The purpose of the Trusted Internet Connections (TIC) initiative, as outlined in the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Memorandum M-09-26, is to enhance network security across the Federal Government. Initially, this was done through the consolidation of external connections and the deployment of common tools at these access points. While this prior work has been invaluable in securing Federal networks and information, the program must adapt to modem architectures and frameworks for government information technology (IT) resource utilization. Accordingly, OMB’s memorandum provides an enhanced approach for implementing the TIC initiative that provides agencies with increased flexibility to use modern security capabilities OMB’s memorandum also establishes a process for ensuring the TIC initiative is agile and responsive to advancements in technology and rapidly evolving threats.
In preparation for the release of OMB’s updated TIC memo, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has performed a number of activities to assist federal agencies towards securing modern architectures. CISA will be releasing draft guidance on how federal agencies can secure modern architectures by the end of the 2019 calendar year.
The TIC PMO continues to coordinate with the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) PMO to support solutions and approaches to support the TIC initiative as agencies are transitioning from Networx to EIS.
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Sean Connelly, Trusted Internet Connection Program Manager