Cybersecurity is top of mind for many federal agencies as we head into the last week of federal buying season. With advancements in technologies come threats that can affect those technologies and the agencies that utilize them. The government has recently received scrutinization around its cybersecurity policies and practices as 2019 draws near. Read on to learn more about recent cybersecurity findings.
Three-Quarters of Agencies at Risk
A recent report from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) shed light on the dire cybersecurity situation facing our federal government, saying “the current situation is untenable.” Under the OMB standards, almost three-quarters of federal agencies were found “at risk” or “high risk” with gaps in security and proper processes not in place. The OMB found four major pain points affecting the government and outlined suggestions to replace the outdated policies.
No Identified Attacker
In FY 2016 alone, there were over 30,000 compromises of the federal system, 38 percent of which had no identified attacker. To discuss changes needed for organization of cybersecurity, FCW brought together a group of government security leaders.
“We have a very strange dynamic,” said one participant. “Inherent organizational inertia is coming head to head with a security tempo that’s forcing government to change.”
Threat Detection Slowing Progress
CyberScoop conducted a survey among government agency IT and security officials that brought some concerning numbers to light. 45 percent of defense respondents said their agencies don’t have the correct context to prioritize vulnerabilities. 61 percent of defense agencies also said their organizations don’t have the correct tools to ensure cybersecurity objectives.
Two-thirds of the government respondents say their agency can detect a threat within 12 hours, but 73 percent of defense respondents think it should take under one hour.
Without the correct tools, government agencies are falling short on their cybersecurity compliance which could be harmful to agencies and civilians alike. Implementing technology that automates networks can help the government detect and neutralize cyber threats before they cause damage.
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