Davis, Putnam Acknowledge Federal Computer Security Progress

    Date10 Dec 2003
    CategoryGovernment
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Washington, Dec 9 - Today, the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census released the 2003 Federal Computer Security Report Card.. . . Washington, Dec 9 - Today, the Government Reform Subcommittee on Technology Information Policy, Intergovernmental Relations and the Census released the 2003 Federal Computer Security Report Card.

    This is the 4th consecutive year of the scorecard process, which was started by former subcommittee Chairman Stephen Horn (R-CA). This year's scorecard is based on new reporting requirements under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), legislation authored by Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA). Agency and Inspector General reports were transmitted to the Office of Management Budget in September.

    "The Federal Government should be the standard bearer when it comes to information security. Unfortunately, today's report card indicates anything but that. The Federal Government - overall -- scored a D. While that's an improvement over last year's F, it's nothing to be proud of and much more must be done to secure our government computer networks," said Subcommittee Chairman Adam H. Putnam (R-Fl)

    "I want to commend Chairman Putnam for continuing to shine a light on this important issue," Davis said. "The overarching goal of FISMA was to force the federal government to put its house in order and become a reliable partner in the protection of our information highways. The grades we released today indicate that while some rooms in that house are tidier, too many others are not. Agencies like NRC and NSF deserve credit for making marked improvements to their security and receiving an A grade."

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