OMB released a cyber risk determination report finding that 74 percent of the agencies had cybersecurity programs that were either “at risk” or at “high risk.”
Former federal cyber executives say the NSC’s decision to consolidate the cyber coordinator role sends the wrong signal publicly.
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen highlights how DHS plans to take a more forward-leaning approach to cybersecurity.
Here are some of the top takeaways from the Executive Leadership Conference, sponsored by ACT-IAC, which had some interesting discussions and news tidbits.
The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Homeland Security led a much more coordinated and informed defense against the WannaCry cyber attack that began May 12.
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.
OMB changed the reporting structure of the U.S. Digital Service, taking it out from under the federal CIO. Current and former government sources say the organization grew too big and powerful, and needs to be better controlled by the new administration.
Trevor Rudolph is leaving the White House after spending the last four-plus years as the chief of OMB’s Cyber and National Security Unit. IT executives at the GPO and SEC also are on the move.
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.
The Office of Management and Budget said it’s taking stock of its accomplishments over the past eight years, as well as the items it has left on its cybersecurity to-do list, before the upcoming presidential transition. Implementing pieces of the new cyber workforce strategy is a top priority for the Obama administration during its last six months.