The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team received more than 48,000 reports of hackers trying to attack federal government networks in 2012, the Government Accountability Office has found.
Federal News Radio reports Greg Wilshusen, GAO’s director of information security issues, reported that figure and other findings on cybersecurity at agencies during a Thursday hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
GAO found US-CERT received more than 42,000 reports in 2011, more than 41,000 in 2010 and nearly 30,000 in 2009, according to the report.
Auditors also found 24 agencies had information security weaknesses in categories such as implementing agencywide information security management programs, configuring hardware and software and planning for continuity of operations in case of a disaster, Jason Miller writes.
“It’s not an easy job in terms of implementing effective security over time because the environment is constantly changing, new technologies are being implemented into the computing environment, the threats are becoming more sophisticated and business practices at changing,” Wilshushen said, according to Federal News Radio.