October 05, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following statement on the introduction of the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2021:

"FISMA is a cornerstone for U.S. cybersecurity,” said Gordon Bitko, ITI Senior Vice President of Policy for Public Sector. “ITI and our members have consistently advocated for legislative steps to modernize FISMA to ensure it can meet the demands of today’s cyber threats. We believe that these reforms move in the right direction, including the need for modern cybersecurity to be more focused on risk and outcomes and active monitoring of agency security through penetration testing. We also commend the focus on increasing automation as a way to ensure that agencies focus on proactive security measures, not just compliance. Importantly, this measure offers the first clear delineation of the roles and responsibilities of key U.S. government cybersecurity leaders, which will help clarify and streamline the country’s overall cybersecurity posture. Given the designation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) as the lead operational agency, it is crucial that it is appropriately resourced and staffed to take on a greatly expanded mission. We look forward to working with our partners in Congress and the administration to move forward and implement these important reforms.”

Public Policy Tags: Cybersecurity, Public Sector