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.
If you are not familiar with the 30-day White House Cybersecurity sprint, it is... more »
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.
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.
Leverage the self audit capability of the SEC as a guidance for other agencies.
(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.
Escalate... more »
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 »
This is true of ALL organizations, not just government, and always boils down to one thing: Behavior. Doing the right thing the right way, or not, is about behavior whether you're... more »
START, a Homeland Security Department-funded program through the University of Maryland, examined a type of cyber defense called restrictive deterrence.... more »
Create a self-audit checklist that agencies could use on a regular basis to assess themselves on fundamental security capabilities. It would be risk profile based for each agency. Addresses the problem of just having this done by auditors (GAO/IG) or consultants. Keeps attention and resource needed to close weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
Note: FCC is example.
Use Cyber Investment Management Boards (DOD example) where cyber projects are presented, defended, and measured against outcome based performance measures for funding. Helps get cybersecurity accountability as a shared responsibility across senior leadership of the organization and to understand costs and risk benefits.