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Cyber-security Hurts Federal Government Productivity, Survey Says




Cyber-security Hurts Federal Government Productivity, Survey Says
Cyber-security Hurts Federal Government Productivity, Survey Says



http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/CyberSecurity-Cutting-Federal-Government-Productivity-Survey-744792/ 

By Fahmida Y. Rashid
eWEEK.com
2010-09-30

Officials from 28 federal agencies say cyber-security measures impact 
productivity by restricting access to information and delaying 
communications with others, according to a Government Business Council 
survey. Officials say they often bypass security controls on purpose to 
get things done.

Despite their bosses' insistence on strong cyber-security in government, 
federal officials find those measures get in the way of doing their 
jobs, according to the results of a Government Business Council survey 
released Sept. 30.

Federal executives said cyber-security measures impacted "information 
access, computing functionality and mobility" and reduced their 
productivity, according to the Cybersecurity in the Federal Government 
(PDF) survey in May.

"Surveyed federal executives believe that cyber-security policies and 
procedures should be modified to provide more emphasis on the importance 
of allowing federal managers to achieve their agency's mission," said 
Bryan Klopack, GBC's director of research.

About 62 percent of the respondents said security restrictions prevented 
them from getting information from certain Websites or using 
applications related to their jobs. Blocked sites included video sites, 
messaging services and news sites, according to the survey. Slow 
computer performance and the inability to access information remotely 
were other obstacles cited.

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