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FISMA Failing

Shades of SOX complaints: the U.S. GAO reports that the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) is failing:

When we go out and conduct our security control reviews at federal agencies, we often find serious and significant vulnerabilities in systems that have been certified and accredited. Part of it, I think, is just that agencies may be focusing on just trying to get the systems certified and accredited but not effectively implementing the processes that the certification and accreditation is supposed to reflect.

Q&A: Federal info security isn’t just about FISMA compliance, auditor says, Most agencies still have security gaps, according to Gregory Wilshusen, by Jaikumar Vijayan Computerworld, June 14, 2007

Sounds like they haven’t implemented numerous simple security measures that were known before FISMA, they don’t have processes to do so, and they don’t adequately report what they’re doing, even with FISMA. What to do?

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