ABSTRACT

Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency: Actions Needed to Ensure Organizational Changes Result in More Effective Cybersecurity for Our Nation, Report to Congressional Requesters   [open pdf - 2MB]

From the Highlights: "Threats to the nation's critical infrastructures and the information technology systems that support them require a concerted effort among federal agencies; state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; and the private sector to ensure their security. The seriousness of the threat was reinforced by the December 2020 discovery of a cyberattack that has had widespread impact on government agencies, critical infrastructures, and private-sector companies. Federal legislation enacted in November 2018 established CISA [Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency] to advance the mission of protecting federal civilian agencies' networks from cyber threats and to enhance the security of the nation's critical infrastructures in the face of both physical and cyber threats. To implement this legislation, CISA undertook a three-phase organizational transformation initiative aimed at unifying the agency, improving mission effectiveness, and enhancing the workplace experience for CISA employees. GAO was asked to review CISA's organizational transformative initiative and its ability to coordinate effectively with stakeholders. The objectives of GAO's review were to (1) describe CISA's organizational transformation initiative, (2) assess the current progress of the initiative, (3) determine the extent to which CISA's transformation efforts align with key practices for effective agency reform, and (4) identify any challenges in CISA's coordination with stakeholders, and assess strategies the agency has developed to address such challenges."

Report Number:
GAO-21-236
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Date:
2021-03
Copyright:
Public Domain
Retrieved From:
Government Accountability Office: https://www.gao.gov/
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pdf
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application/pdf
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