Harsh Security Standards May Lead to More Security Breaches

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Federal agencies regularly battle very real cyber threats, including international cyber attacks, denial-of-service attacks, hackers and data theft. However, few federal cyber security professionals feel completely prepared for these threats – 74 percent say they are not prepared for an international cyber attack, 74 percent say they are not prepared to support secure access for mobile devices, 70 percent are not prepared for a denial-of-service attack, and 70 percent are not prepared to secure cloud computing environments. Prepared or not, these cyber attacks show no signs of slowing – half of cyber security professionals say their agency is likely to be the victim of a denial-of-service attack in the next 12 months.

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, recently announced the results of its new report, “Cybersecurity Experience: Cybersecurity Pros from Mars; Users from Mercury.” The study, underwritten by Akamai Technologies, Inc., compares what cyber security professionals report about their agency’s security with what end users – federal workers – actually experience. According to the report, agencies often fail to take the user experience into account when deploying cyber security solutions. As a direct result, end users often circumvent security measures and open their agencies up to data theft, data loss and denial-of-service attacks.


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