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Tony Scott: Rapid Federal Cybersecurity Review May Reveal More Breaches

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Federal CIO Tony Scott believes the accelerated security review of federal IT systems over the past month may reveal more intrusions as the government works to strengthen and update cybersecurity measures, The Hill reported Monday.

Cory Bennett writes that the 30-day “cyber sprint” aims to detect and address system vulnerabilities and malicious activity, restrict access to sensitive data and expand the use of multifactor authentication at agencies.

The review, which ended over the weekend, came in the aftermath of the Office of Personnel Management data breaches that have reportedly affected 22.1 million people.

Scott noted that agencies have ramped up adoption of multifactor authentication by 20 percent, even as the White House also plans to recommend cybersecurity policy changes to Congress by September, Bennett reports.

Findings from the review will identify agencies whose network security needs to be updated, the report said.

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