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Not enough agencies are compliant with cybersecurity laws, audit finds

By Grace Barnott for Software Testing NEWS
Monday, October 14, 2019

An “alarming” number of US state agencies are failing to comply with the correct cyber security protocols, a recent report has revealed.

Not just an issue for the US

Discussing the recent discovery, Ilia Kolochenko, founder and CEO of web security company ImmuniWeb, has commented that this problem is much bigger than most people realise. He says: “Sadly, most of the governmental agencies in the US and Europe are similarly underprotected. The government usually lacks financial resources and is unable to effectively compete on the market for cybersecurity talents. Moreover, purchasing and procurement processes are usually quite complicated and slow, exacerbating the situation. Hierarchy is likewise complicated, obscuring accountability and responsibility for cybersecurity.”

Kolochenko added, “Cybercriminals widely regard government as a low-hanging fruit, running targeted attacks and ransomware campaigns against it. Worse, most of the data-theft attacks are sophisticated enough to never get detected and reported, differently from quite “noisy” ransomware incidents.”

The CEO suggests that in order for governments to survive in a digital environment is to simplify internal processes, increase budgets and implement continuous security monitoring. Read Full Article

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