Feds learn a lesson on the increasingly intricate world of cybersecurity

By Erin Ayers on December 1, 2016

Federal cybersecurity may seem like a costly endeavor, but a new report suggests that government agencies could save up to $5 billion annually if they focused on monitoring threats more effectively and automating responses to those threats.

A new report from MeriTalk indicates that federal agencies can’t protect themselves quickly enough against attacks, nor can they guard against intrusions against all possible entry points that might be used by hackers. While federal agencies might be able to detect a threat to traditional targets such as email servers or Internet gateways, they are less able to deal with similar attacks on mobile devices or cloud computing.

“To address today’s threats and prevent successful cyberattacks, it’s imperative to automate the creation and distribution of new protections in near-real time and predict the attacker’s next step,” said Pamela Warren, director of government and industry initiatives at Palo Alto Networks, which cosponsored the study. “To do this, you need the data, the tools and the process. The survey indicates feds have plenty of data, but need to implement the tools and the processes to achieve that goal.”

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Erin is an editor at Advisen. She has 15 years of journalism experience. Prior to Advisen, Erin covered property-casualty insurance for 13 years as editor-in-chief of The Standard, New England’s Insurance Weekly. Erin is based in Boston, Mass. Contact Erin at eayers@advisen.com.