Report: Federal agencies still fighting the last war

Federal government agencies are still fighting the last cybersecurity war, the one where computer networks had a strong, defensible perimeter, according to a new report by 451 Research.

The battlefronts have moved, but federal security professionals are sticking with tactics and defenses that have worked in the past, according to report author and 451 Research analyst Garrett Bekker. That includes an over-reliance on network and endpoint security technologies that fail in the face of multi-stage attacks, he wrote.

According to the report, 60 percent of government respondents said that network defenses were very effective at safeguarding data, higher than any other vertical.

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