Despite the U.S. government’s steps to tackle cybersecurity threats, hackers continue to target federal agencies and they experienced tens of thousands of incidents last year, according to a White House report.
The Trump administration released the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report to Congress on federal cyber performance on Friday. Federal agencies weren’t immune to broader trends affecting the general public, as they reported 30,899 “cyber incidents” in fiscal 2016 that led to the “compromise of information or system functionality” to the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, the report disclosed.
“While Federal agencies continued to make progress in strengthening their cyber defenses” last year, “a significant amount of work remains to implement these controls and protect Federal networks and data,” Grant Schneider, the acting U.S. chief information security officer, wrote in a blog post about the report.
The incidents included thousands of email phishing attacks; “improper usage” that violates acceptable policies by an authorized user; loss or theft of a computing device or media; or an attack executed from a website or a web-based application, the report said.