with FISMA, agencies …

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