Today, the core missions of federal departments and agencies are in perpetual danger. Across the digital battlefields of cyberspace, threat actors have the upper hand and are pummeling not only the .gov environment but also the infrastructure, industry, and individuals those agencies serve. However, even as cyber attacks grow increasingly frequent and more severe, these critical institutions remain shackled by challenges including legacy infrastructure, ad hoc coordination, and reactive cyber defense operations. Significant year-over-year growth in dedicated .gov cybersecurity spending has improved relative cybersecurity maturity but failed to secure the .gov ecosystem from the ongoing onslaught.
The .gov environment needs a revolution in how it approaches and executes cybersecurity, built around a common operating picture of comprehensive, good federal cybersecurity. The journey starts with a unified, singular federal cybersecurity framework—rooted in industry, governmental, and international best practices—that provides a structured vision for greater security and resilience across .gov. This framework serves as a clear “North Star” that empowers federal cyber leaders and sets federal agencies—from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) to small civilian agencies—on the path to cybersecurity transformation.
This publication details Booz Allen’s federal cybersecurity framework and offers a tangible, attainable roadmap by which federal departments and agencies can achieve a secure and resilient .gov.