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US GAO reports on cybersecurity

The US federal government continues to face challenges in a number of key areas in effectively implementing cybersecurity, according to a new report from the GAO.

Challenge areas include:

  • Designing and implementing risk-based cybersecurity programs at federal agencies. Shortcomings persist in assessing risks, developing and implementing security programs, and monitoring results at federal agencies. This is due in part to the fact that agencies have not fully implemented information security programs, resulting in reduced assurance that controls are in place and operating as intended to protect their information resources.
  • Establishing and identifying standards for critical infrastructures. Agencies with responsibilities for critical infrastructure have not yet identified cybersecurity guidance widely used in their respective sectors. Moreover, critical infrastructure sectors vary in the extent to which they are required by law or regulation to comply with specific cybersecurity requirements.
  • Detecting, responding to, and mitigating cyber incidents. Sharing information among federal agencies and key private-sector entities remains a challenge, due to, for example, the lack of a centralized information-sharing system. In addition, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has yet to fully develop a capability for predictive analysis of cyber threats.

Read the report (PDF).

•Date: 13th March 2013 • US •Type: Article • Topic: ISM

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