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GAO Report: outcome-based measures would assist DHS in assessing effectiveness of cybersecurity efforts

from IAEM

After GAO identified the protection of systems supporting the nation's critical infrastructure — which includes the communications sector — as a government-wide high-risk area, the agency was asked to: (1) identify the roles of and actions taken by key federal entities to help protect communications networks from cyber-based threats; (2) assess what is known about the extent to which cyber incidents affecting the communications networks have been reported to the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); and (3) determine if the Department of Defense's pilot programs to promote cybersecurity in the defense industrial base can be used in the communications sector. To do this, GAO focused on core and access networks that support communication services, as well as critical components supporting the Internet. GAO analyzed federal agency policies, plans, and other documents; interviewed officials; and reviewed relevant reports. The GAO report released on Apr. 3, 2013, recommends that the Secretary of Homeland Security should direct the appropriate officials within DHS to collaborate with its public and private sector partners to develop, implement, and track sector outcome-oriented performance measures for cyber protection activities related to the nation's communications networks. DHS concurred with GAO's recommendation. Download the report. more

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