Tech trends present greatest threat to federal agencies

Monday - 11/23/2009, 4:26pm EST

Larry Poneman

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Cybersecurity Update

It appears that cloud computing and other technology trends present the greatest security risks to government systems.

Almost eight in 10 federal IT executives to responded to a Ponemon Institute study (pdf) are concerned that collaboration software opens up security holes.

The study covered 217 senior IT executives in civilian and defense agencies.

Larry Poneman is chairman of the Institute and discusses the survey with us.

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An interagency working group is developing governmentwide competency models for cybersecurity workers.

The Office of Personnel Management, the Chief Information Officers Council, the Chief Human Capital Officer's Council and the National Security Council will identify the critical elements for the new framework.

Agencies must submit information about their cybersecurity workforce to the task force by Jan. 15 that covers position descriptions, vacancy announcements, crediting plans, training plans, performance management plans and any studies or competency models for cybersecurity work the department already is using.

The working group also wants information on each agency's recruitment efforts, its challenges around recruiting and its progress toward bringing in cybersecurity workers. Read more here.

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