According to the Office of Management and Budget’s annual report on the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA), the number of cyber incidents has reduced by 12% in 2018 (31,107) when compared to 2017 (35,277 incidents).
“While the trend is encouraging, drawing conclusions based on this data point, particularly as agencies have adjusted to several new sets of reporting guidelines over the last few years, would be concerning. As noted earlier, email-based threats remain prevalent, with Email/Phishing continuing to be a highly-targeted attack vector,” the report read.
The bottom line
Even though the cybersecurity incidents have come down, the security assessments reveal that the Federal Government continues to face challenges mitigating basic security vulnerabilities.