Employees who use personal devices outside agency parameters expose agency networks to hosts of mobile malware.
The security features should help the desktop OS stay relevant and make the mobile ecosystem more like iOS or Android.
While agencies acknowledge the risks and expense of continuing to run Windows XP, killing off the entrenched operating system is taking longer than anticipated.
Most of the exposures came from agency contractor or business partner sites or from employees using their government email accounts to register for web-based services, according to security threat analyst Recorded Future.
Between the costs of replacing core systems and the dwindling number of workers qualified to work on them, agencies have few good options.
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As mobile devices proliferate and the cloud becomes the primary way of delivering apps and services, the former hard edge of the network is becoming much fuzzier.
The report, among other things, “demonstrates the need for all those stinking patches on all your stinking systems.”
The research agency’s BRASS program aims to ensure that applications can continue to function in a rapidly changing technology ecosystem.