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GAO: US Department of Defense Needs to Improve Cyber Incident Reporting and Sharing

The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) says that the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to do a better job of reporting and sharing information about cybersecurity incidents. While DoD has taken steps that have reduced the number of cyber incidents it experiences, the agency “hasn’t fully implemented its processes for managing cyber incident, doesn’t have complete data on cyber incidents that staff report, and doesn’t document whether it notifies individuals whose personal data is compromised in a cyber incident.”


  • The trend of DOD incidents in the GAO report indicates things are heading in the right direction overall, this is about completing initiatives designed to properly collect/report and act on that information. When collecting incident information make sure that you have all the relevant information. Review the collection process to make sure it’s still adequate. Then make sure you know what gets reported on what timeline. Verify that those reporting lines are not only functional but also include appropriate data handling to ensure that appropriate confidentiality and integrity is maintained. Make sure that projects needed to support these efforts complete. Some may need reassignment to achieve success.


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