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Report: Some good news on government IT security

Report: Some good news on government IT security
Report: Some good news on government IT security

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By Brian Robinson
October 28, 2008

A recent report by PricewaterhouseCoopers states that the government has 
greatly improved its use of security technology, but it still lags on 
setting policies for using that technology and training employees about 

Less than two of three government officials responding to the survey 
said their organizations have an overall information security strategy 
or centralized security information management process, and about half 
don=E2=80=99t understand basic ideas such as risks to sensitive data.

Three-quarters of the public-sector respondents said their organizations 
have people directly responsible for security, either as a chief 
information security officer or chief security officer. Slightly more 
than half of those respondents had those positions in 2006.

Meanwhile, organizations have made =E2=80=9Cwholesale, double-digit advances 
across a wide range of security technologies, from prevention to 
detection,=E2=80=9D the PricewaterhouseCoopers report states. The gains came in 
data encryption and areas such as reduced or single sign-ons and 
centralized user data stores, the survey states.


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