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Government's security advantage

Although there may be gaps in some federal agencies’ information security strategies, agencies do have a framework that gives them some advantages over the private sector, according to a leading Homeland Security Department (DHS) official. Government and industry face some of the same challenges in the battle to protect against cyberthreats and -attacks, said Sallie McDonald, who oversees the Federal Computer Incident Response Center at DHS. But federal agencies have the Office of Management and Budget to provide oversight, ensuring that they comply with security legislation such as the Government Information Security Reform Act (GISRA) of 2000 and its successor, the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) of 2002, she noted. McDonald was speaking March 27 at a forum conducted by The Information Technology Association of America (ITAA) on the government/industry partnership in securing cyberspace. Full Story

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