Tuesday, October 7, 2014

OMB gives DHS new powers to scan some civilian agency networks for cyber threats

OMB added this new requirement for DHS to scan civilian agency networks in the aftermath of the Heartbleed vulnerability. During that time, DHS had to get permission from agencies to scan their networks, which delayed its mitigation strategy by a few days.

DHS made it clear in May during a House hearing that it needed Congress to give it more authorities to scan agency networks.

Andy Ozment, the assistant secretary of the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications in DHS, told Federal News Radio in an interview before OMB issued the FISMA guidance that when DHS doesn't have the explicit authorities that it needs and Congress wants them to have, it makes everything harder.


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