With growing concerns of sophisticated cyber attacks from overseas putting U.S. critical infrastructure at risk, Lumension commissioned Clarus Research Group to conduct industry’s first “Federal Cyber Security Outlook for 2010” study. The study reveals the current state of endpoint security and operations in the US Federal government. According to the survey, the top security risk facing Federal IT in the year ahead is the growing sophistication and volume of increasing cyber attacks. Federal IT resources are challenged in meeting these risks due to a lack of collaboration across IT operations and security, growing complexity of integrating technologies, and increasing compliance audit burdens.
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Key findings include:
- 74 percent of respondents who work in national defense and security expected a cyber attack by a foreign nation in the next year
- 33 percent of respondents reported an attack by a foreign nation or terrorist organization in the last year
- 42 percent of respondents believe the U.S. government’s ability to handle or prevent future cyber attacks by a foreign nation or terrorist organization is “fair” or “poor”
- Further, more than half of the respondents thought that there would only be minor changes made to the U.S. cyber security policy with the new cyber security coordinator.
The Federal Cyber Security Outlook for 2010 Survey was conducted by Washington, D.C.-based Clarus Research Group and commissioned by Lumension. The survey included interviews with 201 Federal government IT security decision makers and influencers who work in Federal agencies and departments that deal with national security such as defense, foreign policy, and homeland security, as well as civilian agencies.
National Security = Respondent department or agency is related to national defense, homeland security or foreign policy.
Non-National Security = Respondent department or agency is not included in the above category and includes personnel in departments involving domestic issues and program administration.