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Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer at the CIA, discusses the new Senate report on cybersecurity, and the IT management issues that keep weaknesses from being fixed.

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s new report on cybersecurity found that technology in the government is full of security holes. The report references fifty-year-old tech, unpatched software vulnerabilities, and other weaknesses. Robert Bigman, former chief information security officer at the CIA, says that the issues found are not new, and this study by itself won’t change anything.

 

“It raises the hysteria a little bit and maybe the public’s attention a little bit, but in 36 years, they’ll be talking about something else. None of these studies seem to have impact. None of these presidential cyber initiatives going back, my god, 10-15 years seem to have any impact,” Bigman said. “It’s not getting done. There’s a lot of reasons under it. The quality of the IT organizations in the government has really, really decreased, even in the last five years. Even though money has gone up, it’s not being spent in the right direction. The cloud, while offering good opportunities. is not really being taken advantage of. It goes back to the fundamentals, management of IT in the government is broken.”

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