Federal Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra sent agency CIOs guidance as part of the 2012 budget request in December. The continuous monitoring mandate also includes the use of Cyberscope to “submit standard data on the health of their IT systems,” Federal News Radio reported.
The efforts to implement more frequent monitoring of systems to protect against system vulnerabilities and attacks fall under the Federal Information Security Management Act.
It has long been a goal to bring FISMA more fully into the 21st century by supporting and mandating more real-time surveying of computer networks.
On the cloud-computing front, OMB repeated its cloud-first call, Federal News Radio reports, while the General Services Administration and the Department of Homeland Security work on security certification guidelines for cloud services, known as FedRAMP.
Also, among the guidance listed in the budget documents are deadlines for the adoption of IPv6 by the end of the fiscal year. Agencies must submit transition plans by April.