Earlier this year, the Biden Administration announced ambitious plans to improve cybersecurity across the federal government — and, by extension, those government contractors providing IT services. Now we’re starting to see more specific proposals for that cybersecurity vision, and IT service providers should start rolling up their sleeves.

Those proposals were unveiled in early September when the Administration circulated a draft strategy memo for public comment . In that memo are five cybersecurity goals that the Administration wants to achieve within three years, with specific recommendations for identity management, data encryption, IT asset management, and more. The exact details of those goals might be fine-tuned in the coming months, but government contractors, and especially cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) providers, should have no illusions here. The federal government will overhaul how it manages cybersecurity, and IT providers will need to integrate those big objectives into their plans and routine […]