Former OMB Officials Push for Cybersecurity Workaround

October 23, 2012

Cybersecurity legislation might have failed, a potential cyber executive order might be facing opposition, budgets might be stretched thin, but that doesn’t mean that federal cybersecurity can’t be greatly improved.

A report released by the Center for Strategic and International Studies suggests the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) take action to direct agencies to reallocate resources dedicated to cybersecurity. Three of the five authors of the report are former OMB officials, and sources said that the proposal is likely to be taken up by the agency.

The proposal is based on a suggestion that OMB rewrite the guidelines included in OMB Circular A-130, a document that directs agencies to produce a variety of reports based on other federal obligations. The authors suggest that eliminating some of these reports, some of which have long been criticized by cyber experts as a waste of time and money — in particular Federal Information Security Management Act reports — and dedicating the savings toward continuous monitoring and other security solutions could greatly improve security without additional cost.

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