CYBER INTRUSIONS INCREASE AND THE GOVERNMENT WANTS YOUR HELP
Federal leaders continue to make cyber-security a top priority – one that transcends traditional IT work and extends well into the world of professional services, office equipment, and other areas. Federal leaders believe that cybersecurity measures work best when they’re “baked in” to industry solutions. Many devices, such as tablets and smart phones, however, don’t have sufficient cyber protections today. This poses challenges for the popularity of programs such as BYOD. While companies, particularly those offering the latest commercial solutions, can help, federal buying rules aren’t making it very easy. There’s a wide gulf, too, between those in government who are asking for industry help and those who would actually buy such solutions. Contractors are reluctant to offer some solutions because contracting officials and IG’s demand 100% full-proof solutions. This is virtually impossible today, given the increased sophistication of attacks. One federal official stated that incursions have become so targeted that they use the term “spear phishing” to denote such activity. Contractors can offer good solutions and most want to help the government keep their systems secure. Taking unreasonable risk with their own business, however, is bridge too far for many. The acquisition community needs to work quickly with those on the cyber front lines to get a solution so that procurement does not jeopardize national security.