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Mississippi gov’t agencies fall short of cybersecurity compliance standards

By Teri Robinson for SC Media
Monday, October 14, 2019

The report urged heads of agencies to press their IT pros to ensure compliance and plan out how to prevent breaches.

“Sadly, most of the governmental agencies in the U.S. and Europe are similarly underprotected,” said Ilia Kolochenko, founder and CEO of ImmuniWeb. “The government usually lacks financial resources and is unable to effectively compete on the market for cybersecurity talents.”

Agencies are often thwarted by complicated and slow purchasing and procurement processes. “Hierarchy is likewise complicated, obscuring accountability and responsibility for cybersecurity,” he said. “Cybercriminals widely regard government as a low-hanging fruit, running targeted attacks and ransomware campaigns against it.”

Most attacks involving data theft “are sophisticated enough to never get detected and reported, differently from quite ‘noisy’ ransomware incidents,” Kolochenko said. Read Full Article

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