The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Strengthen Federal Cybersecurity Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) goal plan is likely to meet its fiscal year 2019 target for Federal agencies having capabilities to manage user access and privileges that will be monitored on the Federal CDM Dashboard.

With a target of 42 percent of Federal agencies having CDM capabilities, the CAP goal is on track after starting out at zero percent in Q1. The National Science Foundation, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Agency of International Development, and 13 non-CFO Act agencies successfully set up data exchanges of user access’ and privileges with the Federal Dashboard.

According to a new CAP goal update, as part of the President’s Management Agenda, the CAP goal sought 100 percent of Federal agencies to use CDM tools and CDM data feeds for Q4 for FY19.

Currently, 98 percent of participating Federal agencies have active CDM data feeds into the Federal Dashboard. All 23 agencies that are considered CFO Act agencies established data exchanges with the Federal Dashboard. However, not all non-CFO Act agencies included in the measure were able to establish a data exchange.

Additionally, DEFEND task orders are providing CDM tools to monitor networks to all 23 of the CFO Act agencies, but a new task order to cover participating non-CFO Act agencies isn’t projected to awarded until the end of Q1 FY20. This leaves 96 percent of participating agencies meeting the goal of having CDM tools and the CAP goal coming very close in this area.

CDM stands out as a bright spot in the update, as Cyber Hygiene Scanning, DHS Endpoints, EINSTEIN Intrusion, and High Value Assets performance measures are “unlikely to meet” their fiscal year 2019 targets, according to the update.

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Jordan Smith is a MeriTalk Senior Technology Reporter covering the intersection of government and technology.