Federal officials: Shutdown heightens cybersecurity risks
Senior federal officials are voicing concern that the partial shutdown of federal operations and the furlough of thousands of cybersecurity and intelligence specialists are an open invitation to hackers to exploit security vulnerabilities. Federal Chief Information Officer Steven VanRoekel says he fears the reduced number of cybersecurity professionals on active duty across federal agencies gives hackers greater opportunities to move about within agency IT networks and heightens the risks agencies already face that their systems could be compromised.
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