A new survey study showing how federal agencies and their IT contractors still do not have a firm grasp of proper cyber-security practices was ironically released just days after the third-party contractor hired to fortify the US Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) systems suddenly quit partway through the job. The joint study, conducted in March by cyber-security education and certification institution (ISC)2 and the professional services firm KPMG, sought the opinions of 54 cyber executives in the US federal government, either working as agency employees or contractors. “The State of Cybersecurity from the Federal Cyber Executive Perspective” research report found that 40 percent of respondents said that their agency’s incident response plan was not effective in responding to cyber-attacks, even after the OPM data breach in June 2015 that exposed 21.5 million records and prompted calls for sweeping IT security reforms.
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: SC Magazine