In a single, average day, the Department of Defense alone experiences an estimated 100,000 cyberattacks. Meanwhile, with accusations of Russian election hacking dominating our national dialogue and new breaches constantly being reported, federal agencies have developed a real and justifiable fear: What if we’re next?
The actions of a couple of rogue contractors — most notably Edward Snowden — have only heightened those fears. Those cases, however, were total anomalies. The vast majority of federal contractors respect not only the law, but the mission they’re tasked with serving. Further still, in matters of cybersecurity, these professionals offer expertise and resources that could directly help agencies from becoming the latest victim.
When a breach occurs, there’s a natural temptation to respond by purchasing new technology and throwing it at the origin point. But this approach is unsustainable from a budgeting, planning or resource allocation standpoint. Agencies, after all, can only spend so much or hire so many. And no matter who they hire or what they spend, if they’re not equipped to maximize that technology, it will ultimately result in waste.
When budgets are tight and resources in short supply, agencies often must focus on optimizing what they have and on offsetting the challenges posed by staffing limitations.
For that, they frequently turn to government contractors. But how can those contractors alleviate federal agencies’ security fears?
In this article for Federal Times, Force 3’s vice president of client solutions Jason Parry offers four ways contractors can help alleviate federal agencies’ security fears.