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OMB Updating CyberStat Security Assessment Program Ahead of FY20

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Jeff Brody

The Office of Management and Budget is planning to modify its CyberStat program for evaluating agencies’ cybersecurity posture ahead of the next fiscal year, FCW reported Wednesday.

Grant Schneider, the federal chief information security officer, said that the agency is making assessments on the CyberStat initiative, which he confirmed will take place next year, during the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C. Brig. Gen. Greg Touhill, the previous federal CISO, noted that prior CyberStat efforts weren't able to leverage programs like Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation, which was still undergoing development at that time. 

According to Schneider, more recent CyberStat reviews have implemented increasingly holisitic approaches to analyzing agencies' potential obstacles to meeting foundational cybersecurity standards. Multiple agencies also reported that CyberStat helped improve their cybersecurity practices, according to a prior Government Accountability Office audit.