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72% of Government Agencies Hit with Security Incidents

The cause of the incidents large fell on human error and employee misuse.

Nearly three out of four government agencies experienced a security issue last year and 100% cite employees as their largest security threat, according to the 2017 IT Risks In Government survey released this week.

Given their concern with employee-related threats, 57% of government agencies say they focus on endpoint security.

The survey also found only 14% of government agencies believe they are well-prepared to defend against IT risks. The areas where survey respondents are willing to invest in include intellectual property protection, 43%; data breaches, 29%; and fraud, 14%.

In sizing up the challenges their organizations face, survey respondents noted their IT departments are mainly restrained by lack of time, 57%; followed by insufficient budgets, 43%; and IT infrastructure complexity, 43%.

Read more about the survey here.

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RyanSepe
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8/24/2017 | 7:24:51 AM
Endpoint Security
So action items moving forward need to include regular User Awareness Training, some type of SOC either onsite or third party, a heuristics malware detection engine, and limiting of user access (both administrative and internet based).
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8/24/2017 | 3:05:06 PM
Re: Endpoint Security
Agree totally - you hit the three concentric rings of endpoint.  Training which should be mandatory and updated every six months.  A good security department (few firms have a dedicated one), search engine like Carbon Black and firm rules on user access to data (which prevents that other posted subject - data theft).  If users could simply understand the DANGER of downloading and installing malicious software AND opening unknown compromised DOC and PDF attachments --- JUST THOSE 2 THINGS  --- our security world would be MUCH BETTER off.  
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8/25/2017 | 7:02:51 AM
Re: Endpoint Security
That's a great point. Typically users don't understand the potential ramifications of their downloads. Many won't until they have been personally burnt by the stove themselves. Reminds me of a statement my father makes, smart people learn from their mistakes but brilliant people learn from others'. Makes me hopeful that this sentiment could be utilized from a security perspective through user awareness.
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8/28/2017 | 4:47:20 PM
Re: Endpoint Security
"Typically users don't understand the potential ramifications of their downloads." I agree, it comes back to awareness trainings, it should be an ongoing process.
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8/29/2017 | 8:09:23 AM
Re: Endpoint Security
No kidding on this one - right now our malware forensics group is tackling a download campaign, looking for "doc.pdf" openings!!!!!
Dr.T
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8/28/2017 | 4:44:45 PM
Re: Endpoint Security
" If users could simply understand the DANGER of downloading and installing malicious software" That makes sense. Main problem are the users downloading malware from their emails mainly.
Dr.T
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8/28/2017 | 4:46:15 PM
Re: Endpoint Security
"opening unknown compromised DOC and PDF attachments " That is really true, why would anybody open a document from an unknown source, that is no upside on it.
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8/28/2017 | 4:43:25 PM
Re: Endpoint Security
"include regular User Awareness Training" I would agree, awareness would be the key for it.
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8/28/2017 | 4:42:34 PM
72% of Government Agencies
This number seems so big and surprising. It shows the government is seen as a target for many, mainly other governments I would guess.
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