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High-Risk Report States Federal Cybersecurity Regression

03.24.21

According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a watchdog agency, federal cybersecurity has regressed steadily since 2019. The Hill published an article this past week stating that the GAO credits this regression to changes in federal leade

March 24, 2021


According to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), a watchdog agency, federal cybersecurity has regressed steadily since 2019. The Hill published an article this past week stating that the GAO credits this regression to changes in federal leadership. The GAO issuing a high-risk report to Congress caught the attention of the nation. The report mentions few successes and many failings in federal cybersecurity. The GAO stated that “Federal agencies and other entities need to take urgent actions to implement a comprehensive cybersecurity strategy, perform effective oversight, secure federal systems, and protect cyber critical infrastructure, privacy, and sensitive data.” This report was extensive in both depth and concerns. 

 

The GAO concerningly stated that “Federal agencies and our nation’s critical infrastructures—such as energy, transportation systems, communications, and financial services—are dependent on IT systems and electronic data to carry out operations and to process, maintain, and report essential information,” The GAO supplemented this information by saying, “The security of these systems and data is vital to public confidence and national security, prosperity, and well-being.” The security sensitivities include our nation’s most valuable aspects of infrastructure. 

 

The Hill stated that “The report [made by the GAO] was released as the federal government continues to grapple with the extent of what has become known as the SolarWinds hack.” They continued stating, “The incident, ongoing for almost a year before discovery in December, involved likely Russian hackers infiltrating software from IT group SolarWinds and using this to compromise its customers. A White House official said last month that at least nine federal agencies and 100 private sector companies were breached.” Synergy Infosec covered this incredibly concerning breach last year.

As the nation has seen over the past year, our cybersecurity needs have skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in large part due to the number of workers in the United States working from unsecured homes, leading to great risk. Synergy Infosec has covered this in detail throughout the past year. If you would like to learn more, please read our blogs "SolarWinds: Wide-Reaching Hack Pulls at The Fibers of Private and Public Infrastructure" The United States Presidential Election & Your Cybersecurity, or the US Treasury States That Companies Could Be Punished for Paying Hackers Ransoms. 

Fortunately, Synergy Infosec is here to help fill the gap. Whether a client is a one-person operation or an enterprise-level company, tools, scanners, and consultation services are provided at honest and affordable pricing. During this time, Synergy Infosec would like to fill the gap by offering a free 7-day trial to test out the all-in-one tools and scanners offered on our dashboard. In addition to this, Synergy Infosec is also offering a 50% off subscription for your first year


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