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GAO Report Reveals Dramatic Rise In Federal Cybersecurity Incidents

Security incidents among 24 key agencies up more than 650% in past five years
As the White House declares National Cybersecurity Awareness Month to shed a light on the issue, a federal watchdog report shows that cybersecurity incidents among federal agencies have dramatically risen in recent years.

Reports of security incidents among 24 key agencies increased more than 650% in the last five years, according to a report released Monday by the Government Accountability Office. The report cited persistent weaknesses in information security controls, due to incomplete implementation of security programs, for the disturbing increase in security problems.

At the same time, President Obama has deemed October a month in which the nation should pay special attention to the cybersecurity issues his administration has been working to combat.

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