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Survey shows agency IT managers falter on cyber-awareness

Jun. 4, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By MICHAEL HARDY   |   Comments
Bryan Richardson and Weston Henry demonstrate a monitoring station at Sandia National Laboratories' Project LOGIIC (Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cyber Security).
Bryan Richardson and Weston Henry demonstrate a monitoring station at Sandia National Laboratories' Project LOGIIC (Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cyber Security). (Randy Montoya)

Half of agency IT professionals do not have the complete awareness of agency network activity that they need to maintain strong security, according to a survey by Dell Software. Instead, they are reactive to vulnerabilities, a posture that causes them to struggle to comply with IT policies and standards.

Seventy-two percent of the respondents reported that their agency must comply with at least three federal mandates.

“Security threats are evolving so quickly, and the consequences of failing to comply with regulations like FISMA are so severe, that real-time auditing and reporting on user activity is an essential line of defense for government agencies,” said Paul Christman, vice president of public sector sales and marketing at Dell. “As cyber threats continue to accelerate, agencies are reaching a tipping point where no-fail compliance and preventive hygiene should be a part of the fabric of daily operations. Real-time detection of vulnerabilities is critical to accomplishing a state of greater vulnerability awareness, and, ultimately, enhanced security resilience.”

It is essential to be proactive, according to Dell. Real-time detection and reporting capabilities can avoid a lengthy response time that exacerbates data loss.

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