A watchdog agency report highlighting data security violations by a Department of Veterans Affairs medical contractor offers a reminder to all healthcare organizations about similar risks their business associates can pose - especially if BAs are inadequately monitored.
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President Obama has tapped veteran CIO Tony Scott as the top government IT official whose responsibilities include overseeing agencies' compliance with FISMA, the law that governs federal government IT security.
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Consider President Obama's signing of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act this month an early birthday present for Sen. Tom Carper, the chief sponsor of the legislation that updates FISMA.
The sponsor of Senate-approved FISMA reform, Tom Carper, says it's not a done deal because the House has a dispute over which committee - Homeland Security or Oversight and Governmental Reform - has jurisdiction over the legislation.
Put together, two IRS audits illustrate a major concern many security pros have about FISMA audits: They're checklists of whether organizations comply with regulations that require specific processes but do not determine if the processes are effective.
Recalling an up to 10-day delay in Homeland Security helping other agencies cope with the Heartbleed vulnerability, DHS's Phyllis Schneck champions FISMA reform legislation that would codify the department's role as guardian of civilian agency IT.
With fewer employees, and still fewer - if any - IT security experts on staff, small federal agencies face challenges not confronted by larger ones, and congressional auditors say DHS and OMB should give them more help.
A Senate committee has approved legislation to reform the 12-year-old law that governs federal information security, plus two other cybersecurity-related bills. The full Senate will now consider the measures.
Effective risk management requires involvement of an organization's top leader; the resignation of Eric Shinseki as secretary of Veterans Affairs means that the VA likely will continue to struggle to comply with federal requirements for IT security.
Legislation before the House to excise from federal law the requirement that NIST work with the NSA on cybersecurity standards wouldn't likely stop the two federal agencies from continuing to collaborate.