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President's tech council plays sad trombone for federal cybersecurity
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Mon, 25 Nov 2013 07:15:56 +0000 (UTC)

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2013/11/presidents-tech-council-plays-sad-trombone-for-federal-cyber-security/

By Sean Gallagher
Ars Technica
Nov 22 2013

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report on the state of the nation's cybersecurity today. The report's first finding: the US government is terrible at cybersecurity.

"The Federal Government rarely follows accepted best practices," the report stated. In order to ensure that the country as a whole is more secure against cyber attack, the council advised, the government "needs to lead by example and accelerate its efforts to make routine cyber attacks more difficult by implementing best practices for its own systems."

Much of the list of PCAST's recommendations for taking that leadership role read like the advice that many IT people give their parents. Among the top of the list of cyber-fails that need to be corrected is the government's continued use of Windows XP and outdated, insecure browsers.

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