Cybersecurity OMB to agencies: CDM success is on you

From: FCW

By Derek B. Johnson


In an Oct. 25 memo, Mulvaney, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, lays down the law, saying, “agencies are solely responsible for the state of their cybersecurity posture and must work closely with DHS in order to accomplish CDM program goals at the agency level.”

The memo instructs agencies that they are responsible for setting up information sharing capabilities to connect to the federal dashboard established by DHS. They are also expected to be accountable for any security problems identified. If agencies want to buy or implement continuous monitoring capabilities outside of those offered through CDM DEFEND, the latest task order contract vehicle, they must first justify the decision to the program office, OMB and the federal CIO.

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