Cyberthreats Rise as Federal Agencies’ Defenses Slip

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By John K. Higgins

Information technology vendors who can provide productive ways to protect against cybersecurity threats should find a welcome market among federal agencies. Cybersecurity is the major worry of government IT personnel, two recent surveys concluded.

Federal IT managers polled for a Cisco-sponsored study were asked to select which of nine possible scenarios posed the “greatest risk” to their agencies over the next year. The “increased sophistication of cyberattacks” was a risk cited by 71 percent of respondents, and it ranked at the top of threat scenarios.

All of the 174 participants in survey conducted by MeriTalk, an online community for federal agencies, said that cybersecurity threats had increased in the past year.


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