government 0710 2Cybersecurity at the federal level requires an evolution, one that shifts from a compliance-based security focus to one centered on security operations and monitoring. As the Obama administration pushes for legislation, federal CIOs and IT security specialists are rethinking strategy and layering in the technologies needed to fortify the nation¹s digital defenses. It is a difficult and challenging problem, and many things will contribute to the overall solution set, but with the federal government budgeting $80 to $90 billion this year on IT, and several large-scale initiatives in place, such as the DNSSEC standard, many experts have cause for optimism.