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Information security is an integral element of sound management. Information and computer systems are critical assets that support the mission of an organization. Protecting them can be as important as protecting other organizational resources, such as money, physical assets, or employees. However, including security considerations in the management of information and computers does not completely eliminate the possibility that these assets will be harmed.
Ultimately, responsibility for the success of an organization lies with its senior management. They establish the organization's computer security program and its overall program goals, objectives, and priorities in order to support the mission of the organization. They are also responsible for ensuring that required resources are applied to the program.
Collaboration with a number of entities is critical for success. Federally, we collaborate with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), the National Security Agency (NSA), the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council, and all Executive Branch agencies. We also work closely with a number of information technology organizations and standards bodies, as well as public and private organizations.
Major initiatives in this area include the FISMA Implementation Project; extended outreach initiatives and information security training, awareness and education; and producing and updating NIST Special Publications on security management topics. Key to the success of this area is our ability to interact with a broad constituency-Federal and nonfederal-in order to ensure that our program is consistent with national objectives related to or impacted by information security.