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OMB considering cybersecurity standardization

Office of Management and Budget officials are considering standardizing the cybersecurity business processes of agencies in order to save money, increase security and help those with small information technology budgets. A task force led by the Homeland Security Department and OMB officials will meet in March to consider whether the consolidation of common processes, services and technologies regarding security could improve performance while reducing costs. About $4 billion is spent each year securing federal information technology; an OMB official speculated that 40 percent of that is spent on processes that are common among agencies. The task force would examine how much of the $4 billion is spent on actual security improvements rather than duplicative administrative functions. Full Story

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