Assets Visibility and Risk management Role in Enhancing Federal IoT Inventory Cybersecurity Posture
A Timely Directive from The White House, regarding the Internet of Things (IoT) inventory management to enhance the cybersecurity framework of the U.S. government.
The White House (whitehouse.gov), through a memo released by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Shalanda Young on December 4, has underscored an urgent need in our digital landscape. The need for federal agencies to prioritize creating Internet of Things, IoT inventories of their assets by the end of fiscal year 2024. This initiative is aimed at bolstering the cybersecurity infrastructure of the United States Government.
The memo is clear in its directive. “Agency chief information officers (CIO) will establish an enterprise-wide IoT inventory of their agency’s assets to enhance the U.S. Government’s overall cybersecurity posture and to help ensure the integrity of systems.”
Why IoT Inventory Matters
“Agencies must have a clear understanding of the devices connected, IT/OTIoT inventories, within their information systems to gauge cybersecurity risk to their missions and operations,” states the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) memo. In today’s increasingly interconnected and automated world, IoT devices present new, more complex vectors for cyber threats.
Additionally, the 2020 IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act, mandating the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to establish guidelines for IoT devices, plays a crucial role in this scenario. It highlights the importance of aligning agency policies with NIST standards to mitigate cybersecurity threats efficiently.
Sepio’s Role in IoT Inventory Cybersecurity
Sepio, a leader in IT/OT/IoT cybersecurity, offers instrumental expertise for federal agencies in addressing this new mandate.
1. Visibility and Control
Sepio’s trafficless solution provides unparalleled visibility into all connected devices (wired or wireless). This capability is crucial considering the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) emphasis. “An IoT inventory management enables agency CIOs and CISOs to gain visibility over their connected devices and systems, apply appropriate controls… And make risk-based decisions about mitigating cybersecurity threats.”
2. Alignment with NIST Standards:
Sepio’s approach to cybersecurity is in harmony with NIST cybersecurity framework guidelines. Sepio’s solution can help agencies ensure that their IoT devices and networks comply with the recommended standards. Thereby strengthening their security posture.
3. Risk Assessment and Mitigation:
Understanding and mitigating risks associated with IoT cybersecurity and the importance of Internet of Things (IoT) inventories is a significant aspect of the OMB directive, and alignment with other relevant directives (i.e., NDAA section 889b). Sepio’s advanced risk assessment analysis allows agencies to detect and thwart potential threats proactively. Aligning with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) goal of a secure and resilient infrastructure.
4. Supporting Specialized Security Needs:
With Office of Management and Budget (OMB) indicating the formation of a working group for IoT and OT security best practices, Sepio’s experience across various sectors, focusing on converging OT, IT and IoT under a unified Cyber Physical Systems (CPS) solution, breaks away from the inefficient siloed approach and positions it as a valuable resource for this initiative.
As Government and Federal Agencies embark on this vital journey of securing their IoT inventories, Sepio‘s role becomes increasingly significant. Sepio’s advanced solution and expertise not only align with the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) directives but also pave the way for a more secure digital infrastructure for the U.S. Government. In the face of sophisticated cyber threats, Sepio stands as a crucial ally, ensuring a secure and resilient digital future.