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GAO: Infrastructure plans lack cybersecurity strategy

With 85 percent of the country’s critical infrastructure in private hands, the federal government must make sure that the 17 infrastructure sectors include cybersecurity in their plans to protect themselves against cyberattacks and disaster, an official of the Government Accountability Office has told two House panels. However, none of the sectors included in their sector plans all 30 cybersecurity criteria, such as key vulnerabilities and measures to reduce them, the official also testified. The critical infrastructure includes sectors such as water, transportation and energy, but even those chiefly physical infrastructure sectors rely on computerized control systems. Of the 17 sectors, information technology and communications had the strongest cybersecurity plans, said David Powner, director of GAO’s information technology management issues. The agriculture, food and commercial sectors were the least comprehensive, he said. Full Story

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