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CRS Recommends Actions To Enhance Federal Cybersecurity Management


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The Congressional Research Service (“CRS”) offered recommendations to Congress that would
enhance federal cybersecurity management.

In its report, CRS defined cybersecurity as a risk management
process that involves continual efforts to (i) identify
cybersecurity threats, (ii) protect against potential cybersecurity
incidents and (iii) detect, respond and recover from such
cybersecurity incidents.

CRS recommended that Congress consider:

  • simplifying and unifying the U.S. Code to facilitate
    streamlined congressional supervision of federal agencies and
    clarify their cybersecurity requirements;

  • the parameters and impact of mandatory cybersecurity reporting
    requirements, including (i) who must report, (ii) which events
    necessitate reporting, (iii) the type of information that should be
    reported and when, (iv) to whom the report should be sent, (v) how
    the report will be processed and (vi) how the reported information
    will be shared;

  • imposing minimum spending levels for agencies’
    cybersecurity efforts;

  • the sharing of cybersecurity services among agencies by
    provisioning resources from each agency to a central agency to
    allow the federal government to make better use of limited
    resources; and

  • the acceleration of the adoption of “next-generation
    cybersecurity services.”

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