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GAO: 24 Agencies Still Struggle With IT Security Weaknesses

Two dozen federal agencies continue to experience security weaknesses in five critical areas, which puts government systems and data at risk, according to a new watchdog agency report. The Government Accountability Office says in its report new report, Federal Information Security: Weaknesses Continue to Indicate Need for Effective Implementation of Policies and Practices….

There are a number of common reasons why organizations inside and outside of government fail to mature and improve the effectiveness of their security programs, says Mark Dill, a partner and principal consultant at consultancy, tw-SecurityThose reasons include “a lack of personnel or specific talent levels; complacency – ‘it will never happen to us’; a lack of focus on the leading threats; too many vulnerabilities to address; a large volume of devices to protect – some are legacy and difficult to secure; missing tools; budget constraints; immature processes; and…

 

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