CIO Council panel details functions
- By Mary Mosquera
- Dec 31, 2008
The CIO Council’s new Information Security and Identity Management
Committee will be the official forum for agencies’ data and network
protection efforts, according to the committee’s recently published
The committee will concentrate on implementation of the
Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative by creating and
recommending strategies for agencies to improve cybersecurity through
secure computing platforms and networks.
According to the
charter, the committee expects to identify and recommend enhancements
to existing policies, processes and strategies. Its efforts will
• Logical access as specified in Homeland
Security Presidential Directive 12 and integrating it with physical
access and public-key infrastructure applications.
• Multifactor authentication.
• Device authentication and quarantine.
• The sharing of credentials and certificates among agencies.
committee published its charter Dec. 19 under the signatures of its
co-chairmen — Robert Carey, the Navy Department’s chief information
officer, and Vance Hitch, the Justice Department’s CIO. Karen Evans,
administrator for e-government and information technology at the Office
of Management and Budget, also signed the document.
Hitch said the committee will promote the development of standard
performance measures for information security and provide an
environment in which agencies can share experiences and innovative
Mary Mosquera is a reporter for Federal Computer Week.