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Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess

Cybersecurity Workers Scramble to Fix a Post-Shutdown Mess (Govt., Critical Infrastructure)

Two weeks out from the longest government shutdown in United States history—and with the possibility of another still looming—government employees are still scrambling to mitigate impacts on federal cybersecurity defenses. Even before the shutdown, the federal government was not known for a robust, consistent security posture. Last week, Minnesota senator Amy Klobuchar and five of her colleagues sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security and the NSA with questions about how federal cybersecurity posture fared during the shutdown. Security professionals say that the shutdown was a prime recruiting season for private firms, and that many government employees and contractors left or plan to leave for other positions. RiskIQ's Kennedy notes that the shutdown could also become a sort of black hole of accountability for cybersecurity incidents that began before, during, or even months after the break—a disturbing idea given ongoing issues with holding agencies to account for cybersecurity lapses.

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