The U.S. federal, state, and local government agencies rank absolutely last in cybersecurity when compared to 17 other major private industries, including healthcare, retail, and transportation, according to NBC News.
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The report was from venture-backed security risk benchmarking startup SecurityScorecard, who measured the security standards of the government and other industries across 10 categories. They check for exposure rates of passwords, susceptibility to social engineering, and vulnerability to malware infections.
Education systems, telecommunications, and pharmaceutical industries ranked low as well. Among the top performers were information services, construction, technology, and food service companies.
Government agencies have had a hard time keeping pace with the hackers and threats that come from the internet. One of the most brutal attacks was a data breach at the Office of Personnel Management that released the private information of more than 21 million people. Though there were 35 major data breaches across the government, the government agency that performed the worst was NASA.
NASA was most vulnerable to email spoofing and malware intrusions.
It isn't like the government doesn't know about this, President Obama has made cyber defenses a main priority of his last year in office. He asked Congress for $19 billion for cybersecurity, which includes $3.1 billion for technological modernization.
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Federal agencies struggle with network security, software patching issues, and malware. This may be because they are so much larger than a lot of the other companies on the list.