Cybersecurity National Action Plan

  • How an OMB team bolstered governmentwide cyber efforts over the last 5 years

    Trevor Rudolph, the chief of business operations and cybersecurity for Whitehawk and a former chief of OMB’s cyber and national security team, said during his five years on the job he has seen a marked improvement in how agencies are securing their data and systems.

  • White House names first federal chief information security officer

    Brigadier General (retired) Greg Touhill will move from DHS to the Office of Management and Budget to the be the first federal CISO while Grant Schneider has been named acting deputy CISO.

  • How agencies doubled the number of new cybersecurity hires this year

    The Office of Personnel Management has been busy this year helping agencies more quickly recruit, hire and develop cyber talent, an initiative outlined in the President’s Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Agencies like the FBI and Commerce Department say they are also beginning to change their mindsets when building teams of cyber experts.

  • An existing solution to the government’s cyber problems

    Ron Ross, a fellow at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and Bob Bigman, a retired CIA chief information security officer and now president of 2BSecure, a consulting firm, made the case for the public and private sectors to move to trustworthy computing more quickly during presentations before the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.

  • How DoD holds service leaders accountable to ‘back to basics’ cyber program

    The Defense Department says it’s seeing a noticeable cybersecurity culture change from its service commanders. Under DoD’s Cybersecurity Implementation Discipline Plan, service leaders meet weekly with the department’s CIO to discuss their performance on 10 basic cyber measures.

  • Cyber pros score on-the-spot job offers during first-ever DHS career fair

    The Homeland Security Department drew large crowds to its first-ever tech and cybersecurity job fair in Washington this week. The department interviewed applicants, made tentative offers and started the security clearance review process on the spot for about 150 talented candidates.

  • White House clarifies agencies’ roles in responding to major cyber attacks

    A new presidential policy directive, which the White House released July 26, describes the roles agencies must take when responding to major cyber incidents. The departments of justice and homeland security, as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, have specific jobs in working with other federal agencies and industry.

  • GSA strengthens toehold in Silicon Valley

    The General Services Administration spent this week in California meeting with vendors, promoting cyber opportunities.

  • First-ever cyber workforce strategy aims to grow pipeline of skills

    The Office of Management and Budget outlined a series of steps agencies should take to increase the number of people they recruit, train and prepare to protect federal networks.

  • Questions linger about GSA’s plans for new cyber offerings

    The General Services Administration issued its second RFI in a year seeking feedback on how to make it easier to buy certain types of cybersecurity services.