VA CISO speaks to Cyber EO Priorities

“Federal agency chief information security officers (CISOs) talked about several aspects of the Biden administration’s cybersecurity executive order (EO) during a July 15 FedInsider webinar in which they flagged steps agencies should be taking to meet the order’s requirements…”

“Paul Cunningham, deputy assistant secretary and CISO at the Department of Veterans Affairs, emphasized that this means Federal agencies need to understand, for example, what are zero trust principles and where the agency can implement them. But it does not mean that agencies would have to completely abandon the cybersecurity practices they have used over the last several decades, he said.”

“It is asking us to reaffirm our efforts to ensure effective information sharing among agencies and between agencies and cloud service providers,” said Cunningham.

“Additionally, the EO points out the growth of connected devices and the resulting increase in cybersecurity concerns, especially with internet of things (IoT) devices…”

“The EO also states that incremental improvements will not provide needed security measures; instead, bold changes and significant investments in cybersecurity, such as leveraging zero-trust principles, need to happen to defend the vital institutions of the United States…” Read the full article here.

Source: Federal CISOs Point to Cyber EO Priorities – By Lisbeth Perez, July 16, 2021. MeriTalk.

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