The State of U.S. Federal Cybersecurity in 2016

One malicious email can, and has, jeopardized the sensitive data of countless U.S. civilians. How? Federal agencies collect and store some of the most sensitive and top secret data. This data ranges from top secret defense IP’s in the Department of Defense (DOD), current and former federal employee personal records at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the hypersensitive data found in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and, according to the 2016 Federal Information Security Modernization Act produced by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), many of these agencies need to be doing much more to protect their sensitive data. For these federal agencies cybersecurity should be playing a major role in not only their day to day operations, but also in their future budgeting, planning and staff education and training. 2016 has been a big year not only for major breaches targeting federal agencies, but also for some big strides forward in the way that America’s treating the future of cybersecurity. To get a better understanding of what cybersecurity in the federal government looks like today, from astronomical budgets to NASA hacks, let’s take a look at what’s going on in the field of federal cybersecurity.   Continue reading this article here

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