Subcommittee Joint Hearing: CDM: Government Perspectives on Security and Modernization

Subcommittee on Information Technology
Subcommittee on Information Technology
Hearing Date: March 20, 2018 2:00 pm HVC-210

PURPOSE:
  • To examine the status of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Program rollout at specific agencies.
  • To examine impediments to full deployment of CDM, such as lack of funds, lack of training, and issues with contracting vehicles.
BACKGROUND:
  • In 2012, DHS initiated the CDM program to provide hardware, software, and services to support activities designed to strengthen the security posture of the .gov networks. Currently, DHS is working with 70 departments and agencies to deploy CDM in four phases.
  • DHS oversees the procurement, operations, and maintenance of diagnostic sensors and dashboards deployed at each participating agency. The CDM program enables federal agencies to expand their diagnostic capabilities by increasing their network sensor capabilities, automating sensor collections, and prioritizing risk alerts.
  • At the end of 2017, DHS launched a federal-level dashboard that takes input from agency-level dashboards to provide situational awareness across the government.

Witnesses and testimonies

Name Title Organization Panel Document
David Garcia Chief Information Officer U.S. Office of Personnel Management Document
Max Everett Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of Energy Document
Scott Blackburn Acting Chief Information Officer U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Document
Kevin Cox CDM Program Manager Department of Homeland Security Document