Don’t count on the Department of Homeland Security to insure protection against cyber-attacks on U.S. businesses and government agencies, the Homeland 411 blog advises.
“Chronic under staffing, insufficient resources, and a lack of cyber-prioritization has left government systems and critical infrastructure vulnerable to attacks and has placed DHS’s cyber goals far from reach, according to former top cyber officials, members of Congress, and cybersecurity experts Homeland411 spoke with.”
“Currently,” Jackson Barnett on Homeland 411 continues, “DHS has 2,500 civilian vacancies, a DHS official said. Lawmakers have shown bipartisan disappointment in DHS’s pace of recruitment, retention, and attrition. Issues are not unique to workforce shortages. Deadlines have been missed, progress inflated, and cross-agency cyber assessments have not been completed, according to multiple Government Accountability Office (GAO) reports. The strategy itself came in behind schedule, released more than a year past its federally mandated deadline.”
Clearly, this doesn’t appear to be a happy setting for U.S cybersecurity. Let the users of your own machines beware.