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Spotlight: Schmidt outlines three top goals for federal cybersecurity

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Federal cybersecurity czar Howard Schmidt says the Obama administration will now focus on three priority areas needing improvement. In a blog post dated March 23, Schmidt says the Trusted Internet Connection effort to consolidate agency gateways to the Internet, instituting continuous monitoring of federal systems and identity authentication efforts will be his focus under the cross-agency priority goal of improving cybersecurity. The administration has already placed great emphasis on continuous monitoring in its Federal Information Security Management Act guidance. However, it has yet to define what "continuous monitoring" is--how frequent the monitoring must be for it "continuous."