Actions Needed to Address Cybersecurity Challenges Facing the Nation

GAO Comptroller General Dodan testified before the House Subcommittee on Government Operations and Information Technology, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on the urgent action needed to address the cybersecurity challenges facing the nation.

“GAO has identified four major cybersecurity challenges and 10 critical actions that the federal government and other entities need to take to address them. GAO continues to designate information security as a government-wide high-risk area due to increasing cyber-based threats and the persistent nature of security vulnerabilities.”

“GAO has made over 3,000 recommendations to agencies aimed at addressing cybersecurity shortcomings in each of these action areas, including protecting cyber critical infrastructure, managing the cybersecurity workforce, and responding to cybersecurity incidents. Although many recommendations have been addressed, about 1,000 have not yet been implemented. Until these shortcomings are addressed, federal agencies’ information and systems will be increasingly susceptible to the multitude of cyber-related threats that exist.”

Based on our prior work, we have identified four major cybersecurity challenges: (1) establishing a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy and performing effective oversight, (2) securing federal systems and information, (3) protecting cyber critical infrastructure, and (4) protecting privacy and sensitive data. To address these challenges, we have identified 10 critical actions that the federal government and other entities need to take…”  Read the full testimony here.

Source: HIGH-RISK SERIES: Urgent Actions Are Needed to Address Cybersecurity Challenges Facing the Nation – July 25, 2018. GAO.gov.

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