Feb 19 2015

The Evolution of Federal Cybersecurity

More than a decade has passed since Congress approved comprehensive legislation for securing government systems. Federal cybersecurity has come a long way since then, but agencies must continue to evolve as cyberthreats persist.

December 2002:

Congress passes the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002, requiring agencies to develop, document and implement an information security program.

January 2008:

President George W. Bush launches the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative to help secure the U.S. in cyberspace.

February 2013:

President Barack Obama issues Executive Order 13636 — Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, to boost security of the nation’s most critical systems.

October 2014:

New guidance from the Office of Management and Budget empowers DHS to scan civilian networks on a regular and urgent basis.

December 2014:

Congress passes five cybersecurity bills, including provisions to update FISMA and improve the DHS cybersecurity workforce.

February 2015:

President Obama issues an executive order to promote private-sector information sharing.

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