Computer network security slightly above mediocre in US federal agencies

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The report that the US government produces every year on the level of security of the computer networks of its federal agencies attributes to it a «D +», a very slight improvement over the «D» – corresponding to our mediocre – recorded in analysis identical to last year.

The Federal Computer Security Report, conducted by the House Government Reform Committee and based on reports provided by the general inspectors of each of the agencies, cites cases of exceptional classifications, but also the worst examples, as well as leaving details on the remaining challenges facing the agencies.

The report shows that one-third of the top 24 agencies received low marks, including some of the most important departments of US infrastructure, such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Commerce and the Department of Energy, all rated «F».

The Justice and Transport departments are cited as those that have improved the most in protecting their computer networks, compared to the previous analysis.

«There are many agencies that continue to get low marks and this is unacceptable,» said Tom Davis, chairman of the committee responsible for the report during a press conference to present the report, who however considers that there have been notable cases at the same time.

Tom Davis congratulated each department and those responsible for their continued efforts in this area, noting that the improvements, although slight, show that the teams take the report into account and follow their advice.

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