DIG IT AWARD FINALIST: CYBERSECURITY
Leading by example on CDM
The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program tackles a Sisyphean task: giving 124 federal civilian agencies and state, local, regional and tribal governments the tools to identify and address network security risks in near-real time.
Based on commercial tools, the CDM program helps standardize cybersecurity reporting, strengthen situational awareness and support risk-based decision-making at the enterprise level. The first task orders for the $6 billion program were issued in 2014, but it’s only in the past year that deployments have started to take hold.
And the Department of Homeland Security, which manages the governmentwide program, has gone to great lengths to adopt CDM itself and demonstrate what it can do for government security.
CDM was conceived years before the 2014 task orders, but until the establishment of a CDM program management office, DHS’ own implementation was far behind schedule and in jeopardy of failing. The CDM team — based in the DHS CIO’s office but working with components across the department — corrected course and successfully implemented CDM Phase 1, Wave 1 as scheduled.
In 2017, DHS became the first federal agency to officially implement a CDM program, and for the first time, senior DHS leaders had a dashboard that shows them what is on the network. More important, that insight allows them to make better-informed decisions on cybersecurity risk assessments — something the department continues to work on with other agencies.
Troy K. Schneider is editor-in-chief of FCW and GCN.
Prior to joining 1105 Media in 2012, Schneider was the New America Foundation’s Director of Media & Technology, and before that was Managing Director for Electronic Publishing at the Atlantic Media Company. The founding editor of NationalJournal.com, Schneider also helped launch the political site PoliticsNow.com in the mid-1990s, and worked on the earliest online efforts of the Los Angeles Times and Newsday. He began his career in print journalism, and has written for a wide range of publications, including The New York Times, WashingtonPost.com, Slate, Politico, National Journal, Governing, and many of the other titles listed above.
Schneider is a graduate of Indiana University, where his emphases were journalism, business and religious studies.
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