Cybersecurity: Actions Needed to Address Challenges Facing Federal Systems, Statement of Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, Information Security Issues, Testimony Before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 434KB]

"Federal agencies, as well as their contractors, depend on interconnected computer systems and electronic data to carry out essential mission-related functions. Thus, the security of these systems and networks is vital to protecting national and economic security, public health and safety, and the flow of commerce. If information security controls are ineffective, resources may be lost, information--including sensitive personal information--may be compromised, and the operations of government and critical infrastructure could be disrupted, with potentially catastrophic effects. Federal law sets forth various requirements, roles, and responsibilities for securing federal agencies' systems and information. In addition, GAO [United States Government Accountability Office] has designated federal information security as a high-risk area since 1997. GAO was asked to provide a statement summarizing cyber threats facing federal agency and contractor systems, and challenges in securing these systems. In preparing this statement, GAO relied on its previously published work in this area."

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