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CDM Program Facing Steep Funding Shortfall as Demand Outstrips Budget

The Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program – the Federal government’s primary program to improve civilian agency cyber security – is running short on money and putting its four prime contractors on half rations until the funding situation improves.

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