Following up on our last post on cyber – or computer – security, here’s parallel word from In Homeland Security that the number of cyber incidents reported by federal agencies “jumped more than 1,300 percent, from 5,503 to 77,183, over the 10 years through fiscal 2015.”
Here’s more in a quote from Gregory C. Wilshusen, director of information security issues for the Government Accounting Office: “Over the last several years, we have made about 2,500 recommendations to agencies aimed at improving their implementation of information security controls. These recommendations identify actions for agencies to take in protecting their information and systems.
“For example, we have made recommendations for agencies to correct weaknesses in controls intended to prevent, limit, and detect unauthorized access to computer resources….However, many agencies continue to have weaknesses in implementing these controls, in part because many of these recommendations remain unimplemented. As of September 16, 2016, about 1,000 of our information security-related recommendations have not been implemented.”
If there is cyber complacency in certain sectors of the U.S. government, grouse about it, but give your own systems another scan as well. It’s a continually changing world.