Government Cybersecurity Readiness Falls Short
released its annual U.S. State and Federal Government
Cybersecurity Report. The study paints a grim picture of the
overall cyber health of the nation's government entities. In the
midst of investigations into a potential 2016 election hacking,
regular major malware events, and an overall increase in the
number of sophisticated cyberattacks, the report highlights that
the government sector is lagging compared to almost every other
industry. However, there are some standout performers that have
demonstrated superior cybersecurity capabilities.
Key findings from the report include:
•Government organizations were ranked third from last (16th) in overall cybersecurity, even when compared to heavily-regulated industries like transportation, finance, energy, and healthcare.
•Government organizations fell significantly short in Network Security (13th), Application Security (11th), Leaked Credentials (12th), Patching Cadence (16th), Endpoint Security (17th), IP Reputation (16th), and Hacker Chatter (18th).
•Government organizations performed above the cross-industry
average in three categories: DNS Health (2nd), Social
Engineering (3rd), and Cubit Score (2nd).