WASHINGTON, DC — The federal government still lacks a comprehensive strategy to protect critical infrastructure from cyberattacks, according to a new watchdog report.
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A report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the agency has made about 335 public recommendations to improve cybersecurity protections since 2010, but the federal government last month closed these recommendations. More than half of the recommendations have not been implemented.
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“Until the federal government fully develops and implements a comprehensive national strategy, there will be no clear roadmap for overcoming the cyber challenges facing our country,” said the report.
Marisol Cruz Cain, Director of Information Technology and Cybersecurity Team at GAO, said: “Such an attack can cause serious harm to people, the environment, national security and most importantly the economy.”
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The report points to concerns over cybersecurity workforce shortages and says federal agencies need to do a better job of securing internet-connected devices.
“Mobile phones, connected refrigerators, TVs, the apps on our phones, and what we want the federal government to do is develop a comprehensive plan to secure these devices. is,” said Cruz Kane.
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The government continues to work to make these recommended changes, according to the report.
“As of August 2022, according to the Office of the Director General of National Cyber, the government is in the process of developing a National Cybersecurity Strategy,” the report states. “The Secretariat noted that it has received strategic feedback on this effort from many other federal agencies, including the National Security Council.”
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