US government CIO Tony Scott ordered federal agencies to complete 30-day “cyber sprints” to patch holes in their security in the wake of the Office of Personnel Management hack that exposed personal details of 22 million Americans.
“I think it’s a realistic chance, and I think this is true no matter where you go. It’s not unique to the federal government,” said Tony Scott, who spent 35 years in the private sector running systems at companies such as Microsoft, Walt Disney and General Motors.
Scott was named as the federal CIO in February and knew from the start that stepping up cyber defences would be a focus. But the hacks at the federal hiring office that scooped up the sensitive data of 22 million Americans have given his mission new momentum, Scott said in an interview in his office.
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