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GAO: Federal Government Should Prioritize Cybersecurity, IT Acquisitions Management

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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has called on the federal government to address two high-risk areas: ensuring cybersecurity and improving information technology acquisitions and operations.

GAO recommended that the federal government develop and implement a comprehensive strategy for national cybersecurity and global cyberspace, mitigate supply chain risks and improve the federal response to cyber incidents, according to a report published Friday.

When it comes to IT acquisition management, agencies should sustain leadership and broaden capacity to better manage and modernize IT, ramp up efforts to replace obsolete IT systems and address IT acquisition issues, such as the need to reduce duplicative IT contracts, to achieve cost savings.

The congressional watchdog said it has made 4,700 recommendations since 2010 and about 75 percent of those have been implemented by federal agencies. However, agencies have yet to take action on more than 750 cybersecurity-related recommendations and over 400 recommendations on IT management.

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