NASA Faces Down New Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

It’s not surprising NASA has a lot of technology to protect — it is, after all, the agency that put men on the moon. But the space agency is now taking steps to enhance its cybersecurity, in part by embracing a key Department of Homeland Security program and also by coordinating its own efforts internally.

In November, NASA began implementing the first phase of the DHS’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, a NASA official told FedScoop. Meanwhile, following a report from NASA’s Office of Inspector General about safety concerns regarding the agency’s operational technology, NASA says it is working to harmonize its cybersecurity efforts.

In 2013, DHS teamed up with the General Services Administration on a five-year, $6-billion effort to give civilian agencies the tools and services required to monitor their IT systems and then respond almost instantaneously to vulnerabilities. CDM allows agencies to identify cybersecurity risks on

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