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Tony Cole, chief technology officer at Attivo Networks, discusses issues outlined in the latest FISMA report, and why ‘misplaced trust’ is an issue for government cybersecurity.

Government efforts to secure computer systems are ramping up as technology becomes further integrated into mission delivery, but improvements still need to be made. According to the 2019 FISMA report, the Office of Management and Budget found five shortfalls when it comes to basic security in government networks. Tony Cole, chief technology officer at Attivo Networks, says that agency breaches root from a trust problem.

 

“Today, there’s a big problem with a lot of misplaced trust. People have put in place a preventative architecture and they think that architecture is protecting them. They don’t have the instrumentation inside the environment, which is the challenge, to not understand when an adversary is in there,” Cole said. “If you look at the FISMA report, 27% of the breaches that took place, they can’t identify where the breach came in from. That tells you there’s a problem on the preventative side. How do we find the breaches? Was somebody else notified?”

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