Creating boards and more oversight does not secure cyberspace
To improve cyber security requires the following:
1) Staffing IT positions with the most qualified candidates with state of the art credentials
2) Ensuring the IT staff credentials are maintained as state of the art with ongoing credentialing updates
3) Ensuring that the process and model for keeping government technology current is reflected in the budgeting and procurement process and schedules
4) Ensuring the executives and managers in all departments possess a minimum of IT/cyber security education and training
The government enterprise is highly automated and it is essential that executives and management are information literate to the highest degree. Engineering disciplines are core competencies that must be resident in government today across the board.
“Lawmakers pull cybersecurity provisions from defense bill
Legislation designed to secure federal computer systems was cut from defense spending bill
By Amber Corrin
Dec 17, 2010
Reforming federal cybersecurity might not be made into law for 2011 after measures were removed in the latest version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Provisions to create a White House Office of Cyberspace and an oversight board for federal IT security compliance were among the stipulations omitted after a version of the bill failed to get Senate approval.
The omitted provisions also included the creation of a Federal Cybersecurity Practice Board in the White House cyberspace office, which would have established policies and procedures for meeting Federal Information Security Management Act requirements and overseen implementation of standards and guidelines from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, according to Eric Chabrow at GovInfoSecurity.com.
Also on the cutting-room floor: requirements that agencies institute automated, continuous monitoring of systems and networks to ensure compliance and detect vulnerabilities that could lead to security breaches or other cyber threats.
A proposed White House office that would focus on collaboration across government and the private sector to optimize IT security was also scrapped.
At a cybersecurity forum sponsored by The Atlantic magazine and held in Washington Dec. 16, federal officials and IT experts acknowledged the growing cybersecurity problem.”