Almost anyone in government, if not indeed the country at large, is aware of the security risks of the information systems we are now completely dependent upon. And make no mistake — we are completely dependent upon them.
Technology has evolved to vastly augment our human capabilities. It has affected how we complete our daily work, conduct financial transactions, travel from one place to another and socialize with one another. Unfortunately, while the sophistication of the technology on our desks and in our homes, cars and carried about with us continues to rise, this sophistication is matched, if not exceeded by, the abilities of those who would do us harm.
It used to be that the protective physical barriers of our homes or workplaces — as well as the invisible barrier of “privacy” in our private lives — kept such people at bay. However, technology has also allowed such people to transcend and reach through such barriers, intruding into every aspect of our identities and personal or privileged information. Many of us have been “hacked” or tricked in one way or another into losing this data. “Cybersecurity” is a national security threat to the nation, and so far government response is still a work in progress.
In contracting, this issue is not technically new.
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