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White House Issues Rules for Security Reporting

A new White House memo sets out the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) standards for federal agencies. All agencies must comply with the FISMA standard and report security practices for information under agency control. The standard also extends obligations to agency contractors. By November 15, 2010, all agencies must be capable of monitoring all information traffic on their networks; and make reports to CyberScope, a platform launched last year to provide a single government-wide security management tool for FISMA reports. The Memorandum included requirements to respond to breaches of personal information. Agency Inspectors General will provide oversight of agency FISMA compliance. For more information, see EPIC's Cybersecurity page.

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