Information Security Challenges Facing the Federal Government

In 2010, Vivek Kundra, then federal chief information officer (CIO), said that the government’s computers are attacked millions of times each day.2 In 2018, federal agencies reported over 31,000 information security incidents involving federal information technology (IT) systems.3 That government IT systems are frequently attacked and suffer information security incidents is not surprising. Government computer systems hold data that is critical for government operations. They hold data on people living in the United States, including employment, tax, and citizenship data. They also hold data on businesses operating in the United States, as well as data that are used to protect the ...

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