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Dell Survey: Federal IT Pros Highlight Vulnerability Detection, Compliance as Concerns

cybersecurityA new Dell survey has noted a need for government agencies to be more proactive in monitoring their network activity to improve protocols compliance and security response.

Half of senior federal IT professionals polled admitted to reacting to system vulnerabilities only as they occur, Dell said Wednesday.

“Real-time detection of vulnerabilities is critical to accomplishing a state of greater vulnerability awareness, and, ultimately, enhanced security resilience,” said Paul Christman, vice president for public sector sales and marketing at Dell Software.

The study also found one in three respondents felt their ability to achieve goals have been hampered by difficult-to-manage IT systems, while 87 percent are looking to improve how they resolve IT issues with real-time alerts from governance, risk and compliance software.

According to Dell, the research findings reveal that compliance continues to be a challenge for agencies, noting that proactive reporting is one requirement to meet federal mandates.

“As cyber threats continue to accelerate, agencies are reaching a tipping point where no-fail compliance and preventive hygiene should be a part of the fabric of daily operations,” Christman said.

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