The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned that catastrophic cyberattacks are not receiving an adequate federal response, especially in that the cyber-insurance industry falls short when it comes to certain types of major attacks. The government spending watchdog warns that although the cyber-insurance market has risen and matured over the past few years, it still fails to properly assist critical infrastructure organizations in the event of a cyberattack that has costly repercussions. The GAO audits trillions of dollars in federal spending each year and filters through the transactions to detect when the government may not be doing enough in a certain area. The warning comes as the organization discovered that private insurers and US government official terrorism risk insurance, the Terrorism Risk Insurance Program (TRIP) may not be able to cover the financial losses arising from cyberattacks more frequently.
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