Where the CDM Program Is Headed in 2019

From: FedTech

DHS’ marquee cybersecurity initiative has room to grow this year, and the agency will soon implement a risk score for other agencies.

by Phil Goldstein

This year will be a significant one for the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program, as more agencies adopt its tools and as DHS rolls out new ones to enhance government IT security.

A report from the Government Accountability Office, released in January, makes clear that agencies still have a way to go in deploying all of the CDM program’s tools, though progress has been made. Meanwhile, DHS is moving ahead with plans to launch a new cybersecurity risk score for agencies.


Shutdown hits CISA’s transition

From: FCW

By Derek B. Johnson


“The challenge is that you’re trying to stand up a new entity amidst a government shutdown that is paralyzing your ability to do procurements, to hire people where there are fairly significant vacancy rates in [Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation] and Einstein already,” said Cummiskey.

The cyber policy portfolio at DHS has grown significantly since the 2013 shutdown, adding new responsibilities in election security, implementing new systems and programs like CDM and Automated Indicator Sharing. But during a lapse in appropriations, operations revert to an emergency-only stance.

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