Kevin Cox, the program manager for the continuous diagnostics and mitigation program, said ongoing assessments and mobile security are among the top priorities for 2018 and beyond.
The pilots are meant to figure out how to update the TIC reference architecture and policy, since agencies have cited the TIC current requirements as a reason for not yet moving to the cloud.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the changes Congress ordered at the Internal Revenue Service seem to be helping the agency better identify fraudulent claims.
The Homeland Security Department’s Federal Network Resilience Division is designing the Trusted Internet Connection for the future.
The Office of Management and Budget and new White House Office of American Innovation are working together on a 90-day sprint to develop a series of work streams on a variety of topics. Teams will recommend new ideas on ways to improve shared services mechanisms, the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) policy and federal hiring process.
The White House released updated progress report on the cross-agency cybersecurity goals and found most agencies improved. The administration said more agencies are using smart cards to log onto their networks and more are implementing continuous monitoring.
Six years after the Veterans Affairs data breach, civilian agency networks and computers are more secure. Current and former federal officials and cyber experts say from secretaries on down, the threat of a cyber attack and the impact on mission is well understood.
The agency turns to teams of experts to review how departments are meeting the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative. DHS plans to expand the use of Blue Teams to the implementation of continuous monitoring and two-factor authentication under Homeland Security Presidential Directive-12.
Deputy secretaries now get quarterly scorecards on how their agency is meeting four IT security priorities, including continuous monitoring of agency networks and secure identity cards. Howard Schmidt, the White House cyber coordinator, said the goal is to increase accountability and make sure agencies are putting enough focus on these areas. Schmidt said he is also developing priorities for 2012, which includes getting cybersecurity legislation passed.
The White House cybersecurity advisor said many of his office’s initiatives are in the operational stages and are making a difference. But some in industry and government say there is a vacuum in leadership from his office and OMB. Howard Schmidt says it’s clear what role his office, OMB and DHS play.