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Senate panel rejects weakening FISMA bill

Senate panel rejects weakening FISMA bill
Senate panel rejects weakening FISMA bill

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By Mary Mosquera
September 17, 2008

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee today 
considered a bill that would raise the bar for agencies to prove that 
they adequately protect sensitive information, and rejected an amendment 
that would weaken the measure.

Under the provisions of the Federal Information Security Management Act 
of 2008, S. 3474, agencies would implement security measures to fit the 
risk and degree of harm that would result from the loss of an agency's 
information, or from unauthorized access to that information.

The bill would provide for the Homeland Security Department to conduct 
penetration testing of civilian agencies=E2=80=99 systems and for Congress to 
evaluate agencies=E2=80=99 information security plans.

The legislation would also establish a Chief Information Security 
Officers Council so agency CISOs could share best practices. The measure 
also would enlarge the authority of agency CISOs to enforce compliance 
in consultation and collaboration with the chief information officer. 
Under current law, the CISO=E2=80=99s job is to assure compliance.


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