There is no doubt that 2015 has been a critical juncture for federal government agencies in how they approach cyber security. Spurred by the OPM breach, Federal CIO Tony Scott first announced the 30-day cyber security sprint, which, over the summer, became the foundation of a coordinated federal cyber security strategy. Combined with the empowerment of the CIO role under the auspices of FITARA, it seems that federal agencies are poised to make major strides in all aspects of cyber security – from infrastructure to data security.
With October designated as National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) – a program started by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security in 2004 – it seems an ideal time to take a closer look at the key cyber security challenges and how they affect government agencies. To that end, this month on ModernGOV, we’ll be focusing on key areas that we see will help government agencies build a more resilient architecture against both external and insider threats.
As well as reading insights from our experts, we encourage you to put the resources provided by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Department of Homeland Security to good use this month and all year round. You can also catch up on all the latest news, advice, and events for NSCAM on Twitter by following us @ModGovIT and by using the hashtag #CyberAware.