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DHS Outlines New Monthly FISMA Compliance Requirements

CyberScope represents a major shift in the way federal agencies report FISMA
Federal agencies must begin reporting security data to an online compliance tool as part of fiscal year 2011 requirements for the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) outlined new requirements for FISMA, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) security standard for federal IT solutions. One of them calls for agencies to establish monthly data feeds to CyberScope, a compliance tool developed to help the feds to better and more actively monitor cybersecurity.

The tool was announced in late 2009 under then U.S. CIO Vivek Kundra, who at the time said it would help the feds not merely "collect information for information's sake," but work to actively improve its security posture.

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