White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt, in an exclusive interview, expresses optimism that Congress could enact significant cybersecurity legislation this year even if President Obama doesn't get all that he wants in an IT security bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in a letter, informed Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of his decision to bring cybersecurity legislation to the floor during the first work period of 2012 legislative session.
Security incidents reported over the past five years have placed the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive government information and information systems at risk, an annual GAO review reveals.
Documenting procedures for the State Department's custom-made, continuous-monitoring tool known as iPost will help ensure that the data collected are appropriately used to protect the agency's global IT system, a GAO audit says.
See our Full Coverage of the State of Government Information Security Today 2011 survey.
President Obama declared cybersecurity a national security priority in May 2009, in effect making the IT experts at all levels of government the frontline troops defending local, state and federal information assets.
Auditors find that the SEC's IT office documented and incorporated National Institute of Standards and Technology patch requirements in its policies and procedures but that guidance wasn't always followed.