Bill Would Put a Chief Security Officer in Each Federal Agency

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Job Description: Chief Security Officer

The chief security officer directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT system, business operation and facility defenses against security breaches and vulnerability issues.

A bill before Congress would require each federal agency to name a chief information security officer with the authority and budget to ensure agencies comply with federal cyber security regulations, reports InformationWeek.


The Cybersecurity and Internet Freedom Act of 2011 also calls for CISOs to set up a series of security controls that can be "continuously monitored" to ensure an agency's compliance.


The E-Government Act of 2002 gave security responsibilities to departmental and agency chief information officers, according to In addition to managing individual agencies' internal compliance, the new bill calls for CISOs to collaborate with the federal CIO to develop an IT security architecture for a new office to be established within the Department of Homeland Security called the National Center for Cybersecurity and Communications to manage cyber security across government as a whole.


Separately, this piece at Federal News Radio reports on federal agencies' efforts to put in place real-time monitoring of the security of their computer networks. It says the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of Management and Budget and the National Institute of Standards and Technology are providing tools and mandates for agencies to know the real health of their networks.

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