Network Security, Vulnerability Management

DHS algorithm to assess federal agencies’ cyber posture

Federal agencies are reportedly feeding data into a special algorithm introduced by the  Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in order to assess their cyber posture scores.

This Agency-Wide Adaptive Risk Enumeration (AWARE) algorithm should go into full production by fiscal year 2020, news outlet GCN reported yesterday, citing a public presentation yesterday by DHS Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Program Manager Kevin Cox.

Calling it synonymous to a credit score, the AWARE score will allow government agencies to compare their cyber hygiene efforts to other fellow agencies. Scores will incorporate whether agencies have properly patches known vulnerabilities alerts and if they have properly configured their systems, Nextgov states in its own report. Different vulnerabilities will be weighted based on how old and critical they are.

“Eventually what we want to do is get the AWARE score down to the system level,” said Cox, according to Nextgov. “If I am an agency and I have a system connecting out to another agency’s system and I want to make sure that I’m not connecting to a system that’s not properly managed, I could take a look at their AWARE score..."

Bradley Barth

As director of multimedia content strategy at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for online conferences, webcasts, podcasts video/multimedia projects — often serving as moderator or host. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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