Census Bureau Isn’t Properly Managing Its Risk Management Review System

NextGov: The Census Bureau has shown it understands the best practices around cybersecurity risk management and has an automated reporting system but didn’t follow its own advice, leading to poor, uninformed management decisions, according to a new watchdog report.

As the amount of data and interconnected systems and devices grow exponentially, it is impractical to apply top-level cybersecurity to every aspect of an agency network. Instead, experts—including cybersecurity leaders from the Homeland Security Department and National Institute of Standards and Technology—recommend using a risk management framework to focus resources on the areas that need the most attention.

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