Government gets a ' D ' in cybersecurity

The federal government's overall grade on cybersecurity improved over the last year, rising from an F in 2002 to a D in 2003, according to the House Government Reform Committee's fourth annual scorecard.

But improvement is still too slow, said Rep. Adam Putnam, chairman of the House Government Reform subcommittee on technology, information policy, intergovernmental relations and the census.

Fourteen of 24 agencies' grades were below a C, and eight failed. There was one A and one A-.

"We must do more and quicker if we are going to protect ourselves from a potential digital disaster," said Putnam, R-Fla. "There are substantial material weaknesses that expose agencies to potential cyberattacks. The damage that could be inflicted, both in terms of financial loss and potentially loss of life, is considerable."

Reader Comments

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

What is your e-mail address?

My e-mail address is:

Do you have a password?

Forgot your password? Click here
contracts DB


  • Dive into our Contract Award database

    In an exclusive for WT Insider members, we are collecting all of the contract awards we cover into a database that you can sort by contractor, agency, value and other parameters. You can also download it into a spreadsheet. Read More

  • Is SBA MIA on contractor fraud? Nick Wakeman

    Editor Nick Wakeman explores the puzzle of why SBA has been so silent on the latest contractor fraud scandal when it has been so quick to act in other cases. Read More