OMB Mulling Cybersecurity Guidelines For Contractors

By Jody Godoy (July 30, 2015, 5:01 PM EDT) -- The White House Office of Management and Budget announced on Thursday that it will soon release draft guidance on data security measures for federal contractors.

The agency cited a need to protect federal agency data, which is increasingly stored on contractors' and subcontractors' systems, and said that it will review acquisition and information technology policies currently in place for third-party vendors. The draft guidance will be posted and available for comment at policy.cio.gov, the OMB said.

"The increase in threats facing federal information systems demand that certain issues regarding security of information on these systems is clearly, effectively and consistently addressed...

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