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Federal Government Prioritizes Data Security

More Laws and Money Cannot Mandate Common Sense

During the last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama included improving data security on his list of national priorities.

President Obama said, “America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyberattacks… We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.”

Including data security 0n the President’s agenda is significant because it first implies that our government is not yet accomplishing this goal, and second it compels us to put the pieces in place “to protect our national security, our jobs, and our privacy.”

Cyber Attacks Not Always Sophisticated
While the list of companies who have suffered some form of data breach grows, the sad reality is that many cyberattacks (malicious or otherwise) are not “sophisticated” and could be prevented with off-the-shelf solutions. These first level attacks focus on corporate secrets, personal identity fraud, credit information, and private email.

The second level of attacks are those that attempt to disrupt our national security, financial institutions, and the backbone of our infrastructure. Internet providers, utility and transportation companies use communications to run switching stations, trucks, and trains, all of which would affect our livelihood if disrupted.

The President mentioned signing an Executive Order to work on this initiative (Executive Order 13636 — Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity). The Executive Order calls for standards, processes and procedures to be proposed within 120 days of its signing (February 19, 2013).

When trying to comply with all of the various data security regulations (like  PCI DSS or HIPAA), it is critical to have the right procedures and products in place.

Don't Wait To Take Action

A variety of government agencies have already implemented solutions such as the GoAnywhere managed file transfer solution. It takes a standards-based approach to data security using proven FIPS 140-2 validated encryption, SSL, TLS and SSH protocols, along with role-based administration and detailed audit trails. This comprehensive approach to file transfer security allows federal agencies to protect and automate their batch transmissions, perform ad-hoc transfers safely and provide a compliant alternative to email attachments.

In the State of the Union Address, the President encouraged Congress to pass laws to “give our government a greater capacity to secure our networks and deter attacks.” Unfortunately more laws and money cannot mandate common sense and using good products that cost less than a new car.

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Born in Canada and calling Nebraska home, Dirk primarily writes on the Technical side of the IT realm. Having written for years at Gateway Computer and as part of other large IT organizations, Dirk happily writes for Linoma Software. When not writing children's stories or stage scripts, you'll find Dirk out back in the vegetable garden or building yet another server for reasons unknown. Follow Dirk on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

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