OMB touts federal cybersecurity improvements

The Office of Management and Budget last week said the security of federal IT is at the highest level ever.

In the fiscal 2004 Federal Information Security Management Act report sent to Congress, the administration said agencies had certified and accredited 77 percent of 8,623 systems as safe. And agencies have tested management, operation and technical controls for 76 percent of their applications.

These are significant improvements from 2003, when agencies reported that they had certified 62 percent of 7,998 systems and tested security controls for 64 percent of systems.

OMB also noted that agencies built security costs into the overall price of a project for 85 percent of all systems and tested contingency plans for 57 percent of all apps.

'The federal government has made significant progress in identifying and addressing its security weaknesses,' OMB said.

The administration says agencies need to improve their action plans for improving security weaknesses. The report also calls on agencies continue to refine their certification and accreditation processes.

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