Federal Cyber security is rated in last place when compared against the private sector. There were 35 major data breaches across government agencies from April 2015 to April 2016. That is three breaches a month when you do the math. It is a totally unsatisfactory performance.
What is worse is the fact that the Federal Government will be slow to react to cyber security demands. It is like a large ship with a small rudder. It is hard to change course when needed. Then there is the apparent lack of urgency emanating from anyone, anywhere. Where is Congress or the Administration or any Federal Agency railing for better cyber security? The third estate is quiet as well. They do not appear to want to embarrass the current leadership at the White House.
U.S. government worse than all major industries on cyber security: report
By Dustin Volz, Editing by Bernard Orr, at Yahoo! News:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. federal, state and local government agencies rank in last place in cyber security when compared against 17 major private industries, including transportation, retail and healthcare, according to a new report released Thursday.
The analysis, from venture-backed security risk benchmarking startup SecurityScorecard, measured the relative security health of government and industries across 10 categories, including vulnerability to malware infections, exposure rates of passwords and susceptibility to social engineering, such as an employee using corporate account information on a public social network.
Educations, telecommunications and pharmaceutical industries also ranked low, the report found. Information services, construction, food and technology were among the top performers.
Government agencies have struggled for years to keep pace with malicious hackers and insider threats, a challenge that came into focus after it was disclosed last year that more than 21 million individuals had their sensitive data pilfered during a breach at the Office of Personnel Management.