1) How do we move from inconsistent security/privacy protection control approaches to solid fundamentals that address most basic risks faced by agencies?
Cyber Tips of the Day – first thing to pop up on intranet logon-screen would be a cyber awareness question (with ability to quickly check against answer). These would be focused on knowledge leveling, increasing awareness of vulnerabilities created by SPAM/Phish attacks, etc. etc.
1. Establish “white hat” teams that test employees through phishing and spear-phishing intrusion testing.
2. Change enterprise email policy to only allow plain text, preventing unintentional click-through threats.
3. Similar to the “Cybersecurity Tip of the Day” concept, establish a “Cybersecurity Blunder of the Day” program.
We'd have to drive conversation to the point where the rubber meets the road, by which I mean an action or behavior, performed by a person, which creates a particular harm. Assuming we could categorize the harms in a way useful for analysis... more »
Enabling the Software Defined Data Center
Centrally define security policy
Security policies move with VMs
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(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 »
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.