7. Executive Leadership-led Risk Management

NEWS FLASH America--CEOs & Sr Ldrs get FIRED over breaches

As enterprises strive to gain value by leveraging technology, the risk associated with digital business is increasing. Isolated approaches to information security, business continuity and incident response are a thing of the past; today, the urgency of providing continuously available services for customers and business partners in the digital economy requires enterprises to become resilient. A resilient enterprise protects... more »

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6. Solving the Talent Search

Change the paradigm-Invest in Cybersecurity Workforce Dev

Reports and articles keep surfacing on the issue of lacking cybersecurity talent in the federal government. Since 2010, little improvement has been seen regarding increased knowledge, skills, and abilities among the federal cybersecurity workforce. (Williams, 2015b).This can be attributed large to leadership failures across the agencies. Cybersecurity experts in the trenches, industrial organizational psychologists, and... more »

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5. Sharing of Threat Intelligence

Silos cripple information sharing--Mandate sharing

Threat data sharing or cybersecurity-related information sharing is essential to the protection of the federal government, other critical infrastructure sectors, and to furthering cybersecurity for the Nation. The government needs to set the global standard on establishing an environment that facilitates threat data information sharing, it still operates in silos. Action must be taken to arm stakeholders with needed information... more »

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4.Adopting a Threat-Aware Proactive Defense

Start with the Crown Jewels & Stop Spreading Peanut Butter

Currently, the government is still focused on perimeter defense will only a shallow defense-in-depth strategy. The problem centers on an enterprise architecture that is designed to usually protect the entire network at the same level, thus peanut butter spreading network defense resources. Agencies fail built a network defense strategy that focus on protecting their crown jewels, vulnerability reduction, and adversary... more »

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8. Building Effective Security into Acquisitions

Supported ITAPS recommendations

(Regular print are supported ITAPS recommendations in response to questions, flagged are expanded recommendations to more explicitly address questions, not directly addressed by ITAPS; participated in and collaborated with ITAPS OMB-OPM-NSC Task Force) With the continued and growing dependence of the government on commercially provided IT services, what changes are needed to government acquisition policies and practices... more »

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Supported ITAPS recommendations, part 2

Provide for the escalation of risk-based decisions through senior leadership if critical security recommendations are rejected by owners of business lines or applications, ensuring critical security decisions are not made in isolation. For example, decisions to keep critical systems available while overriding security recommendations should no longer be routinely deferred exclusively to network, system, or application... more »

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Supported ITAPS recommendations

(Regular print are supported ITAPS recommendations in response to questions, flagged are expanded recommendations to more explicitly address questions, not directly addressed by ITAPS; participated in and collaborated with ITAPS OMB-OPM-NSC Task Force) How can we sustain executive-level attention to this critical issue, and institutionalize cyber as an on-going component of agency risk management practices, not just... more »

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3. Breach-to-Response Acceleration

Supported ITAPS recommendations, part 2

Consistent with the concept that security is the responsibility of all employees, all agency employees should be educated and trained on general incident response planning concepts and any related responsibilities, including how to notify response organizations, the information to report, and other relevant activities. All incidents, exercises, and general activities offer opportunities to learn and improve planning.... more »

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2. Business Initiated Vulnerabilities

Supported ITAPS recommendations

(Paragraphs preceded by [Non-ITAPS] are expanded recommendations to more explicitly address questions, not directly addressed by ITAPS; participated in and collaborated with ITAPS OMB-OPM-NSC Task Force) 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? [Non-ITAPS]... more »

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5. Sharing of Threat Intelligence

"Skin in the Game”

A multifaceted approach of building trust, having “skin in the game” (“AntiFragile” - Taleb), incentives and penalties for both industry and government. It has to be made in the best interest of both “parties” to share threat intelligence. This coupled with a multifaceted approach of incentives, disincentives, non attribution, etc. Then you increase the probability that sharing will occur. The incentives for government... more »

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4.Adopting a Threat-Aware Proactive Defense

A Proposed Strategy for the Cyber Defense of U.S. Critical Infra

Today, America is in constant contact with the enemy - and the form of conflict has changed. The expansion of the Internet globally is being accompanied by an explosion of cyber threats. Nation-state adversaries, terrorists, and criminals exploit our weakly secured technology. The United States is principally reliant on its technology for a competitive advantage across the globe. Now, thanks to the Internet and cyberspace,... more »

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7. Executive Leadership-led Risk Management

Independent Organizational Assessment

Organizations in government tend to be overly optimistic about their capabilities and performance, reference OPM's epic failure. Cyber security is too important to be left to self-assessments. An organization should be externally assessed and rated by unbiased and competent evaluators. Risk is only one aspect of management performance. Governance, culture and technical competence are but three key facets that determine... more »

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