WHO’S KNOCKING ON YOUR NETWORK DOOR? INTERIOR & TRANSPORTATION MAY NOT KNOW
“A loose confederation of warring factions” is how one of our colleagues once described the Department of Interior. It should come as no surprise, therefore, that a recent audit found over 100,000 software vulnerabilities. In addition, the department doesn’t even know how many computers or servers are running on its network. Meanwhile, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration also came under fire recently for allegedly lax network and security oversight. A DOT IG report criticized DOT’s lack of FAA IT systems oversight, flagging a malware incident and fire as examples of problems that needed better reporting and attention. Other DOT agencies signed cloud service contracts without appropriate cyber oversight provisions. This all provides opportunity to contractors who can bring order out of chaos. Whether it’s IT or business process management, the issues highlighted above likely exist in many agencies to a varying degree. DOD contractors recently got dinged for being overly reactive and not encouraging their customers to work in new ways. Now is a great time for you to be proactive with how your firm can help Interior, DOT, or FAA. If you won’t someone will. Remember, too, it’s easy to get to DOT this time of year since the Nationals are sitting at home.