From the White House to the State House, here are the 10 most important happenings in government IT security in 2010. Not everything promised at the beginning of the year came about as some had hoped. So, what else is new in government?
"Managing risk with regard to information systems and security sometimes doesn't go to the highest levels and that's why the risk framework is a way to get senior leaders involved early in the process," NIST senior computer scientist Ron Ross says.
"Organization-wide monitoring cannot be efficiently achieved through manual processes alone or through automated processes alone; however, automation can make the process of continuous monitoring more efficient," NIST says.
Cybersecurity reform was part of a defense bill that included a provision to repeal a law that bar gays from serving openly in the military. Supporters couldn't muster the support to bring a Senate vote on the bill.
Senators and representative have returned to the Capitol, yet no one predicts that lawmakers will enact significant cybersecurity legislation during the lame-duck session before the 111th Congress fades into history in a few weeks.
If lawmakers seek a vote on a cybersecurity bill, the partisan bickering on other issues shouldn't prove to be a roadblock. "Sometimes what you're looking for are legislative victories when can't get the big things," former Rep. Tom Davis says.
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Federal CIO Vivek Kundra has high hopes for CyberScope, which agencies are to use next month to report on their FISMA compliance. But 85 percent of agency CIOs and CISOs say they have yet to use the tool, a new survey reports.
The curious fact about cybersecurity legislation before Congress is that nearly everyone sees a need for it, and there's no partisan bickering, yet few people see a comprehensive federal information security bill becoming law this year.