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Cybersecurity risks for U.S. federal agencies are increasing, report says

Cybersecurity risks for U.S. federal agencies are increasing, report says
“Risks to our nation’s essential technology systems are increasing,” the report said. “Such attacks could result in serious harm to human safety, national security, the environment, and the economy.”

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New watchdog report warns of growing cyber-attack risks on US federal government technology systems

A new report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has raised concerns about the increasing risks of cyber-attacks targeting the technology systems of the federal government. The report highlighted that such attacks could have serious implications for human safety, national security, the environment, and the economy. The GAO found that federal agencies reported 30,659 information security incidents to the Department of Homeland Security in fiscal year 2022, affecting sectors such as public health, energy, and transportation. The report also noted that while the GAO has made over 1,600 recommendations to improve cybersecurity protections since 2010, more than 500 of those recommendations have not been fully implemented. The inability of some federal agencies to properly track the progress of their cybersecurity strategies has been identified as a major issue, with budgetary considerations and competing priorities cited as challenges. Marisol Cruz Cain, a Director in GAO’s Information Technology and Cybersecurity team, emphasized the need for a more proactive approach to federal government cyber posture and better information sharing within and outside the federal government.

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