Federal government IT and cyber-security professionals are worried about sophisticated threats and the level of visibility they have in their networks, Cisco found in a recent online survey. Many of the professionals are seeing the cloud as a way to improve security while reducing costs.
Employee behavior, increasingly sophisticated cyber-threats and lengthy IT processes top the list of cyber-security concerns by federal agencies, according to the results of a Cisco report released Sept. 14. The “Federal Cyber-Security Study” explored the security challenges faced by the IT staffs in the federal government.
IT staffs remain concerned about trust within their departments, the survey found. Nearly two-thirds of the respondents said the greatest risks in the next 12 months will likely come from sophisticated attacks, “negligent use of data” by internal personnel and increased activity on social media sites.