Thursday, June 25, 2015

GAO: Recent Data Breaches Illustrate Need for Strong Controls across Federal Agencies

Seems obvious, doesn't it? The GAO has identified a number of challenges federal agencies face in addressing threats to their cybersecurity. In an effort to bolster cybersecurity across the federal government, several government-wide initiatives, spearheaded by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), are under way. While these initiatives are intended to improve security, no single technology or tool is sufficient to protect against all cyber threats. Rather, agencies need to employ a multi-layered, "defense-in-depth" approach to security that includes well-trained personnel, effective and consistently applied processes, and appropriate technologies.