U.S. federal IT managers have woken up to how vulnerable their systems are to insider threats: More than three-quarters of those surveyed recently said their agencies are more focused on the issue than they were a year ago.
The massive leaks connected to Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning are just part of the U.S. government’s Internet security problems.
Many have argued that the worst government hack of all time was a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management that was revealed in June 2015 and included sensitive background-check information from more than 20 million people.
Chinese cyberspies are suspected of stealing the data, which was vulnerable because OPM failed to conduct basic cybersecurity measures, according to the agency’s internal watchdog.
released in September 2015 by the public-private partnership MeriTalk found that 29 percent said their agencies lost data to an insider incident in just the previous 12 months. Nearly 40 percent of those breaches were caused unintentionally by employees.
Managers are well aware of problems in how their agencies’ systems are used:
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