[ISN] Long-awaited FISMA Reforms May Hit Stumbling Block

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2014/11/long-awaited-fisma-reforms-hit-stumbling-block/98294/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com November 5, 2014 The House and Senate have hit a road bump trying to update a 2002 law that collects binders of paper once a year, as a way of monitoring federal computer security. Folding an overhaul of the Federal Information Security Management Act, or FISMA, into an annual must-pass defense law is one possibility for swift enactment, a congressional aide said. But other sources familiar with negotiations say inclusion of FISMA in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act is now unlikely. “As of now, we’re hearing there are no plans to include FISMA in NDAA,” an industry source said on the condition of anonymity. “Historically, the chambers want to keep NDAA clean, and there are provisions in FISMA that are raising concerns.” The source declined to expand on the sticking points. For going on half a decade, a bipartisan assortment of lawmakers have dropped what they consider high-priority proposals to mandate near real-time tracking of cyber vulnerabilities. […]