What Comes After Cybersecurity Awareness?

October 4, 2015

Last year, for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we asked whether 2014 would be the year cybersecurity finally sinks in.

Ironically, just a few weeks after that, the White House disclosed it had been attacked, and a few weeks later the State Department announced it, too, had been breached. The following months saw news of yet further attacks on both government entities -- the U.S. Postal Office, the Internal Revenue Service -- as well as commercial businesses such as Sony and Anthem.

But no news in the federal space received more attention than the Office of Personnel Management hack, the largest known breach of federal personnel data. The devastating data breach compromised 21.5 million current and former federal employees’ records, including 5.6 million fingerprint records. 

In the ensuing months, the White House rolled out several initiatives governmentwide to strengthen cyber defenses, including launching a 30-day “cyber sprint” to increase use of two-factor authentication and expanding EINSTEIN 3A intrusion-prevention system across federal agencies.

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