By Fahmida Y. Rashid
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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