Federal IT Top Worries: Complex Attacks, Inside Threats

From Information Week Government | September 21, 2011

What’s worrying federal IT professionals most? The increased sophistication of cyber attacks and insider threats top the list of cyber security concerns, according to a new study conducted by Market Connections on behalf of Cisco Systems. Federal IT teams also continue to struggle with budget cuts and long waits for supervisor approval in their attempts to secure their networks, the study finds.

71% of those who responded to a new federal cyber security study listed the increased sophistication of attacks as the top security risk that they expect to face in the next 12 months. Negligent use of information by internal personnel was a risk cited by 63% of respondents. Cisco System sponsored the study, which was conducted by Market Connections and surveyed 200 federal IT decision makers.

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