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The State of Cybersecurity from the Federal Cyber Executive Perspective

May 19, 2016
From the Government Institute

Cyber attacks have become the new business reality. Recent breaches have revealed a number of vulnerabilities across the federal government and brought increased attention from the media and the public. To better understand the current state of cybersecurity, KPMG LLP and (ISC)2 surveyed federal cybersecurity executives who are on the front lines defending the government’s information assets.

(ISC)2 and KPMG surveyed a targeted pool of executive-level government officials and contractors to determine the current state of federal cybersecurity and to offer recommendations for advancing the government’s cybersecurity progress. Responses cover a range of topical areas that are key to understanding the state of cybersecurity today, including professional development, governance and standards, resource and program management, and risk management and resiliency.

Key findings, include:

  • 59% of respondents say that their agency struggles to understand how cyber attackers could potentially breach their systems
  • 65% of respondents disagree that the federal government as a whole can detect ongoing cyber attacks
  • The lack of accountability was consistently identified as a top challenge
  • People can be their organization’s greatest cybersecurity asset or greatest liability

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