Agencies identify biggest threats to cybersecurity

Agencies identify biggest threats to cybersecurity

More than half of all federal agencies experience a cybersecurity incident on a weekly or daily basis. That’s according to a survey of 150 civilian and 150 Defense Department information technology professionals conducted by CDW Government. Malware and access control issues were the top challenges.

How often does your agency or network experience a cybersecurity incident?

Daily: 31%
Weekly: 23%
Monthly: 13%
Bimonthly: 4%
Quarterly: 6%
Yearly: 5%
Unsure: 17%

What are the top three cybersecurity issues you deal with every day?

1. Malware: 33%
2. Inappropriate employee activity or network use: 25%
3. Remote user access: 25%

Where does your agency’s or network's biggest threat come from?

1. External sources: 47%
2. Agency employees: 23%
3. Contractors: 10%

Source: CDW Government’s 2009 Federal Cybersecurity Report

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