No real accountability exists today for executives in regards to IT Security failures. Accountability should exist in cases where known security issues existed before the breach and executives failed to address them. Risk acceptance should not be used as an excuse for addressable security gaps.
Currently agencies self assess their cybersecurity posture. OMB should create a assessment standard and have an independent assessment board of government and industry SME's assess each agency, via a framework such as the one used for FEDRAMP.
(Regular print are supported ITAPS recommendations in response to questions, italics are expanded recommendations to more explicitly address questions, not directly addressed by ITAPS; participated in and collaborated with ITAPS OMB-OPM-NSC Task Force)
1. Addressing Cyber Fundamentals
How do we move from inconsistent security/privacy protection control approaches to solid fundamentals... more »
Establish an outcome-focused Governance Framework that covers all aspects of the enterprise, resulting in effective direction-setting, decision-making, oversight, transparency, and accountability. For example, fully execute and enforce the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) as contemplated in the authorizing legislation and seek legislative reform where necessary.
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Make information security a core part of organizational culture, ensuring greater awareness and better computing practices. For example, information security training should be mandatory for all government employees and contractors and information security performance should be an item in performance reviews.
Optimize enterprise and workforce planning to leverage consolidation in security... more »
Organizational procurement programs should have clearly defined and communicated priorities, accompanied by clear direction to procurement agents on the procedures to acquire technology consistent with those priorities, resulting in a consistent, predictable, and agile acquisition approach that will result in more secure technology deployments. For example, the Director of the Office of Management... more »