CDM Central

Perhaps the most ambitious and transformational information security project ever attempted by the Federal government – the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program – is set to go under the microscope on October 10 at MeriTalk’s CDM Central conference dedicated to navigating the Federal cybersecurity roadmap.

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Now seven years from the launch of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, aimed at engineering lasting improvement in Federal agency network security, the move from legacy to cloud-based infrastructure is accelerating rapidly toward the next world of managed services.

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A plethora of still-developing advanced technologies – plus new systemic approaches that recognize the growing dominance of cloud and managed services – will be key drivers of security improvements for Federal agencies several years from now as they continue to implement the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program.

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It’s an interesting time to take stock of DHS CISA’S Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program – the big question, seven years in, is CDM improving Federal cyber security?  That’s what Hill leaders want to know – and that’s why MeriTalk surveyed 160 Federal government and industry CDM stakeholders to grade the program’s effectiveness. 

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goal plan is likely to meet its fiscal year 2019 target for Federal agencies having capabilities to manage user access and privileges that will be monitored on the Federal CDM Dashboard.

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A sampling of many of the most important private-sector players supplying technology and services through the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program reveals optimism about the pace of Federal agency implementation of the program.

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Kevin Cox, program manager for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, today detailed several priorities for the program office in FY2020 that begins next month. Those include focus on the Agency-Wide Adaptive Risk Enumeration (AWARE) algorithm, the new dashboard ecosystem, enterprise mobility management, cloud security, and protection of high-value assets.

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Reps. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, and Ro Khana, D-Calif., announced today that they will formally introduce the Advancing Continuous Diagnostics Mitigation (CDM) Act later this week. The House bill, which was dropped off on the House floor today, is identical to its Senate companion bill which was introduced on July 30.

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Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, confirmed to MeriTalk that he will reintroduce the Advancing Cybersecurity Continuing Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Act. His office said to expect the bill “within the next month or so.”

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While the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is here to stay for Federal agencies, taking proper approaches to data classification, collection, and analysis are key components to optimizing the program’s aims, security experts said last week at MeriTalk’s Cyber Security Brainstorm event.

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John Felker, who last month was named assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Integrated Operations Division (IOD), on Thursday discussed IOD’s plans to integrate operations of CISA’s three primary component organizations in order to produce better cyber threat data intelligence that will include inputs from Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) programs implemented by Federal agencies.

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MeriTalk recently connected with George Young, Vice President of U.S. Public Sector at Elastic, for insight into how the Department of Homeland Security’s CDM (Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation) Program might soon evolve.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program aimed at helping Federal agencies fundamentally improve network security is moving ahead in a number of significant, future-leaning areas at the program level to advance its broad cybersecurity mission.

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News emerged on May 9 that a Russian hacker collective known as Fxmsp claimed to have breached three major U.S.-based antivirus companies. The hackers said they “worked tirelessly” for the first quarter of 2019 to obtain access to the companies’ internal networks, where they extracted sensitive antivirus source code, artificial intelligence models, web security software, and security plug-ins.

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The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program is currently piloting the CDM Aware algorithm at different agencies, but there’s uncertainty as to whether a full implementation will be ready by October, while a soft roll out may still be in play, said Jeanette Manfra, assistant director for Cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).

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A draft Homeland Security budget released by the House Appropriations Committee today offers $2 billion in funding for the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, $408 million more than the Trump administration’s budget request.

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has awarded a six-year, $276 million dollar contract to ECS Federal to develop the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dashboard, which will enable better visibility into the data generated by sensors, according to a post on the Federal Procurement Data System.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program expects to announce the award of a new contract this week for dashboard ecosystem technology that will better integrate at both the Federal agency and DHS level security data generated through the CDM program.

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While the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program has been successful in driving security deeper into Federal networks, an agency program manager warned this week that without funding for agency IT departments, much of CDM’s progress could be set back.

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The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program office is preparing to work with five Federal government agencies on data protection management efforts, CDM Program Manager Kevin Cox said today at an event organized by RSA and the Advanced Technology Academic Research Center (ATARC).

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Less than two weeks after the end of the partial Federal government shutdown and with the looming threat of another such disruption coming on Feb. 15, will Federal government IT officials in large numbers be making the trip out west to the U.S.’s preeminent cybersecurity conference next month?

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Cyber Security Brainstorm

A former Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Thursday she believes that while the agency’s core cybersecurity operations are holding up through the partial Federal government shutdown, other important IT security initiatives appear to be lying fallow until the agency receives funding to operate and pay its employees.

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Cyber Security Brainstorm

With emerging technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain continuing to reveal their capabilities to the marketplace, Federal IT leaders discussed the potential–and the pitfalls–of implementing new technology in government during a Thursday session at an event hosted by the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

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MeriTalk recently connected with Ted Girard, Vice President Public Sector, Okta, on how agencies can get the most out of the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program to navigate on-premise, cloud, and mobile security. MeriTalk:  How does CDM align with the transition from legacy systems to the cloud? Ted Girard:  While the initial CDM phases […]

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