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DHS’ Jeanette Manfra: Agencies Should Adopt ‘Risk-Based’ IT Governance, Procurement Methods

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Jeanette Manfra, assistant secretary for cybersecurity and communications at the Department of Homeland Security, has said she believes federal agencies should factor risks into information technology governance and procurement efforts, FedTech Magazine reported Tuesday.

Manfra told audience during her keynote address at the 2017 Symantec Government Symposium held Tuesday that agencies make cybersecurity decisions based on risks their missions currently face and update outdated IT platforms that potentially create network vulnerabilities.

DHS introduced the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation program to help address potential threats, assist agencies on the monitoring of IT systems and instantaneously react to potential vulnerabilities based on the issue’s level of severity.

“The government should aim to automate and correlate the threat data it is getting from CDM,” said Manfra.

The department also established a federal dashboard designed to serve as a governmentwide threat awareness platform using data collected from other agency dashboards.

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