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Government IT leaders wrestle with security risks

Kenneth Corbin | Sept. 27, 2013
U.S. Federal officials say that their cybersecurity operations won't be disrupted by a shutdown if Congress can't reach a budget deal. However, persistent threats associated with big data, open data initiatives remain.

Security Challenges Come Quickly and Government Lacks Agility
The federal government is not known for its agility in adapting to new technologies, a condition that traces to its vast size, organizational culture and the rules surrounding new procurements and system deployments, among other factors. Small wonder then that federal officials see partnerships with private-sector firms as a critical element in improving the government's cybersecurity posture.

Count among those Agriculture's McClam, who challenged the IT vendors in the room at Thursday's conference to organize a formal, recurring confab that would bring together leaders in the public and private sectors to compare notes on evolving security trends.

"Technology evolves very, very fast," McClam said. "Look at ways to come up with some kind of semiannual forum, cybersecurity forum, where you have senior leadership of the various federal agencies as well as the leadership of the industry, our industry partners, coming together so we can stay apprised and stay on top of emerging security solutions, emerging security threats."


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