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Cybersecurity professionals worry about data loads, survey says

Sep. 23, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments

More than half of federal cybersecurity professionals say their agencies are overloaded with data a problem they believe will only get worse, according to a new report released Monday.

Specifically, 55 percent of 203 cybersecurity professionals surveyed by public-private IT partnership MeriTalk say agency networks cannot keep up with current data loads and 35 percent believe federal employees experience slower network speeds as a result.

About 53 percent say standards put into place by the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA) have improved security at their agency, but only 27 percent say they are totally compliant with FISMA standards.

Also, only 22 percent of those surveyed rate their cybersecurity efforts and programs as sufficient to secure data and sustainable.

About 86 percent say that FISMA compliance increases costs and 83 percent believe that continuous monitoring of network connections will improve security at their agencies.

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