Government Makes Strides Sharing Cyber Threat Information

Nextgov | January 02, 2020

Most federal agencies continue to improve the cyber threat data they share but several barriers remain, according to a joint report submitted to Congress in December. The report was compiled by the inspectors general of seven agencies legally responsible for executing the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015, which created a framework for the voluntary sharing of cyber threat indicators and defensive measures between federal agencies and the private sector. The CISA Act applies to the departments of Commerce, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and requires IGs from those agencies to compile Congressional reports on the law’s implementation every two years.

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This video explains whether United States citizenship is required to work for the Federal Government. Employment of non-citizens. Federal agencies may only employ United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) in the competitive service. However, Federal agencies may request OPM approval to appoint a non-citizen, if no qualified U.S. citizens are available.

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