Category Archives: GAO

Government watchdog: Feds fail to implement vast majority of cybersecurity recommendations

The Government Accountability Office said Thursday that U.S. federal departments have implemented just 40% of the cybersecurity recommendations the watchdog agency has issued since 2010. The lethargic pace in which government agencies put in place cybersecurity precautions and best practices underlines the need for the Biden administration to “urgently” release a comprehensive national cybersecurity strategy […]

Watchdog: Agency overseeing cybersecurity for offshore energy falling short

The federal enforcement office that oversees more than 1,600 offshore oil and gas facilities has done little to address growing cybersecurity risks, according to a watchdog report released on Thursday. The Government Accountability Office said that the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement has taken “few actions” to address cybersecurity risks since […]

Agencies don’t know what sensitive data new IT systems collect on Americans, GAO report finds

More than two decades after being tasked with establishing privacy programs, 14 federal agencies have failed to address key practices for protecting the sensitive personal data of Americans, a new Government Accountability Office report finds. Agencies that have failed to implement full privacy plans include the Office of Personnel Management, which was the target of […]

The cyber insurance market has a critical infrastructure problem

Growing worries about digital assaults on critical infrastructure compounded by the war in Ukraine are reviving questions about the ability of cybersecurity insurance to cover the risks of a catastrophic attack. “The cyber insurance industry is not just discovering the cyber risk, with respect to critical infrastructure,” said Michael Phillips, chief risk officer at cyber […]

Cyber insurance premiums rise as ransomware, hacks continue, GAO finds

A growing number of cybersecurity incidents has led many insurers to raise premiums and some to limit coverage in especially risky areas, such as health care and education, according to new findings from a U.S. government watchdog. “[T]he continually increasing frequency and severity of cyberattacks, especially ransomware attacks, have led insurers to reduce cyber coverage […]

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