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Report card: Cybersecurity efforts still falling short

The federal government’s overall grade on cybersecurity improved over the last year, from an F in 2002 to a D in 2003, according to the fourth annual score card, which was published Tuesday by the House Government Reform subcommittee on technology, information policy, intergovernmental relations and the census. Fourteen agencies improved their grades. But improvement is still too slow, said Rep. Adam Putnam, chairman of the subcommittee, who said he would take several steps to jumpstart improvements to agencies’ cybersecurity efforts. Fourteen of 24 agencies’ grades were below a C, and eight failed. “We must do more and quicker if we are going to protect ourselves from a potential digital disaster,” he said. “There are substantial material weaknesses that expose agencies to potential cyberattacks. The damage that could be inflicted, both in terms of financial loss and potential loss of life, is considerable.” Putnam, R-Fla., said he will communicate to the Appropriations Committee the importance of adequate funding for information security. Full Story

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