Automate for Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation
Eight years into DHS’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) Dynamic and Evolving Federal Enterprise Network Defense (DEFEND) program, agencies have reported significant strides in adoption. But just as quickly as we have adopted a continuous diagnostics and mitigation approach, our adversaries are finding ways to thwart it. With the uptick of telework during COVID-19, agencies must quickly evolve to protect the vital cloud and mobile environments that make Federal work-from-home possible.
What agencies are saying about continuous diagnostics and mitigation
As a member of the CDM approved provider list (APL), SteelCloud recently sponsored a webinar and research study with MeriTalk titled “CDM, The Next Chapter”. More than 100 federal and industry stakeholders were surveyed and revealed:
- 59% say agencies are integrating continuous diagnostics and mitigation into their overall cyber strategies
- 90%, however, believe adversaries are outpacing their efforts
- Stakeholders say cloud computing, automation and zero trust (in that order) are the top three strategies critical to success
- Agencies, however, estimate just 45% of their current CDM processes are automated
Automation makes continuous diagnostics and mitigation possible
Leveraging cloud computing offers increased scalability, agility and modernization to the mix. And zero trust increases system vigilance. But automation is what makes CDM feasible for stakeholders to adopt. Automation improves response times and efficiency, while reducing to pressure of continuous action for your workforce.
ConfigOS can continually automate your hardening process
SteelCloud’s ConfigOS automation software is an integral tool in the continuous diagnostics and mitigation effort and a key cybersecurity automation offering on the CDM approved provider list. ConfigOS allows you to quickly establish a DISA STIG- (Security Technical Implementation Guide) or CIS- (Center for Information Security) compliant environment. Better yet, it can harden any system in about an hour, eliminating weeks of effort. Because of this, it is the ideal tool for CDM—continually scanning, remediating, and reporting on system vulnerabilities.
Even in the largest network environments, ConfigOS can easily remediate every endpoint, every day. Proven in every environment, including classified, tactical, weapon systems, air-gapped labs, and the commercial cloud, ConfigOS is a powerful tool for continuous diagnostics and mitigation.
Learn more about how we can we move you closer to CDM DEFEND adoption as a CDM approved provider!