The Bleak State of Federal Government Cybersecurity

A recent report by the White House’s Office of Management and Budget reinforces the dire need for change across dozens of federal agencies. Of the 96 federal agencies it assessed, it deemed 74 percent either “At Risk” or “High Risk” of attacks by hackers or foreign governments, meaning that they need crucial and immediate improvements.

Not only are so many agencies vulnerable, but over half lack even the ability to determine what software runs on their systems. And only one in four agencies could confirm that they have the capability to detect and investigate signs of a data breach, meaning that the vast majority are essentially flying blind.

Perhaps most troubling of all: In 38 percent of government cybersecurity incidents, the relevant agency never identifies the “attack vector,” meaning it never learns how a hacker perpetrated an attack.

Details may be found in an article by Lily Hay Newman in the Wired web site at: https://www.wired.com/story/federal-government-cybersecurity-bleak/.

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