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The Trump administration has made cybersecurity an integral component of its broader vision for improving federal IT. Between the executive order on cybersecurity and the IT modernization strategy, the administration is taking a multi-pronged approach to strengthening agency cyber defenses—not only addressing current weaknesses but better positioning agencies to respond to emerging cyber threats.
In part, the administration’s cyber strategy puts a new emphasis on risk management, directing agencies to better align their cyber spending with high-risk IT assets—and holding agency leaders accountable for these efforts. But the administration also seeks to modernize its cyber strategy to reflect the federal government’s evolving IT environment.
The growing importance of cloud, mobility and related trends requires agencies to think differently about cybersecurity, once and for all relinquishing their reliance on perimeter-based protections and focusing instead on network-, application- and data-level security. Above all, agencies need to improve their ability to detect and respond to threats quickly and effectively.
This event explored the technologies, policies and management strategies that can help agencies to address these new priorities. Topics addressed include:
- Identification and authentication
- System and communications protection security controls
- Cryptographic key management
- Cross-domain security
- Automating information security processes
- Effective endpoint and data security technologies
- Cyber risk management
- Improving network situational awareness
- Blockchain-based data security
- Encryption strategies for data-at-rest and data-in-transit