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A report on US government’s cybersecurity status
A report submitted by US the government shows that almost 75% of all the government agencies have scanty tools for cybersecurity. Is this a problem for an average US citizen. The answer is definitely yes. These agencies have become the prime target to many different cyber attacks. Criminals stealing personal information, hacking state secrets and many more attacks have happened and are yet to happen. Currently, US government is expected to improve cybersecurity but it seems very far looking at the present situation.
Office of Management and Budget published a report identifying four different key findings, which were strongly suggesting error in US cybersecurity:
- Cybersecurity in US is lagging far from behind the rapid advancements in the new cyber attacks. The government is not catching up the pace to identify and respond to them.
- There have been no standardized measures taken in order to communicate/cooperate between agencies thereby identifying and preventing new attacks. Currently an attack that has been prevented by one agency might very well work on the other agency.
- 73% of agencies were at risk for not being able to identify unauthorized data breach attempts on the systems. Not only are they considered easy to hack but also are difficult to detect when they have been hacked or by whom.
- The leadership structure in the agencies makes it hard for Chief Information Officers(CIOs) to provide changes across the agencies to improvise on cybersecurity. This explains that the right hand may not always be aware of what the left is doing in case of protecting data. Agencies may not even be prepared to apply changes which the report demands.
What does cybersecurity have to do with you?
Select any government agency and it will very well probably be mostly unprepared to stop or investigate a cyberattack. It is a national security risk and needs to matter to even an average citizen. The most common crime is identity theft and it occurs when cyber criminals get a hand on your personal data. Corporations or individuals cannot be trusted to safeguard your data. Many people trust the government with their data. With Equifax data breach, we were able to see that government can share our data with companies which are not prepared at all to protect the information with cybersecurity it demands.
What are you supposed to do?
All you can do is reduce your data footprint to the least. Try reducing your information which is collected by government and private entities. By reducing the number of apps that collect your data you can achieve this. But this not at all enough. You need a service like VPNShazam to make your data secure and safe. VPN prevents websites hackers from using your real IP address to identify you or your location. VPN hides your real IP address behind 44,000+ IP address worldwide. VPNShazam provides the fastest VPN service with its 700+ servers across 6 continents. Visit our website.
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