Cybersecurity

A lackluster FISMA report card

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The Office of Management and Budget's annual cybersecurity report card noted an increase in both cyber intrusions and measures agencies took to detect them.

Federal agencies reported some 70,000 information security incidents in fiscal 2014, up 15 percent from fiscal 2014, according to the OMB report. At the same time, agencies improved their average grade for implementing continuous monitoring from 81 percent to 92 percent.

Agency scores on identification authentication were less positive. Outside of the Defense Department, only 41 percent of CFO Act agencies implemented an identity authentication measure in fiscal 2014, the report said.

OMB last year granted the Department of Homeland Security enhanced authority to scan federal networks for cyber threats on a regular basis. That new authority will be assessed in next fiscal year's report, OMB said.

About the Author

Sean Lyngaas is an FCW staff writer covering defense, cybersecurity and intelligence issues. Prior to joining FCW, he was a reporter and editor at Smart Grid Today, where he covered everything from cyber vulnerabilities in the U.S. electric grid to the national energy policies of Britain and Mexico. His reporting on a range of global issues has appeared in publications such as The Atlantic, The Economist, The Washington Diplomat and The Washington Post.

Lyngaas is an active member of the National Press Club, where he served as chairman of the Young Members Committee. He earned his M.A. in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and his B.A. in public policy from Duke University.

Click here for previous articles by Lyngaas, or connect with him on Twitter: @snlyngaas.


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