Surprising ways the government shutdown actually boosted federal cybersecurity
According to a new study by Security Scorecard, the U.S. government shutdown may not have been as bad in terms of cyber security as industry experts have been claiming. The research found improvements in terms of endpoint security and patch management during the 35-day partial shutdown.
The improvements were mostly due to a significant drop in Internet traffic coming into government networks, since fewer people were at work, and because most cybersecurity personnel had not been furloughed. However, the report also highlighted security issues, such as a drop in network security due to expired SSL certificates.