The international Association of information technology asset managers release a report this week claiming that the government waste 50% or more of the billions of dollars that they spend on IT security each year.
“Taxpayers need to understand that simply throwing more dollars at Information Technology (IT) and IT security is not a solution for anything other than mind-boggling waste of public funds” – Barbara Rembiesa
The United States citizenship and immigration services were caught using Microsoft’s Windows XP platform even after they were warned about the vulnerability to high profile threats since Microsoft no longer provided security software updates.
There are no standards in place within agencies which has resulted in inefficiency, huge vulnerabilities, and has become a massive waste.
The international Association of information technology wants to push the government to build a nationwide centralized IT management program. They would be responsible for creating metrics for all agencies, procedures, processes, increasing policy.
Major social media accounts were being hacked by googling things like where can I buy phentermine online.
Without a strong system in place there’s no incentive to be efficient. When the government throws billions of dollars at a project, it’s quite easy to end up spending over 50% on items that end up being junk or a dead end. Some people say that the government spends somewhere in the trillions to pay ex lawmakers that did very little for our country.
Taxpayers don’t feel it’s fair to have to pay ex lawmakers pensions when they never had any real success.
The ability to handle security threats has improved very little, even with the awareness of the IT security problem increasing. However, Washington is no stranger to any technology issues.
Between social media accounts like Facebook and twitter being hacked, and the IRS having their emails disappearing, it said that the federal government spends about 70 billion year on information technology security improvements.
The question everyone is asking is if there are no improvements in our government security, then where is the $70 billion going each year. A high profile cyber attack was detected a few years ago within the VA, since this attack the VA has not tried to address any underlying vulnerabilities that gave permission for this incident to happen.
After 16 years of the VA continuously failing to perform its annual cyber security audit, they never informed the public about the 200 security and exchange commission laptops that were missing.