Recommendations attempt to raise acquisition, cyber consciousness

From: 1500AM

By Jason Miller

A new set of recommendations aims to change the entrenched federal acquisition culture. The Defense Department and the General Services Administration made six suggestions Jan. 23 for addressing cybersecurity issues at the very beginning of any procurement.

The goal of the recommendations is to make the federal procurement community more cyber conscious.

“We identified gaps in the acquisition system, and one of the gaps is we don’t often understand what the risk is in terms of cyber in the solution or deliverable we are purchasing, and because we don’t understand the risks, we make decisions that are not informed and end up with a deliverable that doesn’t meet our needs,” said Emile Monette, GSA’s senior adviser for cyber in the Office of Mission Assurance, in an interview with Federal News Radio Wednesday. “The other gap is the risk tolerance of the end user is not always understood by the buyer. We really wanted to bring those two things to the forefront.”

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