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CyberScope is

an interactive data collection tool that has the capability to receive data feeds on a recurring basis to assess the security posture of a federal agency's information infrastructure. Agencies are required to use this tool to respond to reporting metrics.[1]

Overview Edit

Launched by the federal Office of Management and Budget on October 19, 2009, CyberScope is a security reporting tool. OMB mandated that agencies use CyberScope for submitting their information security data to OMB. CyberScope has the capability to receive data feeds on a recurring basis to assess the security posture of a federal agency's information infrastructure. According to OMB, this tool allows agencies to report security data on a more frequent basis.

Beginning in 2011, agencies were required to report data on a monthly basis, rather than the previous quarterly basis.

To gain access to CyberScope, users must authenticate with their Homeland Security Presidential Directive 12 compliant credential that contains a digital certificate and personal identification number through OMB's Max Portal. Authenticated users are then directed to CyberScope to input or review FISMA-related data. Figure 1 shows a high-level view of CyberScope's system and encryption architecture.

CyberScope

References Edit

  1. Federal Information Security: Mixed Progress in Implementing Program Components; Improved Metrics Needed to Measure Effectiveness, at 6 n.11.

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