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OMB: Cyber Attacks against Federal Agencies Increased 40 Percent Last Year

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The onslaught of cyber attacks against federal networks increased by 40 percent last year, according to an annual White House cybersecurity report.

There were 41,776 attacks against agencies in the last fiscal year up from the 30,000 reported the previous year, according to an Office of Management and Budget annual report.

The report is part of OMB’s oversight on implementing the Federal Information Security Management Act, The Hill reported.

Some of the findings, per The Hill:

  • Malicious code through multiple means (phishing, viruses, logic bombs) is the most common attack
  • About 31 percent of the incidents attempted to introduce malicious code into federal networks
  • 14 percent attempted unauthorized access
  • 11 percent attempted scans or probes

However, while the findings may be shocking to some, the annual cyber report, which focuses on compliance and after-the-fact reporting, has been targeted by cyber experts as an outdated mode of protecting networks.

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