The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report this week indicating that federal agencies experience almost 31,000 cyberincidents in 2016. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation was responsible for 10 of 16 major incidents. These incidents resulted when personally identifiable information was able to be downloaded onto removable media.
Despite the dismal number of incidents, the report commented that the situation is improving in that agencies are implementing more sophisticated data security measures, including two factor authentication and identifying and protecting high risk data.
The biggest culprits for data loss in 2016 were “other” (which were unable to be categorized and loss or theft of equipment (5,300 incidents). Web and phishing attacks continued to be a problem, as well as improper usage of government assets.