A recent US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report found that some government agencies have failed to adhere to basic cybersecurity standards, which are supposed to protect government information from hackers.
The report also found that the Department of Defense and the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have failed “to take reasonable steps to ensure the proper protection of sensitive data.”
The GAO’s report comes after the US House of Representatives passed a bill that would require the departments to update their cybersecurity policies by April 15, 2019.
The bill also would require a review of the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, which Congress passed in 2013.
In response to the report, Congress passed a law that requires the government to implement a set of “best practices” for cybersecurity, which could include updating policies and standards to meet the new guidelines.
The new bill is expected to be signed by President Donald Trump, who was a strong supporter of the law when he was in office.
Congress also passed a separate cybersecurity bill in January, but the new legislation has yet to take effect.
Here’s a look at some of the cybersecurity threats that the new law may pose to the government.
Cyber attacks could occur in real time 2.
Government agencies could be targeted in real-time 3.
Cyber threats could include attacks on critical infrastructure 4.
Cyber attackers could use malware to steal sensitive data 5.
Government organizations could be vulnerable to cyber attacks 6.
Cyber attack scenarios could involve “potentially catastrophic” events 7.
Governments could be exposed to a “major cyber threat” or “threat” in the future.