A lack of urgency is creating a federal cyber problem

A lack of urgency is creating a federal cyber problem

The federal government’s failure to follow recommended cybersecurity oversight practices has created a national security threat and may harm agencies, including the Department of Defense, according to a biannual report from the Government Accountability Office on high-risk behaviors.

The watchdog agency noted in a March 6 report that of the GAO’s 35 “priority” recommendations to improve cybersecurity oversight, 26 have “not been fully implemented.”

Among the issues that need to be addressed are: a shortage of skilled workers, clearly defined roles and responsibilities for key agencies and officials, and an audit of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a hub for cyber expertise, to measure its effectiveness.

While the Defense Department is not mentioned specifically in the report, Joseph W. Kirschbaum, GAO’s director of defense capabilities and management, said the Pentagon treats cyber as its own entity but leaders must incorporate digital security into overall responsibilities.

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