A document describing Best Practices for Attracting, Finding, Hiring and Retaining Cybersecurity Talent is attached
must be upgraded to use PIV credentials , in accordance with NIST guidelines, prior to the agency
using development and technology refresh funds to complete other activities." https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/memoranda/2011/m11-11.pdf. This memo, had... more »
If you are not familiar with the 30-day White House Cybersecurity sprint, it is... more »
The Cybersecurity landscape involves multiple iterations of systems based on the AES256 Standard. This standard is easily breached making stopping intruders at the gate an impossible proposition. the Government and Private Industry needs to put more muscle behind the research, funding, test and deployment of a true "One Time Pad" standard for protecting filaes at rest and in transmission.
Adopt content-centric security of data using digital rights management techniques to protect data at the source and track exfiltrations of data that depart from pre-set boundaries.
(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 »
How can agencies sharpen focus on vulnerabilities created by (or exposed by) uninformed business/program users and the array of technology solutions embedded in service delivery that does not account for cyber?
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How can agencies effectively address current time lags with detection of and response to vulnerabilities and threats that will significantly compress breach-to-detection-to-response... more »
All incidents, exercises, and general activities offer opportunities to learn and improve planning.... more »