Many local governments lack compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act
As the Homeland Security Department’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program [CDM} enters its seventh year, its positive impact on federal agencies’ cybersecurity is clear. Since implementation, Homeland Security has been able to field and navigate over 35,000 security incidents, and fiscal 2018 marked the first time in 12 years that federal civilian agents avoided major cyberattacks.
But even as the program plans to expand to include state and local governments, most civilian agencies still lag behind when it comes to fully implementing the necessary measures to ensure network security and data protection. As agencies kick off the new year, those that have gaps in their security and aren’t fully in compliance with the Federal Information Security Management Act should reevaluate what steps they can take to benefit from the CDM program and meet federal cybersecurity requirements. [read more]