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GAO: Most Federal Agencies Still Face Information Security Vulnerabilities

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cybersecurityA new Government Accountability Office report says the majority of 24 federal agencies studied by GAO still have security control weaknesses that make their information and systems vulnerable to cyber threats.

GAO said Tuesday it found deficiencies in the efforts of most agencies to limit, prevent and detect unauthorized access to government computer resources as well as to manage software and hardware configurations.

The number of federal information security incidents that were reported to the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team increased from 5,503 in fiscal 2006 to 67,168 during fiscal 2014, the report states.

GAO added it issued almost 2,000 recommendations for agencies to improve their data protection programs and related security controls over the past six years.

Agencies have adopted nearly 58 percent of GAO-provided cybersecurity suggestions, the watchdog agency noted.

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