Enhancing Federal Cybersecurity through Continuous Monitoring

January 2014
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Enhancing Federal Cybersecurity through Continuous Monitoring

At a glance

Federal agencies have increasingly complex requirements placed upon them to report performance metrics and other data to OMB, Congress, and other stakeholders. At the same time, the multitude of disparate information system present in many agencies make obtaining visibility into an agency’s performance complex and time consuming.

The federal government has identified improving cybersecurity as one of 14 cross-agency priority goals. The objective is to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of federal information, and information systems, in a dynamic threat landscape.

As part of the government’s effort to bolster cybersecurity, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has developed the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program. Under the Program, federal agencies have been directed to implement continuous monitoring of their IT assets and operational environments by the end of fiscal year 2017.