Census automates IT risk management

Census automates IT risk management

The Census Bureau has signed a $287,000 contract with Xacta Corp. of Ashburn, Va., to use its IA Manager software for security compliance and risk management.

The three-year licensing deal lets the bureau do unlimited certification and accreditation assessments, required under the Federal Information Security Management Act.

Census has 12,000 employees and is responsible for conducting a full population census every 10 years, along with economic censuses every five years. It also produces reports on a continuous basis and makes raw data and analyses available online.

The goal of the new tool is to integrate regulatory compliance activities into day-to-day operations.

IA Manager helps automate IT security management and creates a consistent and repeatable assessment of system security. Scanning tools gather data on system status and compliance with security policy. Once baseline assessments are done, it can be configured to automatically update risk and compliance posture and produce certification and accreditation documentation, as well as FISMA compliance reporting.

The software also will let Census synchronize and automate risk management and remediation activities.

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