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The latest Binding Operational Directive

As National Cybersecurity Assessment and Technology Services lead at the Homeland Security Department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, Cameron Dixon has been close to the six Binding Operational Directives coming from DHS in recent years. One gives agencies 30 days to fix cyber vulnerabilities identified by DHS scanning.

The latest, from mid-October 2017, gives agencies 120 days to set a plan for the minimum implementation of the DMARC email authentication standard. “They can certainly get strong than that, but need to at least set a policy,” Dixon says. He adds, this will force agencies to take a good look at their email infrastructures, and prepare them to receive reports on email behaviors.



Tom Temin, Federal News Radio

Tom Temin has been the host of the Federal Drive since 2006. Tom has been reporting on and providing insight to technology markets for more than 30 years.  Prior to joining Federal News Radio, Tom was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines. Tom also contributes a regular column on government information technology.



Cameron Dixon, IT Specialist, National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services, National Protection and Programs Directorate, DHS

Cameron Dixon is a public servant at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, where he works to improve information security practices across the government. Cameron manages the DHS “Cyber Hygiene” network and vulnerability scanning service, pushes for the deployment of stronger encryption and security standards across federal agencies, and believes in dispelling magical thinking with great kindness.


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