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Tony Scott: WH Seeks to Further Govt IT Security Measures After ‘Cyber Sprint’

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The White House has unveiled a new multi-agency plan to address remaining federal information technology security gaps following a 30-day Cybersecurity Sprint that occurred earlier this year.

U.S. Chief Information Officer Tony Scott wrote in a blog post published Friday the Cybersecurity Strategy Implementation Plan focuses on furthering government data and infrastructure protection, incident detection and response, talent recruitment and retention and emerging technology implementation efforts.

He said the Office of Management and Budget launched the sprint in June for agencies to patch system vulnerabilities, tighten privileged access and adopt personal identity verification cards or other authentication tools.

The White House found that federal agency usage of strong authentication systems increased by 30 percent during the sprint.

As of October, authentication technology adoption in the federal government climbed to more than 80 percent, according to Scott.

He added the Obama administration also proposed guidance for agencies to manage privacy and security of federal information resources as well as to incorporate cybersecurity into the acquisition process as part of the administration’s broader IT protection strategy.

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