Feds Say Cybersecurity No Better Since Massive 2015 Breach

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Millions of dollars and a year later, most federal cybersecurity executives say the government isn’t doing any better protecting sensitive information after the 2015 Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach.

Fifty-two percent of federal information security managers say the government’s Cybersecurity Sprint program created in the wake of the OPM breach didn’t improve information system safety.

Sixty-five percent say the federal government as a whole can’t detect ongoing cyber attacks, according to an International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium survey of 54 senior IT managers in the federal government.

Nearly half of federal experts surveyed — 48 percent — say a lack of accountability is a serious road block in strengthening information security. Another 59 percent of those surveyed agree their agency “struggles to understand how cyber attackers could potentially breach our networks and access our data.”

Respondents also say certain departments within their agencies, specifically human resources, procurement and communications offices, don’t view cybersecurity as important to their operations. (RELATED: OPM Chief Suddenly Resigns Days Before Congress Was Set To Grill Her)

The federal government expects to spend roughly $500 million over the next few years on data breach response and protection services.

The Daily Caller News Foundation recently reported the General Services Administration left 100 Google Drives vulnerable over a five-month period.

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