Agencies ready for real-time FISMA reporting tool, federal CIO reports

CyberScope, set to go live Nov. 15, will replace annual paper reports with automated feeds

Federal agencies say they are ready for next month’s shift to real-time reporting of cybersecurity compliance, J. Nicholas Hoover writes in InformationWeek.

The CyberScope compliance tool, scheduled to go live Nov. 15, will replace annual paper reports on compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act requirements with automated feeds of systems status that will be correlated by the Homeland Security Department.

“All agencies required to report will definitely be able to report by Nov. 15,” Matt Coose, director of the federal network security branch of DHS’ National Cybersecurity Division, told InformationWeek.


Can agency systems handle new FISMA requirements?

Whitepaper: CyberScope and Tighter Cybersecurity Reporting Requirements: Are You Ready?

The assurances of agency readiness by Coose and Federal CIO Vivek Kundra came despite a recent MeritTalk survey that raised questions about progress toward using CyberScope.

The survey, taken in July, found that only 15 percent of federal IT leaders had used CyberScope, which has been in place since the White House announced the new FISMA requirements in April. And of those who hadn’t used the tool, 90 percent said they did not have a clear understanding of its requirements.

When announcing the requirements, Kundra acknowledged that some agencies did not have adequate systems in place for using CyberScope, and that they would have to invest in new online tools.

Ultimately, the new program is intended to save money by eliminating the manual-paper-based process of producing reports and replacing it with the automated process.

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Reader comments

Thu, Oct 21, 2010

Does anyone know if CyberScope reports on the virtual infrastructure?

Thu, Oct 21, 2010

I just finished reading the latest update only to find that the Government just found they missed 1000 data centers. I guess that makes the PRESIDENT, OMB, Congress and the computer security laws to include the FISMA must just been sleeping. FISMA clearly states that ALL government agencies MUST submit security assessments ANNUALLY and OMB has the power to cut off ALL funding besides grading A through F. I'm sure with further examination we can reduce the employment rolls of several SES's, GS15's and GS14's for breaking the LAW let alone FRAUD WASTE regulations. This article of discussing on-line FISMA what a JOKE when we are not able to physically count the paper reports.

Wed, Oct 20, 2010

After reading the latest in the CyberScope and the deadline of November 15, 2010, I'm thinking what waste of the tax players dollar. The 15 percent that is mentioned in the article is really less and the agencies getting DHS cryto cards for ID meaning most contractors will have to be provided these cards from the their agency is a joke. The sheer number of contractor personnel rotating through these agencies and each agency's ability to manage these devices is dream. More than 15 percent of the agencies can't get the written reports done, what make us think that automation will solve this problem or is this just another reason not to provide Cybersecurity.

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