DHS issues mandate for agencies to beef up their email, web security

Fifth Domain: The Department of Homeland Security announced a binding operational directive (BOD) to all federal agencies, ordering them to enhance their email and web security through specific programs.

DHS plans for agencies to adopt email and web security standards akin to ones found in the private sector, specifically when it comes to phishing emails, spam minimization and the protection of the confidentiality and integrity of internet delivered data.

Binding operational directives are compulsory orders to all federal agencies as a means to better protect federal information systems and technology. DHS creates and manages binding operational directives with regard to the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014.

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