MeriTalk: Federal Agencies Require More Work to Be Cyber Ready

“Kevin Walsh, director of Information Technology and Security at GAO, explained at a Jan. 11 event organized by GovExec that Federal agencies currently face four major cybersecurity challenges: establishing a comprehensive strategy and performing effective oversight; securing Federal systems and information; protecting critical cyber infrastructure; and protecting privacy and sensitive data.

To solve these challenges, agencies must focus on big issues including ‘training, that every and any corresponding cyber guidance is up to date, enabling multifactor identification, and more importantly move to a zero trust environment,’ Walsh said…”

“Walsh said that incidents labeled as moderate/higher risk level could be attributed to a lack of proper cyber hygiene.

‘Cyber hygiene is a critical tool we need to mitigate cyber incidents. The workforce is at the forefront of agency security. Clear communication within an agency about cyber processes and what not to do is the most important step agencies must take, but there is still work to be done in that arena,’ Walsh said. ‘Federal agencies need to move with greater urgency to improve cybersecurity as the country faces grave and rapidly evolving threats.’…” Read the full article here.

Source: Federal Agencies Require More Work to Be Cyber Ready – By Lisbeth Perez, January 13, 2022. MeriTalk.


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