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Information Systems and Cybersecurity – Annual Report 2022

The Judiciary is committed to maintaining secure, robust, and flexible technology systems that meet the changing needs of judges, court staff, and the public.

Information Technology

Improving IT Security

Cybersecurity was a major focus for both the courts and the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO) in 2022. The Judiciary is making significant strides in improving IT security across the court system through its IT Security Task Force and the work of committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

The Judicial Conference’s Committee on Information Technology endorsed a multi-year IT modernization and cybersecurity strategy for the Judiciary. The goal is a security-first enterprise that uses secure, modern, standardized technologies to meet rapidly changing needs. Key initiatives that were under consideration include the following: 

The IT Security Task Force, established in 2021 by Judge Roslynn R. Mauskopf, the AO Director, is working to improve the Judiciary’s security posture in light of internal assessments and those made by the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency. The group was charged with making recommendations to ensure the judicial branch’s alignment with industry and government IT security best practices. The task force includes members of Judicial Conference committees on the Budget, Court Administration and Case Management, Criminal Law, Defender Services, IT, Judicial Resources, and Judicial Security as well as other judges and court staff.