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A Commerce Department cybersecurity center wants to work with industry to combat botnets powered by internet-connected smart devices.
The goal is to enter into cooperative research and development agreements with companies and other organizations that can offer products and technical expertise that will make connected devices more secure, according to the late December notice from the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, located inside Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology.

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The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of E-Government and Information Technology (E-Gov) reported that it undertook a structured approach to identify the top 10 high priority IT programs in reports to Congress in June 2015 and June 2016. Specifically, OMB staff stated that they chose the top 10 programs from a longer list of agency programs requiring additional oversight (referred to as high impact programs). E-Gov staff reported that the high priority programs were already receiving greater oversight than what was provided to the other major programs due to their high impact designation. This additional oversight included frequent meetings with agency Chief Information Officer (CIO) leadership and quarterly meetings with OMB staff. However, the Federal CIO was not directly involved in this oversight. According to E-Gov staff, the Federal CIO does not typically get involved in individual programs due to the large number of programs. However, past experience has shown that Federal CIO involvement has had a significant impact.

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