Federal Cyber Security Regulations Slow to Happen

Sue Marquette Poremba

With all the raging political debates out there right now, from health care reform to the mid-term elections, the government's focus on cyber security has gone largely under the media radar. But to those of paying attention, it's nice to see that the administration "gets it" when it comes to understanding the importance of cyber security to our national and global well-being.


Getting others to understand is another matter altogether, particularly when political football and government bureaucracy are at play. Of the 24 initiatives proposed by the president, only two have been fully implemented.


One of the initiatives from the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is a new cyber-security compliance reporting policy that involves using a new software system called Cyberscope. But according to an InformationWeek article, it doesn't look likely to happen by the Nov. 15 deadline. The article stated:

In all, only 15% of the high-ranking government IT officials who were surveyed as part of the study in July said they had used CyberScope. While those who had used the tool rated it with an "A" or "B" grade, the rest largely say they don't understand CyberScope's goals and submission requirements.

I have to wonder if it is not understanding how Cyberscope works or the typical government resistance to change. This may seem like a small thing in the grand scope of cyber security, but improving and streamlining the method in which security reports are filed (as opposed the usual government stacks of paper) could improve overall security issues within the federal government. When you think of the type of information the government agencies handle, better security should be a top concern for all of us.

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