OMB Turns up Oversight heat with Cyberstat

February 28, 2011
Cyber Security, FedCyber Wire, Spending
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via Federal News Radio

The Office of Management and Budget had success using techstats to fix problematic IT systems. Now, Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra said agencies should get ready for similar cybersecurity oversight. Cyberstat sessions are a new, more intense brand of oversight to plug security holes in agency networks.

“The cyberstats are obviously classified because we’re dealing with very, very sensitive information,” said Kundra, during a panel discussions with other federal CIOs Friday at a breakfast hosted by AFCEA Bethesda. “The first one we did was with the Department of Education. We had great outcomes. The cyberstats are actually leading to very, very concrete actions and outcomes.”

Kundra didn’t offer too many details of how the program works because of its sensitive nature.

Cyberstats is one of several new IT initiatives, especially around cybersecurity, OMB is pushing as part of the fiscal 2012 budget request.

Kundra said OMB also directed agencies to invest in continuous monitoring tools. He said agencies have been using a bureaucratic approach to cybersecurity full of paperwork that doesn’t actually make anyone safer.

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