The Center for Digital Government announced the winners of its third annual Cybersecurity Leadership and Innovation Awards at the McAfee FOCUS ‘13 Security Conference on October 2, 2103. New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority won for upgrading 15,000 desktops and servers with increased security and antivirus capability. Alaska was honored for saving $3.8 million through consolidated security and risk management technology from 10 different areas. Sacramento County also won for moving its email system to the cloud, which improved business continuity during disasters.
The U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on August 13, 2013, that 17 companies have been awarded contracts to provide what is called “continuous diagnostics and mitigation” (CDM) services. McAfee CDM tool suites and technologies figure into 11 of the 17 companies awarded contracts. Combined, the contracts represent a major shift toward standardization and consolidated information security strategies on the civilian side of the U.S. Federal government.
The CDM program helps transform the way federal and other government entities manage their cyber networks through strategically sourced tools and services. This award is the first phase of a long-term effort to enhance the ability of government entities to strengthen the posture of their cyber networks. The CDM program brings an enterprise approach to continuous diagnostics, and allows consistent application of best practices. Learn how the Security Connected platform from McAfee supports CDM.
“The CDM program is a huge step forward for government security,” said Kenneth Kartsen, vice president and head of federal business at McAfee. “The necessary but limited and largely manual check-the-box approach of FISMA (Federal Information Security Management Act) was like looking through a rear-view mirror. By contrast, the CDM program illustrates the real progress DHS and the government are making in cyber security.”
"Conceptually, this should be helpful although there will be deviations in the specifics as NIST develops and DHS implements the voluntary cybersecurity framework,” said Tom Conway, McAfee's director of business development. In particular, Conway said, the CDM program could provide a model for metrics, flexibility, automation and cost-effectiveness. "CDM has to be scalable," he added, which has been a key point raised by industry participants in the NIST framework process.”