Cyber Security is Vitally Important for Government Organizations
- Discover how government data can be exposed and learn what’s being done to combat cyber threats. Government organizations are under constant threat from cyber crime. Unfortunately, they have so far been ill-prepared in their cyber security to meet and prevent these attacks.
- According to a recent report, government agencies at the federal, state and local level rank last in cyber security when compared to major private industries. The federal government had more than 77,000 data breaches in 2015, a 10 percent increase from the previous year, according to a White House audit.
- Across all levels of government, there were 35 major data breaches between April 2015 and April 2016. Those figures aren’t likely to decline, as a McAfee report warns that government-targeted ransomware is on the rise.
- BitSight, a leading cyber security rating company, found that ransomware attacks on government agencies around the world have tripled in the past year. The 2016 report revealed that government had the second lowest security rating compared to five other industries, as well as the highest ransomware attack rate.
So what does this growth in cyber crime mean for U.S. government agencies and how hard have they been hit?