Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Securing the Public Sector: The need for secure software for government agencies

Today more than ever, information security is at the top of the agenda for many government agencies. The government has repeatedly received low grades on the overall state of its security and implementation of security policies, and is now facing increased legal pressure to ensure that the mission-critical systems driving the nation's infrastructure are truly secured. To drive this effort, an array of new laws and regulations have been passed and guidelines have been issued that require government IT staff to analyze their systems, implement appropriate processes and procedures, and determine what products may need to be purchased to achieve demonstrably improved security.

The stark truth behind these evolving laws and guidelines is that even in the face of the widespread deployment of protective solutions such as firewalls, antivirus, and intrusion prevention products, attacks continue to succeed. This Ounce Labs Industry Spotlight will examine the guidelines and regulatory requirements adopted by the U.S. government in the light of this continuing national security risk, and their implications for security strategy.

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