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Revamped FISMA requirements aim to improve federal security
This article is part of the June 2011 issue of Information Security magazine
Compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) has long been a thorn in the side of government agencies. Failing grades from the General Accounting Office have been commonplace, leading to increased scrutiny of government security and the state of data security within respective agencies. "FISMA was never implemented by measuring security effectiveness, it was only used to justify wasteful exercises in compliance," says Alan Paller, director of research at the SANS Institute. FISMA, often considered an ineffective paper exercise, has since undergone something of an overhaul. The introduction of an automated reporting tool and mandates for continuous monitoring are aimed at moving agencies beyond data collection to risk management and ultimately, better information security. The road to streamlined FISMA requirements has its challenges, though. CYBERSCOPE In October 2009, seven years after FISMA was enacted and racked up some $40 billion in costs, Federal CIO Vivek Kundra unveiled CyberScope. The ...
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Features in this issue
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The influx of personal smartphones and other computing devices into the enterprise is forcing a shift in security strategy.
An automated tool and mandates for continuous monitoring try to improve federal information security efforts.
Sony and other data breaches suggest need for data accountability, better configuration management.
Columns in this issue
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Banks and other businesses are rushing to jump on the mobility trend but leaving security behind.
Security expert and Information Security magazine columnist Marcus Ranum continues a new bimonthly feature where he goes one-on-one with a fellow security industry insider.