DHS requires agencies to provide network monitoring data

Wednesday - 6/16/2010, 5:07pm EDT

Matt Coose, Director of the Federal Network Service, DHS

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  • Continuous network monitoring is something you're being asked to do under FISMA. And you now have to provide the DHS with the data behind your agency's monitoring efforts. Matt Coose, the Director of the Federal Network Service at Homeland Security's National Cyber Security Division, gives us details about what this really means. (Click on the audio link above to listen to our interview with Coose.)
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