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Cybersecurity: The Next Frontier for Government Contractors

With an expanding generation of cyber hackers at large, government contractors are in dire need of successful strategies to keep their business initiatives, information systems, hardware and software protected.

Furthermore, as digital capabilities grow and the world moves aggressively to build interconnected online communities, the boundaries that were set to maintain privacy grow increasingly thinner.

To give a sense of the scale of what we are facing and how quickly the threat has evolved, consider that in 2009 there were approximately 9 recognized cyber-attacks reported against critical U.S. infrastructure, whereas in 2012 there were 198 cyber-attacks.

Federal and government contracting IT enterprises rely heavily on cybersecurity to safeguard the information essential to protecting critical infrastructure.

The Department of Homeland Security, according to www.dhs.gov, “works with each federal civilian department and agency to promote the adoption of common policies and best practices that are risk-based and able to effectively respond to the pace of ever-changing threats.”

Last year, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) was implemented in order to update the federal government’s practices when it comes to cybersecurity.

In this act, the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) authority over federal agency information was amended, allowing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the authority to provide the necessary assistance to Federal Executive Branch systems, and forcing the Office of Management and Budget to simplify, or revise, rule A-130 to better comply with the intent to “eliminate inefficient and wasteful reporting”.

From phishing emails, devices built to copy the swipe code of credit cards, to hacking into Sony Pictures, and snooping on the White House Military Information Systems, hackers have established themselves as a constant and thoroughly professional force – a new threat that requires 24/7/365 vigilance.

This should give government contractors a serious security shock, especially since experts say this may only be the beginning of the attacks that we can expect to see in the future (both in terms of volume and sophistication). With every attack, government contractors must become more adept at learning how to protect their company’s information from these cyber risks.

Learn more about how to protect your business with these tips from Business Insider: 10 Ways To Protect Your Business From Cyber Attacks.