"In March 2008, the Committee on National Security Systems (CNSS) delivered to the Executive Office of the President the 2007/2008 CNSS Report, 'An Agenda for Safeguarding National Security Systems,' that described strategic accomplishments of the CNSS and its individual Federal Departments and Agencies to enhance the security of national security systems (NSS) and outlined priorities for 2008. The priorities were categorized under five major focus areas: (1) assured information sharing; (2) managing risk; (3) identity assurance; (4) network resilience for mission assurance; and (5) building and sustaining a superior information assurance workforce. The attached CNSS Progress Report highlights key actions taken in those five focus areas against the 2008 priorities and recommendations. These efforts were consistent with National Security Presidential Directive 54/Homeland Security Presidential Directive 23 and the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative (CNCI). In addition, it is important to note that a significant event occurred in late 2008 when existing CNSS authorities and policies enabled the National Security Agency to engage directly with Departments and Agencies from across the National Security Community to provide situational awareness and advise them on current threats to our networks. This activity ensured the delivery of a consistent message across the Federal Government; promoted a sense of urgency and enhanced the level of cooperation among all affected Federal Departments and Agencies; and increased the sharing of information to defend critical NSS."
Committee on National Security Systems: http://www.cnss.gov