Government Cybersecurity Performance, Confidence Bottoms Out

In the wake of OPM and other big gov breaches, government cybersecurity performance scores and employee confidence ratings sink through the floor.

Government agencies at all levels are falling far behind the private sector in cybersecurity measures, according to a pair of recent studies. If the damage left behind by massive breaches at the Office of Professional Management (OPM) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) weren’t enough anecdotal evidence, now there’s more data to back up government’s lackluster performance.

Most recently, a new study out by SecurityScorecard’s research team found that local, state, and federal government agencies have the worst performance indicators among 18 industry verticals, including education, healthcare, and legal organizations–all known laggards on the cybersecurity front. The scoring was based on SecurityScorecard’s benchmarking platform, which aggregates from more than 30 million daily security-risk signals and sensors across the Web to form a picture

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