This terrifying chart explains why cybersecurity is such a big problem for the government

June 19, 2015

Andrea Peterson

The massive breach of Office of Personnel Management systems that compromised the personal data of millions of Americans is still making headlines. But behind those headlines is a much bigger story about the government's systematic failure to protect itself from cybersecurity risks that have expanded at an alarming rate.

Perhaps nothing illustrates the challenge facing the government better than this chart from a Government Accountability Office testimony released in April that shows the number of information security incidents reported by federal government agencies in recent years:

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