Attacks on IT systems and networks, whether by state-sponsored operators or rogue hackers, are increasing in number and sophistication. The cyber threat is evolving faster than governments’ capacity to beat it back. Simply put, government has fallen behind. The government’s own IT professionals often rate their cybersecurity programs as being at risk or at high risk. A high-ranking official at the National Security Agency’s cybersecurity operations group has projected that the prevalence of attacks around the world will increase and become more dangerous.
There are many risk factors. Sprawling supply chains used by the U.S. government are vulnerable to compromise. Technology suppliers in potentially hostile countries are supplying a growing share of components used in government systems. To neutralize the threat, the government will need to update policies governing security, rethink the security aspect of contracting, cultivate a security mindset that is commensurate with the threat and incorporate security into business practices.
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