Small agencies see the potential in OMB’s new cybersecurity plan


March 3, 2016

Small agencies say the administration’s new Cybersecurity National Action Plan (CNAP) could provide the path they need to collaborate and collectively address federal cyber challenges.

“The CIOs, the CISOs are working together saying, we collectively have these issues, how collectively can we address them?” said Mark Kneidinger, director of cybersecurity and communication at the Homeland Security Department’s National Protection and Programs Directorate, during an Independent Telecommunications Pioneer Association (ITPA) discussion March 3. “That drove the CNAP and then obviously the broader budget perspective.”

The directives in the administration’s new cyber plan, which President Barack Obama included in his 2017 budget request, are based off discussions IT leaders had during the 30-day cyber sprint and when developing the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP).

According to the administration’s plan, small agencies will tap into a shared services environment to help them address challenges in developing cyber technology, implementing new policies and hiring talented experts.

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