Most federal agencies have no way of effectively detecting when data is stolen, found a new, 22-page report published by the White House Office of Management and Budget last week. 

But cybersecurity experts aren’t exactly surprised by the dismal findings. The Federal Cybersecurity Risk Determination Report and Action Plan is an Executive Order-mandated annual assessment of the federal government’s cyber defenses. This year, it concluded that 73 percent of federal agency programs simply can’t detect when large amounts of information leave their networks.

“DHS and agencies acknowledge that more work and collaboration must be done to better protect federal networks,” a Department of Homeland Security official said in a statement sent to Mashable. “Cyber threats to government networks and other critical infrastructure are one of our Nation’s most pressing security challenges.” Read more…

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